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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6120 on: November 14, 2018, 11:00:21 am »
I've always wondered what British people do when faced with teaching phonics here.  How does it work?

I was thinking about how the word "top" might be written as 탑 which for Brits is "tap".

"Tap" might be written as 텝 which for Brits is "tep".

It melts my brain because Korean actually has that British "hard A" sound (아) but it completely disappears when Koreans speak English.

Oglop, you're a fellow Brit aren't you?  What's been your experience with teaching phonics in Korea?
why would you translate english phonics words (e.g. top) to korean though? sounds like that would lead to all sorts of confusion.

if i'm teaching the short 'o' sound, i'll just say it as i always say it, show them the english word, and correct them if need be. i literally use 0 korean/hangeul in my classes, ever

Ah yeah sorry I wasn't clear.  I was pointing out that the word top is pronounced by Koreans as closer to how we would pronounce "tap" (and used hangeul to make the point).  Sorry for the confusion...I would also never use hangeul to help with pronunciation in a class.

You may not, but the Koreans do.  I have had Korea elementary students argue with me that i am wrong because their Korean English teacher told them a different pronunciation:

"But my school teacher said it was a Jeeburah"

What can i say kid, we learned that "Z" was not the same as a "J", but if your Korean teacher said it, i will re-learn my native tongue.

The respect for Korean teachers, beyond a fault, every word being gospel is ludicrous.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6121 on: November 14, 2018, 11:09:14 am »
I have a older (Korean) colleague and friend who gets hung up on subtle pronunciation variations. He is trying very hard to sound like an American.

Yesterday it was the first vowel in “magenta”, which as an East-coast Canadian I say closer to the British way.

He has an app with both US and UK pronunciations.

Hilarity ensued.



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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6122 on: November 14, 2018, 11:47:42 am »
pronounced by Koreans as closer to how we would pronounce "tap" (and used hangeul to make the point). 

Teacher, I eat hatdog.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6123 on: November 14, 2018, 01:30:12 pm »
:P 티처 티처 ㅎㅎ "웟 더.........웟 더" ㅎㅎㅎㅎㅎㅎ

 >:( *Do you even understand how annoying you are?*
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6125 on: November 14, 2018, 05:07:25 pm »
Be careful, guys:

https://nypost.com/2016/11/02/woman-convinces-20-boyfriends-to-buy-her-iphones-then-sells-them-to-buy-a-house

I can't imagine she had actually met most of these guys. 20 is too high to actually manage in real life.......... right?

If so, I feel no sympathy for the guys. Girl wants you to buy her shit right off the bat? Run away. FAR
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6126 on: November 14, 2018, 06:06:23 pm »
Who's to say it happened right off the bat?

And I do feel sorry for those guys.

There's a massive shortage of women in China.

Did you hear about female infanticide due to the one child policy combined with preference for a son?

So sad.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6127 on: November 15, 2018, 07:56:07 am »
Grade 3 teacher :-* Kevin, I have cancer.

 :police: Noooooooooooooo, what??????

 :-* Here. *points to neck*

 :police: OMG, I'm so sorry. If you need anything............................

 :-* No, no, just small and doctor will take out. Then one month I rest and no school. It's great!  ;D ;D ;D

 :police: Oh............, uhhhh, nice!

*high fives me*
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6128 on: November 15, 2018, 08:03:00 am »
Grade 3 teacher :-* Kevin, I have cancer.

 :police: Noooooooooooooo, what??????

 :-* Here. *points to neck*

 :police: OMG, I'm so sorry. If you need anything............................

 :-* No, no, just small and doctor will take out. Then one month I rest and no school. It's great!  ;D ;D ;D

 :police: Oh............, uhhhh, nice!

*high fives me*

At least she's optimistic about it
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6129 on: November 15, 2018, 08:07:15 am »
At least she's optimistic about it

Yeah, that's why I like her. She has this great attitude and eternal energy. Really fun to be around and she always MC's the hoesiks and teacher trips, she's a riot.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6130 on: November 16, 2018, 07:35:20 am »
Yay!  No lessons until 1:15 PM  Perfect day to take a walk.


