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  • alexisalex
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1065

    • March 02, 2014, 05:10:24 pm
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8920 on: October 15, 2018, 09:55:38 am »
People who put their feet up on chairs really bug me.  I mean, sitting down and then resting both feet on the seat of another chair. 

I see it everywhere I go so is it acceptable in Korea?  My students do it in class, my coworkers do it in the office, and I've seen people in coffee shops doing it.

I don't know why it annoys me so much. 


  • Kayos
  • The Legend

    • 2052

    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
    • NZ
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8921 on: October 15, 2018, 09:58:05 am »
People who put their feet up on chairs really bug me.  I mean, sitting down and then resting both feet on the seat of another chair. 

I see it everywhere I go so is it acceptable in Korea?  My students do it in class, my coworkers do it in the office, and I've seen people in coffee shops doing it.

I don't know why it annoys me so much.

Used to do it in NZ myself. My friends used to do it as well.
I think it is an easier way to relax. But, in NZ, we'd give up the extra seat to people who need it. :p


  • alexisalex
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1065

    • March 02, 2014, 05:10:24 pm
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8922 on: October 15, 2018, 10:04:35 am »
People who put their feet up on chairs really bug me.  I mean, sitting down and then resting both feet on the seat of another chair. 

I see it everywhere I go so is it acceptable in Korea?  My students do it in class, my coworkers do it in the office, and I've seen people in coffee shops doing it.

I don't know why it annoys me so much.

Used to do it in NZ myself. My friends used to do it as well.
I think it is an easier way to relax. But, in NZ, we'd give up the extra seat to people who need it. :p

It must be the Brit in me then.  We'd call it "uncouth" haha.


  • Kayos
  • The Legend

    • 2052

    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
    • NZ
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8923 on: October 15, 2018, 10:13:19 am »
People who put their feet up on chairs really bug me.  I mean, sitting down and then resting both feet on the seat of another chair. 

I see it everywhere I go so is it acceptable in Korea?  My students do it in class, my coworkers do it in the office, and I've seen people in coffee shops doing it.

I don't know why it annoys me so much.

Used to do it in NZ myself. My friends used to do it as well.
I think it is an easier way to relax. But, in NZ, we'd give up the extra seat to people who need it. :p

It must be the Brit in me then.  We'd call it "uncouth" haha.

It's not common in NZ, and usually not done in public places. Like, you wouldn't see people in a cafe doing it.
But sometimes at home, or students in a classroom outside of class-time, might do it if there is an available chair :P


  • oglop
  • The Legend

    • 4626

    • August 25, 2011, 07:24:54 pm
    • Seoul
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8924 on: October 15, 2018, 10:23:51 am »
People who put their feet up on chairs really bug me.  I mean, sitting down and then resting both feet on the seat of another chair. 

I see it everywhere I go so is it acceptable in Korea?  My students do it in class, my coworkers do it in the office, and I've seen people in coffee shops doing it.

I don't know why it annoys me so much.
yeah, it's one of those weird double standards in korea

putting both feet on a chair -> mostly fine
but wearing shoes inside your home -> ew, dirty!

wearing indoor slippers outside and to the bathroom -> fine
wearing your normal shoes in the classroom -> ew, dirty!


  • AvecPommesFrites
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1040

    • September 04, 2017, 02:19:33 pm
    • Incheon International Airport Immigration Office Detention Facility
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8925 on: October 15, 2018, 10:31:51 am »
People who put their feet up on chairs really bug me.  I mean, sitting down and then resting both feet on the seat of another chair. 

I see it everywhere I go so is it acceptable in Korea?  My students do it in class, my coworkers do it in the office, and I've seen people in coffee shops doing it.

I don't know why it annoys me so much.
yeah, it's one of those weird double standards in korea

putting both feet on a chair -> mostly fine
but wearing shoes inside your home -> ew, dirty!

wearing indoor slippers outside and to the bathroom -> fine
wearing your normal shoes in the classroom -> ew, dirty!

On the empty seat next to you in the cinema right next to your head  :huh: WTF
Soggy undergarments


  • JNM
  • The Legend

    • 4733

    • January 19, 2015, 10:16:48 am
    • Seoul, South Korea
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8926 on: October 15, 2018, 11:05:28 am »
People who put their feet up on chairs really bug me.  I mean, sitting down and then resting both feet on the seat of another chair. 

