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  • yirj17
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    • September 16, 2015, 02:23:16 am
    • Korealand
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2940 on: March 14, 2017, 03:07:32 pm »
One of the new teachers asked if I was married and had a son...

I know it's typical here to inquire about one's family and even relationship status but this is the first time someone's asked me if I have a child. 

Somewhat of a surprise as usually I'm mistaken for being much younger, hah


  • flyingspider
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    • February 27, 2016, 08:33:47 pm
    • Gyeonggi-do
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2941 on: March 14, 2017, 03:12:35 pm »
My co and I were talking about how wild the kids can be and what we can do to manage them. According to her Korean children used to be better, but after the Japanese invaded their classroom behavior has gone downhill.
That is 100% nonsense.  Japan brought order, discipline, etc. to Korea.

Sounds like your coteacher learned fake history.
Yeah she's not the biggest fan of Japan.


  • yirj17
  • The Legend

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    • September 16, 2015, 02:23:16 am
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2942 on: March 15, 2017, 08:55:49 am »
My main coT told me she contacted the new KET at my other middle school.  She's worried he might be "strict."  Apparently he didn't agree to her suggested arrangement (same as last year, that the NET focus on speaking/listening while the KET focuses on grammar/reading) but didn't quite openly say "no" either.

Feeling slightly apprehensive about actually meeting him tomorrow. He might turn out to be a prideful prat.  :lipsrsealed:


  • The Arm
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    • March 09, 2015, 09:15:02 am
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2943 on: March 15, 2017, 09:35:32 am »
My main coT told me she contacted the new KET at my other middle school.  She's worried he might be "strict."  Apparently he didn't agree to her suggested arrangement (same as last year, that the NET focus on speaking/listening while the KET focuses on grammar/reading) but didn't quite openly say "no" either.

Feeling slightly apprehensive about actually meeting him tomorrow. He might turn out to be a prideful prat.  :lipsrsealed:

It's so weird that he wouldn't agree with that setup!  It sounds pretty standard.

Fill us in tomorrow if you can  :P


  • BTeacher
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    • May 26, 2012, 07:21:01 am
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2944 on: March 15, 2017, 09:36:56 am »
What is with businesses closing down for lunch here? Tried to by some lightblubs the other day, but the lighting store was closed for lunch. Somewhat understandable, since it's just one guy who runs the store, but you'd think he could just pack some gimbap for lunch and keep his doors open to customers.

Much less understandable was a few months ago when my wife and I walked into a RESTAURANT in the early afternoon and all the employees were sitting around eating lunch, literally like 5 of them. They basically said sorry, they couldn't help us, they were on lunch. So there we were, standing in a business whose sole purpose is to serve food to customers, cash in hand, in the middle of the day, all employees present, and unable to get lunch. Only watch them enjoy their lunch.

Why keep the mutherf*cking doors open!?

Why not stagger the lunch breaks among the employees so the business can remain functional during a peak time to prevent customers from walking away!??

Is it absolutely f*cking necessary for everyone to eat their lunch together?!??/7

Anyway, the restaurant is now a stationary store, so I guess those group lunch breaks weren't such a great idea after all.
« Last Edit: March 15, 2017, 09:44:05 am by BTeacher »


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2945 on: March 15, 2017, 09:38:04 am »
My main coT told me she contacted the new KET at my other middle school.  She's worried he might be "strict."  Apparently he didn't agree to her suggested arrangement (same as last year, that the NET focus on speaking/listening while the KET focuses on grammar/reading) but didn't quite openly say "no" either.

Feeling slightly apprehensive about actually meeting him tomorrow. He might turn out to be a prideful prat.  :lipsrsealed:

I haven't had to focus on the book the last couple of years, and the KETs and I have been working great together. A new KET came this semester and is now complaining that I don't cover the textbook (I cover the main content, but without using the actual book). Complains there is too much work on the KETs part. Although, no other teachers have had the problem (even those with homeroom classes and other "higher positions"), and even encouraged me to not use it, so that the students don't get so bogged down. We shall see...


  • zola
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    • September 30, 2012, 06:56:11 am
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2946 on: March 15, 2017, 09:59:21 am »
What is with businesses closing down for lunch here? Tried to by some lightblubs the other day, but the lighting store was closed for lunch. Somewhat understandable, since it's just one guy who runs the store, but you'd think he could just pack some gimbap for lunch and keep his doors open to customers.

Much less understandable was a few months ago when my wife and I walked into a RESTAURANT in the early afternoon and all the employees were sitting around eating lunch, literally like 5 of them. They basically said sorry, they couldn't help us, they were on lunch. So there we were, standing in a business whose sole purpose is to serve food to customers, cash in hand, in the middle of the day, all employees present, and unable to get lunch. Only watch them enjoy their lunch.

Why keep the mutherf*cking doors open!?

Why not stagger the lunch breaks among the employees so the business can remain functional during a peak time to prevent customers from walking away!??