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6131 on: November 16, 2018, 07:51:55 am »
Dropped my toast on the floor this morning and it landed butter side up. Not sure if that is good luck or bad luck. Slightly stressed about it to be honest with you.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6132 on: November 16, 2018, 07:53:23 am »
Dropped my toast on the floor this morning and it landed butter side up. Not sure if that is good luck or bad luck. Slightly stressed about it to be honest with you.
     Chances are, that actually used up all your good luck for the day. I would keep a careful eye on the sky and be ready to dodge that lightning if I were you. :smiley:


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6133 on: November 16, 2018, 07:55:35 am »
Dropped my toast on the floor this morning and it landed butter side up. Not sure if that is good luck or bad luck. Slightly stressed about it to be honest with you.
     Chances are, that actually used up all your good luck for the day. I would keep a careful eye on the sky and be ready to dodge that lightning if I were you. :smiley:

I ain't scared of no lightning, it'll only make me stronger!  :P
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6134 on: November 16, 2018, 08:01:32 am »
]     Chances are, that actually used up all your good luck for the day. I would keep a careful eye on the sky and be ready to dodge that lightning if I were you. :smiley:

I ain't scared of no lightning, it'll only make me stronger!  :P


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6135 on: November 20, 2018, 09:47:49 am »
Had a student actually ask a KT a couple of weeks ago if I had any power to influence their records. KT lied and said that I did.

Since then there has been a noticeable shift in some of the students' behaviors in my classes, lol.

Some of these kids have been far too spoiled by their hagwons.


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6136 on: November 20, 2018, 09:50:16 am »
Had a student actually ask a KT a couple of weeks ago if I had any power to influence their records. KT lied and said that I did.

Since then there has been a noticeable shift in some of the students' behaviors in my classes, lol.

Some of these kids have been far too spoiled by their hagwons.

I make a joke like that all the time with my students when they are sick.
If they come to class with a cold, I always joke and say: "If you get sick, maybe your A becomes a C-..."
They usually start panicing until I laugh and they realise I'm joking. :p


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6137 on: November 20, 2018, 10:13:19 am »
I've also tried the Angel Tangle and Tangle Teaser brushes, and I prefer the Tangle Teaser styling brush. Angel Tangle is fine for short or thinner hair, but if you have long/thick hair, the bristles just aren't long enough.

I make a joke like that all the time with my students when they are sick.
If they come to class with a cold, I always joke and say: "If you get sick, maybe your A becomes a C-..."
They usually start panicing until I laugh and they realise I'm joking. :p

It's great when you have enough pull that a joke like that can actually fool a student into thinking it could actually happen. xD
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6138 on: November 20, 2018, 10:20:12 am »
I've also tried the Angel Tangle and Tangle Teaser brushes, and I prefer the Tangle Teaser. Angel Tangle is fine for short or thinner hair, but if you have long/thick hair, the bristles just aren't long enough.

I make a joke like that all the time with my students when they are sick.
If they come to class with a cold, I always joke and say: "If you get sick, maybe your A becomes a C-..."
They usually start panicing until I laugh and they realise I'm joking. :p

It's great when you have enough pull that a joke like that can actually fool a student into thinking it could actually happen. xD

I think the students don't know that I have no say over there grade. Well, only their speaking test grades, and my co-t's go based on what I give them. But, the speaking test isn't really worth a lot to the students, I don't think.


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #6139 on: November 20, 2018, 10:37:53 am »
I think the students don't know that I have no say over there grade. Well, only their speaking test grades, and my co-t's go based on what I give them. But, the speaking test isn't really worth a lot to the students, I don't think.

Most of my students either don't know or are on the fence about how much influence I have. The only ones who are absolutely convinced from the beginning that I have no power (over their discipline or their grades) are the worst problem students, and about half of those are spoiled hagwon kids who have been brought up by basically the worst hagwons and are used to challenging and disrespecting their teachers (especially if they're foreign teachers) and getting away with it. My coTs and I all work hard to curb this belief, though. If I say something's going to happen, it does, thanks to the support I get from my coTs and my school. Everything is much easier to manage when the kids have a legit fear of what I'll end up doing.

And yeah, the speaking test grades aren't worth a whole lot in the long run, but they can still make a difference in what schools a particular student will get accepted into. They can also push a student's overall grade from a B to an A or vice versa, if the student is borderline. That depends more on the school, though.

So how seriously a student will take his/her speaking test will depend on how seriously that student is about his/her grade in general and in what schools they're hoping to get into.

A lot of students only care about the speaking exam on the day of the speaking exam, though. Like I don't see the point in getting stressed over it if it wasn't important enough for you to study for it.  :undecided:
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