English slang that makes its way to Korea is random and often used incorrectly. Such as a street food vendor naming his stand #YOLO? Um, I don’t want to “only live once” when eating meat on the street. Just sayin’.
When things we did in camp go wrong.. lol She was going for, “We did a pirate skit.” ㅋㅋㅋ #funny #honestmistake #learnenglish #cuteness
Kenny Rogers Norebang Karaoke Singing Room
CNN in Busan
Belle & Sebastian Clothing Store
No idea what copyright laws are like in Korea, but I see a lot of what I deem infringement here in Korea. Whether it be a copied business name, musical act, or celebrity… Something seems off –but many times, hilarious. Have you seen anything similar lately?
In Korea, they call corn a “Mexican drug.”
Student 1: Teacher! When we together date?
Me: Sorry, it's impossible
Student 1: I am so angry! My heart is devil.
Student 2: Teacher! Marry me!
Student: Teacher very pretty.
Me: Sorry, I can't.
Student 3: Mother fucker!
He suddenly noticed I was there, and after looking scared for a moment, put his arm around his friend and, as they walked off down the hall, continued to call out "Mother friend! Mother friend!"
Student 4: Teacher! Please marry me.
Me: I can't. You are too young.
Student 4: No, no, not young. Please.
Me: Okay, fine. When?
Student 4: Tomorrow.
Me: Awesome. Where?
One of the most amusing things about teaching middle school is the constant marriage proposals and date invitations I get from my boys. Today was the first day back after vacation, and within minutes of walking out of my office, the barrage began.
Problem: I don't have any friends.
"You should make boyfriend!"
"Well, how can I meet him?"
Okay kids. I'll just hang around the PC bangs until I meet my Prince Charming.
Problem: I'm going to meet SHINee.
"You should bring your soul."
"You shouldn't say ugly. You should say handsome!"
These ones I actually quite liked. How could I not bring my soul if I were to meet SHINee?
The other thing I'm teaching this week is "which do you prefer" and after one day it's already been great.
"Which do you prefer, eating or sleeping?"
"I prefer eating, because my mouth wants."
Then I asked the same student again: "Which do you prefer, singing or dancing?"
"I prefer singing, because...my mouth wants."
While teaching advice, we had a few gems.
During a 1st year class:
"Teacher! I'm shaking my sausage every day!"
"Me too teacher! I'm very long sausage!"
Someone had taught them the term "johnson" as well, so there were plenty such jokes as well. Another boy came up to me to ask "Teacher, what is 'Johnson'?" I managed to choke out, while trying to hide my laughter "It's...a boy has..."
"Ah, okay okay. Thank you teacher."
I accidentally wore burgundy tights and a red coat and an orangey scarf today, so the comments about my color choices were common. The best, though, happened during my last class of the day today.
My students are constantly saying either hilarious or amazing things, so I'm going to start posting highlights here on a weekly basis. This week was...quite the week.
Sorry, that is a joke with an incredibly narrow scope, but I'll leave it in and see if anyone gets it. Maybe I'll give you a prize.
ANYWAYS. I figured that since I spend so much of my time thinking about bathrooms, I'd better make a post about it, in hopes that after taking the time to write about my problems, they might plague me less. Here's hoping!
1. Where the hell is the toilet paper?
Before I moved to Korea, I never realized how lucky I was to be able to assume that all bathrooms would have toilet paper. I took toilet paper for granted. It was always there, unless I forgot to buy it. It was something I could count on.
Or rather, things. Or rather, Alfred.