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Title: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Koradian on December 24, 2010, 10:28:29 am
I ordered 찜닭 (like a chicken stew for those who are unfamiliar) for dinner last night and only finished half. I brought the other half in to enjoy for lunch today.

My CT looked at my bag, asked what was inside, and said, "It seems to me that you are a pig".

Only in Korea!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Ectofuego on December 24, 2010, 10:40:03 am
 :o
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: clarkent on December 24, 2010, 11:21:28 am
Don't worry about it. My co teachers always tell me when they don't like my hair style or if I look sleepy. They say things like that here because Koreans are not very sarcastic. If someone said that in the States, in return they would get a sarcastic comment. I always say Thank you when ever they tell me some thing bad. What can you say to that?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: red on December 24, 2010, 12:06:53 pm
I ordered 찜닭 (like a chicken stew for those who are unfamiliar) for dinner last night and only finished half. I brought the other half in to enjoy for lunch today.

My CT looked at my bag, asked what was inside, and said, "It seems to me that you are a pig".

Only in Korea!

 ???Why did she say that? What did she mean?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: creeper1 on December 24, 2010, 12:10:11 pm
Could be that only pigs eat leftovers?????
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Koradian on December 24, 2010, 12:12:38 pm
I laughed and smiled when she said that. I've been around long enough to know her intentions. What she meant by it was that I had too much food for just one person.

It's funny how things get lost in translation  :P
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: andyfoggy on December 24, 2010, 12:12:54 pm
 :laugh:that made me laugh out loud at my desk!!
thanks
i have heard many things like that in Korea
Introduction to my new coworker a few years ago was "hello my name is Lee  ___  ___ and i am fat"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: kneukels on December 24, 2010, 12:18:59 pm
South Africans will probably understand this one :

My coteacher once took a bite from a cookie and went : 'hmmmm, lekker!'

Ive mentioned one or two Afrikaans words to her before, never thought she would remember them!

She has also used 'sommer' in several sentences...and we all know sommer fits in everywhere! :P

Oh my just realized I might single handedly bring down my schools whole English department with my foreign tongue!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Gunpo_Erin on December 24, 2010, 01:10:21 pm
OMG!  I almost peed my pants at the "It seems to me....." comment! 
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: creeper1 on December 24, 2010, 01:15:31 pm
Funny thing I heard mentioned over on Dave's. A young female K-teacher would say to the net "I will ride you" when she meant to say " I will give you a ride home in my car"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Janitor on December 24, 2010, 01:27:01 pm
This one happened last night at my school's hwae-sik:

My table was playing a drinking game about the Chinese Zodiac symbols.
Basically they would shout the animal and anyone who had that animal would drink.
So when it was the Rooster there was some debate as they were saying the animals in English. My co-teacher corrected the other teachers because they thought that chicken sounded strange and she said the word should be "c*ck" and before I should offer up rooster, the all clinked their glasses and shouted "C*CK!!" I later told them to say rooster for the second round
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Koradian on December 24, 2010, 01:29:50 pm
Funny thing I heard mentioned over on Dave's. A young female K-teacher would say to the net "I will ride you" when she meant to say " I will give you a ride home in my car"

This must be why you are called 'creeper'!

 :P
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: ejmclaine on December 24, 2010, 01:33:46 pm
On my first day in Korea my co-teacher picked me up to take me to my apartment. She didn't say anything for a while, and finally she said "I thought from your pictures you would be very stout. I was surprised".
Nice to meet you too.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: juliehrrs on December 24, 2010, 01:47:36 pm
I gestured to the craziness that becomes the streets during election time and asked "what is going on?", my co-teacher replied "its for the erections...I mean elections!!" We both giggled all the way down the street :laugh:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Olga on December 24, 2010, 01:51:10 pm
my partner is south african, afrikaans, specifically.  my co-teacher asked me to see a picture of him.  showed it to her.  Following this, her reply was (with a loud gasp and chuckle):

"i dont understand, he's white!!!!"  it was funny.  i explained to her that in SA there are many types of south africans... like in America there are many kinds of americans. 

I think I confused her with my background and his combined.  but his whiteness was the topic of conversation for a good month in school.. Africa? White?? no way...  ;D

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Koradian on March 23, 2011, 12:08:37 pm
So, today at lunch, my co-teachers and myself are enjoying our meals. The fire bell suddenly goes off so I ask if this was is a planned drill or if we should proceed outside.

Her reply....

CT: "This is not a planned firedrill. Don't worry, there is no fire."

Me: "How do you know there is no fire?"

CT: "Because there are no carpets in this school."

PRICELESS!

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: summerthyme on March 23, 2011, 12:13:43 pm
Yesterday I wore the same clothes and makeup I always wear.  The only difference in my appearance was a headband with a bow on it.

"Your bow!  So beautiful!  Today, you look like girl!"


Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: sweet_potato on March 23, 2011, 12:23:13 pm
I wore a black skirt and blue shirt one day... "You look like a middle school student!"

A few ajummas in my office were sizing me up one day and they were trying to 'figure out' my body:
"Hmm... you are not fat.... but you are not slim..... hmmmm.... well, little fat, here and here" (touching my boob and hip)....

And my kids will interrupt the lesson to say: "Teacher! Nose! Red!"
..... yes.... it's cold in here....

My bf had a good story from his school the other day, a few kids were asking him to follow them and they were yelling "Teacher! Come on my face!" in the hallway...
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: daejeondarryn on March 23, 2011, 12:29:59 pm
Okay, something not limited to my coteachers but I have heard many Koreans do before. The pronunciation of the word sheet. "Can you give a sh*t for today?" One of these days I'll reply "No... But I'll fake it like normal."  ;D
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: ramkyles on March 23, 2011, 12:53:57 pm
Funny thing I heard mentioned over on Dave's. A young female K-teacher would say to the net "I will ride you" when she meant to say " I will give you a ride home in my car"

This must be why you are called 'creeper'!

 :P


The hot art teacher at my school said that to me too! I was sad to know she meant "give you a ride"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: rachelshaeh on March 23, 2011, 12:55:12 pm
So, today at lunch, my co-teachers and myself are enjoying our meals. The fire bell suddenly goes off so I ask if this was is a planned drill or if we should proceed outside.

Her reply....

CT: "This is not a planned firedrill. Don't worry, there is no fire."

Me: "How do you know there is no fire?"

CT: "Because there are no carpets in this school."

PRICELESS!


my favorite, by far!!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Tpre022 on March 23, 2011, 12:59:16 pm
Funny thing I heard mentioned over on Dave's. A young female K-teacher would say to the net "I will ride you" when she meant to say " I will give you a ride home in my car"

This must be why you are called 'creeper'!

 :P


The hot art teacher at my school said that to me too! I was sad to know she meant "give you a ride"

My co-teacher was organising for his wife to drive me home one day, and he uttered the delightful "Where should my wife get you off?"

A fine welcome to the country indeed!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: pyeager on March 23, 2011, 01:02:47 pm
"As you know, our school still does capital punishment."

"You like my daughter; she is very easy."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: pablo112 on March 23, 2011, 01:11:13 pm
Funny thing I heard mentioned over on Dave's. A young female K-teacher would say to the net "I will ride you" when she meant to say " I will give you a ride home in my car"

This must be why you are called 'creeper'!

 :P


The hot art teacher at my school said that to me too! I was sad to know she meant "give you a ride"



I have had that one as well.  My co-teacher normally has a fine grasp of things like this, but one day it slipped out. I knew what she meant from the context, but 20 mins later she turns to me and says "NO SEX!" much to suprise of everyone - not becuase the rest of the staff could understand but becuase it was so so quiet and she said it in a rather strong tone.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: strawberry on March 23, 2011, 01:33:46 pm
I was having a conversation about summer/winter in SA vs Korea.  And he said:

"I wanna see yorr summa style!  I think you wear short skirts and shirts."

awkward.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: jkang on March 23, 2011, 01:46:13 pm
"As you know, our school still does capital punishment."
ahh!!!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: JJ72 on March 23, 2011, 01:48:17 pm
My CT: "Have you ever been on a diet?"

Me: "Errrrr, no. Do i need to?"

Co T: "Hahahaha ok."

 :o
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: teacherjenni on March 23, 2011, 01:54:45 pm
Okay, something not limited to my coteachers but I have heard many Koreans do before. The pronunciation of the word sheet. "Can you give a sh*t for today?" One of these days I'll reply "No... But I'll fake it like normal."  ;D

I've often thought I heard 'the s word' in place of 'seat.' So one of the teachers was telling me a story of how she was angry with her class and told them to "Clean their sh*t and get out" I died laughing then figured out later she meant "clean their seats and get out". I liked my version waaaayyyy better.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: nzaslow on March 23, 2011, 01:56:00 pm
When I first met two of my Co's after orientation, they drove me to my apartment to help me get set up. In the car ride, it came up that the main office had only given them my name (Naomi) and no other information about me.

Co1: So, we think you will be Japanese-
Co2: Or black!
Co2: Now, we are so happy! You're white girl!

 :o

I also got a lot of gems when I wore my naturally curly hair straight for the first time-
"You look like real teacher."
"You look like real woman."
"Much better. In truth, your curly hair is sometimes disgusting."  (I think is was about the hair oil I use. It does make my hair look a little strange until it dries completely.... but it was still a shocker to hear!)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: cosmogony on March 23, 2011, 01:58:37 pm
Co-teacher: I want a cock.
Me: Ummm, what?
Co-teacher: A cock.

It turns out she was saying coke.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: anna.rpo on March 23, 2011, 02:01:42 pm
Coteacher: "I'm going to see the princess!" (Principal)

sweet potato - that made me lol, priceless!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: alijw on March 23, 2011, 02:05:10 pm
At my boyfriend's school to a tall co-teacher.
Him: Did you know Koreans are the tallest Asian race? I wonder why.
Co-teacher: (Thinks hard). It's because we like basketball...
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Horus on March 23, 2011, 02:11:01 pm
Across from my last school there was a neglected dog tied up all day on a two foot rope. It was fed pebbles, never walked, never shown affection, and never exercised. Tied up for its entire life. Anyway, two or three times a week I would buy a can of dog food for the poor creature. I would normally feed the dog after school, so occasionally I would have the can sitting on my desk. This is where the fun began. A Korean co-teacher noticed it and asked me if Canadians ate dog food. She said it in all seriousness. Why else would I have dog food on my desk two or three times a week? After all, I didn’t own a dog.

I started to say, No, no, it’s for the poor, neglected d……”. Then I stopped, realizing that a bit of fun was to be had. Ď said that yes, Canadians love dog food. Because of the cold winters Canadians have a lot of body hair, and dog food helps keep it shiny and healthy. We put it on toast, in soup, and substitute it for meat in spaghetti. But we don’t eat dry dog food, only Americans do that. She bought the whole thing! My Aussie co-workers were stunned at the gullibility. I guess the story made more sense to her than believing that somebody would actually go out of their way to help a neglected dog.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: hbomb on March 23, 2011, 02:46:38 pm
 "In Korea, if you are not first, you are last"  <------ Best thing she has ever said (other then when she randomly tells me to go home)  I will never forget it.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: ISangHae on March 23, 2011, 03:20:53 pm
Horus is my hero  ;D :laugh:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Sara on March 23, 2011, 06:26:09 pm
Mrs. Im: What name for new English book? Fun English? (gasp) FUNGISH!
Me: Uhhh...

It took a lot of convincing that people wouldn't think of fun + English :laugh:

Mr Kim: What do you call older man and younger woman?
Me: Cradle robber.
Mr. Kim: Ah, I want to be cradle robber.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: msqueen888 on March 23, 2011, 08:49:22 pm
6th grade lesson 10:  Do you want some more?

I always have to hold back my laughter as all my students are practicing "Do you wanna fork?' which of course is most definitely mispronounced f**k.  Then i try to help them with their pronunciation and all I can here is f**k f**k f**k repeatedly.  Makes for an amusing day for me at least :)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Gillod on March 23, 2011, 09:02:48 pm
"First, there are too many games. Students must do more writing. Second, there is too much writing, students say it is boring. Do more games"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: juskajo on March 23, 2011, 10:10:47 pm
"Ya. Ya. Ya!  Delete you gum.  DELETE YOU GUM!"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: actualstarfish on March 24, 2011, 10:48:35 am
Every Tuesday and Thursday I do a morning show with the English Conversation Teacher that is broadcast for all the students in the school to watch. We teach them about some children's songs and they all get to sing along in their classrooms. The past few days we have been teaching a song called "Brown Bear."

We were teaching the kids the phrases "What do you see?" with the response "I see a ________ looking at me." Well we went through the normal animals like red bird and yellow duck and we finally get to black sheep. I ask her "What do you see?" and she responds quite literally "I see a black shit." It didn't even sound remotely like sheep. I think she learned the word for s**t and somehow in her brain she always makes an association of sheep with s**t. So I nervously respond "Uhhhh yes, its a black SHEEP." To which she hilariously replies "Right, I see a black shit." Mind you this is being broadcast to the entire school, including my principal, my co teacher, and all 900 or so of our students.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: boticelli on March 24, 2011, 12:44:03 pm
This has been a crap day. And this thread has given me some perspective on things. Thank you for this. :)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: ramkyles on March 24, 2011, 01:20:13 pm
This has been a crap day. And this thread has given me some perspective on things. Thank you for this. :)
It's going to be ok. There is something in the water, I think.

Had a good one today...sort of. The hot art teacher and I were teaching English when I asked the class how they were doing. Then I ask my co-teacher how she is doing and she says she's tired. Ok. THEN:

"Aren't you tired too? You drank so much last night!" (refering to one of the staff dinners).


The class and I went silent... :o
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: 7Suarez7 on March 24, 2011, 01:35:16 pm
I was told 'You look thick...like animal'

???
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: EPSK on March 24, 2011, 01:36:28 pm
"In Korea, if you are not first, you are last"  <------ Best thing she has ever said (other then when she randomly tells me to go home)  I will never forget it.

Looks like Judd Apatow movies have made an impression in Korea...
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: allansuwon on March 24, 2011, 01:49:19 pm
Yeah, im a dude and had my male co-teacher tell me "I will ride you now"... i squeezed my butt cheeks.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: GwangjuLaura on March 24, 2011, 02:45:12 pm
Today between my 5th class and teachers class. "You look ill. Your face is red".

Just before my first ever class...."You look better in your pictures..um I mean, you look good now, but in pictures you look like movie star"

Whilst eating my first lunch in the cafeteria "You have small eyes and a small face".

At a teachers workshop for native and korean teachers "you have a very small nose and your eyes are a bit thin. Your face is comfortable for Koreans. Other westerners here though have very big noses" *points to some poor random waygook*

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: hi_teachuh! on March 24, 2011, 03:06:30 pm
"Ya. Ya. Ya!  Delete you gum.  DELETE YOU GUM!"

hahaha! i LOVE this!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: jrod86 on March 24, 2011, 03:28:43 pm
Non English teacher at my school. Lets have lunch together today.
me: ya, sure.
Ok I will touch you soon. 
ummmm what??
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Vincent on March 24, 2011, 03:40:11 pm
my kids regularly ask me in the Clay Davis way from the wire " teacher, teacher - work sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeiiiiitt" cracks me up every time
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: niale on March 24, 2011, 04:15:58 pm
your face > good job  :)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: jacqmcc on March 24, 2011, 08:34:53 pm
My CT to the students: Do you like it bitch?  (meaning Do you like the beach?!) Muahahhaha


Me: Can you tell that student not to lie on the desk?

Male CT: Don't worry about her, she looks like a man.  WHAAAA!

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: tfuller on March 24, 2011, 10:00:08 pm
My co uses 'sweat'.. instead of 'sweet' until she caught on that i was saying it differently..

She also wondered why i would look at her strange when she kept talking about a 'bowel' and a spoon in one of the 5th grade classes.

And when a kid farted, she came out with "who cut the cheese?". I nearly fell over backwards with laughter when i heard her say that!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: nzer-in-gyeongnam on March 24, 2011, 10:22:02 pm
A teacher today said to me "Do you know 'bab'?"
I was like... uh... bap? rice?
Teacher: no! no! Bab teacher!
Me: oh... Bob? No, but I've heard of him.
Teacher: Bahahahaa! Bob? Not Bab? Ok ok ok... Bob Bob Bob. You don't know? Why you know he's name Bob?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: mellow-d on March 25, 2011, 08:00:41 am
My co-teacher once told me that she and the other co-teacher were sharing a "cock". I couldn't help but laugh and then try to explain the pronunciation difference between "cock" and "coke".
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: summerthyme on March 25, 2011, 08:16:32 am
I got this on two separate occasions:  once from a teacher at another school, and once from the geography teacher at my school.

"Koreans like you because you face look oriental."

I made them show me the translation in their fun.  Yup, oriental.  Keep in mind I'm of German/French descent.  I think it's because I have really deep-set eyes?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: meggie107 on March 25, 2011, 08:21:49 am
This week I had the students play bingo using different countries and foods around the world.  For South Africa, I used 'koeksisters' (pronounced 'cook-sisters' for those non-south africans reading this).  The students were all very confused about the pronunciation, and my co-teacher proceeded to correct each of them very loudly and confidently: 'it's pronounced 'cock-sister.'

So I had all of these little people this week running around, asking each other if they like cock-sisters...'twas very amusing:)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: ejmclaine on March 25, 2011, 08:32:06 am
After taking a sick day.... "Are you feeling better? Do you have diarrhea?"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Castielle on March 25, 2011, 08:58:34 am
First day I met my VP

Me : Hi Mr VP

VP : Hello, where you from?

Me : South Africa

VP : Really, didnt know there are handsome people in Africa. Are there handsome girls too?

lol.. trying to hook up much
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: jimmyjamison on March 25, 2011, 09:21:35 am
“She is soooo beautiful. Ah, she is so glamorous.  Sexual. Sexual? Is that the word? Hour-glass figure.”

My co-teacher just lightly spanked a kid in the bum in a kidding manner, and then she turned to me and said:  “Please understand me. I am Korean. I don’t need any sexual harassment!”

“I need help.  I need you to make decorations for my classroom. You are good at PowerPoint, so I know you will do good job. I want classroom to be exotic environment.”

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Janitor on March 25, 2011, 09:48:41 am
First day I met my female principle:
P: oh very handsome... single?
me: Ugh.. yes...
P: NO SCANDAL!!! all teachers pretty and single... no scandal!

Introduces a secretary
P: see very young and pretty
Me: oh... nice to {interupts}
P: No scandal!!!


Last Day of school for that principle:

Passes me her email during dinner
P: if you don't email I kill you!! ha ha hahaha
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: KevinA on March 25, 2011, 09:49:23 am
The most memorable moment I've had (and there have been plenty):

First full day of work (August 2009), most of us foreigners were supposed to be in Quarantine due to H1N1 so I was desk warming for 8 hours, wahoo. First thing in the morning I am supposed to give a speech to the entire teaching staff. I don't know Korean so I keep it simple and down to 10 words. The co teacher had a list of information she pulled out of me when she picked me up from orientation to take me to the apartment. These questions were along the lines of, "What is your hobby? What do you like to do on Saturdays? What is your ideal type? Do you have a girlfriend? Are you Christian? Do you miss your family? Do you like Kimchi?" Great, so on top of being the only foreigner in the school, all the teachers now think that I hike, fish, and take long walks on the beach on Saturdays, love all women, and really enjoy kimchi and hate my family. After this I am instructed to stand at the door to the room and shake everybody's hand as they leave and say something to me in English. 85% of the teachers said this exact phrase, "Hello. Nice to meet you. You are very handsome. Goodbye."

That is just round 1 of the first day.

I get told at 8:30 that the principal wants a meeting right away. I ask what it is about, the co teacher at the time says she doesn't know. I say that usually there are agendas or at least a topic for a meeting, not just go in and say hi, so I am a bit confused. We go there anyways. I am surprised at how nice the principal's office is; leather sofa, 12 leather seats, conference table, flat screen TV, fish tank, the works. It is just me, the co teacher, the vice principal and the principal. I sit down and an immediately uncomfortable because the leather squeaks and I have no idea what is going on. The vice principal leans in, "You are very handsome." Great, let's chalk up number 39 of the times I've heard that; so I say, "Thank you. You are handsome also." He chuckles a bit and says, "No. I am Korean." and makes a face as if he just ate a lemon, "You are white, so you are more handsome." Uhh. okay. Principal remarks, "Yes, very-uh, handsome-uhh." He doesn't speak a lick of English and obviously studied very hard for these next few phrases.

The co teacher tells me to ask what the meeting is about. But I don't speak Korean. At all. "What is this meeting about?" The principal looks as though the desk just got up, did a flamenco dance and then went back to being a desk. He leans in closer and says, "High-uh-school-uh girls..." I think, hmm, okay, probably the girls in this high school so I say, "The girls in this high school." "Yes!" ... "High-uh-school-uh girls... " He then crosses his forearms and firmly states, "NO!" So I suppose it is safe to assume he means don't do high school girls. I get it. I really, I mean really want to say quizzically, "High school boys?" But I think better of it and instead say, "Ahh, high school girls, no way." while making a slashing motion across my throat. Point taken, meeting is adjourned. Welcome to Korea.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: grajoker on March 25, 2011, 10:34:04 am
ME: GOOD MORNING
KT:NICE TO MEET YOU TOO!  said very fast
ME: OH OK YES THANKYOU
KT: smiles!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: TriKorea on March 25, 2011, 10:37:35 am
This was not said by my co-teacher but one of the teachers I work with. He was giving me a ride home from bowling (we had just finished a teacher outing.)

T - What are you having for dinner?
Me - I'm making Salmon and Veggies.
T - What's seamen?
Me - No no, its Sam-in, Samm-in, not seamen, its a type of fish.
T - ohh Fish.

I think I'll pass on the salt filled dinner, thanks. :laugh:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: jejujeju on March 25, 2011, 10:40:18 am
Me: What is that alarm for?
CT: I think... fire... practice
Me: Oh, ok.  What do we do?
CT: I think... the basement.
Me: For a fire?
CT: Yes, but i am new to this school.

Me: (smiling widely)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: lion11 on March 25, 2011, 11:19:11 am
I got this one about 30 minutes while doing my korean homework.  I was in the middle of this sentance in korean "If i have time i will go to the bank."  A teacher that sits behind me leans in and says "You write so well.  You should be poet."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: SBracken on March 25, 2011, 12:28:33 pm
Today I wore my hair in braids, and I probably should have seen it coming, but:
"you look like student, not like teacher"

also loved this speech I got from a co-worker once.
"ah, america and korea custom very different. korea, we wear short bottom, america, ah, you wear short *gestures to neck area* here. very different. your shirt, you are *consults cell phone dictionary* showing, gaudy."

._.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: rdh2209 on March 25, 2011, 12:49:05 pm
a student, not a co teacher....

One boy student flipped off another student in class one day. Right in the middle of my lesson he starts screaming "Teacher, he f*cked me!" over and over.

Hardest thing ever to not laugh out loud.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: talitavangraan on March 25, 2011, 01:09:04 pm
I taught my co-teacher the phrase 'age before beauty'.
She memorized it and a few days later walked through a door before me,
stating ever-so-grandly 'the elder before the prettier!'
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Tayteacher on March 25, 2011, 01:26:27 pm
Me: What is that alarm for?
CT: I think... fire... practice
Me: Oh, ok.  What do we do?
CT: I think... the basement.
Me: For a fire?
CT: Yes, but i am new to this school.

Me: (smiling widely)


LOL...this just made my afternoon! I was in tears reading this I had to leave my teachers room! :laugh:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Taya on March 25, 2011, 01:31:23 pm
My new co-teacher is really nice and she has spent some time in Canada so she is usually very "westernized" in her English. However, sometimes she gives me a backhanded compliment or doesn't realize she's being rude.

She said the pictures of me on my Facebook were pretty and very professional because I was wearing makeup, but usually I look like a university student. I said that I wear makeup every day and she was very surprised.

Maybe I should cake it on a little thicker.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Tayteacher on March 25, 2011, 01:33:48 pm
my kids regularly ask me in the Clay Davis way from the wire " teacher, teacher - work sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeiiiiitt" cracks me up every time

LOL...love it! Do you think they know the show?  ;)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: SimonWhite on March 25, 2011, 01:43:09 pm
"You live like a monk."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: fishing1993 on March 25, 2011, 01:53:40 pm
CT - Couple!
Me - Couple?
CT - Yes, couple.
Me - ...?
CT - You come with me?
Me - ... oh, you mean 'car pool'.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: eemneedah on March 25, 2011, 03:43:45 pm
My co-teacher gets her p's and f's mixed up. Common pronunciation problem for Koreans.

We were in the car and as she was trying to park she says 'Faking is hard.'

'Did you know, Jafan had a Tsunami?!?' (Two weeks after the Tsunami hit.)