I see it everywhere I go so is it acceptable in Korea?  My students do it in class, my coworkers do it in the office, and I've seen people in coffee shops doing it.

I don't know why it annoys me so much.
yeah, it's one of those weird double standards in korea

putting both feet on a chair -> mostly fine
but wearing shoes inside your home -> ew, dirty!

wearing indoor slippers outside and to the bathroom -> fine
wearing your normal shoes in the classroom -> ew, dirty!
I think that part of that is that they all know the rules, but few of them understand the reason for the rules. They see it as etiquette rather than a public health practice.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8927 on: October 15, 2018, 01:51:38 pm »
The reason I think this is happening is because teachers get harassed by parents and from a teacher's perspective it's not worth it to go to battle against White Wine or Tiger Moms who have nothing better to do.

Haven't come across this expression before, and Urban Dictionary is only giving me smut. I have a general sense of what it might mean, but... my general guesses usually end up embarrassing me, so...

A White Wine Mom in my mind has kid(s) and kind of regrets it. She thought it would be more like what she's seen on TV and movies. She's overwhelmed. Her husband works as a highly placed executive at a company which we all purchase products from. The family's finances are so safe that outside help can be paid for to do most of the parenting. Her friends hired Filipinas, so she does the same. Her kid accidentally called the nanny, mom. She was angry, but also felt a tinge of guilt. As they leave for the playground, she glances into her glass-door refrigerator, then at the kitchen clock. It's not too early, she tells herself.

Nice...

If I may add, calls other White Wine Moms her girlfriends, enjoys blowing a fortune on fancy gym memberships just so she can do yoga with her girlfriends and bitch about thinner girlfriends, to her girlfriends, at the juice bar. She gets physically aroused at the mention of Michael Buble. Thinks her little spazoid is going to be the next piano prodigy after he/she plonked together a weak ass Fur Elise, in the Key of 'H'.
Uses the word poofy to mean stinky. Couldn't park her SUV between 2 rugby posts. Speaking of posts, spends the next 6 months posting memes and other inspirational drivel on Facebook telling people to "Live dangerously", "Take the road less travelled" etc. after she took one puff from a joint at Muriel's bridal shower. 


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8928 on: October 17, 2018, 09:43:04 am »
Apparently, YouTube is broken...  :huh:  I thought it was just my computer, but it won't work even on my phone.  Dang!  I needed to add some videos to my lesson plans...  Shoot!! 


  • OnNut81
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1845

    • April 01, 2011, 03:01:41 pm
    • Anyang
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8929 on: October 17, 2018, 09:57:14 am »
So it's not just my computer.  I will look for the explanation and forthcoming apology on reddit. 


  • JVPrice
  • Expert Waygook

    • 832

    • August 29, 2017, 10:26:13 am
    • Gimhae, South Korea
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8930 on: October 17, 2018, 09:59:00 am »
So it's not just my computer.  I will look for the explanation and forthcoming apology on reddit.

Savage  :laugh:
The World Ends With You


  • Mister Tim
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1806

    • September 08, 2013, 10:33:54 am
    • SK
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8931 on: October 17, 2018, 10:56:21 am »
So it's not just my computer.  I will look for the explanation and forthcoming apology on reddit.

Just make your own videos.


  • jomi
  • Veteran

    • 234

    • April 07, 2015, 02:07:46 pm
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8932 on: October 17, 2018, 11:23:48 am »
Doing a 5th year was a mistake. I should've left after I finished my 4th year. I don't know anymore if the kids are just especially poorly behaved and disengaged in this school or if my year long depression and lack of motivation is making my classes awful or if I'm just a bad teacher and I've been an awful teacher the whole time. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle: the kids are low level and thus difficult to engage, I'm depressed and unmotivated so producing bad lessons and so this whole year has been a colossal failure. Especially with 6th grade. The other grades are okay but 6th grade...

They hate role play. They hate writing games. They hate quiz based games. They don't talk. They hate charades. They hate pictionary. The hate broken telephone. The text book is bad. I've given up. I teach without a coteacher and the homeroom teachers are a waste of space in my classes...I don't know what to do with them anymore. I can barely bring myself to care.

My plan is to retrain to teach art when I get home but I'm starting to question if I should even be teaching at all. Maybe art, a subject I care about, will be better for me. Maybe teaching with a curriculum that isn't totally chained to a rubbish textbook will be better for me. Maybe teaching in an environment where I don't feel totally useless and invisible will be better for me. Maybe the 6 months of a 'break' and a year retraining will be good for me. I really don't know. Maybe I should seek some kind of medication for my depression. Maybe that would help. I don't know.