Is it absolutely f*cking necessary for everyone to eat their lunch together?!??/7

Anyway, the restaurant is now a stationary store, so I guess those group lunch breaks weren't such a great idea after all.
Tell me about it. So many places do it. The samsung service center shuts down for 90 minutes so all the engineers, CS people etc, like 25-30 of them can all eat at the same time. It's nuts. I can kind of understand a small operation with only one worker. But it's so stupid.
Big hospitals too. Just stagger your goddamn eating time.
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  • Pecan
  • The Legend

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    • December 27, 2010, 09:14:44 am
    • Seoul
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2947 on: March 15, 2017, 10:23:35 am »
BT, thanks for the post.

Yeah, it's pretty odd how they all must eat together.

Greece is like the worst, as for two hours every day of the week, banks and the like are all closed so they can eat lunch and have a "μεσημεριανός ύπνος" (siesta) together.

Not to hijack, but before Pizza Hut and the like arrived in Korea (western influence), you could not order an actual "cheese" pizza here.  They would put corn, onions, etc. on their "cheese" pizza.

It happened so many times, I would ask for a pizza with only sauce and cheese, and they would say "NO.  It's not delicious."  I would be like "What? You don't have to eat it.  I'm going to eat it."  They said, "Sorry. It's not possible."  It was a no-can-do.

No coffee shops brewed coffee prior to Starbucks apart from the 4-5 star hotels...it was madness :)  Coffee shops served instant stick coffee with sugar and powdered creamer mixed in those disposable paper cups.  Funny, but sad.

It will take further influence from the west before businesses adopt "best practices".

Be grateful that banks now stagger staff during lunch time.


  • CO2
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    • March 02, 2015, 03:41:14 pm
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2948 on: March 15, 2017, 10:27:35 am »
What is with businesses closing down for lunch here? Tried to by some lightblubs the other day, but the lighting store was closed for lunch. Somewhat understandable, since it's just one guy who runs the store, but you'd think he could just pack some gimbap for lunch and keep his doors open to customers.

Much less understandable was a few months ago when my wife and I walked into a RESTAURANT in the early afternoon and all the employees were sitting around eating lunch, literally like 5 of them. They basically said sorry, they couldn't help us, they were on lunch. So there we were, standing in a business whose sole purpose is to serve food to customers, cash in hand, in the middle of the day, all employees present, and unable to get lunch. Only watch them enjoy their lunch.

Why keep the mutherf*cking doors open!?

Why not stagger the lunch breaks among the employees so the business can remain functional during a peak time to prevent customers from walking away!??

Is it absolutely f*cking necessary for everyone to eat their lunch together?!??/7

Anyway, the restaurant is now a stationary store, so I guess those group lunch breaks weren't such a great idea after all.

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2949 on: March 15, 2017, 11:54:14 am »
Is it rice cake day or something? I've gotten four today. Desperately chasing down children so I can give them away.


  • HaLo3
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • January 02, 2014, 08:19:08 am
    • Seoul, South Korea
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2950 on: March 15, 2017, 11:58:57 am »
I know most people are opposite, but I actually like the rice cakes. Though not the green grassy type.


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2951 on: March 15, 2017, 12:00:39 pm »
Same here, except I also like the green grassy type.

They're extremely filling, though. I can't eat more than one or two at a time, and yet I always end up with a ton.


  • TeresaD
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    • March 31, 2015, 08:00:44 am
    • South Korea
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2952 on: March 15, 2017, 12:04:09 pm »
One of the new teachers asked if I was married and had a son...

I know it's typical here to inquire about one's family and even relationship status but this is the first time someone's asked me if I have a child. 

Somewhat of a surprise as usually I'm mistaken for being much younger, hah

 ;D I've also had co-workers - as well as random people at the bus stop - ask me if I have a child. Same as you, I am usually mistaken for being much younger than I am. In fact, when I taught Grade 4 in my home country, on two occasions when I met/happened to walk past my student's parents, they thought I was one of my own students... i.e. 10 years old!
"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer" - Albert Camus


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2953 on: March 15, 2017, 12:05:23 pm »


When I eat them, I feel like I'm eating a week's worth of calories - and not the good kind of calories.

Yes ugh


  • CO2
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2954 on: March 15, 2017, 12:05:23 pm »
Same here, except I also like the green grassy type.

They're extremely filling, though. I can't eat more than one or two at a time, and yet I always end up with a ton.

Did someone say Greengrass?
The joys of fauxtherhood


  • HaLo3
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • January 02, 2014, 08:19:08 am
    • Seoul, South Korea
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2955 on: March 15, 2017, 12:06:57 pm »
Same here, except I also like the green grassy type.

They're extremely filling, though. I can't eat more than one or two at a time, and yet I always end up with a ton.
Yeah, they are really filling. I can only eat one or 2 at a time.

But they are so heavy and calorie dense probably.