'Mans is better than womans. I wish to lay a boy child. That is better than girl child.' (we're both women)

'When the foreigner lays a child with Korean, they poison the Korean blood.'

CT: Did you know some Koreans have jenopobic?
Me: Yes, some Koreans are a little xenophobic. Are you xenophobic?
CT: Yes, a little.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: frappps on March 25, 2011, 03:50:40 pm

'When the foreigner lays a child with Korean, they poison the Korean blood.'


Ouch! It must be a pleasure to see her every morning.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: sambelina78 on March 25, 2011, 04:00:30 pm
i went to a rural school last semester that i no longer go to. the english teacher there now attends my workshop. I was pleased she had joined because we got along well.

She said to me today (first time i have seen her since december): "are you well? you look prettier this year".

Hmm...
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: joybot0 on March 25, 2011, 08:46:25 pm
This would make a great blog..."Funny things my coteacher says."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: llamalady on March 25, 2011, 10:54:42 pm
One night my friend and I were being followed by an old man, he thought we were prostitutes and kept yelling "You Russia? How much? Service-uh?"
The next day I told my coteacher and she burst out laughing and said " He must be crazy! You are way too fat to be a hooker!"  :D
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: cragesmure on March 25, 2011, 11:18:21 pm
One night my friend and I were being followed by an old man, he thought we were prostitutes and kept yelling "You Russia? How much? Service-uh?"
The next day I told my coteacher and she burst out laughing and said " He must be crazy! You are way too fat to be a hooker!"  :D
:o
Not to take it too far off topic, but I had this experience when I was teaching in a Chinese university.  I got my students to write a paper on various people in history (with the catch that they had to write about a famous Australian).  I had one student write about Sir Donald Bradman, the cricketer.  Throughout the entire essay, she referred to him as "Bonald Bradman".  I was reading it in front of a bunch of students, and was trying not to giggle each time I read it (I'm still not sure why that tickled me so much).  About half way through the essay, she wrote "Bonald Bradman, whose nickname was "Tang"...".  I cracked up and I had a laughing fit to the point where students were asking me if I was laughing or crying, genuinely concerned.  His nickname was "The Don", by the way, and I have no idea where "Tang" came from.

The best I've had from a Korean student was when I asked him to name 3 countries in Asia.  The reply came, "Korea, China and Japenis".  I couldn't help but laugh at that one.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: YourFriendBen on March 28, 2011, 02:55:21 am
retort with racism? hmmm no, no thanks.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: frappps on March 28, 2011, 06:46:17 am
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Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Gillod on March 28, 2011, 07:51:42 am
Just this week I had another teacher in my school come to my office to ask me something. When she walks in she starts going "No shit! No shit!". I'm just kind of staring at her when she points to a chair in the other room and starts to go drag it in. What she was trying to say was "No sit".

Along those lines, I had a co-teacher going for her TESOL and one of her assignments was to write a children's story. Hers was a parable about a bear that tried to get some honey and got stung by a bee. It included 2 memorable passages:

"Dad Bear is brutal beating his child, maybe to death, for being so stupid" and the last words, the moral of the story: "That is why you don't touch other person's shit"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Davey on March 28, 2011, 10:16:38 am
waygook.org has zero tolerance for prejudice.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: daninsanam on March 28, 2011, 11:54:39 am
In front of the whole class...

CT: "Today we look at erections!"
Me: "Aaaa   :-X .... directions, yes, we are studying directions today."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: hi_teachuh! on March 28, 2011, 12:00:24 pm
talking about future goals...

ss: I want to be a bagina.
ct: a vagina? what is this job?
me: a what? *laughing*
ct: (asks something in korean.) oooh, a bagina. you know, making the buildings...
me: what? *laughing a lot at this point*...oh! a designer! d-sound! designer!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Koradian on March 31, 2011, 11:59:58 am
So, this year we had a new principal come in and take charge. Most teachers are quite unhappy as, right from the beginning, he is trying to change the 'system'. (So I'm told)

I have one co-teacher who is extremely unhappy and told me at lunch she's figured out a way to escape his wrath...

"I dislike him so much that I'm thinking about having another baby. This was I can claim maternity leave and stay home from work!."

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: theTazz on March 31, 2011, 12:48:18 pm
I have been in Korea a week today. That makes two days at each of my schools so far.

Everyone, teachers and students, reacts with huge gasps when I say I'm from South Africa. I guessed this is because they all have a very stereotyped image in their heads of Africa and Africans, but today my co-teacher laid it out for me in no uncertain terms:

"Like me, they thought you were going to be just a black person." Er. Political correctness fail :D
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: dwebsterlfc on March 31, 2011, 01:10:30 pm
Not exactly a co-teacher comment but it was another teacher in the school sent me a message on my cool messenger, at this point i didn't know that Cool messenger was a system that, as well as being used for personal messages, could be used to pass notices out throughout the whole school.

I messaged back saying sorry I don't speak Korean.

The reply was 'DEATH!!!'

I was slightly alarmed and asked my co-teacher exactly what I'd done and he explained that there had been a death in 1 of the teachers families. The language barrier is an interesting thing lol.

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: murakano121 on March 31, 2011, 01:19:10 pm
I wouldn't limit that too just Koreans either.......my Saffa friends have said the same thing happened to them when they went to the likes of the U.S and the U.K  ???

I have been in Korea a week today. That makes two days at each of my schools so far.

Everyone, teachers and students, reacts with huge gasps when I say I'm from South Africa. I guessed this is because they all have a very stereotyped image in their heads of Africa and Africans, but today my co-teacher laid it out for me in no uncertain terms:

"Like me, they thought you were going to be just a black person." Er. Political correctness fail :D
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Brirish on March 31, 2011, 01:34:44 pm
Regarding one particular female student: She is retarded.

Me: Look of mild shock.

CT (obviously  misinterpreting my look for one of non-understanding): In the head. (Points to head).
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: theTazz on March 31, 2011, 01:37:28 pm
Very true. I had similar experiences in France and Germany. It's more how shocked they are that amuses me... :P

I wouldn't limit that too just Koreans either.......my Saffa friends have said the same thing happened to them when they went to the likes of the U.S and the U.K  ???

I have been in Korea a week today. That makes two days at each of my schools so far.

Everyone, teachers and students, reacts with huge gasps when I say I'm from South Africa. I guessed this is because they all have a very stereotyped image in their heads of Africa and Africans, but today my co-teacher laid it out for me in no uncertain terms:

"Like me, they thought you were going to be just a black person." Er. Political correctness fail :D
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: donuts on March 31, 2011, 02:00:07 pm
Coteacher: Do you like to tan?

Me: Sure, sometimes. You?

Coteacher: Absolutely Not!


Coteacher: I saw you have a criminal background check.

Me: Yes, I had to get it for my visa.

Coteacher: Why, because you have a tattoo?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Koradian on March 31, 2011, 02:17:16 pm

Coteacher: I saw you have a criminal background check.

Me: Yes, I had to get it for my visa.

Coteacher: Why, because you have a tattoo?

Priceless!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: bmym80 on March 31, 2011, 02:32:48 pm
I was talking to me co-teacher:
CT: My brother used to be handsome.
Me: (I am thinking he had an accident) Is he ok?
CT: No. He is ugly now.
Me: (thinking he must look like death is knocking on his door) Is he in pain?
CT: No pain. He is bald.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Matty W on April 01, 2011, 08:24:11 am
Just met young male co-teacher at a new school. After telling me a dozen times that I am handsome (nothing new there for Korea, but thank you), he informs me "I draw you." He proceeds to take out a piece of paper and sketches me from across the table as if we were on our first date. Looks like I'm making friends. Nice to meet you too.

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: honeynutloops on April 01, 2011, 08:39:06 am
Just met young male co-teacher at a new school. After telling me a dozen times that I am handsome (nothing new there for Korea, but thank you), he informs me "I draw you." He proceeds to take out a piece of paper and sketches me from across the table as if we were on our first date. Looks like I'm making friends. Nice to meet you too.

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: ramackenzie on April 01, 2011, 03:32:21 pm
After declining a handful of crispy rice crackers (because I'm convinced I'm going to chip a tooth trying to eat the stuff) my co-teacher said, "But it is good exercise!".
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Jessica G on April 01, 2011, 03:46:15 pm
Along those lines, I had a co-teacher going for her TESOL and one of her assignments was to write a children's story. Hers was a parable about a bear that tried to get some honey and got stung by a bee. It included 2 memorable passages:

"Dad Bear is brutal beating his child, maybe to death, for being so stupid" and the last words, the moral of the story: "That is why you don't touch other person's shit"

HILARIOUS!!!  :P ;) :)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: andyfoggy on April 02, 2011, 08:17:10 am
this was a while ago when Obama came to office

School principal: How do you like your new president?
                   Me: He is not my president. (I am not from America)
School principal: Hysterical laughing and patting my shoulder giving me a knowing look before limping still laughing up to his office for a few hits of the soju
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Lisa_03 on April 02, 2011, 10:03:35 am
The music teacher at my school and I do weekly language exchanges. Last week, I taught her some phrases about health/sickness. Yesterday, I saw her in the hall and casually asked: "How are you doing today?"
Her face fell and she responded sadly: "I'm suffering from diarrhea for 2 days." I laughed, but then explained that we don't normally tell other people about those problems.
Today, when I asked her: "How are you?"
Her face lifted and she replied proudly: "No more diarrhea!... But today I'm suffering from constipation".

Well, at least she's putting the expressions into use.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Lisa_03 on April 02, 2011, 10:08:31 am
My co-teacher did a month-long study abroad program in Canada. When she came back to Korea, she told me: "Canadian women are very voluptuous. I felt like a child next to them."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: dpsmith on April 02, 2011, 01:24:48 pm
I gave my co-teacher a compliment and she responded with "SUCK ME UP!!!" after a laugh of confusion i realized she had heard me tell someone not to suck up to me the week before. we still laugh about it 2 months later.  :P
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: firebreaker on April 02, 2011, 05:06:36 pm
My favorite CT comment is any statement that starts with "As you know"  When the obvious is that.. well... "Um.. I didn't know until you started telling me just now, but apparently I must already know because you started the statement with; as you know."

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: canada_girl on April 02, 2011, 08:27:38 pm
After a productive meeting on how to encourage the kids to speak more in class our co-teacher said to myself and my co-foreign teacher (also female) " let's keep touching each other"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: firebreaker on April 03, 2011, 10:21:28 am
After a productive meeting on how to encourage the kids to speak more in class our co-teacher said to myself and my co-foreign teacher (also female) " let's keep touching each other"

classic!  ;D
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: notinKS on April 03, 2011, 11:53:10 am
My favorite CT comment is any statement that starts with "As you know"  When the obvious is that.. well... "Um.. I didn't know until you started telling me just now, but apparently I must already know because you started the statement with; as you know."

There's a verb ending in Korean that means "as you know." If you learn enough Korean, you hear it all the time.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: siamagoo on April 03, 2011, 07:30:36 pm
CT: My brother used to be handsome.

Koreans are suprisingly honest about apearances.

My coteacher said something negative about her (perfectly lovely) daughter's appearance.
Me (jokingly): So you don't think you daughter is pretty.
Teacher (completely honest): No, she is not pretty.

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: cragesmure on April 03, 2011, 08:13:38 pm
CT: My brother used to be handsome.

Koreans are suprisingly honest about apearances.

My coteacher said something negative about her (perfectly lovely) daughter's appearance.
Me (jokingly): So you don't think you daughter is pretty.
Teacher (completely honest): No, she is not pretty.
So true.  The issue of plastic surgery came up in my adult conversation class the other night.  One student said that he thought his daughter would need it.  I asked him how old his daughter was.  8 months old.  Wow.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: alwayallday on April 04, 2011, 07:44:56 pm
When I first met my CT he wanted to compare the differences in learning English and Korean.

Because he did not have a firm grasp on the English language he decided to give me examples of what he meant. He was trying to explain a grammatical concept when he said,

"I had a P.P."

He kept repeating this phrase and was very adamant that he did not have a P.P.

After a while I realized he was abbreviating the words Past Participle.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: kleigh on April 04, 2011, 08:25:46 pm
These funny comments really made my day!

Once I told a co-teacher I was going to buy fruit at Lottemart... ( I'm South African) ... She asked me "Are you going to buy...what's the name of the fruit that poor people eat in Africa instead of food?".
lol, I cracked up.. I was like,I don't know, fruit is much cheaper in South Africa, but we eat normal food too :)


Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: danniv on April 04, 2011, 09:28:33 pm
Not a coteacher comment, but.......... this one student who I don't teach, but her classroom is next to my English Zone, always comes in to my class to tell me about her day and things going on in the school. She doesn't speak almost any English (our convos are usually in Korean), but one time she attempted to tell me about something her teacher said in a class and she said "My low society teacher *bla bla blah*" I was in shock. First, I didn't know she knew that much English to call someone low society, and secondly I didn't expect her to be talking that way about a teacher. Turns out she was talking about her "Law and Society" teacher..... I was cracking up!

And I told my coteacher the other day that she should be more up on the kids in the back who keep talking, to which she responded. "The kids don't like to be told too much to be quiet. They get bored of it."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: dporter on April 04, 2011, 10:27:05 pm
First day in rural Korea and my ci-teacher is driving me around the small town.

As we pass one place he says, "That is a French restaurant."

"Really?" I say.

"Yes. It is a boo-fay."

In reality it was a pretty good Korean buffet.

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: dporter on April 04, 2011, 10:33:12 pm
My favorite CT comment is any statement that starts with "As you know"  When the obvious is that.. well... "Um.. I didn't know until you started telling me just now, but apparently I must already know because you started the statement with; as you know."

There's a verb ending in Korean that means "as you know." If you learn enough Korean, you hear it all the time.

The Chinese will often start a statement with, 'As we all know....' I can't count the number of times I heard, 'As we all know Chinese food is the most delicious.'
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Stella on April 04, 2011, 11:29:04 pm
My CT refers to the principal and vice-principal as the Captain and second Captain.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Mrs. Parker on April 05, 2011, 07:02:30 am
Today, I am tired. Yesterday night I am taking the wrestling with my wife. So, I am happy and the tired.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: JJWON on April 05, 2011, 07:19:34 am
From my student,
"Some people say you got fat,,,,but that's ok,,,,,I still like you."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: ashay on April 05, 2011, 08:43:57 am
My VP told me randomly yesterday:

"TIme is like an arrow."  That was it. 

This isn't a co-teacher but one of my favorite comments came from a student.  I asked them how they would feel if their cat died.  The student replied, "full." 
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: ariybird on April 05, 2011, 08:53:18 am
      Also a student comment but I think the coteacher might have agreed before he saw me start laughing. I was teaching my new 4th grade class about the Easter Bunny as part of our "Around the World" section in our book. This class' level is pretty low. So I asked them if they knew Santa Claus.  All the kids agreed until I pointed at myself and said, "Just like Santa Claus, ..." (getting ready to say that the Easter Bunny brought me presents).
     One of the better students in the class yells (quite seriously), "No teacher! You are Santa Grandmother."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Koreak on April 05, 2011, 09:01:20 am
My VP told me randomly yesterday:

"TIme is like an arrow."  That was it. 
 

That is a Korean proverb.  My gf says the same thing.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Koradian on April 05, 2011, 09:04:01 am
My CT told me this morning she thinks it is very interesting that 'Elizabeth Taylor' is featured on Canadian money^^
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Insouciant on April 05, 2011, 09:04:23 am
I was asking my class what they want to be when they grow up.

I swore blind that a young girl said she wanted to be Harry Potter. Only after repeating a couple of times, and a lot of laughing, did it become clear that she wanted to be 'a reporter'.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: richarquis on April 05, 2011, 09:48:09 am
My co uses 'sweat'.. instead of 'sweet' until she caught on that i was saying it differently..

She also wondered why i would look at her strange when she kept talking about a 'bowel' and a spoon in one of the 5th grade classes.

And when a kid farted, she came out with "who cut the cheese?". I nearly fell over backwards with laughter when i heard her say that!  :laugh:


I may be to blame... I teach them "Who cut the cheese?" whenever someone farts. They love it.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Mrs. Parker on April 05, 2011, 10:35:17 am
South Africans will probably understand this one :

My coteacher once took a bite from a cookie and went : 'hmmmm, lekker!'

Ive mentioned one or two Afrikaans words to her before, never thought she would remember them!

She has also used 'sommer' in several sentences...and we all know sommer fits in everywhere! :P

Oh my just realized I might single handedly bring down my schools whole English department with my foreign tongue!

Lekker jy!!!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: kwartas on April 05, 2011, 10:45:21 am
Non English teacher at my school. Lets have lunch together today.
me: ya, sure.
Ok I will touch you soon. 
ummmm what??

Bahahaaa! You looked forward to that ?  ;)
I was told: 'Ahhh, teacher, you have golden hair...'
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: saritagallese on April 05, 2011, 11:17:20 am
At a very uncomfortable winter camp staff dinner;

Principal looks at fellow native teacher, 'You, S-line. Good. Yes'
Turns to look at me, 'You, good face. No photoshop'

Ummmm, thanks?? Most random compliment I've ever had... :laugh:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: wiggum2012 on April 05, 2011, 01:41:14 pm
Earlier today a co-teacher asked me to explain the phrase "Holy crap on a cracker." I have no idea where she heard it as it's something I've never said.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: heffneh on April 05, 2011, 01:48:09 pm
From a student who has drawn a face on his pencil case and named it:

"His name is Foo. He American, because he has blue eyes and green hair."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: JamericanTeacher on April 05, 2011, 02:12:20 pm
Last year I was teaching my 6th graders about daily routines.  I was telling them my morning routine where I said I take a shower, talk on the phone with my mom then eat some kind of fruit, usually an apple, for breakfast...

...a silence overcomes the class.  Then one student says, "You are not fat." 

...then another said, "Chubby.  Just chubby."

I almost died of laughter.  I was also pleased to know I'm not fat.  LOL
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: machoman on April 05, 2011, 02:16:25 pm
:laugh:that made me laugh out loud at my desk!!
thanks
i have heard many things like that in Korea
Introduction to my new coworker a few years ago was "hello my name is Lee  ___  ___ and i am fat"

this made me chortle. 
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: katoot on April 05, 2011, 03:48:49 pm
Earlier today a co-teacher asked me to explain the phrase "Holy crap on a cracker." I have no idea where she heard it as it's something I've never said.


This could be from the American TV show, Big Bang Theory.  It was quite popular at one of my hogwans a year or so ago, and my Korean wife also loves the show.  I know that in at least one episode, Penny says that phrase twice.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: gospelwing on April 05, 2011, 08:23:55 pm
My wife was pregnant during her last contract at her school. Her principal, who spoke almost no English, managed to ask, "You want son or daughter?" My wife replied, "Either one is great!" He scurried out of the teacher's office and came back a couple of minutes later with a persimmon with a large phallic protrusion sticking out of it. "I hope you have a son!" he said. "Uh, thanks?!" I don't know if we were supposed to eat it, but we had a daughter.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: chickensfly on April 05, 2011, 09:27:00 pm
one time my old coteacher and i were just chilling while waiting around for class to start and i said how hungry i was. he then got his bag and said "you want some crack?" haha i was shocked! he opened his bag and gave me some ace crack-ers. i was trying so hard not to laugh... even now as i'm typing this i'm laughing a bit..
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: dancesonhertoes on April 05, 2011, 10:06:06 pm
My male coteacher said to me one day
"2 things on a woman bounce when she runs.
1 thing on a man bounces when he runs.
What is it?" 

And I could only think of one thing....  and the more I thought "don't say penis"  the more I could only think 'penis' and I guess my eyes got bigger and bigger and finally he said something eluding to me being a pervert and said "A TIE".

I've since learned that that is a somewhat common Korean joke.  In case you weren't sure about what bounces on the woman - it's earings.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: chizzin on April 05, 2011, 10:19:56 pm
My co teachers once asked, 'Where would you like to go for your honeymoon?'

I replied, 'I'm not sure, somewhere nice, chilled and exotic, like Madagascar'.

She said 'Is that a place, I thought it was a movie.'
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: jauntwithjo on April 05, 2011, 11:26:24 pm
My CT and I were discussing American TV shows and we started talking about Dexter versus Supernatural. She refuses to watch Supernatural and I asked her why she would watch Dexter and not Supernatural. Very blase, she said, "Oh, it's only people being killed."

If an English-speaker had walked by right then without context! XDDD
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: daejeondarryn on April 06, 2011, 09:48:04 am
A student comment from just now.

Girl holding a Harry Potter book: "teacher your face..."
Me: "Yes?"
Girl: "Harry Potter friend... Ron Weaseley."
Me: *laughs* "Oh yes I am a ginger..."
Girl: "I know... you have no soul."

 :laugh:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: CellarDoor on April 06, 2011, 11:59:02 am
Lunch conversation with a male co-teacher:

He: I have just finished watching the first season of "Friends."  I like it very much!  Do you like "Friends"?
Me: I never really watched it much, probably the only person I know who didn't.  I guess I like sci-fi and fantasy shows more.
He: I think these are shows boys usually like.
Me: Well, maybe... I also like detective shows like NCIS, CSI, Law and Order... [and anything by Joss Whedon; intelligent shows, though I didn't add that]
He: Yes, I think these are more boys' shows... You like Harry Potter?
Me: Yeah, Harry Potter's pretty cool.
He: I think you look like him, Harry Potter.
Me: Ah-ha-ha-haaaa....  ...  :(  [great....]
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Death Walrus on April 06, 2011, 12:01:14 pm
Talking about my evaluation form.

ME: What does this general health section mean?
Co-teacher: It means no smoking, cigarettes, or heroin.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Sara on April 06, 2011, 12:03:33 pm
These funny comments really made my day!

Once I told a co-teacher I was going to buy fruit at Lottemart... ( I'm South African) ... She asked me "Are you going to buy...what's the name of the fruit that poor people eat in Africa instead of food?".
lol, I cracked up.. I was like,I don't know, fruit is much cheaper in South Africa, but we eat normal food too :)

Maybe she means yams? They're used worldwide as a meal staple...maybe she thinks it's a replacement for protein, or "real food." Haha!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: atlantic81 on April 06, 2011, 12:06:37 pm
(Holding a poster)
Female co-T: Do you have a rubber I can borrow?
Me: Umm... what was that?

I then explained she meant rubber band, and because she's pretty cool I explained the "other" meaning so she doesn't find herself in a sticky situation. It was good fun.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: hwana on April 06, 2011, 12:08:55 pm
I have no doubt that every foreign-looking male in Korea has been told at some point or other that he is handsome, but one of the special education teachers in my school exclaimed today "Jon you such a pretty-boy!". Harmless in text, but putting the stress on 'pretty' instead of 'boy' changes the meaning somewhat... I had to explain to her why I was chuckling, and she loved the fact that she'd inadvertently said I look a bit fruity  :laugh:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: AC_in_Korea on April 06, 2011, 12:13:45 pm
My coteacher said, "You are cut up of teaching".  His English is actually very good, so I asked him what he meant, and then I explained the idiom "cut out for".  The next teacher's lesson I did was on idioms and they loved it!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: pablo112 on April 06, 2011, 12:16:10 pm
(Holding a poster)
Female co-T: Do you have a rubber I can borrow?
Me: Umm... what was that?

I then explained she meant rubber band, and because she's pretty cool I explained the "other" meaning so she doesn't find herself in a sticky situation. It was good fun.

Or she may have wanted an eraser like device. The above is perfectly Innocent in the UK hence why I bring it up as many times as possible with Americans both  here and when I was at uni.  ;D

 Not a co-teacher, but one of the admin staff. He refers to the principal as his mistress, and considering the fact that he recently got promoted to being the head admin guy...
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Rendi Teacher on April 07, 2011, 08:46:57 am
VP (reading an 'American Expressions' book) looks up and says:  'Teacher, you are an asshole!'  and 'Teacher, get off my ass!'  and bursts out laughing.  haha!  made my day!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: SBracken on April 07, 2011, 10:38:12 am
"I like you!" (said by a male teacher when we first met)

"You are very PG." (same male teacher, just yesterday)

During a teachers' class today: "Be careful, don't expose yourself..." (turns out she was talking about the 'radioactive rain')


These are student comments, but I still thought they were.... interesting:

Just after a class a student (HS grade 3) I don't have came into my classroom and wrote down 'my captian' with an arrow pointing down, and then pointed at himself.

in one school my (MS) students keep diaries, and I collect them bi-weekly. some entries I've gotten so far...
"Teacher, would you like to come to my house?"
"[She] is sick. So, I think.... that's too bad...."
one entry about homework, and then: "Teacher will be very sorry" :S
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: bparsons on April 07, 2011, 10:40:50 am
"Today after school, I will ride you home."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: stefinately on April 07, 2011, 10:43:43 am
co teachers say the darndest things
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: mktoday on April 07, 2011, 10:45:06 am
Everyday someone offers to ride me home!  Deary me. 
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: jeffie_87 on April 07, 2011, 10:47:10 am
This is a story I heard from my friend

Students: Teacher how are you?
Teacher: I'm tired...
Students: Why?
Teacher: Because of you.