I have 6th grade tomorrow and I just don't want to teach them at all. I'm giving up on a game because they hate all of them and giving them a worksheet. I don't know what else to do with them.


  • AvecPommesFrites
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1040

    • September 04, 2017, 02:19:33 pm
    • Incheon International Airport Immigration Office Detention Facility
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8933 on: October 17, 2018, 11:43:13 am »
So it's not just my computer.  I will look for the explanation and forthcoming apology on reddit.

Just make your own videos.

SHOTS FIRED
Soggy undergarments


  • CO2
  • Waygook Lord

    • 6747

    • March 02, 2015, 03:41:14 pm
    • Uiwang
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8934 on: October 17, 2018, 11:51:46 am »
So it's not just my computer.  I will look for the explanation and forthcoming apology on reddit.

Just make your own videos.

SHOTS FIRED

I really hate the "well, do it yourself" argument. We're not subsistence farmers anymore.

We specialise. And that means that we rely on other people for goods and services. The VAST majority of them.

I've heard people say "Man, that flight/cell phone plan is way too much," to which they are told

 :shocked: Well, make your own airline/cell company then.

Like, are you insane? It's just the dumbest argument imaginable.

 :-[ This food is terrible.

 :rolleyes: WELL THEN WHY DON'T YOU OPEN A FARM AND ONLY GROW FOOD FOR YOURSELF AND THEN COOK 100% OF YOUR MEALS, HUH? STOP COMPLAINING.
The first thing to say is that this is definitely not pyramid selling, OK?


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8935 on: October 17, 2018, 12:59:16 pm »
Doing a 5th year was a mistake. I should've left after I finished my 4th year. I don't know anymore if the kids are just especially poorly behaved and disengaged in this school or if my year long depression and lack of motivation is making my classes awful or if I'm just a bad teacher and I've been an awful teacher the whole time. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle: the kids are low level and thus difficult to engage, I'm depressed and unmotivated so producing bad lessons and so this whole year has been a colossal failure. Especially with 6th grade. The other grades are okay but 6th grade...

They hate role play. They hate writing games. They hate quiz based games. They don't talk. They hate charades. They hate pictionary. The hate broken telephone. The text book is bad. I've given up. I teach without a coteacher and the homeroom teachers are a waste of space in my classes...I don't know what to do with them anymore. I can barely bring myself to care.

My plan is to retrain to teach art when I get home but I'm starting to question if I should even be teaching at all. Maybe art, a subject I care about, will be better for me. Maybe teaching with a curriculum that isn't totally chained to a rubbish textbook will be better for me. Maybe teaching in an environment where I don't feel totally useless and invisible will be better for me. Maybe the 6 months of a 'break' and a year retraining will be good for me. I really don't know. Maybe I should seek some kind of medication for my depression. Maybe that would help. I don't know.

I have 6th grade tomorrow and I just don't want to teach them at all. I'm giving up on a game because they hate all of them and giving them a worksheet. I don't know what else to do with them.

Sounds like you're having a rough time.  From the sound of things, it seems like you need to take a break from teaching altogether.  I doubt the kids ability to care has anything to do with your teaching methods.  Some kids just don't care.  Don't let that deter you from teaching.  Also, just from reading your 'rant' it does sound like you're depressed. [I'm no professional]  Whether it's from teaching or life in general, the best thing [in my opinion] is you need to take care of you.  If you feel like you need to see a professional, then please, do so.  I honestly think that [again, my opinion] you need to take some time off and just work on yourself before you do anything.  If art is what you love, then more power to you!  Go teach!  But again, make sure you're taking care of you before you attempt to take care of others. 


  • mjc8500
  • Adventurer

    • 27

    • August 26, 2018, 05:27:23 am
    • Seoul
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8936 on: October 17, 2018, 11:11:17 pm »
Doing a 5th year was a mistake. I should've left after I finished my 4th year. I don't know anymore if the kids are just especially poorly behaved and disengaged in this school or if my year long depression and lack of motivation is making my classes awful or if I'm just a bad teacher and I've been an awful teacher the whole time. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle: the kids are low level and thus difficult to engage, I'm depressed and unmotivated so producing bad lessons and so this whole year has been a colossal failure. Especially with 6th grade. The other grades are okay but 6th grade...