  • The Arm
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    • March 09, 2015, 09:15:02 am
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2956 on: March 15, 2017, 12:39:38 pm »
Why was the BBC interview nanny/mother thread deleted?  :lipsrsealed:


  • kriztee
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    • December 18, 2015, 01:33:06 am
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2957 on: March 15, 2017, 12:40:31 pm »
My main coT told me she contacted the new KET at my other middle school.  She's worried he might be "strict."  Apparently he didn't agree to her suggested arrangement (same as last year, that the NET focus on speaking/listening while the KET focuses on grammar/reading) but didn't quite openly say "no" either.

Feeling slightly apprehensive about actually meeting him tomorrow. He might turn out to be a prideful prat.  :lipsrsealed:

I haven't had to focus on the book the last couple of years, and the KETs and I have been working great together. A new KET came this semester and is now complaining that I don't cover the textbook (I cover the main content, but without using the actual book). Complains there is too much work on the KETs part. Although, no other teachers have had the problem (even those with homeroom classes and other "higher positions"), and even encouraged me to not use it, so that the students don't get so bogged down. We shall see...
Oh man, last year I had freedom doing almost all after school classes and this year I'm at a school where my ct is super nervous but dedicated to teaching together and he wants only book. That's tons of fun for our ONE STUDENT IN THE ENTIRE 5TH GRADE CLASS. After the horror show that was last week he let up and is allowing me to do a bomb game for a review lesson. it's painful to go by the book and especially with small classes! I can't drag out the "talk with friends" parts if there's one or no other kids in the class o.o He's 100% babying the kids and holding them back because if they even go outside of the book sentences he tells them off. No more of 4th graders being hungry apparently... They can only be good, fine, or not so good...


  • yirj17
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    • 2782

    • September 16, 2015, 02:23:16 am
    • Korealand
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2958 on: March 15, 2017, 12:57:41 pm »
What is with businesses closing down for lunch here? Tried to by some lightblubs the other day, but the lighting store was closed for lunch. Somewhat understandable, since it's just one guy who runs the store, but you'd think he could just pack some gimbap for lunch and keep his doors open to customers.

Much less understandable was a few months ago when my wife and I walked into a RESTAURANT in the early afternoon and all the employees were sitting around eating lunch, literally like 5 of them. They basically said sorry, they couldn't help us, they were on lunch. So there we were, standing in a business whose sole purpose is to serve food to customers, cash in hand, in the middle of the day, all employees present, and unable to get lunch. Only watch them enjoy their lunch.

Why keep the mutherf*cking doors open!?

Why not stagger the lunch breaks among the employees so the business can remain functional during a peak time to prevent customers from walking away!??

Is it absolutely f*cking necessary for everyone to eat their lunch together?!??/7

Anyway, the restaurant is now a stationary store, so I guess those group lunch breaks weren't such a great idea after all.

Lol one time I went to a restaurant to find it literally empty of people-- the door was unlocked and nobody was to be found.  Guess they took a break and didn't bother putting a sign on the door nor locking it. This was way out in the countryside so I guess they weren't particularly concerned with theft.


  • yirj17
  • The Legend

    • 2782

    • September 16, 2015, 02:23:16 am
    • Korealand
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2959 on: March 15, 2017, 01:05:21 pm »
My main coT told me she contacted the new KET at my other middle school.  She's worried he might be "strict."  Apparently he didn't agree to her suggested arrangement (same as last year, that the NET focus on speaking/listening while the KET focuses on grammar/reading) but didn't quite openly say "no" either.

Feeling slightly apprehensive about actually meeting him tomorrow. He might turn out to be a prideful prat.  :lipsrsealed:

I haven't had to focus on the book the last couple of years, and the KETs and I have been working great together. A new KET came this semester and is now complaining that I don't cover the textbook (I cover the main content, but without using the actual book). Complains there is too much work on the KETs part. Although, no other teachers have had the problem (even those with homeroom classes and other "higher positions"), and even encouraged me to not use it, so that the students don't get so bogged down. We shall see...
Oh man, last year I had freedom doing almost all after school classes and this year I'm at a school where my ct is super nervous but dedicated to teaching together and he wants only book. That's tons of fun for our ONE STUDENT IN THE ENTIRE 5TH GRADE CLASS. After the horror show that was last week he let up and is allowing me to do a bomb game for a review lesson. it's painful to go by the book and especially with small classes! I can't drag out the "talk with friends" parts if there's one or no other kids in the class o.o He's 100% babying the kids and holding them back because if they even go outside of the book sentences he tells them off. No more of 4th graders being hungry apparently... They can only be good, fine, or not so good...

That's frustrating. I religiously use the book as a baseline for the minimum of what the kids need to learn and know. For higher level students, I can add some more challenging or interesting material, but as far as low level kids, the main goal is to a) make them feel at least a little comfortable with English even though they're not excelling at it, and b) get them to be able to at least approximate knowing the material they're required to learn.

But yeah, if he actively discourages them from using English not found in that lesson, that is dumb.

When I met my new 3rd grade elementary kids, I was about to start a video (about St. Patrick's day!) and asked them, "Ready??" to see if they would respond "Go!"

I was delighted to hear some kids yell, "ACTION!!" until my coT immediately stomped on all of them and told them all to only say, "Go!"  :rolleyes:  >:(