My teacher likes to leave the ends off of certain words.
Please - plea
course - cour

oh and "how about you?" is "how abounyu?"

I try not to laugh in class, I know its not nice but it funny and cute at the same time
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: twak24 on April 07, 2011, 10:49:02 am
When we were at the X-ray section of the medical exam, my co tells me that I need to take off my shirt, jersey and bra and to be sure to remove my necklace if I am wearing one. I go into the change room which is in the middle of a busy public waiting area, which one has to walk through again to get to the x-ray machine. 2 seconds later, she comes rushing in a bit of a blind panic, shouting, "And then the gown, the gown!!! You need to put on the gown!!!" This little hospital adventure also involved her wanting to come with me into the toilet to help me pee in the cup and holding my hand when we crossed the road. Good times.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: DaniM on April 07, 2011, 11:57:42 am
You might not believe it, but my CT actually said, in class, "She loves you long time"

I had a student tell me her parents were "pubic officers"  - she meant public officers.

I had another student write, "to reduce pollution, you should **** more." - he meant walk more.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Afrieson on April 07, 2011, 12:05:56 pm
"What is that?" Motioning to my face as we walk into class.

"Oh, a pimple!"

Yes, thanks for noticing. Let me know when you're on your period and I'll be handy and tell you you look bloated :)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Meltelicious on April 07, 2011, 12:09:40 pm
I'm from SA and the first couple of weeks I was bitchin about the weather to my CT. Then spring came and he told me:

"Now remember, Spring weather is like young woman's mind. Crazy. Actually, all women are crazy."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: torstrom on April 07, 2011, 12:10:43 pm
A teacher that speaks decent English one day asked me, "Which hand do you wipe with when you do your business?" This was accompanied by a wiping motion of course. I didn't really know what to say, but he nodded his head up and down so hard to solicit a response from me that I shrugged my shoulders and held up a hand. He responded by loudly proclaiming, "Savage, you are a savage. I use paper. Muahahahahaha!" Yes, it was an evil laugh.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Shaynor on April 07, 2011, 12:50:17 pm
The first time I wore my hair down to school my co-teacher said to me:
"You got a perm!"
"Oh, no my hair is naturally like this"
"No it's not, nobody has hair like that naturally!"

 :laugh:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Bry on April 07, 2011, 12:51:17 pm
Thank you for making me laugh on a rainy, miserable day.

One of my boyfriend's better students said, "You are very handsome. Are you handsome in Canada too?" Hilarious, AND astute. I think he said yes.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: noturstar23 on April 07, 2011, 12:55:09 pm
"I am so hangover"

"Foreigner are so rude guys"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: kmbette on April 07, 2011, 12:55:43 pm
CT: "Don't be stonehead."

Me: "I'm sorry?"

CT: "Stone...head?"

He meant "blockhead."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: bebuggery on April 07, 2011, 01:13:22 pm
Oh yes, my principal is very enthusiastic about riding me. Also, one of the females has threatened to "steal my eyes," since they're such a pretty blue. I'm scared of them both now.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: elblogg on April 07, 2011, 01:15:00 pm
Co-teacher handing me a banana:
Co-teach: "You want a banana?"
Me: "Sure, thank you!"
Co-teach: "In my country only pig eat banana. So you are like pig. Okay?"
Me: "Ah, sure, okay."
Co-teacher walks away laughing.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Patrick on April 07, 2011, 01:38:52 pm
This thread brightened my dreary radioactive day considerably.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Chezlinl on April 07, 2011, 02:17:09 pm
Thanks guys this really uplifts the wet weather.
My principle is always telling me to eat more at lunch and that I will passing away. He eans to use the expression fade away.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: meganekko on April 07, 2011, 02:18:57 pm
p.e. teacher, after i told her i was tired from being up all night with a cold and stuffy nose: "i thought westerners' noses are too big to get stuffed up."  :laugh:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: tandj on April 07, 2011, 02:52:05 pm
I was in my office peeling an apple and my coteacher walked in, he said, "Ah, an apple! We have a word for apple here in Korea...POISON! You should not eat apples in the morning! All doctors recommend to only eat them in the evening!"

I decided to risk it and keep eating anyway...while I was peeling it (everyone peels apples in Korea, right?) he said, "You do not need to peel the apple" I told him I didn't mind, and he yelled, "DO NOT PEEL THE APPLE!"

What a morning.....

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: This Is Sparta on April 07, 2011, 02:56:19 pm
When my Korean girlfriend got upset at me
"Just give her a good f*ck."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: slug on April 07, 2011, 03:20:22 pm
Co teach:  You like cock?
Me:  What?!....Oh, Coke. Yes, i do.  I think I'm addicted to caffeine.
Co teach: Oh, so you are cock addict?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Hayles555 on April 07, 2011, 07:43:20 pm
Me: Oh your daughter got her hair cut
Co: Yes. She had to as many kindergarten students had some bugs in their hair. I'm not sure what you call that in English...
Me: Oh they have head lice..
Co: Yes. So everyday I tease my daughter. I say "My daughter, my daughter, you are a Jew"
Me: A Jew?
Co: Yes, a Jew.
Me: ????
Co: Yes. Her head is a Jew because many animals live there.
Me: Ahhhhhhhhh. A zoo.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: rep300 on April 07, 2011, 07:45:41 pm
Co teach:  You like cock?
Me:  What?!....Oh, Coke. Yes, i do.  I think I'm addicted to caffeine.
Co teach: Oh, so you are cock addict?

very funny
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: shelby23 on April 07, 2011, 07:51:07 pm
that's a good one. ah co teachers,
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Marissa on April 07, 2011, 09:26:30 pm
Co-T: You look tired. You want coffee?
Me: No thanks, I don't drink coffee.
Co-T: Oh, you want tea?
Me: No thank you, I don't really drink tea either.
Co-T: WHAT? What do you drink?
Me: Water or juice. Sometimes I drink Coke if I need caffeine.
Co-T, laughing and shaking her head: Oooooh, you are like children! You are not a teacher, you like child!
(Walks away laughing)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: hsimca on April 07, 2011, 09:34:24 pm
Me: Oh your daughter got her hair cut
Co: Yes. She had to as many kindergarten students had some bugs in their hair. I'm not sure what you call that in English...
Me: Oh they have head lice..
Co: Yes. So everyday I tease my daughter. I say "My daughter, my daughter, you are a Jew"
Me: A Jew?
Co: Yes, a Jew.
Me: ????
Co: Yes. Her head is a Jew because many animals live there.
Me: Ahhhhhhhhh. A zoo.

Hilarious! I was mortified at first though. Glad for the funny ending.  :D
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: suwannee on April 07, 2011, 09:46:35 pm
these comments just made my day!!!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: XxrazorxmintxX on April 08, 2011, 09:26:22 am
"it would be so nice if you could speak Korean"

coming from the man who talks to the south african in korean and to me (i speak korean well enough to fool locals) in english.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: XxrazorxmintxX on April 08, 2011, 09:31:30 am
(also from the same man)
we're passing a flower shop

teacher: which flower do you think is the prettiest?
me: hm... i like this one. *point*
teacher: *point* ah this one..
me: actually that one is prettier~ i like THAT one over there.
teacher: u like this one?
me: NO i like THAT one. w/the white flowers. it's very pretty
teacher: i understand. u like this one. i see.
me: NOOO i like THAT ONE! THAT ONE! over there!!!!!!!!!!!
teacher: ah!! so what is it about this flower you like?
me: YOU'RE NOT LISTENING TO ME!!!!!!!!! THAT ONE! THAT ONE!!! NOT THIS ONE!!!!!!! THAT ONE!!!!

walk into work a few days later.

teacher: here you go! i bought the flower you like! *smile*

it was NOT the one with white flowers...
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: LoloRising on April 08, 2011, 09:40:32 am
My co-teacher was asking about relationship habits in North America and I was telling her how many couples live together before marriage or before getting engaged etc etc.
She was asking why and telling me the difference in Korea, which I was fully aware of, so not paying the closest of attention, when she says 'Ah! Ok, so they live together because they enjoy the sex!'
Coming from a 50-ish korean women who is quite soft spoken, made me laugh and like her even more.  :D
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: XxrazorxmintxX on April 08, 2011, 09:41:21 am
At my boyfriend's school to a tall co-teacher.
Him: Did you know Koreans are the tallest Asian race? I wonder why.
Co-teacher: (Thinks hard). It's because we like basketball...

does that make sumo fans fat?? b/c last time i check japanese men were pretty skinny.  :P
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: whitenoisemaker on April 08, 2011, 09:57:19 am
I was in my office peeling an apple and my coteacher walked in, he said, "Ah, an apple! We have a word for apple here in Korea...POISON! You should not eat apples in the morning! All doctors recommend to only eat them in the evening!"

I decided to risk it and keep eating anyway...while I was peeling it (everyone peels apples in Korea, right?) he said, "You do not need to peel the apple" I told him I didn't mind, and he yelled, "DO NOT PEEL THE APPLE!"

Did you peel it though? Or did you stop, just in case it was against doctor's orders? I can't stop laughing about this post.

I wish I had some stories of this ilk. My interactions tend to be more like - CT: what is this? <indicates piano stool> Me: A stool. CT: no no no! Me: um, a chair?

I'm starting to wonder if the 30 odd years of English speaking experience and the university degree in English really *didn't* equip me to know the correct words as well as the lady who thinks 'I come from in Korea' is a well-formed English sentence  ;)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: hchbabyg84 on April 08, 2011, 10:09:59 am
I had been ill for 3 days with Food Poisoning and i came back to School i have noticeably lost weight but not massive amounts.
My co teacher said

"I am worried about your condition" (what condition)
"Dont be i am fine now, Thank you for your concern"
No, I am Worried you lost weight, YOU LOOK HAGGED"

UMMMM. . . .THANKS
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: variable on April 08, 2011, 10:14:06 am
"Hey, do you want to go on a school field trip!?"

"Maybe? Where :)"

"This island in the southern part of Korea!"

"Oh, awesome sounds great!"

"...no one wants to go. you shouldn't be excited..."

"Oh...I mean...this sucks"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: flowerpot on April 08, 2011, 10:21:56 am
during meeting with VP this morning:
VP: Good morning! Shit down please
me: sorry??
VP (getting a bit annoyed with me still standing)- 'Shit! Shit down!"
me: ahhhhhh.

stuff like this happens to me on an almost daily basis here!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: monster1702 on April 08, 2011, 10:23:44 am
After refusing offers to eat a second slice of cake one day I was told "wow, you have a very small stomach" To which I replied "oh, okay..." this was followed by a little chuckle and "yes, i think small on the inside but big on the outside". Ha ha
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: mah_ran_duh on April 08, 2011, 10:26:04 am
my coteacher had been staring at me intently for a while, before she finally walked up to me and asked "how did you get your eyes to be so big?"
my response: "ummm...i...don't...know...??"
i should've told her that i practice daily eye stretching exercises, just to see if she'd do them..
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Spinner182 on April 08, 2011, 12:41:38 pm
Not a teacher, but a student. Said 5 minutes ago, couldn't resist posting ^^

Student: "What's your real name?"
Me:        "Huh?"
Student: "Your Korean name..."

Apparently English names are not "real" :D
Sweet kid though ^^
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: scottdk on April 08, 2011, 01:02:16 pm
^^

Student: "What's your real name?"
Me:        "Huh?"
Student: "Your Korean name..."
 ^^

Haha, on the other hand today I was asked by a student. "Scott teacher, what's your English name?" uh.... Scott?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: amzgrace on April 08, 2011, 01:38:50 pm
It's cultural difference. Koreans talk about appearance all the time but no offense.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Sam Chi! on April 08, 2011, 01:53:49 pm
(i'm female) For 3 days before my new Native Teacher arrived at the school I was constantly asked if "i was expecting?" 
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Brirish on April 08, 2011, 02:13:40 pm
(i'm female) For 3 days before my new Native Teacher arrived at the school I was constantly asked if "i was expecting?"

This is because the Korean word 기대하다 can be used how we would use the word to expect, but also as we would use the phrase to look forward to something. Because of this, most Koreans don't realise there's a difference in English, and only learn one translation - to expect.

They were actually asking you if you were looking forward to it!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: dldlehah on April 08, 2011, 04:45:55 pm
i got asked "how is your condition". it took me a while to figure out they were asking how i was that day. my co teacher also asked me to teach her some words and phrases that was "less than sh*t and f*ck* and so i taught her "d*mnit" and "what the h*ll".... i'm a bad guest teacher.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: SBracken on April 08, 2011, 06:05:44 pm
i got asked "how is your condition". it took me a while to figure out they were asking how i was that day. my co teacher also asked me to teach her some words and phrases that was "less than sh*t and f*ck* and so i taught her "d*mnit" and "what the h*ll".... i'm a bad guest teacher.

For my teachers' class today I taught euphemisms. so awkward....
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: WTEChesser on April 08, 2011, 08:10:52 pm
From a male co-teacher who was trying to explain a card game to me: "get on your desk and spread them."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: cork_boi on April 08, 2011, 08:31:03 pm
I'm starting to go bald haha so my students have taken to calling me Rooney teacher..I laugh every time i hear it

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: susung on April 08, 2011, 08:39:45 pm
Today i was told, "the internet is slow today, because it rained yesterday". Interesting!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: mrkeuriseu on April 09, 2011, 12:52:15 am
Lately, my co-teacher has been telling me that a class was more "retarded" than the other classes.

Later, I figured out that what she wanted to say was that that grade 4 class was a little behind schedule for lessons compared to the other classes.  ;D
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: cassie on April 09, 2011, 12:17:28 pm
Last week a co-teacher offers me some jerky.

Co-teacher:  Here, try some. Very delicious.
Me: No, thanks. I'm a vegetarian.
Co-teacher: Oh! You are vegetable!

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: acopel7 on April 09, 2011, 05:31:02 pm
Not really a "comment" that's actually said but it's somewhat amusing. My first week here, I wasn't teaching yet so I sat on my desk every day at the teacher's room. My co-teacher would check up on me every hour to see how I was doing/if I was bored/if I wanted to go to McDonalds. On one occasion, after checking up on me about a hundred times, he approached my desk to ask me something. I looked up and we both just laughed at each other.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: manonthemoon on April 09, 2011, 05:42:38 pm
Two and a half years after teaching at my school 'oh Michael is your first name' not surname?

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: hossenfeffer on April 09, 2011, 06:43:02 pm
My Korean Co-teacher informed me that Korea has four distinct seasons.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: LeaveItForARainyDay on April 09, 2011, 09:52:16 pm
during meeting with VP this morning:
VP: Good morning! Shit down please
me: sorry??
VP (getting a bit annoyed with me still standing)- 'Shit! Shit down!"
me: ahhhhhh.

stuff like this happens to me on an almost daily basis here!

hahaha i hear that all the time too! the other day i was told, "take a shit, please"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Lever on April 10, 2011, 02:28:24 am
2 seconds later, she comes rushing in a bit of a blind panic, shouting, "And then the gown, the gown!!! You need to put on the gown!!!"

That just made my day.   ;D
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Brirish on April 10, 2011, 08:42:32 pm
I'm starting to go bald haha so my students have taken to calling me Rooney teacher..I laugh every time i hear it

Haha, love it. I also got told "Teacher handsome... Like Wayne Rooney."

They really know how to build you up and knock you down.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: partheania81 on April 10, 2011, 08:47:18 pm
My co-teacher told me that there's gonna be a fire drill at 2pm and to ignore it then I asked what I do you in case there's a REAL fire... she just laughed and walked out.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: geebee on April 10, 2011, 09:04:34 pm
my co-teacher told the kids that western people call flip flops thungs...haha
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: whatisinmyhead on April 10, 2011, 09:07:49 pm
not as good as most comments here, but one co-teacher asked me how much bread i make at my house and how i make it... when i responded that i dont make bread, ever, and dont know how to, i could tell she was quite confused.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: cragesmure on April 10, 2011, 09:09:42 pm
my co-teacher told the kids that western people call flip flops thungs...haha
Australians call flip flops "thongs".
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Will orange on April 10, 2011, 09:21:02 pm
my co teacher once thought foreigners throw parties after a couple break up....'don't you have break-up parties??'
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: mrwasa on April 10, 2011, 10:08:06 pm
Not really a comment but one time I was playing pictionary with my students and just to spice things up I asked my co teacher to draw so that the students can guess her drawings... with a smirk on her face she flipped me off in front of the whole class... I was petrified for a while and Im still confused if the middle finger is bad or if nobody cares in Korea...
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Kkh1m on April 10, 2011, 11:09:39 pm
Talking to one of my 5th graders during an after school class.  He's a heavy set kid, long hair, with black framed glasses.

Me: So why did you choose the name Jimmy?
Student: (pauses) it's cute...

ahaha. i love these kids!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: cragesmure on April 11, 2011, 01:50:11 am
My one co-teacher keeps excusing her english ability and has even gone as far one day as to mention the word Konglish. I told her that yes, Korea is developing its own dialect, just like nay other country and that its ok.
The term "konglish" goes back more than a decade.  In China, It's "Chinglish".  My question is - is it "Janglish" in Japan?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: boticelli on April 11, 2011, 04:46:04 am
My one co-teacher keeps excusing her english ability and has even gone as far one day as to mention the word Konglish. I told her that yes, Korea is developing its own dialect, just like nay other country and that its ok.
The term "konglish" goes back more than a decade.  In China, It's "Chinglish".  My question is - is it "Janglish" in Japan?

I believe it's "Engrish" but that may just refer to the prolific incorrect and often hilarious English written on t-shirts and in public spaces.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: ashay on April 11, 2011, 07:18:05 am
My VP:  "Time is like an arrow." 

Profound thoughts.   
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: travish65742 on April 11, 2011, 07:28:30 am
I'm starting to go bald haha so my students have taken to calling me Rooney teacher..I laugh every time i hear it

Haha, love it. I also got told "Teacher handsome... Like Wayne Rooney."

They really know how to build you up and knock you down.

I get the same thing. I have a shaved head. It's pretty good.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: jejujeju on April 11, 2011, 07:31:58 am
With a very serious face CT says, "You should not drink the nuclear rain today."

With a very serious face I say, "Oh, ok.  I won't, thanks."

The kind thought almost trumps the comedy.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: asianman32 on April 11, 2011, 08:44:42 am
My 부장님 (Head Teacher) told me, "I want to service you."

Then he grabbed my hand and threw me into his car...

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: soapysun on April 12, 2011, 09:49:26 am
My VP:  "Time is like an arrow." 

Profound thoughts.

For some reason I couldn't stop laughing when I read this. I feel like my VP would say something like that!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Kingeudey on April 12, 2011, 10:00:36 am
Between a dentist and my friend Kasey:

Kasey: "Uhm, novacaine?  Drugs?"
Dentist: "No.  No drugs.  Close eyes, make happy dreams."

and

Kasey was having a teeth cleaning...

Dentist: "Don't move head - razers"  (lasers)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: tygerlife on April 12, 2011, 10:02:03 am
First meting : Hello My name i bla bla, sooooo do you like drinking.....good
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: oskinny1 on April 12, 2011, 10:09:14 am
I'm starting to go bald haha so my students have taken to calling me Rooney teacher..I laugh every time i hear it

Haha, love it. I also got told "Teacher handsome... Like Wayne Rooney."

They really know how to build you up and knock you down.

I get the same thing. I have a shaved head. It's pretty good.

Wow, I guess I'm lucky that they call me Beckham. I'll take half the talent for 10 times the looks.  ;D
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Brirish on April 12, 2011, 03:03:40 pm
I'm starting to go bald haha so my students have taken to calling me Rooney teacher..I laugh every time i hear it

Haha, love it. I also got told "Teacher handsome... Like Wayne Rooney."

They really know how to build you up and knock you down.

I get the same thing. I have a shaved head. It's pretty good.

Wow, I guess I'm lucky that they call me Beckham. I'll take half the talent for 10 times the looks.  ;D

I made my point with it on a powerpoint. I was teaching "My favourite ... is ..." so I put up "My favourite football player is Wayne Rooney," followed by a doctored (obvioulsy) photo of Shrek in a Utd shirt.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: twebbuk on April 12, 2011, 03:15:22 pm
I have had many comments about my size and 'my size' from the teachers i sit with at lunch. A couple have said 'Big Boy' a few times including the 2 ladies. My main Co-teacher just laughs at me and says 'oh! he is blushing.'
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: strkwtr on April 14, 2011, 01:43:06 pm
the best i've gotten is one day, i was exhausted and i litterally did not pay attention to what i was putting on, threw my hair in a messy ponytail and a plain headband to help control the flyaways...
every single person i met said how sexy/beautiful/pretty i look, being nice or true?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: plasticglass3s on April 14, 2011, 01:52:57 pm
From a male co-teacher who was trying to explain a card game to me: "get on your desk and spread them."

oh maan. this one made me giggle.

when i worked with adults, one of my students told me he wanted to service me. i told him "eww no".
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: weirdgirlinkorea on April 14, 2011, 01:53:30 pm
the best i've gotten is one day, i was exhausted and i litterally did not pay attention to what i was putting on, threw my hair in a messy ponytail and a plain headband to help control the flyaways...
every single person i met said how sexy/beautiful/pretty i look, being nice or true?
I get this sometimes too, unfortunately though if I straighten my hair on the day before or the day after I do this (throw my hair up and headband) then I get a different response...
:-) that'll teach me to make it obvious when I roll out of bed and when I don't.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: strkwtr on April 14, 2011, 01:56:19 pm
the best i've gotten is one day, i was exhausted and i litterally did not pay attention to what i was putting on, threw my hair in a messy ponytail and a plain headband to help control the flyaways...
every single person i met said how sexy/beautiful/pretty i look, being nice or true?
I get this sometimes too, unfortunately though if I straighten my hair on the day before or the day after I do this (throw my hair up and headband) then I get a different response...
:-) that'll teach me to make it obvious when I roll out of bed and when I don't.

i actually got my hair chemically straightened, and after i did it, there really wasn't much response...
even when i dress up really nice, no response.
i think i'm with you haha
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Manyisa_1 on April 14, 2011, 02:30:28 pm
After haring received my ARC card my co-teacher at the time decided to take me shopping.So while he is driving me there he leans over:

CoT:Do you want porn?
Me:Uhm,no thanks.
CoT:I think you will need one,life be difficult without porn.
Me:I will be ok without,so no thanks.

Here i am thinking that this dude doesnt mix his words,he just gets to the point.Turns on Monday morning he wanted to take me to a shop to get a phone.
Eish
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: ktaektae on April 14, 2011, 06:50:44 pm
I ordered 찜닭 (like a chicken stew for those who are unfamiliar) for dinner last night and only finished half. I brought the other half in to enjoy for lunch today.

My CT looked at my bag, asked what was inside, and said, "It seems to me that you are a pig".

Only in Korea!
;D  I think she has not beet to other countries so far. That's why she responded like that. In Korean, When we usually eat 찜닭 , we don't like to get the leftover. Also,
                We usually eat leftover at home not bring leftover to the company or school. i think that is the cultural difference between your country and Korean.so next i hope you will eat leftover at home not the school or company.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: siamagoo on April 14, 2011, 07:00:09 pm
when i worked with adults, one of my students told me he wanted to service me. i told him "eww no".

This seems like a case of a translation gone very wrong. When my parents visited this summer, my cot kept asking "when will I meet them? I want to service them.". Ummm... I think they get by just fine on their own, but thanks for the offer.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: mhmmhmmhm on April 15, 2011, 09:27:46 am
Good for you having a nice CT ;D
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: twitch on April 15, 2011, 09:34:19 am
koradian:  good for you for not wasting the leftovers!  as my mum would say "there are a lot of starving people in this world."
regardless of the cultural norm it is better to eat food than waste it. 

i always bring leftovers for lunch.  in fact, i cook more dinner than i need specifically so that i will have leftovers for lunch the next day.  my coworkers always look in my lunch kit and ask what i am eating.  i show them.  we get on with our day.  no biggie.  :)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: brent1919 on April 15, 2011, 09:36:07 am
This is halarious...   My students  used to call me winnie the poo...  I think because of my belly  :D
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: nabi on April 15, 2011, 09:56:39 am
koradian:  good for you for not wasting the leftovers!  as my mum would say "there are a lot of starving people in this world."
regardless of the cultural norm it is better to eat food than waste it. 

i always bring leftovers for lunch.  in fact, i cook more dinner than i need specifically so that i will have leftovers for lunch the next day.  my coworkers always look in my lunch kit and ask what i am eating.  i show them.  we get on with our day.  no biggie.  :)

While I agree with not wasting leftovers, please be aware that we don't all have the same cultural norms (hence, why they are called cultural norms).  In some cultures the norm was/is to to have excess food as a sign of wealth and fnancial prosperity.  I'd really like to write more but this thread really isn't the forum for such a discusion.  It was just the flippant way you said "regardless of the cultural norm" and then went ahead to inject your own cultural norm as true for all.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: kezzlesnezzle on April 15, 2011, 10:03:38 am
My husband regularly got told he was going to hell by his coteacher in his first year. Fortunately he's not working with her anymore  :)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: theTazz on April 15, 2011, 10:05:24 am
Eish- I've missed that word :) The other day my CT called the iPhone an "iPond." Lol.
After haring received my ARC card my co-teacher at the time decided to take me shopping.So while he is driving me there he leans over:

CoT:Do you want porn?
Me:Uhm,no thanks.
CoT:I think you will need one,life be difficult without porn.
Me:I will be ok without,so no thanks.