They hate role play. They hate writing games. They hate quiz based games. They don't talk. They hate charades. They hate pictionary. The hate broken telephone. The text book is bad. I've given up. I teach without a coteacher and the homeroom teachers are a waste of space in my classes...I don't know what to do with them anymore. I can barely bring myself to care.

My plan is to retrain to teach art when I get home but I'm starting to question if I should even be teaching at all. Maybe art, a subject I care about, will be better for me. Maybe teaching with a curriculum that isn't totally chained to a rubbish textbook will be better for me. Maybe teaching in an environment where I don't feel totally useless and invisible will be better for me. Maybe the 6 months of a 'break' and a year retraining will be good for me. I really don't know. Maybe I should seek some kind of medication for my depression. Maybe that would help. I don't know.

I have 6th grade tomorrow and I just don't want to teach them at all. I'm giving up on a game because they hate all of them and giving them a worksheet. I don't know what else to do with them.

Sorry to hear you're having a rough time. I know it can be really difficult to bring your A-game when dealing with depression. I dealt with it for a year teaching in Korea--mostly because the hagwon I was at was so toxic--and I'm dealing with it again as a teacher in the States. I wouldn't just jump to the conclusion you're a bad teacher, because depression just takes all the joy out of you and the kids can sense it and return those feelings back to you. Depression amplifies the smallest little things; something you'd laugh or brush off becomes a major issue. That sense of uselessness can be terrible. I don't know if you're looking for specific advice, but for me, my depression always becomes worse when I don't feel like I'm working towards a larger goal. As teachers, we're constantly being told we're in it for the "joy of teaching" or to "positively impact the lives of kids;" the other things like our personal happiness or decent pay aren't important. It leads us to thinking that if we don't love teaching for the sake of it, we must be selfish jerks. That's nonsense of course. For me, when I feel like I'm working towards something that will better my own life or improve me as a person, the depression starts to go away.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8937 on: October 22, 2018, 09:58:05 am »
Taxi drivers who know how to use GPS but refuse to so that they can feign ignorance when they try to take the long way around.


  • CO2
  • Waygook Lord

    • 6747

    • March 02, 2015, 03:41:14 pm
    • Uiwang
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8938 on: October 22, 2018, 11:32:20 am »
Taxi drivers who know how to use GPS but refuse to so that they can feign ignorance when they try to take the long way around.

I HATE THAT!

 :police: XX초등학교 가주세요

 :afro: Where is that?

 :police: It's next to XX Catholic church. on XX Road (yes, XX are all the same hangeul symbols, it's a 5 min drive away, it's not obscure)

 :afro: I don't know.

 :police: You havce navi, yes?

 :afro: Yes.

 :police: Use that, my pronunciation is not the issue, just type it in.

 :afro: Aiiishhhhhhhhhhhhhh h

WHY THE FCCK IS TYPING 8 HANGEUL SYMBOLS A HUGE DEAL??? FFS
« Last Edit: October 22, 2018, 11:34:44 am by kyndo »
The first thing to say is that this is definitely not pyramid selling, OK?


  • Kyndo
  • Moderator LVL 1

    • 1987

    • March 03, 2011, 09:45:24 am
    • Gyeongsangbuk-do
Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #8939 on: October 22, 2018, 11:38:26 am »
Taxi drivers who know how to use GPS but refuse to so that they can feign ignorance when they try to take the long way around.
I HATE THAT!
 :police: XX초등학교 가주세요
 :afro: Where is that?
 :police: It's next to XX Catholic church. on XX Road (yes, XX are all the same hangeul symbols, it's a 5 min drive away, it's not obscure)
 :afro: I don't know.
 :police: You havce navi, yes?
 :afro: Yes.
 :police: Use that, my pronunciation is not the issue, just type it in.
 :afro: Aiiishhhhhhhhhhhhhh h
WHY THE FCCK IS TYPING 8 HANGEUL SYMBOLS A HUGE DEAL??? FFS
+1.
Too right.
If I can type, search, and find an address all in Korean on my navi, so can a taxi driver who's done it a gazillion times.
I live in a small town, and I've had taxi drivers not know about the school I work at.
   "You know, the only middle school in town? The one with over a thousand students? The one that gives the entire surrounding neighbourhood its name? Yes, that one."  :rolleyes:
   I get that taxis rove, and the driver may not be from the area, but c'mon!