Getting to know our family

12 05 2012

So, I saw my aunt last weekend for the first time in 6 years and the second in 36.
For the first time, we could talk to each other.

My aunt has 5 kids, and I got to meet one of my cousins, 40 (at last, I can call someone 오빠), and his rugrats.

Emo told me about the last time our grandmother and mom came to Korea, and they all went to a karaoke bar.

Pong-ee emo works at the local Woori bank branch cleaning, and my cousin likes fried chicken and beer. His toddlers learn already English at their pre-school, and they repeated “apple” all day long. Pong-ee emo believes they’re brilliant.

“You look like your mom,” Pong-ee emo told me.
While eating noodles, “your mom always ate hot food really well. You eat like your mom.”

Fun getting to know our family.

you learn the peace sign from birth here.

i had to crop this photo, because boys in every nation eschew underpants.


8 05 2012

Yeah HyoJung, but which country has McDelivery on demand? Not US(A).
You can order McDonalds’ delivery in Korea and Indonesia too but not back home and not in Japan. Here’s the incredulous look on my Japanese classmate’s face.

Ami: “McDelivery?”

So credit to Tri’s whimsy, we placed a very unnecessary McDelivery order before he left Korea. About 13 bucks and an hour-and-a-half later, we had a french fry feast. I swear, who is ordering Big Macs at 12:30 in the morning?

no double Big Macs 😦

Ordering is easier, if you can speak a little Korean,
but you can request someone who speaks English.



8 05 2012

오늘은 이상한 경험을 받았어요.
조깅 후에 집으로 걸었을 때 어떤 이상한 남자가 저로 왔어요.

그 남자는 저에게 한국어를 안다고 물어봤어요.
제가 뭐라고 말했어요.
그 남자는 저에게 작은 소리로 다시 니가 한국어를 아냐고 했어요.
저는 조금 안다고 대답했어요.
남자는 니가 몇 살이냐고 했어요.
저는 38살이라고 했어요.
그다음에 그남자는 저한테 결혼했냐고 했어요.
제가 결혼 안 했는데 제가 남자친구가 있다고 했어요. 저는 왜 물어봤냐고 했어요.
외국인들을 만나고싶다고 말했어요.

그때 제 집으로 돌아간 시작했어요.
그 남자는 피자식당에서 셔츠를 입고있었으니까 그남자는 저에게 피자에 대한 질문을 물어볼거라고 생각했어요.

Google Translate는 이 문법을 번역을 잘 할 수 없는 것 같아.
 ‘냐고 하다’는 이번 주 배우는 문법이야.

Quantifying culture–an ESL activity

5 05 2012

Try this discussion activity to teach quantifiers to your students. Thanks, interwebs.

Draw a giant circle on your white board, label that circle “all”.
Within that circle, draw another and note it as “nearly all”.
Within that, “most” and so on until you reach the middle of the circle = “none”.

On the top of the board, write lifestyle verbs like eat, listen, watch, ride, live and so on.
Go nuts. Use smell, drink, love, wear, date, you name it.
Start the conversation with—

“In America, I think most people live in houses, but many live in apartments.
What about Korea?”

I think it’s human nature to enjoy talking about our lives and others’.
Here’s what HyoJung, my Friday night Toyota student speculated:

Most Americans are fat. (“I see fat Americans on TV.”)
A lot of
Americans eat at McDonald’s.
Americans watch baseball.
Americans are Caucasian, though some are Hispanic and a few are black.
European black and white people get married than Americans.
Americans were all shocked when Seal and Heidi Klum got married.

See, makes for interesting intercourse.

Biggest Bull City booster

2 05 2012

David Morris hearts Durham.