Here i am thinking that this dude doesnt mix his words,he just gets to the point.Turns on Monday morning he wanted to take me to a shop to get a phone.
Eish
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: danitravels on April 15, 2011, 10:10:49 am
The yesterday, I was told that we were eating "Kitchen Soup" for lunch. She meant Chicken.

Last week, after helping me with my bank information, another danced around and laughed, "I know your PIN and your ID number, I'm stealing your identityyyyyyy!!"

I hope she was just kidding!! ;)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: kezzlesnezzle on April 15, 2011, 10:18:21 am
There should be a like button on here that's hilarious!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Koradian on April 15, 2011, 12:15:33 pm
Just had the re-signing talk with one of my co-teachers. I mentioned how, learning from experience in Korea, I always expect the worst. So, I wouldn't be surprised if at the last minute my school 'forgot' to tell me they won't be re-signing me or something... you know what I mean.

So, her reply was, "Don't worry! If you don't commit a crime you can re-sign!"

I had a good laugh over this one!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: XxrazorxmintxX on April 20, 2011, 01:13:58 pm
My mentor teacher Steven is.... special.

I got a contagious eye infection
and since he never picks up his phone i went to school to notify him about my condition.
He got very concerned and then went and consulted my contract about sick days and had an extremely long discussion with the vice principal.
afterwards, he was telling me about all these things like obtaining a doctor's note, deducting my pay, reimbursement of medical fees, how i need to take time off b/c i might give it to the kids etc. and that they have to deduct my pay because he can't come up w/a way for me to make-up my hours *cough* incompetent *cough*

so i ask

"what do i do about classes today?"
steven: um... we can't do anything about it so continue w/classes as usual
 :o what?
steven: uh.. yeah. just try not to touch any of them. it should be fine  ;D
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: shelbygayle on April 20, 2011, 03:41:18 pm
CoT: What is the name of the candy on the stick
 Me: Sucker
CoT: wow,.. blushes,,,, no that is dirty... You know what I mean ( acts out what you are thinking)
ME: Wow,  ok, How about we say lollipop then?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Korea87 on April 20, 2011, 05:22:28 pm
My mentor teacher Steven is.... special.

I got a contagious eye infection
and since he never picks up his phone i went to school to notify him about my condition.
He got very concerned and then went and consulted my contract about sick days and had an extremely long discussion with the vice principal.
afterwards, he was telling me about all these things like obtaining a doctor's note, deducting my pay, reimbursement of medical fees, how i need to take time off b/c i might give it to the kids etc. and that they have to deduct my pay because he can't come up w/a way for me to make-up my hours *cough* incompetent *cough*

so i ask

"what do i do about classes today?"
steven: um... we can't do anything about it so continue w/classes as usual
 :o what?
steven: uh.. yeah. just try not to touch any of them. it should be fine  ;D
  why are they deducting from your pay if you have sick days?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Mezoti97 on April 20, 2011, 06:59:32 pm
I've got a real doozy:

Co-teacher: Do you have any "carrier" (this is what I heard from her pronunciation) teaching?
Me: "Carrier"? What's that? [confused]
Co-teacher: Do you have any "carrier" teaching before?
Me: Oh, "career"? Do you mean "career"?
Co-teacher: [nods] Yeah, in "Korea" or any other country...
Me: Nonono...I'm not talking about the country "Korea" -- the word you said before is pronounced "ca-reer," not "car-ri-er"...

Ay yi yi...haha.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: atmosphere on April 20, 2011, 07:48:33 pm
KT: Aaaaahhhh, Mr. James, nice to see you again!!!!!
Me: Who's James?!
KT: You not James?! Ah, James, Harry, Daniel, Peter all sound same to me. Can I say Mr. James, Mr. James???
Me: Sure.

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Shaynor on April 20, 2011, 08:01:33 pm

Last week, after helping me with my bank information, another danced around and laughed, "I know your PIN and your ID number, I'm stealing your identityyyyyyy!!"


Hahahahaha. Oh wow! She must be a lot of fun  ;D
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: brendinio on April 20, 2011, 08:19:46 pm
My co-teacher dropped me off at my apartment one evening and was going to come to my apartment after he had parked his car. After waiting around 20 minutes he finally arrived:

CT: I couldn't find a f***ing space!!!
me: erm..... ok....
CT: yes, so diffucult to f**k around this town!
me: erm.........
CT: Is it the same in England? Difficult f***ing? When driving?
me: Ohhhh PARKing? I see!

I'd put that one down to me only having been there a few days and not being able to understand Konglish pronunciation  :D
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: madmik on April 20, 2011, 08:36:58 pm
"Good morning! You look so nice today--like a real woman!"

"If you hike in the spring time and take a deep breath, you can smell many beautiful things. If you hike in the autumn, you will also smell things you can only smell during that time of the year--but perhaps you will not because you are not Korean like me."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: pallen on April 21, 2011, 08:08:14 am
"Oh it's ok...his dog ate his homework"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: jimmyjamison on April 21, 2011, 10:41:57 am
Having tea with co-teachers. One is attempting to talk to me about Thomas the Train. I don't know why she brought this up, but I just went with it. Oh, Thomas the Train? I f'n love him!
She is having trouble with her next statement, so she employs the use of her I-phone translator. The phrase she shows me after a minute of internal debate:
"Swells up like a turkey cock."
??????
Then to boot, she shows the phrase to all the other teachers at the table and they all begin repeating it out loud and decide it makes sense and belongs in the conversation about Thomas the Train!
I just agreed and moved on!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: ThulsaDoom on April 21, 2011, 10:46:38 am
Her:  "One of the students has Tuberculosis so be careful."

Me:  "What are the chances of developing cholera or drowing in the river?"

Her:  *blank stare* "Don't be weird."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: greyskymornings on April 21, 2011, 10:58:24 am
Me: *wincing after spicy meal* "Ughhh... my stomach hurts..."

Her: "What's wrong? You can't make a deuce??"

 :-\


Me (to a student): "You have a job? What do you do?"

Student: *confused look then lengthy chatter in Korean to my co-teacher*

Coteacher (to me): "Picks up cow shit."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: tyl6r on April 21, 2011, 11:10:32 am
"every day you are more handsome.  when first meeting you, you were very ugly to me."
...thanks ct...

When teaching him some idioms...
"I think Americans say, "Stick your nose in other people's business," because their nose is so big and it gets in the way. Yes, that is why."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: hellomykimchi on April 21, 2011, 12:06:13 pm
this isn't consider as a comment from my ct....
but my 4th grade ct was reviewing and previewing new vocabulary words from lesson 4. she told and wrote on the board "How tall are you?" and explained it in korean to the students. then she goes and write "How WEIGHT are you?" and said it... i had to yell across the room and stop her. LMAO!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: sohappyq on April 21, 2011, 12:49:58 pm
asks me if i have seen " Silence of the sheeps " meaning silence of the lambs ~~ giggle giggle
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: daejeon_sarah on April 21, 2011, 01:05:17 pm
Teaching my co-teacher that sh*t is not a direct translation for poop and should not be used casually/in front of students.
That was a looong talk.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Mezoti97 on April 21, 2011, 01:18:37 pm
Oh yeah, I just remembered another one:

One time, I remember a previous 6th grade co-teacher of mine was teaching a class in another classroom (in addition to being the 6th grade English teacher, she was also the 6th grade Ethics teacher at the time), so I was all by myself in the English classroom teaching a class (it was 5th grade, I think). One 6th grade boy came and was looking for my 6th grade co-teacher; he had some kind of document that my co-teacher needed to sign. Well, since she wasn't there, I told the boy what classroom she was in, so that he could go find her there and have her sign the thing he had. Later, when I saw my co-teacher, I told her that a student had been looking for her and had something for her to sign, and that I told him where to find her, so I asked her if she saw him (as in, if the boy came to the classroom where she was teaching her Ethics class and had her sign the thing he had). My co-teacher just replied, "Oh, really? I don't know!" I remember thinking confusedly, "Umm...what do you mean, you 'don't know'? You either saw him or you didn't...it's 'yes' or 'no'..." It made me realize she didn't understand exactly what I had said, since her answer was "off" -- not a possible answer to the question I had asked. Yeah...kind of awkward.   
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: teacherman1234 on April 21, 2011, 01:20:56 pm
On a Monday, co teacher "You have no classes tomorrow, because of............'
                      me              "nice, thanks for letting me know"
On a Tuesday, co- worker " why are you in the teachers room? you are late! its teaching time!"
                      me            " i thought there was no classes today? I dont have anything ready"
                      co-worker  "  O really, why did you think no classes today?"
                      me             " you told me that yesterday"
                     co-worker        " no i didnt"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Mezoti97 on April 21, 2011, 01:21:43 pm
And another time, one year my previous co-teacher was teaching 4th grade English, and she was teaching the kids about body parts, so she drew a cartoon-like lion on the board and wrote the words of each body part with a line connecting the body part to the right word. Well, instead of writing "mouth," she wrote "mouse" instead. Oy.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Mezoti97 on April 21, 2011, 01:25:43 pm
                      me             " you told me that yesterday"
                     co-worker        " no i didnt"

My current co-teachers do that to me all the time -- they'll tell me something one day, and then the next day or some other day, they completely forget about it. When I remind them, they completely deny it and go, "I didn't say that!" Very frustrating, not to mention annoying...ugh.  ::)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: theTazz on April 21, 2011, 01:40:32 pm
CT: "It's Sports Day next week. I want you to come."
Me: "Okay, sure." (Smiling, making a joke) "As long as I don't have to run!"
CT: "You can run."
Me: "But I don't want to run." (still smiling)
CT: "But you can."

Um. Ok. Think I'll turn up in heels and a skirt, just in case ;)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: donuts on April 21, 2011, 01:45:57 pm
We were watching Tom n Jerry in class and the word ***** comes up.
Then my male coteacher comes up to me and asks me if ***** is a girl cat. I just tell him it means cat and that it also has other meanings like coward and that he shouldn't say it.
It was really awkward.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Happy on April 21, 2011, 02:01:31 pm
In the winter, after coming to class and taking off my coat, my CT asked me, "Don't you get cold when you take off all of your clothes?"
It took me a moment to realize she meant coat, not clothes. At least, I think she meant coat . . .
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: erth0301 on April 21, 2011, 02:04:55 pm
At school I wear a name tag with my picture on it, one day a 5th grade boy asked me if my picture was "photoshop?". I gave him the "are you kidding me?" look and he asked seriously. Apparently, in person I look like a slob. It gave me a good laugh.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: tandj on April 21, 2011, 02:18:02 pm
CT: Tomorrow at 6pm we will have a meeting about summer camps
Me: Ok, what time is the meeting?
CT: What meeting?
Me: The meeting about camp...
CT: There is no meeting
Me: Ohh...OK
CT: OK, i will pick you up tomorrow for the meeting
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Mezoti97 on April 21, 2011, 02:28:45 pm
CT: Tomorrow at 6pm we will have a meeting about summer camps
Me: Ok, what time is the meeting?
CT: What meeting?
Me: The meeting about camp...
CT: There is no meeting
Me: Ohh...OK
CT: OK, i will pick you up tomorrow for the meeting

I just had a kind of similar situation happen to me today:

Co-teacher: So when we have 5th period class today...
Me: Oh, we have class during 5th period today? (Normally we don't)
Co-teacher: No, we don't have 5th period class today.
Me: Okay... [looks away with a confused expression]
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: chinaski on April 21, 2011, 03:00:39 pm
My school has many phrases and quotes plastered all over the hallway, including:

"a dog is wiser than a woman. a dog doesn't bark at its master."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Tayteacher on April 21, 2011, 03:16:16 pm
We are currently teaching the lesson; Do You Like Spring?

For a warm-up,at the beginning of the class my CT is asking the students " Do you like Spring?' Here is how one conversation went down...

CT; Do you like Spring?
Student; NO!
CT; Why? Why don't you like Spring?
Me; Really?! Why?
Student; It's a New Year, I hate my life,
CT; Oh...join my club!

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: XxrazorxmintxX on April 21, 2011, 06:33:18 pm
My mentor teacher Steven is.... special.

I got a contagious eye infection
and since he never picks up his phone i went to school to notify him about my condition.
He got very concerned and then went and consulted my contract about sick days and had an extremely long discussion with the vice principal.
afterwards, he was telling me about all these things like obtaining a doctor's note, deducting my pay, reimbursement of medical fees, how i need to take time off b/c i might give it to the kids etc. and that they have to deduct my pay because he can't come up w/a way for me to make-up my hours *cough* incompetent *cough*

so i ask

"what do i do about classes today?"
steven: um... we can't do anything about it so continue w/classes as usual
 :o what?
steven: uh.. yeah. just try not to touch any of them. it should be fine  ;D
  why are they deducting from your pay if you have sick days?

b/c my school doesn't seem to understand the term "sick day" or "make-up classes"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: mr sam teacher on April 21, 2011, 06:49:07 pm
Her:  "One of the students has Tuberculosis so be careful."

Me:  "What are the chances of developing cholera or drowing in the river?"

Her:  *blank stare* "Don't be weird."


HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!   :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

You just won the thread.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: meganekko on April 22, 2011, 02:06:07 pm
My co-teacher dropped me off at my apartment one evening and was going to come to my apartment after he had parked his car. After waiting around 20 minutes he finally arrived:

CT: I couldn't find a f***ing space!!!
me: erm..... ok....
CT: yes, so diffucult to f**k around this town!
me: erm.........
CT: Is it the same in England? Difficult f***ing? When driving?
me: Ohhhh PARKing? I see!

I'd put that one down to me only having been there a few days and not being able to understand Konglish pronunciation  :D

BWAHAHA! i think any of that would be difficult anywhere... >_<;


today, during lunch (we were eating particularly tasty pineapple):
p.e. teacher: "can we say, 'it's ju-isshy' when food has a lot of water in it?"
me: "it's 'juicy'."
co-teacher: "oh, yeah, 'ju-isshy' is for the people, right? what do you call them? the jews."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: toojue on April 22, 2011, 02:11:37 pm
"I deenk my stOOdents are borDERline-uh  retarded."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: aal0616 on April 22, 2011, 02:15:15 pm
Ha!  One day a co worker ran to one of my co teachers and excitedly told her something in Korean.  My Co teacher laughed and told me that the co worker thought I looked feminine that day.  Kind of begs the question of how I look to her every other day...
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: siamagoo on April 22, 2011, 02:19:19 pm
Ha!  One day a co worker ran to one of my co teachers and excitedly told her something in Korean.  My Co teacher laughed and told me that the co worker thought I looked feminine that day.  Kind of begs the question of how I look to her every other day...

My cot told me people (not at the school, thank god) keep asking her if I'm a boy or a girl. I guess it's time I get my ears pierced and crank up on the accessories.

In light of all the mistaking Korean girls for Korean boys and vice-versa, I think it's funny that they have the same problem with white people.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: elblogg on April 22, 2011, 02:20:12 pm
This morning...
me: Did you enjoy sports day on Wednesday?
Co-T: No! Not today! Very busy today. How about you?
me: um, okay, I think.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: mah_ran_duh on April 22, 2011, 03:14:17 pm
one of my coteachers speaks nearly impeccable english. but sometimes, she says the most awkward, random things.
like this:
"many people think that korean men are feminine, but that's wrong. they're elegant. what many people mistake for effeminate behavior is actually them showing their elegance."

later....when we were teaching together [a 5th grade lesson about prepositions//location] this conversation went down:
CT: last week, i taught the students the word "panties".
ME: what...?? why?
CT: because i thought it would be funny.
ME: umm...
[the students were making sample sentences and kept forgetting about the word "is".]
ME: [to the students] you need to remember the word "is". it's really important. "where my book?" doesn't make sense.
CT: yeah. because if you say "where my panties at?" people will think you're stupid.
ME: O.o

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Kaypea on April 22, 2011, 03:22:10 pm
one of my coteachers speaks nearly impeccable english. but sometimes, she says the most awkward, random things.
like this:
"many people think that korean men are feminine, but that's wrong. they're elegant. what many people mistake for effeminate behavior is actually them showing their elegance."

later....when we were teaching together [a 5th grade lesson about prepositions//location] this conversation went down:
CT: last week, i taught the students the word "panties".
ME: what...?? why?
CT: because i thought it would be funny.
ME: umm...
[the students were making sample sentences and kept forgetting about the word "is".]
ME: [to the students] you need to remember the word "is". it's really important. "where my book?" doesn't make sense.
CT: yeah. because if you say "where my panties at?" people will think you're stupid.
ME: O.o

AWESOME
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Kaypea on April 22, 2011, 03:25:02 pm
Ha!  One day a co worker ran to one of my co teachers and excitedly told her something in Korean.  My Co teacher laughed and told me that the co worker thought I looked feminine that day.  Kind of begs the question of how I look to her every other day...

My cot told me people (not at the school, thank god) keep asking her if I'm a boy or a girl. I guess it's time I get my ears pierced and crank up on the accessories.

In light of all the mistaking Korean girls for Korean boys and vice-versa, I think it's funny that they have the same problem with white people.

Actually, for the longest time, there were ads all around my neighborhood for some nightclub musical act which I was absolutely sure was either a boyish girl doing a drag king hip-hop act, or a girlish boy pretending to be a butch female rapper.  I brought the poster to my co-t so she could help me figure out what it was (I thought it was interesting that they were doing gender-bending hip hop at a club in my working class Korean neighborhood), and she thought I was the big weirdo because the person was obviously, unambiguously, a...

boy or girl?  One of the 2, I really can't remember!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: grandfromage on April 22, 2011, 03:27:20 pm
CT: yeah. because if you say "where my panties at?" people will think you're stupid.

I love your co-teacher.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: carin.bg on April 22, 2011, 03:29:51 pm
On Wednesday:

"Today we have no first period because of the disabled and retard."  :blank:

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: misspigeon on April 22, 2011, 03:49:34 pm
My co-teacher dropped me off at my apartment one evening and was going to come to my apartment after he had parked his car. After waiting around 20 minutes he finally arrived:

CT: I couldn't find a f***ing space!!!
me: erm..... ok....
CT: yes, so diffucult to f**k around this town!
me: erm.........
CT: Is it the same in England? Difficult f***ing? When driving?
me: Ohhhh PARKing? I see!

I'd put that one down to me only having been there a few days and not being able to understand Konglish pronunciation  :D

Oh God, that's my favorite one! I have dinner every week with our school nurse and she's so nice and sweet but her pronunciation isn't the best and every time she says something about "f**king the car" I have to try so hard not to giggle!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Alida on May 01, 2011, 09:40:26 pm
After suggesting a certain more adult looking watch to one of my teachers' daughter, I got told: "No that is adultery"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: hsquire1 on May 01, 2011, 10:08:01 pm
"Oh, you past the AIDS test? Congrats! I'm very surprised! hahahaha"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: shea.karssing on May 06, 2011, 02:16:24 pm
From the VP:
"Miss Karssing, have you ever seen the anaconda? Very big snake."
"No, luckily I have never seen one."
"But there are many anacondas in South Africa. In Amazon jungle."
"Oh no, In South America, not South Africa."

Pause.

"Have you seen the anaconda?"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Death Walrus on May 06, 2011, 02:34:29 pm
Me: "That's weird. The US killed Osama Bin Ladin."

CT: "Who?"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: rdh2209 on May 06, 2011, 02:53:28 pm
My teachers brought in a birthday cake and candles for me a couple of weeks ago. Before I was even finished blowing out the candles:

Co: "Did you wish for a husband?"
Me: "No"
Co: "Oh, well then you wished to meet a nice guy."
Me: "Uh, no, not really."
Co gives me a look of utter disgust and confusion, then walks away.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: rachelkim on May 06, 2011, 03:01:51 pm
maybe diffrent way of talking style in korea. but still that is too much though..
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: KevinA on May 06, 2011, 03:13:46 pm
via school messenger:

me: Have a great weekend!
T: Yes! Of Course. Enjoy the sandwitch holidays.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: sarsabf5 on May 06, 2011, 03:23:31 pm
My co-teacher has a good sense of humor, and her English level is high, but she makes some typical pronunciation mistakes sometimes.

Situation 1: Talking about the movie "Eat, Pray Love."
CT: You should see "Eat, Play, Love." Oops! I mean "Eat, Pray Love." Not "Eat, Play, Love." That's a totally different movie!
Me: Yeah, that's a porno.


Situation 2: Reviewing a memory game that could be played alone, if one were so inclined.
CT 1: (Looking over game)
CT 2: It's a good system. Playing with one's self.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Andyroo on May 06, 2011, 03:29:51 pm
My co-teacher has a good sense of humor, and her English level is high, but she makes some typical pronunciation mistakes sometimes.

Situation 1: Talking about the movie "Eat, Pray Love."
CT: You should see "Eat, Play, Love." Oops! I mean "Eat, Pray Love." Not "Eat, Play, Love." That's a totally different movie!
Me: Yeah, that's a porno.



Not many points for the co teacher there and they will have to try harder.

You were hilarious though :)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Harlequin on May 06, 2011, 03:33:03 pm
Okay, so I was having my students choose songs for our after school singing contest. So, I am calling the students by their names and I am writing down the song titles, "Alejandro," "You Lift Me Up,"  "F@#^ You!." All the students gasp, some start to laugh and I am totally shocked. The girl students thinks I have misunderstood her, and begins to shout the title 5 more times before she realizes that I have no idea that's a song and I think she is cursing me out. She then quickly starts shouting "no, no, song is Lily Allen song, not bad word. Please teacher, F@#^ You!!! I wanna sing F@#^ You!!"  :laugh: I politely told her she couldn't sing the song and the other after school kids promptly agreed.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Jeff Winston on May 06, 2011, 03:44:12 pm
its when my teachers say Focus and it comes out F**k us"
or when they say take out a sheet ( pf paper) and it comes out like s**t

Those 2 always make me laugh.

Last week one of my good kids walked in with a shirt that had Kermit the Frog on it, and above it it said "Pig F**ker" I nearly lost my junk when I saw it, kids couldnt understand why I couldnt stop laughing
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: mdahl45 on May 06, 2011, 03:49:36 pm
my co-teacher told the kids that western people call flip flops thungs...haha
Australians call flip flops "thongs".

so do Americans
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: samibamiwami on May 16, 2011, 09:54:32 am
Cool Messenger  (AIM message type that our school uses to message each other)

Conversation with an administrator that I am close to.

admin: Coffee?
me    : I already had 3 coffee today.
admin: Coffee!!!!
me    :How about tea?
admin: Coffee???? (picture of coffee)
me   : (i gave into drinking the 4th coffee of the day. )

hahahahahaha  :laugh:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: jdniii on May 16, 2011, 09:59:50 am
@ KevinA I learend that a "sandwich" holiday is when we get a day off just because it falls between a Sat or Sun and a red day :)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Redvers on May 16, 2011, 10:29:41 am
I was an hour late this morning. I mis-programmed my alarm clock for the second time and missed a class for the kids in the teaching competition. Anyway it seemed not to matter. One of the naughtiest kids in the middle school comes to my teacher and after a long conversation heads off with his punishment.

Me: Is he in trouble?
Teacher: Yes
Me: I saw him on the weekend in town.
Teacher (laughing): Yes, he must have gone to the piss house.
Me: (Smiling and leaving) (Then, thinking to myself? What? No. Couldn't be? Yes!, oh. Touche)

Amazing what can be slipped through translation. Teacher 1 - Redvers 0 


Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Sully on May 16, 2011, 10:32:54 am
My school has many phrases and quotes plastered all over the hallway, including:

"a dog is wiser than a woman. a dog doesn't bark at its master."

Haha! I have this one in my classroom too!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: scravens on May 16, 2011, 10:37:13 am
me: Sometimes talking to girls can be hard.
CT: Yeah, what do you say to her...you now nice breasts.
Me: what....?!
CT: Nice breasts. You know, to get to know them.
Me: (trying hard to decipher the code) Do you mean ice breakers?
CT: Oh yeah, what did I say.
Me: laughing uncontrollably
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: gugu009 on May 16, 2011, 10:52:41 am
me: Mrs. X, will you and the other teachers come over to my house tomorrow? I just wanted to double check with you.
ct : Yes. Is there a problem? If there is a problem, TELL ME!!!
me: Oh no, there is no problem.
me: (I was not sure if i was supposed to buy food or not) I am planning on buying 1 pizza and 1 chicken. Will that be enough?
ct: ( Co-teacher trying to use "you'd better" from our previous lesson) You'd better buy 2 pizza and 1 chicken!

As a Korean-American, I understand literally what she is saying if she said it in korean, but it sounded so aggressive and demanding. It is even funnier because my co-teacher is really sweet and soft spoken.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: laso12 on May 17, 2011, 03:35:24 pm
CT: They want to know if you want to be a mento for the new teachers.
Me: A mento?
CT: You know, mento and mentee?
Me: Oh! A mentor!

I couldn't stop laughing because it reminded me of a scene from friends. Youtube 'Joey mento' if you're curious.


Me: I can't wait to see your baby girl. I bet she's beautiful.
CT: Come visit but don't expect too much about the face.
Me: ...

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: SBracken on May 24, 2011, 08:51:44 am
My co-teacher informed me that my lesson failed yesterday because it was difficult for the students to speak in English. wasn't quite sure what to say to that -_-

(note: not that the English *I* used was too difficult- I made sure it wasn't- I guess I'll just have to teach all my english classes such that the students can speak in korean from now on...)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Browncoat Japhy on May 24, 2011, 09:07:18 am
I was on a teacher's only field trip and we were all drinking and doing the norae bong bus ride thing, which was great. They were all singing Korean songs and I thought I was in the clear until the Principle called me up to pick/sing the next song. After I was finished putting my thang down everybody clapped and cheered and then the Principle said something into the microphone for everyone to hear. All of the teachers started pissing themselves. Then the Principle looked at my confused expression and said, " You. Umm. No gift!"

At least they'll never ask me to sing again!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: pdoming2 on May 24, 2011, 09:45:54 am
Coteacher: "My wife wants to have dinner with you because you are handsome."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: mojussa on June 02, 2011, 01:39:40 am
I asked a coteacher about her experience of living with a host family while studying education and English in NY.  She told me, "I don't know about the family life in America.  The host person I stayed with was old and had a few cats.  But I think now a cat is dead, that's their only family but I think its dead."  I shook my head trying not to laugh so hard.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: JamericanTeacher on June 02, 2011, 08:54:06 am
I asked the school secretary to recommend a local gynocologist bc I was due for a regular check-up.  The follow-up:

Her: Did you go to the women's doctor to check your body?
Me: Oh yes, I did.  Thanks again for your help.
Her: Was there any...any...problem?
Me: Um...no...it was just a regular check-up...

... in my head I'm like, as if I'd tell you if I have any issues with my genitalia.  I know she meant well, but I was still a bit like, huh?!?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Jeff619 on June 02, 2011, 08:55:32 am
I wonder if Koreans dedicate threads to make fun of our Korean.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Plaswuff on June 02, 2011, 10:49:15 am
On Sports Day there were a series of races. One race included all the overweight students (I don't know if this was coincidence or intentional, probably the latter). As they ran, everyone, and I mean everyone, broke out into fits of laughter. One teacher stood at the end of the track was nearly doubled over laughing as the students made their way to the finish line. When the race was over my co-teacher turned to me, still grinning, and said: "Heavy runner."

I guess that's why you don't see as many fat kids in Korea.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Jeff619 on June 02, 2011, 11:12:34 am
Deneviuos my point is that it's a bit insensitive and extremely immature to maintain this thread. At least they are making an effort to speak English. It's one thing to have this discussion over drinks with friends but quite another to do it on a site that Korean teachers frequent. I guess I expected more from my fellow teachers but once again I feel let down.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: flasyb on June 02, 2011, 11:37:55 am
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Deneviuos my point is that it's a bit insensitive and extremely immature to maintain this thread. At least they are making an effort to speak English. It's one thing to have this discussion over drinks with friends but quite another to do it on a site that Korean teachers frequent. I guess I expected more from my fellow teachers but once again I feel let down.

Lighten up dude. Korean teachers have more of a sense of humour than you seem to think and if their English is good enough to understand the thread then they will likely be having a laugh at their colleagues' errors too.

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At least they are making an effort to speak English.

They'd better had do being English teachers and all!

A name and shame of co-teachers would be insensitive/immature/downright insulting. An anonymous post of an anonymous teacher in an anonymous forum is quite the opposite. I doubt that your co-teachers need you to defend them.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Plaswuff on June 02, 2011, 12:08:34 pm
Hear hear, there's no malice intended in pointing out funny mistakes. I would laugh at myself if I was told I was saying the equivalent of "f***ick my car" in Korean instead of parking it. "Just because you laugh at something doesn't mean you don't love it" to roughly quote South Park.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: mdahl45 on June 02, 2011, 12:43:38 pm
I wonder if Koreans dedicate threads to make fun of our Korean.

I hope so, I'm pretty sure I complemented my co-teachers penis last week in class. I don't think I've seen the kids laugh that much, and I cracked up as soon as they told me what I said.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Jeff619 on June 02, 2011, 12:58:57 pm
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Deneviuos my point is that it's a bit insensitive and extremely immature to maintain this thread. At least they are making an effort to speak English. It's one thing to have this discussion over drinks with friends but quite another to do it on a site that Korean teachers frequent.

as i said before, i try and speak korean and sometimes they laugh. just today i was trying to say 국술원 in class, and all the kids, including the teacher, laughed. their laughter weren't knives ripping my guts out. my pronuciation is wrong, and they think it's amusing. i think i'll live to see another day despite their laughter.

anyway, don't treat korean adults like they're kids. if they're reading this and feel slighted, let them speak up. this parental protective personna some foreigners display on this website towards koreans is a bit odd.
I totally understand where you're coming from.  I get the same thing at my school.  I just see a difference here.  It's one thing to have a laugh together, but this thread just comes across a bit wrong to me.  I know my co-teachers study English so hard and most Koreans are so self conscious about their English abilities.  I don't like the idea of them coming across this and thinking that we are laughing behind their back.  It'll do nothing for their confidence and will probably make them more nervous to speak to us.  On the other hand, I can totally imagine one of my co-teachers cracking up at some of the posts on here.  Depends on the person I guess.  I'm not trying to be protective at all, I just think we need to remember that this isn't a foreigner only site whether we like it or not. 

By the way, I am so guilty of talking with my friends about the funny things I hear in class!  I just do it privately.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: thektulu7 on June 02, 2011, 03:17:01 pm
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Deneviuos my point is that it's a bit insensitive and extremely immature to maintain this thread. At least they are making an effort to speak English. It's one thing to have this discussion over drinks with friends but quite another to do it on a site that Korean teachers frequent.

as i said before, i try and speak korean and sometimes they laugh. just today i was trying to say 국술원 in class, and all the kids, including the teacher, laughed. their laughter weren't knives ripping my guts out. my pronuciation is wrong, and they think it's amusing. i think i'll live to see another day despite their laughter.

anyway, don't treat korean adults like they're kids. if they're reading this and feel slighted, let them speak up. this parental protective personna some foreigners display on this website towards koreans is a bit odd.
I totally understand where you're coming from.  I get the same thing at my school.  I just see a difference here.  It's one thing to have a laugh together, but this thread just comes across a bit wrong to me.  I know my co-teachers study English so hard and most Koreans are so self conscious about their English abilities.  I don't like the idea of them coming across this and thinking that we are laughing behind their back.  It'll do nothing for their confidence and will probably make them more nervous to speak to us.  On the other hand, I can totally imagine one of my co-teachers cracking up at some of the posts on here.  Depends on the person I guess.  I'm not trying to be protective at all, I just think we need to remember that this isn't a foreigner only site whether we like it or not. 

By the way, I am so guilty of talking with my friends about the funny things I hear in class!  I just do it privately.

I can sort of agree with you. I guess some teachers might be offended or discouraged by these reports, but I think that most of them, who can read them, would find it funny. Also, most of the posts on this thread merely report the occasion; no one says, "Which is STUPID because EVERYONE knows it's pronounced 'FORT' not 'FOR-TAY.' HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA."

Also, people are afraid about having words posted on the Internet for everyone to see, but saying it with the spoken word is nearly as spreadable.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: pinkshades on June 03, 2011, 11:21:40 am
Omgosh, I have some funny ones said to me recently when I was wearing my glasses. I usually wear contact lenses, but on this particular day, my eyes were really dry and needed to let them breathe.

Anyhow, I go to school with glasses and my coteacher greets me and says, "Hi, no lenses today?" And I explain that no, need to let my eyes rest, and she replies, "You like like student studying VERRRRYYY hard for her exams." Hahaha, meaning I look nerdy....

And then the next coteacher.... she says, "You look very smart in your glasses." I tell her I usually hate wearing glasses because it makes me look ugly. And she says, "No, no, never ugly. It makes you look very smart... even though you're not."

Ha. Ha. Ha... >__<
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Gunpo_Erin on June 03, 2011, 11:31:44 am
On Wednesday:

"Today we have no first period because of the disabled and retard."  :blank:

I also had something similar "Today no class because it is the retarded day!"
I almost peed my pants.  She later corrected herself. 
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: kkemp2 on June 03, 2011, 11:58:44 am
ct:  "Please blow up these balloons, it will help lose your weight."

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: teacherjenni on June 30, 2011, 03:52:14 pm
While brainstorming for what to do for open class today, my CT came up with this role-play script:

            CT:   "I'm making bulgogi. Can you help me?"
                     "Sure, what can I do"
                     "Cut the cheese, please"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: xMooshie on June 30, 2011, 09:13:30 pm
My co-teacher is very interested in my personal life because she don't do much due to her overly busy schedule. We have established that she lives vicariously through my personal stories. She's a bit jealous of my carefree lifestyle because she's your good-teacher-who-does-no-wrong. She's also very conservative as well.

So as usual, I was telling her a recent date story of mine and the following ensued.

CT: Same guy?
Me: No, no. He's a friend, just a friend.
CT: Ah...I see. You like this one?
Me: I don't know. We just went on a coffee date.
CT: Oh I see. You must enjoy yourself.
Me: [alarmed because she's always been so conservative] Enjoy?
CT: You're young. You must do as Koreans your age do. Enjoy.
Me: Like have fun?
CT: [she proceeds to explain this concept of 'enjoy'] Date many, sleep many, see many, club lots, see who is sexual compatible with you.
Me: O_O; hahaha I... don't enjoy like that.


In my mind I was like "IS THIS KOREA STILL?!" And is this conservative, sweet-devoting teacher telling me to 'enjoy'? Utter shock and speechless.


Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: tfuller on July 06, 2011, 12:17:33 pm
Me: I have had diahorrea for a little while now, i saw the nurse.
CT: Oh, maybe i need to get diahorrea also. I need to lose weight. Maybe you can give me a high five?
Me: Umm...
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Mav_4 on July 06, 2011, 08:42:44 pm
From a new teacher on his 3rd day of work:

"Oh! You look so much better now that you've changed your hair.'

Thanks...
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Gillod on July 06, 2011, 09:47:22 pm
One of the teacher sin my school speaks like. 4 words of English. Sometimes she comes in and tries to practice and it's cute and she's super nice (Except if I ask "How are you?" she always replies "I am have the JESUS so everyday is best because JESUS"). Anyway, one day I come in and she says "No shit!". So I'm like, "Uhhh, Pardon me?" and she keeps saying over and over "No shit! Noooo shit! No shit!". Turns out she was trying to say "No sit" because her usual chair was missing.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: orestria on July 08, 2011, 08:18:11 am
Not really a comment but one time I was playing pictionary with my students and just to spice things up I asked my co teacher to draw so that the students can guess her drawings... with a smirk on her face she flipped me off in front of the whole class... I was petrified for a while and Im still confused if the middle finger is bad or if nobody cares in Korea...

in my experience, in Korea and Japan, the middle finger is more of a general sign of defiance, not nearly as offensive as it is in the west. You see it on the front of comic books and stuff all the time.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: andyfoggy on July 08, 2011, 09:04:28 am

A friend of mine heard them from her coworker 

"Korean society is very clean and accurate" ???

"It is illegal to ask the date of pay in Korea to administration room." ???

every day a new one (or more)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: carefulallthetime on July 08, 2011, 10:01:47 am
Commenting on the 1st-grade middle school girls' tendency to sit without regard to the skirts they are wearing:

"These girls sit like Sharon Stone!"

pretty good reference, I thought!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: makeshiftb0y on July 08, 2011, 12:07:32 pm
This won't be as good as some others on here, but while walking to E-Mart with a co-teacher:

CT: Do you like shopping?
Me: No. I find it pretty boring.
CT: Me too.... Well... I don't like shopping for groceries. I like shopping for manly stuff, like clothes!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: giselle on July 14, 2011, 11:57:43 am
As far as people being offended by this thread... I think we all know there is no insult intended.  People are making mistakes in spoken English because there are infinite subtleties and innuendos that you could never really learn in school, even university.  For example: "I'll ride you home."  That's hilarious to me, because really, how could anyone know it has a hidden sexual (or other) meaning?  And really, I can see how a non-native speaker wouldn't see too much difference between that and "I'll give you a ride home."  I think it's important to develop a good relationship with your coworkers, so you can share a laugh with them when you tell them (in private) what "ride you home" could be understood to mean.  I think the worst thing you could do is NOT share the humor with them, then go & post about it on the forum.  That gives it a sort of icky feeling, but who would ever know but you?   Besides, hearing silly mistakes makes me think about my language a little more, instead of just taking it for granted.  I appreciate my students & coteachers for that a lot.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Lisa_03 on August 22, 2011, 07:10:17 pm
CT, after limping around for a bit: "Ohhh, these slippers hurt my foot fingers."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: cassie on August 22, 2011, 08:39:43 pm
Many celebrities have strange names....like Bread Pitt!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: phillipylee on August 23, 2011, 11:51:29 am
LOL Korean's are blunt.   They have no shame and do not understand that embaressing other people is not ok.  I think most of us picked that up the first week when every Korean we met asked if we were married and how hold we were...All in all co-teachers are as much fun as English text on Korean t-shirts...
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: SBracken on August 23, 2011, 12:35:05 pm
I slept all of an hour last night due to mosquitoes finding their way in (they're dead now)...

but this morning I got the oh-so-Korean, 'oh, good morning! oh. oh, you look sick. your color is bad, yes. you are sick?'
love you too, co-t :D
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Gunpo_Erin on August 23, 2011, 12:38:11 pm
I was sent a Cool Messenger message about a month ago maybe, asking me to "Please rock my computer."  I was confused at first then realised they wanted to me lock/password protect the computer.  I did giggle a little bit- as I know that in speech the R and L sounds are difficult here. 
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: moys on August 23, 2011, 01:38:34 pm
CT: You have very beautiful eyes.
Me:  Thanks.
CT:  Did you have surgery on your eyelids?
Me: No, I was born this way.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: imyong2004 on August 23, 2011, 02:07:04 pm
Don't worry,,

It's just cultural misunderstanding..
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: DejaVu on August 23, 2011, 04:29:06 pm
Don't worry,,

It's just cultural misunderstanding..

Yep.  After a lengthy debate over a topic and the Kteacher having exhausted all illogical arguments, the only thing left was, "Oh, I know why you don't understand.  It's because you don't understand Korea."

Yeah, I guess you're right.....
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: globalgourmand on August 24, 2011, 07:21:00 am
My bf had a good story from his school the other day, a few kids were asking him to follow them and they were yelling "Teacher! Come on my face!" in the hallway...

This is the best I've heard yet. Laughed out loud. Can't wait to have a few of these stories for myself.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: cosmogony on August 24, 2011, 01:04:58 pm
CT: What does "do me" mean?
Me: Ummm. Well. It's a..ummmm.
CT: "Can you do me?" What does it mean?
Me: Okay. It's slang for "have sex with me."
CT: Oh. I see.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: IslandGook on August 24, 2011, 01:19:53 pm
Today.  I teach an after school class at the DOE every other week.

CT: The DOE called about your class.  It is continuing this semester.
Me: Oh, yes, they gave me the schedule for the whole year.
CT: Yes, there are no classes on Wednesday in October or December.
Me: Hmm... will my schedule change?  I only teach Tuesdays.
CT: Yes, instead of teaching Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday those weeks, you will not teach Wednesday.
Me: But I never teach Wednesday.  Did they change my whole schedule?
CT: They don't have class on Wednesday in October or December.
Me:....Thank you.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: cosmogony on August 24, 2011, 06:45:36 pm
^ Thanks! I needed a laugh!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: OneVurfedGwrx on August 25, 2011, 01:43:43 pm
LOL Korean's are blunt.   They have no shame and do not understand that embaressing other people is not ok.  I think most of us picked that up the first week when every Korean we met asked if we were married and how hold we were...All in all co-teachers are as much fun as English text on Korean t-shirts...

Apologies for the OT, but I still don't understand why anyone could find these questions embarrassing...  And that is from a western perspective, not just "accepting: the Korean one.  they are simple, relatively unimportant questions that should not be capable of embarrassing anyone by answering them.

Unfortunately I can't think of any comments recently to add to the actual topic.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: IslandGook on August 25, 2011, 02:15:35 pm
LOL Korean's are blunt.   They have no shame and do not understand that embaressing other people is not ok.  I think most of us picked that up the first week when every Korean we met asked if we were married and how hold we were...All in all co-teachers are as much fun as English text on Korean t-shirts...

Apologies for the OT, but I still don't understand why anyone could find these questions embarrassing...  And that is from a western perspective, not just "accepting: the Korean one.  they are simple, relatively unimportant questions that should not be capable of embarrassing anyone by answering them.

Unfortunately I can't think of any comments recently to add to the actual topic.

Well, some people think being married is important and feel under pressure to get married, have a boyfriend/girlfriend or have children.  It can be a measure of success or status for many people.  That's true in the West, nearly as much as here.  Asking someone if they are married can put them on the spot and essentially asks them if they are successful. 

On a personal basis, I'm the last male member of my family line.  My grandpa had one son, and he had only one son too.  If I don't have a son, my particular line of the family just ended.  Answering the "do you have a girlfriend/are you going to get married/are you married" line of questions made me uncomfortable for a long, long time until I made my own peace with it.

Honestly, I don't find it rude, but I understand why it makes some people uncomfortable or embarrassed.  The same with age.  Some people aren't happy with being younger or older than their peers or their ideal age. 

It's an interesting thing though, how people open conversation.  In the US, most people open with "What do you do?" which is about as boorish (and boring) a question as there is out there, but it establishes pecking order right off the bat, just like Koreans do with age and marriage.  The only difference is what the great determinants of rank are. 
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: matthews_world on August 25, 2011, 08:28:49 pm
On the same note as the previous poster, my VP mentioned no more Saturdays but they never applied.

I re-signed at my PS for the max pay grade.  Principal replies to the effect that "Now you should be an extra special teacher going above and beyond."  Hmph.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: madison79 on August 27, 2011, 11:43:17 am
Another thing to remember is Korean people try to find common ground so they ask questions to help relate to you. 
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: smweeks on August 27, 2011, 07:14:05 pm
I am having the problem that I was adopted from Korea, and so when I met my principal, he started laughing because he said that my face looks Korean but he couldn't believe that I couldn't speak Korean. I was also asked more than 5 times when the other Korean teachers were talking if I could understand what they were saying. I said no each time, but I started to get paranoid that they were talking about me in Korean. Anyone else had the latter problem?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: AloisSieben on August 31, 2011, 09:51:07 am
Not a co-teacher, but some of the other male teachers were talking about me and said I looked "pure". I thought that was nice until my co-teacher said it meant I looked like a virgin.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: candace on September 01, 2011, 12:22:29 pm
Not from co-teacher, but from vice principal:   VP: Did you dye your hair? Me: Yes VP: You would look more beautiful if you didn't.  Nothing like having someone polietly tell you to fix your hair!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: lmagno on September 01, 2011, 12:31:01 pm
My co-teachers all talk about the last native English speaker, who they always explain was overweight. "Pablo, who was fat,...." "Pablo, who was on a diet,..."  "Pablo, who ate fruit and went to the gym, ..." The poor guy even had a special chair as he was...fat. I saw a picture of him,  he isn't even fat! Oh Koreans.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: teacherjenni on September 19, 2011, 01:56:43 pm
My CT is studying for TEPS and it has some older idioms in it. Today (while we were brushing our teeth), she wrote on the board:

hen party (women)
_?_ party (men)

I looked at it for a moment, knowing she wanted the opposite of a hen party. My eyes got big and I about choked on my toothpaste from laughing. After rinsing, I told her the opposite word of 'hen' and it's slang meaning. (And, told her I didn't know the correct answer.)

She told me the TEPS book called a men's gathering a 'stag party' (I've never heard the expression)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: ignatmc on September 19, 2011, 02:32:28 pm
I am having the problem that I was adopted from Korea, and so when I met my principal, he started laughing because he said that my face looks Korean but he couldn't believe that I couldn't speak Korean. I was also asked more than 5 times when the other Korean teachers were talking if I could understand what they were saying. I said no each time, but I started to get paranoid that they were talking about me in Korean. Anyone else had the latter problem?
they more than likely are talking about you. i started lying to people about my ability in korean just to see if they talk behind my back/to my face. and they do!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: thewholecomb on September 19, 2011, 02:39:20 pm
Yeah, I've learned to either drown it out, pay really close attention and decipher what I can, or pretend I know what they're saying and make up what I think it is in my head.  The last option is the most fun and I find that I don't care whether they're actually talking about me or not.  Does that make me a socially awkward?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: makeshiftb0y on September 19, 2011, 02:51:14 pm
My CT is studying for TEPS and it has some older idioms in it. Today (while we were brushing our teeth), she wrote on the board:

hen party (women)
_?_ party (men)

I looked at it for a moment, knowing she wanted the opposite of a hen party. My eyes got big and I about choked on my toothpaste from laughing. After rinsing, I told her the opposite word of 'hen' and it's slang meaning. (And, told her I didn't know the correct answer.)

She told me the TEPS book called a men's gathering a 'stag party' (I've never heard the expression)

I guess it's a bit of an older expression, but I've heard it a bunch of times. I'm in my mid-late 20s. Could depends on region and such too though.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: flasyb on September 19, 2011, 02:51:36 pm
My CT is studying for TEPS and it has some older idioms in it. Today (while we were brushing our teeth), she wrote on the board:

hen party (women)
_?_ party (men)

I looked at it for a moment, knowing she wanted the opposite of a hen party. My eyes got big and I about choked on my toothpaste from laughing. After rinsing, I told her the opposite word of 'hen' and it's slang meaning. (And, told her I didn't know the correct answer.)

She told me the TEPS book called a men's gathering a 'stag party' (I've never heard the expression)

Yup, a stag party is the male equivalent. The stag is the groom. It's his last night to hang with the moose before settles down with one.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Waygooker on September 19, 2011, 03:59:23 pm
My one co-teacher keeps excusing her english ability and has even gone as far one day as to mention the word Konglish. I told her that yes, Korea is developing its own dialect, just like nay other country and that its ok.
The term "konglish" goes back more than a decade.  In China, It's "Chinglish".  My question is - is it "Janglish" in Japan?

In Japan it's called Japlish, although for obvious reasons some people, both Japanese and Western, don't like that word. In Singapore it's Singlish.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: mbali.rose on September 19, 2011, 05:13:02 pm
I have been in Korea a week today. That makes two days at each of my schools so far.

Everyone, teachers and students, reacts with huge gasps when I say I'm from South Africa. I guessed this is because they all have a very stereotyped image in their heads of Africa and Africans, but today my co-teacher laid it out for me in no uncertain terms:

"Like me, they thought you were going to be just a black person." Er. Political correctness fail :D


im also from SA. on my first day:
CT: are u sure you are from South Africa
ME: yes im sure
CT: *looking really confused* but you are fat..
ME: ohhhk
CT: ..and very short
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: jisun on September 19, 2011, 08:50:04 pm
I just received a text message from my co-teacher (while I was eating dinner, no less) that reads:
"pee is number2?number1 is shit?confused"
I gave a brief explanation via reply text, but I'm sure I will have to go into more depth when I get to school tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: matthews_world on September 19, 2011, 09:04:17 pm
From one of my Korean friends who actually has travelled and lived abroad:

"Do they speak English in South Africa?"

I'm guessing she thought that there are no whiteys in South Africa.  It's strange as Koreans think of Africa as one nation.  I'll put a disclaimer out there and apologize if anyone else thought this statement was prejudiced which it's not meant to be.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: mutende on September 20, 2011, 10:30:33 am
 my co-teacher replaces the p with a f in the word parking.
when he took me to get my alien registration card he kept saying....
i need a 'f#*king spot'....
haha!
 ;D
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: kyndo on September 20, 2011, 02:55:13 pm
My one co-teacher keeps excusing her english ability and has even gone as far one day as to mention the word Konglish. I told her that yes, Korea is developing its own dialect, just like nay other country and that its ok.
The term "konglish" goes back more than a decade.  In China, It's "Chinglish".  My question is - is it "Janglish" in Japan?

In Japan it's called Japlish, although for obvious reasons some people, both Japanese and Western, don't like that word. In Singapore it's Singlish.

It probably depends on what circles you hang out in: I've lived in Japan for a couple of years and have only ever heard it referred to as "Engrish".
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Willow on September 26, 2011, 12:42:38 pm
My Co Teacher told me she has been searching for a husband for 2 years and she cannot find one.
She then asked me to set her up with any of my male friends. To this I replied, "But dont you want a Korean husband??" Her reply was "No, I am Global!!"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: weirdgirlinkorea on September 27, 2011, 12:39:59 pm
My Co Teacher told me she has been searching for a husband for 2 years and she cannot find one.
She then asked me to set her up with any of my male friends. To this I replied, "But dont you want a Korean husband??" Her reply was "No, I am Global!!"

I really, really wish we had something like a 'like' button. This one is awesome!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Trose89 on September 30, 2011, 02:41:52 pm
I'm an African American woman here teaching in Korea.
Once my Ct once said to me-

CT  " oh, I teach with another woman like you, she looks just like you.

Me "oh wow, really?"

- Then I saw the girl... the only thing we had in common was skin color ( not even that we were the same color)

 ... other than that ... NADA!

-I guess all black people look alike here lmao
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: makeshiftb0y on September 30, 2011, 02:47:03 pm
I'm an African American woman here teaching in Korea.
Once my Ct once said to me-

CT  " oh, I teach with another woman like you, she looks just like you.

Me "oh wow, really?"

- Then I saw the girl... the only thing we had in common was skin color ( not even that we were the same color)

 ... other than that ... NADA!

-I guess all black people look alike here lmao

Don't worry; all white people look alike here too. I'm Italian, so, dark hair, brown eyes, and a teacher showed me a picture of some guy with blondish, and pointed to the picture and me saying, "Same, same."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: teacherjenni on October 01, 2011, 08:09:21 pm
I'm an African American woman here teaching in Korea.
Once my Ct once said to me-

CT  " oh, I teach with another woman like you, she looks just like you.

Me "oh wow, really?"

- Then I saw the girl... the only thing we had in common was skin color ( not even that we were the same color)

 ... other than that ... NADA!

-I guess all black people look alike here lmao

Don't worry; all white people look alike here too. I'm Italian, so, dark hair, brown eyes, and a teacher showed me a picture of some guy with blondish, and pointed to the picture and me saying, "Same, same."

Yeah, my teachers tell me that I and my husband look alike. We don't look anything alike! I'm paler than pale, he's quite tan. He has brown eyes, I have blue. Our hair is somewhat similar, but mine has more hints of red. Not to mention out facial structures being totally different.

Then again, Koreans tend to look the same to me until I get to know them a little better.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: taebaekteacher on October 04, 2011, 09:23:46 am
co: "did you hear the vice principles daughter had an erection?"

me: "um...how did she get an erection?"

co: "she want to be thin so she dont eat. now she has an erection."

me: (trying really hard not to laugh) "oh! anorexia!"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: rach229 on October 04, 2011, 09:32:12 am
My male co-teacher added me on facebook then wrote on my wall "Let's go all the way tonight!"

He also wants me to use is as a key expression for my teachers class.....

I don't know how to gently tell him what this really means!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: releitse88 on October 05, 2011, 11:18:38 pm
Upon meeting one of my co-teachers for the first time:

"Your eyes are so blue. Scary blue."

Other than that, constantly referring to me as "Leah" (who was the teacher I replaced). Sometimes they won't even bother correcting themselves, even when they realize they're wrong. I guess because we both are short with blonde hair we are the same person  :laugh:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Peekay1982 on October 06, 2011, 03:52:58 pm
I've got dozens of these.

Mrs B (filling out a form about me): UK is your country.
Me: Ireland.
Mrs B: It's the same as UK.
Me: Are you Japanese?
Mrs B: ...
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Peekay1982 on October 06, 2011, 03:54:35 pm
Me: ...so a lot of people in the UK think the domestic car industry should get the same kind of protection as the Korean car industry does in Korea. Big tariffs for foreign cars and stuff. So they-
Mrs B: Many people hate Korea in your country.
Me: No, it's not really about that, they just think UK car manufacturers should get the same protection Korean car makers do in Korea-
Mrs B: They envy Korea's success. They are wish that Korea will fail.
Me: No, it's not about Korea specifically-
Mrs B: Korea stands alone. Hahahahahahahahaha!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Peekay1982 on October 06, 2011, 03:55:34 pm
Mrs B: Why don't you marry your girlfriend?
Me: She doesn't want to get married.
Mrs B: Because you make so little money as a teacher?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Peekay1982 on October 06, 2011, 03:56:55 pm
Me: Mrs B, you're very argumentative.
Mrs B: No I'm not! I don't think so!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: flasyb on October 06, 2011, 03:57:30 pm
Me: ...so a lot of people in the UK think the domestic car industry should get the same kind of protection as the Korean car industry does in Korea. Big tariffs for foreign cars and stuff. So they-
Mrs B: Many people hate Korea in your country.
Me: No, it's not really about that, they just think UK car manufacturers should get the same protection Korean car makers do in Korea-
Mrs B: They envy Korea's success. They are wish that Korea will fail.
Me: No, it's not about Korea specifically-
Mrs B: Korea stands alone. Hahahahahahahahaha!

hahaha! Great stuff. Rather than saying, "Many people hate Korea in your country," it would have been more accurate to say, "Many people know nothing about Korea in your country except that the North is crazy and the South has to put up with the North's madness."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Peekay1982 on October 06, 2011, 03:59:21 pm

hahaha! Great stuff. Rather than saying, "Many people hate Korea in your country," it would have been more accurate to say, "Many people know nothing about Korea in your country except that the North is crazy and the South has to put up with the North's madness."

She's actually a good laugh but she has a bit of an obsession with industrialisation. What's particularly funny is that she just comes over to my desk apropos nothing and starts spouting off about it:

Mrs B: Korea became industrialised in 50 years. It takes UK, Germany, Europe 300 years. So Korea did it, oh, so fast.
Me: Because the UK and Germany had to invent all of the industrial procedures from scratch. Korea could just buy them ready-made.
Mrs B: You show a lack of basic understanding.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: flasyb on October 06, 2011, 04:08:07 pm

hahaha! Great stuff. Rather than saying, "Many people hate Korea in your country," it would have been more accurate to say, "Many people know nothing about Korea in your country except that the North is crazy and the South has to put up with the North's madness."

She's actually a good laugh but she has a bit of an obsession with industrialisation. What's particularly funny is that she just comes over to my desk apropos nothing and starts spouting off about it:

Mrs B: Korea became industrialised in 50 years. It takes UK, Germany, Europe 300 years. So Korea did it, oh, so fast.
Me: Because the UK and Germany had to invent all of the industrial procedures from scratch. Korea could just buy them ready-made.
Mrs B: You show a lack of basic understanding.

She sounds brilliant. I think I wouldn't be able to tell if she was joking or not which is often how I like my conversations. In your shoes, I'd suddenly become very nationalistic and compare countries frequently too. "Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Alexander Graham Bell, etc etc. So many famous British geniuses. It's such a shame there are no real famous Korean geniuses. It must be because Korea has no geniuses."*

You've got to play them at their own game.

* I'm not a nationalist and would never say anything like this except in jest or to play Mrs B at her own game.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Peekay1982 on October 06, 2011, 05:03:56 pm
I did try and play her at her own game once:

Mrs B: many foreigners are violent. But not you... maybe.
Me: Choi Seung-hui killed lots of people. And I think U Beom-gon killed more people in a short time than anyone ever.  (Funnily enough I'd just been reading about U Beom-gon for the first time the day before.)
Mrs B: Choi Seung-hui was corrupted by the western society. How can you know about U Beom-gon?!? U Beom-gon... very bad. I think he used American weapons.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: flasyb on October 06, 2011, 05:37:27 pm
I did try and play her at her own game once:

Mrs B: many foreigners are violent. But not you... maybe.
Me: Choi Seung-hui killed lots of people. And I think U Beom-gon killed more people in a short time than anyone ever.  (Funnily enough I'd just been reading about U Beom-gon for the first time the day before.)
Mrs B: Choi Seung-hui was corrupted by the western society. How can you know about U Beom-gon?!? U Beom-gon... very bad. I think he used American weapons.

She's great at turning things around using that peculiar brand of faux logic. Keep 'em coming!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Mrive008 on October 07, 2011, 09:33:53 am
I have had two of my co teachers say "shit" in the middle of class, and ask me if this is the correct phrase.  I kindly and cautiously say, "No...." without trying to laugh.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Sprite06 on October 07, 2011, 10:59:16 am

hahaha! Great stuff. Rather than saying, "Many people hate Korea in your country," it would have been more accurate to say, "Many people know nothing about Korea in your country except that the North is crazy and the South has to put up with the North's madness."

She's actually a good laugh but she has a bit of an obsession with industrialisation. What's particularly funny is that she just comes over to my desk apropos nothing and starts spouting off about it:

Mrs B: Korea became industrialised in 50 years. It takes UK, Germany, Europe 300 years. So Korea did it, oh, so fast.
Me: Because the UK and Germany had to invent all of the industrial procedures from scratch. Korea could just buy them ready-made.
Mrs B: You show a lack of basic understanding.

I wish I could see a picture of Mrs. B.

You need to make these into comic strips.  They are brilliant.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: tboasis7 on October 07, 2011, 11:43:25 am
The music teacher at my school and I do weekly language exchanges. Last week, I taught her some phrases about health/sickness. Yesterday, I saw her in the hall and casually asked: "How are you doing today?"
Her face fell and she responded sadly: "I'm suffering from diarrhea for 2 days." I laughed, but then explained that we don't normally tell other people about those problems.
Today, when I asked her: "How are you?"
Her face lifted and she replied proudly: "No more diarrhea!... But today I'm suffering from constipation".

Well, at least she's putting the expressions into use.


Yea, all the sweet potato that my co-teacher just gave me is on my comp screen now... awkward
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: FloridaGator314 on October 21, 2011, 02:21:21 pm
I'm an African American woman here teaching in Korea.
Once my Ct once said to me-

CT  " oh, I teach with another woman like you, she looks just like you.

Me "oh wow, really?"

- Then I saw the girl... the only thing we had in common was skin color ( not even that we were the same color)

 ... other than that ... NADA!

-I guess all black people look alike here lmao

Nothing to worry about, any non Korean people will get the same.

I was told I looked just like Leonardo DiCaprio. I'm 0% Italian and look nothing like the guy, but I am a white person.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: taeyang on October 21, 2011, 02:32:34 pm
my co-teacher and i were talking about our respective schooling backgrounds the other day. i told her that i learned french when i was in school which prompted her to ask me:

"can you french well?"

i couldn't stop laughing!!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Ollie84 on October 22, 2011, 10:26:12 am
I did a lesson comparing working hours of different countries.

I said that Koreans work far more hours than European counties such as the Netherlands but, relatively speaking, get paid a lot less.

My co-teacher seems to get really defensive and in our final lesson on this topic she tells the class,' This is ironic considering the Netherlands has such a big problem with suicicde'.

I was thinking WTF?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: confusedsafferinkorea on October 22, 2011, 05:56:01 pm
I've got dozens of these.

Mrs B (filling out a form about me): UK is your country.
Me: Ireland.
Mrs B: It's the same as UK.
Me: Are you Japanese?
Mrs B: ...

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant......... you are a legend.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: theTazz on October 24, 2011, 07:24:20 am
Dear Koreans, hysterical laughter is not an appropriate response when someone is telling you how they hurt themselves, especially when the story is not at all humorous.

Teacher notices me limping.
"What?" pointing.
"I hurt my foot."
"Why?" meaning how.
"Climbing Hallasan."
"Wahahaha! Yesterday?"
"Saturday."
"Wahahaha!"
"Yeah, it's sore."
"Wahaha!" walks away laughing.
Thanks  ???
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: SBracken on October 24, 2011, 03:11:31 pm
here's a fun conversation I had with my head co-teacher last Friday (apologies for the length though):
I haven't spoken to /seen him since before the end of last semester, which is give or take 4 months. He's a really nice guy, but he's just never around. Anyway, I know it's high time he should have asked me if I want to renew my contract with the school (they all seem to like me, I usually like them; it's a good place), so I decide to stalk him out first thing and get some answers, seeing as we had Sports Day last week and I figured he'd be easier to find.


Me: "Hi Li! How are you doing?"
Li: "Oh, you are here today!" (because I don't normally come to school on Friday, sure. And thanks for telling me about sports day and my canceled classes)
Me: "Yes, I wanted to ask you if EPIK has sent any information about me renewing my contract with _(this)_ school. I heard from some other foreign teachers that their schools have been asking them about renewing."
Li: "mmmmm, EPIK?"
Me: "Yes, I think they may have sent paperwork?"
Li: "Paperwork? Oh! Yes! I sent the paperwork back. I got paperwork, hmmm, maybe one month ago?"
Me: "Um, what did you tell them?"
Li: "Oh, I told them you did not want to come back! ^^"
Me: "um, but I did want to stay another year. If the school wants me to stay of course..."
Li: "Uh??  :o"
Me: "Yes, I like teaching here, I'm getting to know the students better and better, so if the school still wanted me I was hoping to stay."
Li: "But you said, I thought you said you did not like the students?"
Me: "What? No! They can be trouble at times, sure, but overall they're good kids."
Li: "But you said in conversation that you did not want to stay one more year!"
Me: "Um, I don't remember any conversation like that." (remember, I haven't even seen him since last semester, let alone talked to him. BUT, for his sake of saving face, ) "Oh well, it must be a miscommunication. But, um, if the school would want me to renew, maybe you can change the paperwork?"
Li: "Oh, uh uh [the 'yes' noise]! I will call the POE. Maybe they can fix the problem."
Me: "I'm sure they can, there's still plenty of time before the next term."

He naver's something and says POE doesn't 'open' until 9. No problem. We chat briefly about Sports Day (since it's my first time seeing one), and he goes out to cheer his homeroom on, disappears around 9:05, and comes back out 20 minutes later.

Li: "I called the POE and they said maybe it will be no problem."
Me: "Ok, great, thank you. So, sports day seems to be really fun for the students! When I was a student, we didn't have anything like this."
Li: "I think maybe you changed your mind from our conversation earlier this month."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: willshin87 on October 24, 2011, 04:49:47 pm
one of my co-teachers kept saying bender bender. no idea what she was talking about. she asked me if i had seen a bender on highways or on streets. then i realized she was trying to say vendor.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: smje on October 24, 2011, 10:56:45 pm
when talking with coteachers about going to daegu for the weekend from gwangju:

"daegu and  gwangju don't have many communications"

O_o i figure it means either 1) people don't often travel between the two cities or 2) people from the two cities don't like each other....
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Jozigirl on October 25, 2011, 12:38:11 am
when talking with coteachers about going to daegu for the weekend from gwangju:

"daegu and  gwangju don't have many communications"

O_o i figure it means either 1) people don't often travel between the two cities or 2) people from the two cities don't like each other....

It means that the (older) people in the two provinces have a semi-feud with one another - they don't get aloong with each other although I can't remember why. 
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: kyndo on October 25, 2011, 06:58:19 am
when talking with coteachers about going to daegu for the weekend from gwangju:

"daegu and  gwangju don't have many communications"

O_o i figure it means either 1) people don't often travel between the two cities or 2) people from the two cities don't like each other....


It means that the (older) people in the two provinces have a semi-feud with one another - they don't get aloong with each other although I can't remember why.


Its because Daegu stole a bunch of vowels from Gwangju...
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Joltz on March 19, 2012, 01:39:23 pm
I'm not sure if this even counts because I was the one who misunderstood, but still.... As we were waiting in the Dr.'s office there was a T.V. program on, a woman with 3 dogs was showing her house and then cooking a meal.
 
"CT: She is famous actor. She is cooking Korean Chicken soup, only she is using dug instead.
Me: ... She's what???
CT: She is using dug!
Me: She's using what??
CT: Dug! Dug! She is using Dug!
Me: (sitting there silently horrified, then after several minutes pass) OH! DUCK!"

My coteacher then stared at me for several minutes as if I'd lost my mind.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: chasmmi on March 20, 2012, 07:09:18 pm
I'm not sure if this even counts because I was the one who misunderstood, but still.... As we were waiting in the Dr.'s office there was a T.V. program on, a woman with 3 dogs was showing her house and then cooking a meal.
 
"CT: She is famous actor. She is cooking Korean Chicken soup, only she is using dug instead.
Me: ... She's what???
CT: She is using dug!
Me: She's using what??
CT: Dug! Dug! She is using Dug!
Me: (sitting there silently horrified, then after several minutes pass) OH! DUCK!"

My coteacher then stared at me for several minutes as if I'd lost my mind.

I used to regularly have this problem with regards to Ddok.


Also a brief conversation with one high school student today:

Me: I am going to Busan on Saturday
Her: Oh! To do What?
Me: I will meet a friend and we will have dinner and coffee (didn't want to say alcohol).
Her: And Boobies?
Me: What?!
Her: Moobies, You watch a Moobie.
Me: Ah I see, err maybe Yes.

 
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: cherylblossom on March 21, 2012, 07:50:25 am
CT: "What is that thing that is connect to the asshole?"
Me: "Hahahahah! What?!"
CT: "To the asshole!"
Me: "Intestines?"
CT: "Okay, see you later!"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Nooners on March 21, 2012, 02:18:52 pm
My director once told me, "You eat so small food, and yet you is quite fat. So, I ask my brother-in-law because he is a pharmacist and oriental doctor. He told me that you are a rhino."

Me: "a r-r-rhino?!"

Director: "Yes, the rhino only eats small grass and yet he cannot lose weight".

Me: "?!"

Director: "Even when he diets a lot".

Me: "Bah ha ha! Director! PLEASE don't tell any more foreign women they are like a rhino".  :o
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: rach229 on March 21, 2012, 03:02:20 pm
My director once told me, "You eat so small food, and yet you is quite fat. So, I ask my brother-in-law because he is a pharmacist and oriental doctor. He told me that you are a rhino."

Me: "a r-r-rhino?!"

Director: "Yes, the rhino only eats small grass and yet he cannot lose weight".

Me: "?!"

Director: "Even when he diets a lot".

Me: "Bah ha ha! Director! PLEASE don't tell any more foreign women they are like a rhino".  :o

That is horrible yet oh so funny.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Joltz on March 22, 2012, 09:00:11 am
CT: "What is that thing that is connect to the asshole?"
Me: "Hahahahah! What?!"
CT: "To the asshole!"
Me: "Intestines?"
CT: "Okay, see you later!"

Hahaha! I love your coteacher. I wish that one of my coteachers would randomly sprout curses at me then walk away nonchalantly.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Peekay1982 on March 22, 2012, 10:52:56 am
Me: Hye-min is so cute. I'm going to take her back to England with me as my mascot.
Hye-min: Nooooooooooooooooooooooo! I want to stay in Korea!
Mrs Choi [gravely]: She doesn't want you to abscond her.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: kerstentw on March 25, 2012, 04:19:32 pm
I am a Gyoppo (sp?) male and when I first arrived my Co-teacher looked at me and said, "Oh, I am so disappointed that you are not a beautiful blonde girl, ha ha, I am only joking please get in the cab."  Then his face turned bright red and he did not talk to me for the rest of the cab ride.  Turns out he's a great guy but he wanted to open with a joke and had been trying to figure one out.  I told him that his delivery left something to be desired.  Shortly after that I then had to explain the phrase "left something to be desired" to him.     
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Frozencat99 on March 26, 2012, 10:07:14 am
My bf had a good story from his school the other day, a few kids were asking him to follow them and they were yelling "Teacher! Come on my face!" in the hallway...

 :laugh: When things like this happen, I'm always reminded of the "phrasing!" scenes from Archer.

My co-teacher created a game for the "Do You Want Some More?" lesson in the book, where kids would close their eyes and request a cup with a snack in it. Then he'd ask if they want some more, they'd say yes/no, and they'd have to identify what they wanted.

So round one, this girl comes up to the front and says "Can I have some cup 1 please?" and my co-teacher says "Okay, close your eyes and I'll put it in your mouth."

(Mind, meet gutter.)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: anabelle1221 on March 26, 2012, 10:45:09 am
Yesterday, my coteacher said to me, "Teacher, it's time."
Me, blinking in confusion from the comfort of my desk: "Time for what?"
CT: "Time for the interview."
Me: "What interview?"
CT: "The student interview."
Me: "....Huh?"
CT: "Go to the room. I will send the student."
Me: "Ok....then what happens?"
CT: "Just do the interview."
Me: "I don't understand."
It was a really (painfully) long time before they finally conveyed to me that we would interview the students by asking them 3 questions and using their responses to place them into different English levels.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: alyssa.callahan on March 26, 2012, 11:42:05 am
These are hilarious!  Probably the most awkward one for me so far was when I was introduced to all of the other teachers.  I was introduced to the men first, so every time one of the men said something, my co-teacher said "He wants to intimate with you."  :o

It wasn't until what the women were saying was being translated as "She wants to intimate with you" that I realized it just meant they wanted to get to know me.  What a relief!  XD
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: jisun on April 06, 2012, 04:51:08 pm
My co-teacher was walking around checking to make sure the students had included punctuation in their dictation exercise. First she looked at the boys. Then she went to the other side of the classroom and shouted out, "Girls! Don't miss your periods!"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: cmtaylor on April 09, 2012, 01:42:07 pm
My Vice Principle came up with a classic the other day.
I was talking in English to one of the homeroom teachers, when he walks past and asks "Why? she no speak English well."
(She's actually pretty good, much better than my VP who knows almost nothing)
The 2 Korean teachers then start arguing over who speaks better English and the VP says in the thickest Konglish:

"I suh-peek-uh eng-guh-li-shee very well. Becaus-suh I'm f-lom Iteawon."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: flasyb on April 09, 2012, 02:46:20 pm
^^
That just cracked me up. Any time I hear the words, "As you know..." coming from a colleague's mouth, it's almost certainly going to be something that I definitely didn't know.

"As you know, the teacher business trip is tomorrow." Nope, first I've heard of it.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Jrong on April 09, 2012, 03:05:37 pm
^that's funny. "As you know..." No, I didn't know.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Bulgogi on April 09, 2012, 03:10:22 pm
"As you know..."

Whaaaaaat...

haha I thought my co-t's were the only one who say that...
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Willow on April 10, 2012, 08:08:17 am
haha... reminds me of my co teacher..
Talking about teaching different grades...

"Hmm.. yes I do not like to have the 1st grade class because one student, he take the shit and the piss."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Willow on April 10, 2012, 08:33:16 am

KT: I  made you some earrings, here you are.
Me: Oh thanks, thats so nice, I'll wear them now.
KT: Yes they look much better, those ones (points at the earrings I was wearing) look terrible.

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: anogsamian on April 12, 2012, 11:30:07 am
lol. This is by far the most entertaining reading on way-gook. :)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Peekay1982 on May 21, 2012, 08:53:45 am
^^
That just cracked me up. Any time I hear the words, "As you know..." coming from a colleague's mouth, it's almost certainly going to be something that I definitely didn't know.

"As you know, the teacher business trip is tomorrow." Nope, first I've heard of it.

This and the heat reminded me of this one from a while ago:

Co-teacher: As you know, leaving the fan on all night is very dangerous... don't laugh! Many people have died!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: theTazz on May 21, 2012, 01:38:00 pm
On the way back from a teachers' field trip last Wednesday, head teacher is making small talk with me.

At one point she asked something like, "How long did you live in LA?"

Me (thinking she's got me confused with the other Epik teacher, an American): "No, I'm from South Africa."

Head teacher: "I know, but for your school life."

Me: "Um, I went to school in South Africa." (Thinking, we have schools there! English ones too!)

H/t: "Oh."

I have no idea where she got this idea about me living in LA from but she was pretty convinced of it. And I've never even been to the US...   :P
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: gclancy on May 24, 2012, 12:14:55 pm
^^
That just cracked me up. Any time I hear the words, "As you know..." coming from a colleague's mouth, it's almost certainly going to be something that I definitely didn't know.

"As you know, the teacher business trip is tomorrow." Nope, first I've heard of it.

This and the heat reminded me of this one from a while ago:

Co-teacher: As you know, leaving the fan on all night is very dangerous... don't laugh! Many people have died!

Ah the old fan death myth! Did you point them toward this?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan_death
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: yodelay47 on May 29, 2012, 10:03:11 pm
It's not quite what my co-teacher said as what he wrote.
He handed me a piece of paper on which he'd written a little something about each student for my benefit. Most of it was pretty standard but a couple stood out.

Next to one student he'd put 'Handicapped on brain'  :o on the next 'Overweight but creative' Nice.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: madison79 on May 30, 2012, 08:48:08 am
Here was a good one today.

Student:  Teacher you're hand JOB!
Me:          What?  Handsome yeah thank you.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: livzy on June 07, 2012, 03:25:52 pm
I'm not sure if this even counts because I was the one who misunderstood, but still.... As we were waiting in the Dr.'s office there was a T.V. program on, a woman with 3 dogs was showing her house and then cooking a meal.
 
"CT: She is famous actor. She is cooking Korean Chicken soup, only she is using dug instead.
Me: ... She's what???
CT: She is using dug!
Me: She's using what??
CT: Dug! Dug! She is using Dug!
Me: (sitting there silently horrified, then after several minutes pass) OH! DUCK!"

My coteacher then stared at me for several minutes as if I'd lost my mind.

Hah! That reminds me of a 10 minute conversation with a co-teacher about how Koreans like to eat dog, with me keeping a straight face and acting casually interested. It turns out we were not talking about dog !
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Willow on June 14, 2012, 02:59:11 pm
My Co teacher asked me should she say pupils when talking about the students.

I said- well, a pupil is usually a young student so thats fine.. yes.

She looks at me for a minute and then says very matter of fact-
OK.. right I was just confusing it with pubes.

Tomorrows class intro..
"Good morning Pubes... open your books"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: sbelleball on June 15, 2012, 01:46:44 pm
**Overheated, I put my hair up in to a ponytail...

Co-T: (Looking at me with a hint of satisfaction) I really envy the construction of your face.
Me: Ohh?
Co-T: You see, Asian face is so flat. Your face is... well.. (draws picture on the board of a "U").... Constructed properly.

... There are so many things I could have said, but the ring of the bell cut our conversation short and referring back to our conversation later on simply would have been less fun..
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: luciddreamer on June 15, 2012, 04:58:47 pm
My Korean co-teacher was on the phone and talked to his old foreign English co-teacher who returned to his home country.  When he wanted to express that he wants to "keep in touch" he said "...and let's touch each other often." 

This happened a few months ago, but I'm laughing out loud as I'm typing this.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: 제이 on July 10, 2012, 06:12:56 pm
Today...

Co-teacher: "J, is this a turkey?"

*points to picture of ostrich.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: SoyLaBonBon on July 12, 2012, 07:20:19 am
I recently had an open class and decided to wear my only dress to work.  I don't do dresses...I just...don't. 

EVERYONE freaked out. 

But the day's highlight was when one of my coworkers, not an English teacher, wanted to pay me a compliment and attempted to say, "You look very slim today."  One of the Korean English teachers quickly interjected, "No, no, she's not slim.  It is just her dress which makes her LOOK slim." 

No, no I'm not slim. 
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: livzy on July 12, 2012, 07:32:36 am
I recently had an open class and decided to wear my only dress to work.  I don't do dresses...I just...don't. 

EVERYONE freaked out. 

But the day's highlight was when one of my coworkers, not an English teacher, wanted to pay me a compliment and attempted to say, "You look very slim today."  One of the Korean English teachers quickly interjected, "No, no, she's not slim.  It is just her dress which makes her LOOK slim." 

No, no I'm not slim. 

OK fatso, how heavy are you and how tall/ short are you? We'd also need to know what odd features do you have?

Come on, what's the skinny?  :P

Edit: That was impolite, I'm joking.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: SBracken on July 12, 2012, 07:44:10 am
got a text from my co (who's really great) last night with some news on our upcoming Teacher Trip. it ended with this:

"[Principal] also wanted me to tell you this is Korean traditional bondage called 정. see u tomorrow :D"

I know what she meant, but  :o  :laugh:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: sindta on July 12, 2012, 11:02:31 am
Me: Mr Ha, my joint applicant, the person who came to Korea with me, wants to come and see my school this afternoon. Is that ok?
CoT: What is "join applicant"?
Me: Joint applicant is the person I applied to come to Korea with. EPIK allows people to apply to teach in Korea with another person or as a group of friends. My joint applicant teaches in Guryongpo.
CoT: How about you go there fter school?
Me: No Mr Ha, he doesn't want to see me, he wants to see the shcool.
CoT: Can I ask, why he want to see you?
Me: Mr Ha... He doesn't want to see me. But let's just forget I asked. Thanks anyway!

This is typical of the conversations we have.  ;)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: weirdgirlinkorea on July 12, 2012, 11:27:41 am
Just curious, but why didn't you just say, "Mr. Ha, my friend would like to visit our school. He also teaches in Korea, in Guryonpo. Can he come?"

If you're dealing with a low level to intermediate speaker, why use "joint applicant" and long sentences and give yourself more of a headache? Especially since the average teacher/person in a school doesn't know anything about EPIK.

Me: Mr Ha, my joint applicant, the person who came to Korea with me, wants to come and see my school this afternoon. Is that ok?
CoT: What is "join applicant"?
Me: Joint applicant is the person I applied to come to Korea with. EPIK allows people to apply to teach in Korea with another person or as a group of friends. My joint applicant teaches in Guryongpo.
CoT: How about you go there fter school?
Me: No Mr Ha, he doesn't want to see me, he wants to see the shcool.
CoT: Can I ask, why he want to see you?
Me: Mr Ha... He doesn't want to see me. But let's just forget I asked. Thanks anyway!

This is typical of the conversations we have.  ;)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: livzy on July 12, 2012, 11:52:22 am
I thought this thread was for amusing anecdotes about language cock-ups and cultural miscommunications, not to take the mickey out of your colleagues.

Hint: Dave's is the other site.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Agarath on July 12, 2012, 12:26:36 pm
One of my "bigger" co-teachers:

"My students told me i look like shrek". He was wearing a green shirt at the time  :laugh:

"Do you masturbate?"

"I am too big and you are too much f***ing healthy!"

"Do you use cell phones in your country?"

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: papayapie on July 12, 2012, 02:18:21 pm


"Do you masturbate?"


 :o Did he ask you that out of the blue, or what?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: papayapie on July 12, 2012, 02:24:06 pm
Talking to one of my co-teachers about how Korean women make me feel fat..

Me: Yeah, I mean, I just wish I was skinnier. I feel fat compared to women here.
CoT: No, no. You are not too fat. Just a little fat. It's okay. You have boyfriend, anyway.

During my class for the Korean teachers who want to learn English..
Me: *writes cockpit on the board*
All the teachers: COCK?? Cockpit? What is cockpit?
Me: *still writing*
Teachers: Cock! Cock! What is meaning of cock?? Is a cock in a hole?
Me:  :laugh:

Another time during my teacher class (we were watching Lost)..
CoT: Dick? He called him a dick.
Me: Yeah, that's umm...someone who is a jerk and annoying.
CoT: Oh. So I can say to student, "You are dick"?
Me:  ??? No, no...it also means.......penis.
CoT:  :o
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: weirdgirlinkorea on July 12, 2012, 03:02:26 pm
Livzy,

I didn't take the "mickey" out of sindta, I just asked a fair question and I did so politely. Please don't "hint" that I should go to Dave's because asking a polite question isn't trolling, regardless what the topic is.

I thought this thread was for amusing anecdotes about language cock-ups and cultural miscommunications, not to take the mickey out of your colleagues.

Hint: Dave's is the other site.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: livzy on July 12, 2012, 07:49:20 pm
Livzy,

I didn't take the "mickey" out of sindta, I just asked a fair question and I did so politely. Please don't "hint" that I should go to Dave's because asking a polite question isn't trolling, regardless what the topic is.

I thought this thread was for amusing anecdotes about language cock-ups and cultural miscommunications, not to take the mickey out of your colleagues.

Hint: Dave's is the other site.

Sorry I didn't realise you were speaking to colleagues here??
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: flasyb on July 12, 2012, 07:59:29 pm
Livzy,

I didn't take the "mickey" out of sindta, I just asked a fair question and I did so politely. Please don't "hint" that I should go to Dave's because asking a polite question isn't trolling, regardless what the topic is.

I thought this thread was for amusing anecdotes about language cock-ups and cultural miscommunications, not to take the mickey out of your colleagues.

Hint: Dave's is the other site.

Sorry I didn't realise you were speaking to colleagues here??

I think there's been some confusion over the word "colleagues". One of you means the people you work with and the other means the people who use this site.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: livzy on July 12, 2012, 09:05:35 pm
Livzy,

I didn't take the "mickey" out of sindta, I just asked a fair question and I did so politely. Please don't "hint" that I should go to Dave's because asking a polite question isn't trolling, regardless what the topic is.

I thought this thread was for amusing anecdotes about language cock-ups and cultural miscommunications, not to take the mickey out of your colleagues.

Hint: Dave's is the other site.

Sorry I didn't realise you were speaking to colleagues here??

I think there's been some confusion over the word "colleagues". One of you means the people you work with and the other means the people who use this site.

Whoops! An honest mistake, travelinpantsgirl, thanks flasyb !
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Agarath on July 13, 2012, 08:00:04 am


"Do you masturbate?"


 :o Did he ask you that out of the blue, or what?

We were having some beers at my apartment and we somehow got onto the topic of how neither of us have girlfriends. He started talking asking about how you deal with that "problem" when you dont have a girlfriend.

And then the "Do you masturbate?" question came hahaha. So it wasn't completely out of the blue, but you can still imagine the look on my face when he asked that  :laugh:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: weirdgirlinkorea on July 13, 2012, 10:27:46 am
Livzy,

I didn't take the "mickey" out of sindta, I just asked a fair question and I did so politely. Please don't "hint" that I should go to Dave's because asking a polite question isn't trolling, regardless what the topic is.

I thought this thread was for amusing anecdotes about language cock-ups and cultural miscommunications, not to take the mickey out of your colleagues.

Hint: Dave's is the other site.

Sorry I didn't realise you were speaking to colleagues here??

I think there's been some confusion over the word "colleagues". One of you means the people you work with and the other means the people who use this site.

Whoops! An honest mistake, travelinpantsgirl, thanks flasyb !
Oooh in that case, Livzy, I agree with your original comment. I was thinking that as I read the OP.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: MIGHTYMERICAN on July 13, 2012, 12:21:55 pm
T: I want to see you a lot.
me: Oh ya i would like that.
T: Come to my house any time.
M:Oh ok thank you for the invitation.
T: Yes, it's ok. My husband works in Gumi so he not home.
M: ah.. ok.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: flasyb on July 13, 2012, 12:30:50 pm
T: I want to see you a lot.
me: Oh ya i would like that.
T: Come to my house any time.
M:Oh ok thank you for the invitation.
T: Yes, it's ok. My husband works in Gumi so he not home.
M: ah.. ok.

So, is she hot?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: iseya on July 13, 2012, 02:29:27 pm
This happened at a teacher's dinner at a restaraunt

I went to the restroom and headed to the urinals. There's only 2 in the bathroom and another teacher from my school was already at one of them.  I unzip and start to do my business, he looks over at my junk...didnt try to hide it...just stared at it and smiled.  (he is thoroughly drunk btw)
 
I let out a nervous laugh and say
Me: "Whaaaa....."
Him: Its ok. not man to man. older brother, younger brother. So it's ok. 
Me: "nervous laughter continues--pees as fast as possible, finishes, and then zips up"
Him: Penis (pronounced "paynis") big, but water "makes shhhoooooshhh noise" very short. I win. "continues to pee"
Me: Yes..you win. "runs out of bathroom"   
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Chadwickhhs on July 13, 2012, 03:30:44 pm
T: I want to see you a lot.
me: Oh ya i would like that.
T: Come to my house any time.
M:Oh ok thank you for the invitation.
T: Yes, it's ok. My husband works in Gumi so he not home.
M: ah.. ok.
If you were ever going to get assaulted or deported this'd be a good reason to do so.  ;D
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: gclancy on September 13, 2012, 08:41:58 am
Me: Where's Inja teacher today?
KT: She's not come. She's having implants. In her tit.
Me: Pardon?
KT: Implant, in her tit! (points to mouth)
Me Oh, in her teeth! (relieved laughter)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: dachiza727 on September 13, 2012, 09:55:45 am
only read a couple of the posts on here (there's 20 somethin pages) so this scenario might have been explored already.

my 1st week here (4years ago)...  my main coteacher (older woman) takes me for to a pizza place after school.  in an attempt to build some rapport b4 school goes full swing.

coT: what kind of pizza do you like?
me: anything is fine, thanks.
coT: okay, how about some cock?
me: (big smile, wide eyes) huh?!?
coT: Cock! Do you like Cock?
me: (uncontrollable laughter, red face)

finally figured out what she meant....  coke.  I've drank sprite/cider in korea ever since.

i wonder how many times i've made awkward mistakes like this pronouncing korean. 
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: shhowse on September 13, 2012, 10:08:11 am
After cooking up a huge traditional Canadian Thanksgiving dinner for all eight of my coteachers we were talking around the table and the conversation turned to instant rice. To clarify what they were saying, since it was all in Korean of course, even though I was hosting at my home, I pulled out a package of Korean minute rice.

CoT: <Gasps> Shanna, hahaha, you are not a perfect wife if you can't cook rice!
Other CoT's: all smile, laugh and nod

Me, looking at the 10 or so dishes they all ate and highly complimented  :o  ???

Tried to no avail to explain that I know how to make rice but rarely eat it at home, but in their eyes the damage was done...
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: TeachaTeacha on September 13, 2012, 10:31:06 am
I'm in my office... coteacher is teaching a special grade 1 class in the next room...

Co: dyke
Gr.1s: DYKE
Co: dyke
Gr1s: DYKE

Shocked, I got up and went into the room that they were in...

Me: Uhm, Mrs. Lee... what are you teaching?
Co: Oh, this is phonics class.
Me: Uhhh... okay, can I see your teaching resources?
Co: Sure, here.

She hands me a soft "c" worksheet...

Me: This is a soft "c" worksheet. It's pronounced "dice."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Row on September 13, 2012, 05:30:39 pm
*notices a new student on attendance sheet*

Me: Who is -student-?
KT: Oh, -student-, she is...hmm...retarded

Came outta nowhere. The kid was a bit of an idiot, though.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: giselle on September 14, 2012, 08:28:13 am
I have 2 coworkers who didn't grasp concept of "having a hard time" or "giving someone a hard time"

One was heavily pregnant over the summer, constant battling for the AC, you know the drill.  So, one day, I'm sitting in our office, probably looking at waygook.org, and she walks in, sweating, stomps her little foot, all pouty & whines "oh, today I am very hard."  I nearly spit my coffee across the room.   She's awesome, and that made for a good laugh.

The other lady was talking about the problem students in our classes & how they're a problem for everyone, so I shouldn't feel bad.  At the school dinner, talking about the absolute worst girl in the school, she says to me & everyone "Oh, she's so naughty, she makes all the teachers hard".  This time, it was my soju I almost spit across the room.   

I love those unforeseeable teaching moments.  Makes me think about language I just take for granted & hopefully helps Koreans (or anyone not fluent) not be so serious about themselves for a minute.

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: skjosh on September 14, 2012, 08:39:26 am
I'm not sure if this even counts because I was the one who misunderstood, but still.... As we were waiting in the Dr.'s office there was a T.V. program on, a woman with 3 dogs was showing her house and then cooking a meal.
 
"CT: She is famous actor. She is cooking Korean Chicken soup, only she is using dug instead.
Me: ... She's what???
CT: She is using dug!
Me: She's using what??
CT: Dug! Dug! She is using Dug!
Me: (sitting there silently horrified, then after several minutes pass) OH! DUCK!"

My coteacher then stared at me for several minutes as if I'd lost my mind.

Hah! That reminds me of a 10 minute conversation with a co-teacher about how Koreans like to eat dog, with me keeping a straight face and acting casually interested. It turns out we were not talking about dog !

Man, the same thing just happened to me last week. It was during a conversation class where I had them talk about their favorite foods. Smoked dog is delicious. Do you have smoked dog in the US? No, we don't eat dog. If you eat dog in the US people will think you're crazy because they are companion animals. But dog is so low? The conversation went on like that for a while until I finally realized he was saying DUCK. ㅋㅋ
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: aschil6 on September 14, 2012, 09:45:07 am
A few boys were sleeping in one of my classes and (not wanting to overstep any boundaries) I asked my co-teacher how she would usually handle that. Her reply:

"I don't like them so I just let them be there."

Alrighty then...
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: 한소로 on September 14, 2012, 12:05:05 pm
Most of my co-teachers have really good english so there's usually not any problem in that sort of way, but they love making fun of their students.

CoT: Ah, don't worry about her. *points to student* Her face looks like trash, right?

CoT: Her head is completely empty.

CoT: Wearing a sweater makes me look like an old man?? Its a cultural difference! A cultural difference!! Young Korean men can wear sweaters, I am young! (Next day he wore a suit)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: tesoljon on October 03, 2012, 10:47:06 pm
I was an hour late this morning. I mis-programmed my alarm clock for the second time and missed a class for the kids in the teaching competition. Anyway it seemed not to matter. One of the naughtiest kids in the middle school comes to my teacher and after a long conversation heads off with his punishment.

Me: Is he in trouble?
Teacher: Yes
Me: I saw him on the weekend in town.
Teacher (laughing): Yes, he must have gone to the piss house.
Me: (Smiling and leaving) (Then, thinking to myself? What? No. Couldn't be? Yes!, oh. Touche)

Amazing what can be slipped through translation. Teacher 1 - Redvers 0

I'm sorry for quoting an old post, but what's a "piss house"? Pizza house? Google was mainly bringing up results about pets urinating indoors.  ???
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: TheEnergizer on October 04, 2012, 09:26:18 am
lol these are awesome.

I got a new co-teacher a few weeks ago. First conversation at lunch.

Me: So are you married or do you have kids?
KT: Yes...but I wish I hadn't gotten married.
Me: Why? Don't you enjoy your kids?
KT: No.
Me: (After awkward silence) Yeah so when is our first class together?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: lostmochi on October 04, 2012, 04:11:44 pm
I went shopping with my male CT:

Me: What are you going to buy?
CT: I need to buy panties.
Me: Panties? o_O;  Why do you need those?
CT: I enjoy wearing panties.

(I inform him that panties are women's underwear and that he means boxers or briefs)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: JeremyC on October 04, 2012, 10:15:51 pm
I've often heard "Do I make you hard?" "He makes me hard." "Why you make me so hard?" etc. a lot. The first time that I heard it though, I was working late helping my boss correct some stuff that she had written. It was totally a volunteer thing and everyone else had left the office. At one point she asks me "Do I make you hard? I think I make you very hard."  :o  I  wasn't really sure what she meant at first. I knew it was a poor translation but she was nice looking so somewhere in the back of my mind, part of me was hoping that it wasn't a mistranslation. Then she said "You are very hard working." so I was a little disappointed.  :(

I'm not so sure that was a poor translation, everyone else had left the office and you two were alone.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: dachiza727 on October 05, 2012, 01:05:53 pm
I went shopping with my male CT:

Me: What are you going to buy?
CT: I need to buy panties.
Me: Panties? o_O;  Why do you need those?
CT: I enjoy wearing panties.

(I inform him that panties are women's underwear and that he means boxers or briefs)

that wasn't a mistake, he was throwing feelers out there.... 

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Jyang486 on October 05, 2012, 02:30:18 pm
I was asked by my CoT to go through the school's Golden Bell questions correcting grammar and spelling mistakes.  She was the one who wrote the questions.  One of the questions was:

What letter goes in the blank: 
A: What is your favorite fruit? 
B: I like _rapes.

Then later in the semester, my CoT, who was in charge of the school's English broadcasting club, came to me to correct the speech the club was going to make. I went through the speech making minor corrections here and there when I came upon "Korean Penisula." I was thinking, hmm, this doesn't seem right.  Then I looked at it again, and ㅋㅋ.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: denimdaze on December 05, 2014, 08:10:14 pm
One of my co-teachers has been monitoring what I eat, it seems.  Today I didn't eat all my lunch and she asked me why.  I explained that I was full.  I eat breakfast in the morning and therefore don't need a big lunch.  She informed me that by 5 pm I would be hungry and shouldn't waste food.  I looked at her tray and she hadn't eaten all of her lunch either! :rolleyes:
(she was finished, we took our trays up at the same time)
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Aristocrat on December 09, 2014, 10:17:13 am
During lunch, my CT complained that she was feeling a bit poorly. I queried her symptoms... and wished I hadn't. She went on, in DETAIL, about how bad her menstrual bleeding was that day and often she had to change her pad.

FYI, I'm a guy.

Definitely, one of my most awkward moments ever.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Nivea on December 09, 2014, 10:29:30 am
I went shopping with my male CT:

Me: What are you going to buy?
CT: I need to buy panties.
Me: Panties? o_O;  Why do you need those?
CT: I enjoy wearing panties.

(I inform him that panties are women's underwear and that he means boxers or briefs)

Are you sure he didn't actually want panties after all?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Morfee on December 09, 2014, 10:34:25 am
I went shopping with my male CT:

Me: What are you going to buy?
CT: I need to buy panties.
Me: Panties? o_O;  Why do you need those?
CT: I enjoy wearing panties.

(I inform him that panties are women's underwear and that he means boxers or briefs)

Are you sure he didn't actually want panties after all?

His comment is over 2 years old. I wouldn't be expecting a reply :p
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: drgenderpotato on December 09, 2014, 10:56:34 am
During lunch, my CT complained that she was feeling a bit poorly. I queried her symptoms... and wished I hadn't. She went on, in DETAIL, about how bad her menstrual bleeding was that day and often she had to change her pad.

FYI, I'm a guy.

Definitely, one of my most awkward moments ever.

Ugh, I'm a woman and I still find that awkward. I have one coteacher who tells me every detail about her period and when she doesn't have her period, she tells me about how much she ate and how bad her diarrhea was.

I'm pretty salty, but I don't like talking about butt fudge.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: johnny russian on December 09, 2014, 11:00:05 am
my female co-teacher last year used to ask "Can i ride you?" every time she wanted to inquire if i needed a lift somewhere in her car.

and then when she wanted to know where to drop me off she'd ask: "where can i get you off?"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Mezoti97 on December 09, 2014, 11:13:12 am
She informed me that by 5 pm I would be hungry and shouldn't waste food.  I looked at her tray and she hadn't eaten all of her lunch either! :rolleyes:
(she was finished, we took our trays up at the same time)

Yeah, a similar thing happened my first year teaching in Korea -- on my first day of school, the very first time I had lunch in the school cafeteria, I had only a little bit of leftovers on my tray, and my then-co-teacher kind of reprimanded me, saying that we (teachers) have to finish everything on our tray to set a good example for the students. Later on, throughout the school year, there were many times when she didn't finish all of her food and had a lot of leftovers that she would throw out without finishing. It was also pretty ironic, since I dislike wasting food, so she was basically preaching to the choir about wasting food to me; the only little bit of leftovers that I tend to leave on my tray are things like the leftover kimchi juice from the kimchi or the bones of meat/fish (i.e. things that can't really be consumed).
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: ChickenLegsMcGee on December 09, 2014, 11:33:44 am
She informed me that by 5 pm I would be hungry and shouldn't waste food.  I looked at her tray and she hadn't eaten all of her lunch either! :rolleyes:
(she was finished, we took our trays up at the same time)

Yeah, a similar thing happened my first year teaching in Korea -- on my first day of school, the very first time I had lunch in the school cafeteria, I had only a little bit of leftovers on my tray, and my then-co-teacher kind of reprimanded me, saying that we (teachers) have to finish everything on our tray to set a good example for the students. Later on, throughout the school year, there were many times when she didn't finish all of her food and had a lot of leftovers that she would throw out without finishing. It was also pretty ironic, since I dislike wasting food, so she was basically preaching to the choir about wasting food to me; the only little bit of leftovers that I tend to leave on my tray are things like the leftover kimchi juice from the kimchi or the bones of meat/fish (i.e. things that can't really be consumed).

Anything can be consumed if you try hard enough.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: jeremydc808 on December 09, 2014, 11:35:37 am
She informed me that by 5 pm I would be hungry and shouldn't waste food.  I looked at her tray and she hadn't eaten all of her lunch either! :rolleyes:
(she was finished, we took our trays up at the same time)

Yeah, a similar thing happened my first year teaching in Korea -- on my first day of school, the very first time I had lunch in the school cafeteria, I had only a little bit of leftovers on my tray, and my then-co-teacher kind of reprimanded me, saying that we (teachers) have to finish everything on our tray to set a good example for the students. Later on, throughout the school year, there were many times when she didn't finish all of her food and had a lot of leftovers that she would throw out without finishing. It was also pretty ironic, since I dislike wasting food, so she was basically preaching to the choir about wasting food to me; the only little bit of leftovers that I tend to leave on my tray are things like the leftover kimchi juice from the kimchi or the bones of meat/fish (i.e. things that can't really be consumed).

Why didn't you say the same thing to her? Set an example for the kids.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: drgenderpotato on December 10, 2014, 10:58:47 am
She informed me that by 5 pm I would be hungry and shouldn't waste food.  I looked at her tray and she hadn't eaten all of her lunch either! :rolleyes:
(she was finished, we took our trays up at the same time)

Yeah, a similar thing happened my first year teaching in Korea -- on my first day of school, the very first time I had lunch in the school cafeteria, I had only a little bit of leftovers on my tray, and my then-co-teacher kind of reprimanded me, saying that we (teachers) have to finish everything on our tray to set a good example for the students. Later on, throughout the school year, there were many times when she didn't finish all of her food and had a lot of leftovers that she would throw out without finishing. It was also pretty ironic, since I dislike wasting food, so she was basically preaching to the choir about wasting food to me; the only little bit of leftovers that I tend to leave on my tray are things like the leftover kimchi juice from the kimchi or the bones of meat/fish (i.e. things that can't really be consumed).

Anything can be consumed if you try hard enough.

That's what I told your mom last night.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: aklimkewicz on December 10, 2014, 11:02:41 am
That's what I told your mom last night.

Ah, snap.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: fwicksteed on December 16, 2014, 10:06:21 pm
"If you cry, and all of a sudden laugh, you will grow hair out of your anus."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Mezoti97 on December 17, 2014, 07:33:24 am
Anything can be consumed if you try hard enough.

Well, I don't care for eating bones from meat/fish, so no thanks.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: drgenderpotato on December 17, 2014, 07:55:30 am
"If you cry, and all of a sudden laugh, you will grow hair out of your anus."

I'd love to know the context for this.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: magicmumu on December 17, 2014, 10:34:03 am
"First, there are too many games. Students must do more writing. Second, there is too much writing, students say it is boring. Do more games"

that must have been a fun year!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: CanineKimchi on December 17, 2014, 12:38:06 pm
This kid was constantly talking while I was talking so I called on him to answer a question. After a few seconds of him struggling the KT leans towards me and says "he is very f**king idiot so you must help him."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: drgenderpotato on December 17, 2014, 01:23:59 pm
"When you tell the students 'good girl' or 'good boy,' it makes me think of 50 Shades of Grey."

D:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: MMorales on December 17, 2014, 03:23:00 pm
"Life is egg."

After a trip with the teachers, one of the teachers really wanted to tell me something. It seemed very important. He did not give up until he could tell me this. I should add that he  asked several teachers to help him translate the word "egg".

I'm sure it's some kind of Korean proverb. I just don't know what and why he was trying to tell me this when we were all eating.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: fwicksteed on December 17, 2014, 08:30:35 pm
"If you cry, and all of a sudden laugh, you will grow hair out of your anus."
I'd love to know the context for this.

It was a very stressful day, and I may have shed a single tear in front of my coteacher. Apparently it's a common thing to say to someone who is crying in order to make them laugh. The gist of it is that if you're swinging between crying and laughing, you're probably a hormonal adolescent who is growing hair in strange new places. The anus part was an accident - she meant to say butt.

She also told me that the room smelled "like a woman in heat" instead of "like feminine perfume" thanks to her phone's dictionary.

"Life is egg."

This is my new favourite saying.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on April 07, 2015, 09:16:22 am
"I should leave class early today. I must make some tea." *leaves class 10 minutes early after arriving 10 minutes late*

At least she was being creative?  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: ohitsgary on April 07, 2015, 09:42:41 am
says in front of the whole class: "I used to get spanked by my teachers"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: tbryangore on April 07, 2015, 11:02:20 am
"If you cry, and all of a sudden laugh, you will grow hair out of your anus."

This could actually be a pretty intentionally clever joke. If I were crying and somebody said something as random and weird as that there's a good chance I would laugh and then they could say: "Ha! Got you! Have fun with those new anus hairs, chump."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: purpleradish on April 07, 2015, 12:53:30 pm
I wonder if Koreans dedicate threads to make fun of our Korean.

I would LOVE to read posts about the faux pas and mistakes we make in Korea. Maybe this is why they won't let us access Indischool...!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: slycordinator on April 09, 2015, 09:39:25 am
I had a Korean teacher at an elementary repeatedly ask me if I was French. I thought I'd misunderstood her Korean (wondering "Why's she asking me about France?"). After telling her that I'm American/from America both in Korean and English, she kept on asking me about France.

Finally, my coteacher walked up, talked to her, and told me that "she heard I was from France."

And upon me telling her this story, my MS coteacher said that I look French. It shows they sometimes have a singular idea of what people from [X] look like.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: cjszk on April 09, 2015, 12:02:56 pm
I wonder if Koreans dedicate threads to make fun of our Korean.

I would LOVE to read posts about the faux pas and mistakes we make in Korea. Maybe this is why they won't let us access Indischool...!

Dude, great idea, let's just make another thread called "Funny Foreigner Korean." Let's start making fun of foreign Korean! Just make sure we have an abundant supply of protective wear for when the pitch forks come.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on April 09, 2015, 12:22:41 pm
I had a Korean teacher at an elementary repeatedly ask me if I was French. I thought I'd misunderstood her Korean (wondering "Why's she asking me about France?"). After telling her that I'm American/from America both in Korean and English, she kept on asking me about France.

Finally, my coteacher walked up, talked to her, and told me that "she heard I was from France."

And upon me telling her this story, my MS coteacher said that I look French. It shows they sometimes have a singular idea of what people from [X] look like.

Not exactly related, but a teacher (who I don't know, and have barely interacted with beyond saying "hello" in the hallways) told her homeroom that I was Catholic and Canadian. I am neither.

I don't even know how the subject came up!  :cheesy:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Mezoti97 on April 09, 2015, 02:10:33 pm
Not exactly related, but a teacher (who I don't know, and have barely interacted with beyond saying "hello" in the hallways) told her homeroom that I was Catholic and Canadian. I am neither.

Yeah, one year, one of my ex-co-teachers apparently went around telling the other homeroom teachers that my father is from a certain country, and he's actually not. She somehow got wrong information about me stuck in her head and was spreading it around to other teachers at that school.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: johnny russian on April 09, 2015, 02:40:33 pm
I wonder if Koreans dedicate threads to make fun of our Korean.

I would LOVE to read posts about the faux pas and mistakes we make in Korea. Maybe this is why they won't let us access Indischool...!

but why would they need threads on that when koreans just laugh right in your face when you don't speak korean properly?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: megeek23 on April 09, 2015, 03:23:53 pm
At lunch my CT once said;

CT: “I really wanna improve my English pronunciation. Tell me. I really like cock! Cock.”
ME: Choking on my lunch, “what!?”
CT: “I like COCK”.
Me: “Sorry?” super red faced at this point.
CT: “ I like cock, like the drink”
Me: Oh, Coke.

2 Years later:

CT: “You dress very Korean now.”
Me: “Uh, thanks.”
CT: “You were so ugly and black [tan] the first time.”
ME:  :huh:

Team names:

CT 1: “We need an English name for our teachers dinner.”
CT 2: “English Packageee, ok?!!!”
ME: “ummmm, ok”

Recently:

First day meeting new coworker….
OLD CT: “This is our foreign teacher….he has no girlfriend” Then proceeds to bursting out loud in laughter.
Me: 

Yesterday:

CT: "you are fat, but only in the stomach"
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Loki88 on April 09, 2015, 05:59:08 pm
In between classes. Somehow got on the discussion of universities (specifically science-pre med stuff).

CT: My sister went to X (American) University  for  pre-med and said that the first year was stuff all Koreans learn in high school.
Me: That's cool.
CT: It must be very hard for American students to learn all that for the first time.
Me: Uh-huh. Sure whatevs.
CT: Korean students study so hard and are so smart and prepared when they get to university.
Me: Yeah.
CT: (I was a Science major.) Didn't you find it hard having to learn things your wife (also Korean and also a science major at the same university) already knew.
Me: Actually, the first two years of uni were review for me as well. Didn't you say your sister flunked out? (True. From a prior convo.)

Students walk in.
Me: Hey guys come on in!

Note: Paraphrased for conciseness but more or less the convo followed this pattern.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: jjalan87 on June 18, 2015, 02:30:01 pm
mine says 'boy' on the end of everything she says to me. like 'you are good boy!, you are late boy! you are crazy boy! shes only 2 years older than me  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Pecan on June 18, 2015, 02:39:16 pm
mine says 'boy' on the end of everything she says to me. like 'you are good boy!, you are late boy! you are crazy boy! shes only 2 years older than me  :rolleyes:
Are you black?

If you are... >:(
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: 외계인 on June 18, 2015, 03:15:26 pm
mine says 'boy' on the end of everything she says to me. like 'you are good boy!, you are late boy! you are crazy boy! shes only 2 years older than me  :rolleyes:

That is f'ed up, really?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on June 18, 2015, 03:20:13 pm
mine says 'boy' on the end of everything she says to me. like 'you are good boy!, you are late boy! you are crazy boy! shes only 2 years older than me  :rolleyes:

That is f'ed up, really?

I don't know, this sounds more cute than off-putting.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on June 18, 2015, 04:58:28 pm
mine says 'boy' on the end of everything she says to me. like 'you are good boy!, you are late boy! you are crazy boy! shes only 2 years older than me  :rolleyes:

That is f'ed up, really?

I don't know, this sounds more cute than off-putting.

Hahahahah this sounds SO awkward to me.

No, awkward was when my principal greeted me with "hello, shekshi!" I tripped and fell on the stairs in shock.

Turns out he had no idea what it meant.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: purpleradish on June 19, 2015, 09:03:16 am
mine says 'boy' on the end of everything she says to me. like 'you are good boy!, you are late boy! you are crazy boy! shes only 2 years older than me  :rolleyes:

That is f'ed up, really?

I don't know, this sounds more cute than off-putting.

Hahahahah this sounds SO awkward to me.

No, awkward was when my principal greeted me with "hello, shekshi!" I tripped and fell on the stairs in shock.

Turns out he had no idea what it meant.

The word of the same sound 색시 also means newly-wed bride! Thank goodness my husband stepped in to translate the first time someone called me 색시...
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: TygerBeat11 on June 19, 2015, 11:04:32 am
One of my co-t, when she is distressed or something went wrong she goes
"Oh what a terrible".... :huh:
And I'm standing there waiting for the rest of the sentence!!! A terrible what????
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Hau5fly on June 19, 2015, 11:39:00 am
My Co says "what about" to give herself time when she is thinking of her next line/idea to say to me.

Every time, without fail, i hear MJ's Earth Song in my head and i want to break into song "what about us"...!!!
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Aristocrat on June 19, 2015, 02:21:05 pm
Not really something she said, but something she did.

CT gives me one of those juice sachets, in the clear packet. "This is very famous juice, very good for your health". It doesn't look like anything special, but she seems so proud and impressed by this unassuming juice sachet. She cuts the corner of my packet, and I take a sip. It's good, but tastes like any other juice. "No! No! No!" she protests "You must drink it like this", she cuts a small opening in the corner, drinks, and for unknown reasons, with the sachet still in her mouth she cuts the opposite corner as well.

"I don't think that's a good idea." I said. She leans forward and half the sachet spills and pours down the front of her blouse.

Before the 70s porno music started playing, I turned around and let her have the room.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: retroranger on June 19, 2015, 02:56:01 pm
I have a gym teacher at my school who likes to ask me weird questions all the time (like "What is the wonderful place?" without the ability to explain what he actually means). Today at lunch he said "Hey. You are 26 years old?"
Me: Yes.
Him: How old am I? Do you think?
Me: haha I'm not sure. I'm bad at guessing age.
Him: I am 35. *long pause as if the conversation is dropped* Many people think I am even younger than you though. Because of hair. I have young hair.
My coteacher: *whispers to me a bit too avidly* NO ONE thinks that. I don't think ANYONE thinks he is younger.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: meepmoopimmarobots on June 19, 2015, 03:06:44 pm
CT: "Shitting! SHITTING!!!!!!"
ME: O_o
CT: "Sorry. I'm tired. It's okay, right?"
ME: "Um...yeah, go for it."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: nomadicmadda on June 19, 2015, 05:12:59 pm
I'm a tall, thin female and the teachers at my travel high school were all very eager to introduce themselves and show off their English to a "real American".  I'm pretty smiley and friendly and try to make talking with a foreigner as approachable as possible, even if they don't speak much English.  During my first or second week, my CT and I were chatting when a 50's something male teacher (MT) approached us in the teacher's lounge:

MT: Hello Teacher!!
Me: Hello, nice to see you again.
MT: [says something in Korean to my CT about me, finishing with boisterous laughter] Goodbye! [walks away]
Me: Uhhh....what?
CT: Oh, he says he is married now, but when he dies, he hopes when he is reincarnated he can marry a girl just as beautiful and sexy as you.
Me: ....oh....Haha....uhm, that's very nice...

Awkwardly enough, he said the exact same thing yet again when we got a new contract KET in March and had her translate it to me a second time!  :lipsrsealed:  What an awkwardly specific compliment.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: nomadicmadda on August 26, 2015, 01:56:03 pm
Started at a new school this Monday. We have a lot of young female teachers who I'm really looking forward to befriending.  One in particular is a year or two younger than me, and is in her first year teaching.  We were talking about dating, and she told me she's never had a boyfriend or dated anyone.  I said that it was better to wait and date someone you resonate with than jump into a random relationship "just because," and this ensued:

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:cry: CT1: Yes, but I am a homeroom teacher.  Our students, they drive me crazy every day!  They are crazy about dating!
;D Me: *laughs* No way!  I know that's common in Western culture, but I thought Korean students didn't often date?
>:( CT1: *dead-serious look of annoyance* Yes.  Out students, they are always dating, dating, dating.  They never study; they only study so they can date together!
:huh: Me: They only study so they can spend time together?
:evil: CT1: *with disgust* Yes!  *dramatic hand gestures* THEY ARE ON FIREEEEEE!

My neighboring teacher after she leaves:
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:wink: CT2: This is not _____ High School, it is _____ Hallyu-School!

And some boys just came in and were telling teachers the latest relationship gossip in their class.  Must be true  :huh:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Toshiba on August 26, 2015, 07:10:47 pm
I've got dozens of these.

Mrs B (filling out a form about me): UK is your country.
Me: Ireland.
Mrs B: It's the same as UK.
Me: Are you Japanese?
Mrs B: ...

Sorry, but that's your own fault for giving the name of an island instead of a country. People are either from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or they're from the Republic of Ireland. It's possible the previous teacher had a British passport and she saw the word "[Northern] Ireland" imprinted on it. And since Korea is "the only divided country in the world" all of Ireland must be part of the UK.

It will be in about fifty years hence, but that's not the case at present.

In future please refer to your 26 county entity by its actual name. This might clear up some confusion.

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: shanebarry1986 on August 26, 2015, 07:32:00 pm

Sorry, but that's your own fault for giving the name of an island instead of a country. People are either from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or they're from the Republic of Ireland. It's possible the previous teacher had a British passport and she saw the word "[Northern] Ireland" imprinted on it. And since Korea is "the only divided country in the world" all of Ireland must be part of the UK.

It will be in about fifty years hence, but that's not the case at present.

In future please refer to your 26 county entity by its actual name. This might clear up some confusion.




The Constitution of Ireland, adopted in 1937, provides that "the name of the State is Éire, or, in the English language, Ireland".

To clarify, Ireland is also known as the Republic of Ireland. The name of the country is not the Republic of Ireland, it is Ireland.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: nomadicmadda on August 26, 2015, 10:08:28 pm
Sorry, but that's your own fault for giving the name of an island instead of a country. People are either from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or they're from the Republic of Ireland. It's possible the previous teacher had a British passport and she saw the word "[Northern] Ireland" imprinted on it. And since Korea is "the only divided country in the world" all of Ireland must be part of the UK.

It will be in about fifty years hence, but that's not the case at present.

In future please refer to your 26 county entity by its actual name. This might clear up some confusion.

Might wanna check your sodium intake  :wink:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Sarsfield on August 26, 2015, 10:17:52 pm
I've got dozens of these.

Mrs B (filling out a form about me): UK is your country.
Me: Ireland.
Mrs B: It's the same as UK.
Me: Are you Japanese?
Mrs B: ...

Sorry, but that's your own fault for giving the name of an island instead of a country. People are either from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or they're from the Republic of Ireland. It's possible the previous teacher had a British passport and she saw the word "[Northern] Ireland" imprinted on it. And since Korea is "the only divided country in the world" all of Ireland must be part of the UK.

It will be in about fifty years hence, but that's not the case at present.

In future please refer to your 26 county entity by its actual name. This might clear up some confusion.

'Ireland' is the most common term for the state encompassing 26 counties, it's an official and legal name and is internationally recognised, including by Britain. It's an acceptable (and sensible) answer to the question, "what country are you from?" for people from the Irish Republic. I don't know whether you're just being contrarian or if you hold a certain right-wing political stance on this issue.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: slycordinator on August 27, 2015, 07:28:15 am
EPIK itself refers to the country as Ireland...

edit:
And I'd bet money that a teacher who thinks Ireland is the same as the UK wouldn't know what you meant by saying "Sorry, I meant Republic of Ireland."
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: englishrose on August 27, 2015, 07:34:46 am
I've got dozens of these.

Mrs B (filling out a form about me): UK is your country.
Me: Ireland.
Mrs B: It's the same as UK.
Me: Are you Japanese?
Mrs B: ...

Sorry, but that's your own fault for giving the name of an island instead of a country. People are either from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or they're from the Republic of Ireland. It's possible the previous teacher had a British passport and she saw the word "[Northern] Ireland" imprinted on it. And since Korea is "the only divided country in the world" all of Ireland must be part of the UK.

It will be in about fifty years hence, but that's not the case at present.

In future please refer to your 26 county entity by its actual name. This might clear up some confusion.

'Ireland' is the most common term for the state encompassing 26 counties, it's an official and legal name and is internationally recognised, including by Britain. It's an acceptable (and sensible) answer to the question, "what country are you from?" for people from the Irish Republic. I don't know whether you're just being contrarian or if you hold a certain right-wing political stance on this issue.

I suspect Toshiba was jesting. Everyone know that Ireland is a country. Confusion can arise in the reverse case of someone from Northern Ireland referring to themselves as Irish.

Toshiba was probably having a dig at the unique cultural asset where people with postgraduate qualifications and trained to educate are blissfully unaware of basic geography yet feel no restraint in making stupid assertions.



Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Horus on August 27, 2015, 07:49:18 am
It's all a bit silly. The Irish constitution only has jurisdiction over the Irish Republic. It does not have jurisdiction over N. Ireland, which remains part of the UK. Irish nationalists in Northern Ireland might, nevertheless, answer "Ireland" to the 'where are you from' question, but that's just identity mixed with an aspiration to unity. They are emphatically not from the entity described as 'Ireland' in the Irish constitution. The constitution of 1937 has no application where they live. They, and their unionist neighbours, are from "the island of" Ireland which again is distinct from the entity mentioned in the constitution of one section of that island.

Language should be used to clarify, not confuse matters.

Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Falling_Sky on August 27, 2015, 07:53:14 am
Anyone born on the island of Ireland can have an Irish passport, so it's a bit more than just an "identity mixed with an aspiration to unity".
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: YoungMin on August 27, 2015, 07:53:49 am
I've got dozens of these.

Mrs B (filling out a form about me): UK is your country.
Me: Ireland.
Mrs B: It's the same as UK.
Me: Are you Japanese?
Mrs B: ...

Sorry, but that's your own fault for giving the name of an island instead of a country. People are either from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or they're from the Republic of Ireland. It's possible the previous teacher had a British passport and she saw the word "[Northern] Ireland" imprinted on it. And since Korea is "the only divided country in the world" all of Ireland must be part of the UK.

It will be in about fifty years hence, but that's not the case at present.

In future please refer to your 26 county entity by its actual name. This might clear up some confusion.

Unbelievable potatoes. What planet are you from?
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: englishrose on August 27, 2015, 08:00:57 am
It's all a bit silly. The Irish constitution only has jurisdiction over the Irish Republic. It does not have jurisdiction over N. Ireland, which remains part of the UK. Irish nationalists in Northern Ireland might, nevertheless, answer "Ireland" to the 'where are you from' question, but that's just identity mixed with an aspiration to unity. They are emphatically not from the entity described as 'Ireland' in the Irish constitution. The constitution of 1937 has no application where they live. They, and their unionist neighbours, are from "the island of" Ireland which again is distinct from the entity mentioned in the constitution of one section of that island.

Language should be used to clarify, not confuse matters.

I fail to see what is so difficult. There are 2 entities on a geographical feature of the same name. Saying you are Irish if you are from Northern Ireland is not necessarily a sign that you are a Sinn Fein member but can simply be a simple geographical reality.

It's exactly the same as Korea being two countries. The flip side of the coin is when a collective term gets appropriated by one group only. American usually denotes a US citizen but is technically accurate for people from 35 countries and several territories.

I have zero sympathy for people who don't know basic geography. The correct response when someone doesn't understand the difference between the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland is to laugh loudly in their face. For extra spice you should take out your phone and say you just have to put this on facebook and thank you for making my day.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: kyndo on August 27, 2015, 08:16:20 am

I have zero sympathy for people who don't know basic geography. The correct response when someone doesn't understand the difference between the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland is to laugh loudly in their face. For extra spice you should take out your phone and say you just have to put this on facebook and thank you for making my day.

I used to think the same way about people who couldn't grasp the difference between "The Netherlands" and "Holland".
Then I realized that it was basically just because nobody cared, and then I became sad.  :sad:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: johnny russian on August 27, 2015, 08:21:45 am
NEWSFLASH: besides people from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, no-one really cares about the difference between the two. Most people don't even really care about the Irelands at all.

Realize that, and stop getting offended by it.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: Falling_Sky on August 27, 2015, 09:14:01 am
NEWSFLASH: besides people from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, no-one really cares about the difference between the two. Most people don't even really care about the Irelands at all.

Realize that, and stop getting offended by it.
Eh, it wasn't an Irish person who brought the subject up. It was a troll comment to a post from 2011.

And besides, we all know Yanks* don't anything outside their front door.

* (I include Canadians in this, because you know, you're all the same to us).
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: johnny russian on August 27, 2015, 09:16:42 am
Yes people should have to know basic geography but the world is a big place with 100s of countries and people can't be expected to remember the intricacies of all of them, especially if they're not from a particular part of the world and thus have no vested interest in the geo-political standing of some part.

I'm sure most people know that Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are 2 different places but if you asked most people outside of the UK/the Irelands which one was part of the UK most people probably wouldn't be able to tell you without looking it up, simply because it's not important to them and thus they don't really care.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: stemarty on August 27, 2015, 09:18:17 am
Please stay on topic.
First warning.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: The Arm on August 27, 2015, 09:42:21 am
In my first ever week teaching here, I gave each class some time to ask any questions they had about me/my life before Korea etc.

My CT asked: 'Are you considered handsome in your own country?'

 :huh:
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: YoungMin on August 27, 2015, 10:01:44 am
In my first ever week teaching here, I gave each class some time to ask any questions they had about me/my life before Korea etc.

My CT asked: 'Are you considered handsome in your own country?'

 :huh:

Better than the 'you'd look handsome if you lost some weight' comments I often receive.
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: nomadicmadda on August 27, 2015, 10:20:13 am
In my first ever week teaching here, I gave each class some time to ask any questions they had about me/my life before Korea etc.

My CT asked: 'Are you considered handsome in your own country?'

 :huh:

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
You should have dramatically said, "Yes!" and confidently tossed your hair*.
*Regardless of gender
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: denimdaze on May 19, 2016, 03:27:17 pm
One class I teach is a lesson behind the other classes because of frequent schedule changes.  My coT asks me, "why is this class retarded?"  :P
Title: Re: Funny Co-Teacher's Comments
Post by: nomadicmadda on May 30, 2016, 11:55:10 am
My school went hiking with teachers, students, and parents this past Saturday.
CT: Did you enjoy our hike on Saturday?
Me: Yeah!  I'm really glad I went!
CT: Did you see the statue related to sex?
Me: What?  Haha no, where was it?
CT: Near the waterfall.  Many people can enjoy it.  Mr. Park and Mr. Seo enjoyed it very much. :wink:

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: