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January 4, 2010 | 10:34pm
Mood: tired

Long day is looooong. I got to school at 9am and finished for the day at 10pm. I also had a break from 2-6pm, during which I napped, ate, and read, but still.

Winter Camp is okay. I managed to squeeze in everything I wanted to today, but I suspect that was just a fluke. I "taught" my first preschool classes as well - twenty minutes each - and I actually really liked it. Kids are a lot of fun, especially when they laugh at the weird faces I make. Who cares if they don't understand a word that comes out of my mouth? My evening classes went alright, and I even got to assign homework. Look Ma, I'm a real teacher!

Also, my kids laughed when I taught them the word "bucking" today. Where the hell did they learn that other four letter word? Geez.

Right now I'm exhausted. I need to get up at 8am to do this all over again. Fortunately Tuesday/Thursdays are my light days, so I'm done at 4:30pm.

I need to study Korean. I more or less know the entire alphabet (Hangul). Nigel is being kind enough to tutor me and Megan. I have 15 vocabulary words and a "test" Wednesday. I also have a Korean textbook and a few Korean phrasebooks that I intend to study as well. You can get by fine without any Korean at all here, but I don't want to get too complacent. What's the point of living in another country and not learning the language (or trying the food, or seeing the sights)? That's just dumb. I fully intend to leave this country just as good at Korean as I am with Russian and French, if not better.

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_x_buttercup_x_

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from: _x_buttercup_x_
date: January 4, 2010 07:31pm (UTC)
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Hi, it sounds like you're working hard, but enjoying it too!!! Reading your blog is making me so excited and I'm glad everything's going well for you so far. Hsppy New Year!! xx

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: January 5, 2010 07:43am (UTC)
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Yeah, it's a lot of fun! Well, mostly. Some of the classes are a little - not that great (my kindergarten classes come to mind - they don't know the meaning of the words "sit down" and "be quiet") - but the rest of my kids are great.

Happy New Year to you too!! Hope everything is going well!

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savagewoman

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from: savagewoman
date: January 5, 2010 12:05am (UTC)
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Good point about the language. We have a lot of exchange students at work, and way too many of them don't seem to be willing to learn Finnish more or less at all. One does wonder why they bothered to come halfway across the world, then?

BTW, I finally watched Were The World Mine. It was pretty good! Funny, and the lead had a positively angelic voice. The guitar girl was hot, and the teacher is quite possibly the best character in any movie ever...

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: January 5, 2010 07:46am (UTC)
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Yeah, I think the main issue is that in a lot of places (like here in Korea) you don't NEED the language to survive. Plenty of people here know a little English, and signs are written in Korean and English. It's so easy to get by without knowing the language that I've been downright tempted to just keep up with what I've been doing - but I know that's a bad idea, so I'm trying to learn the language. Some people aren't as, well, self-disciplined, I guess. (And who knows if I'll keep this up? sigh)

Yay!! I love that movie - the music is fantastic. I usually hate musicals, but the songs fit in PERFECTLY. Yeah, the teacher was fantastic, wasn't she? Ah, now I want to go watch the movie!

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Captain Kirby, a.k.a. Aranelle

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from: _kirbylicious_
date: January 5, 2010 10:48pm (UTC)
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What's the point of living in another country and not learning the language (or trying the food, or seeing the sights)? My thoughts EXACTLY. This attitude annoys the hell out of me when we get polish speakers that come into R&H and automatically assume someone will be there that can speak Polish for them. News flash, if you live in America you should at least TRY to learn to speak English. Not that I'm prejudiced or anything, it's just that I feel like it's arrogant if you assume other people will be able to speak your language in a foreign country.

That being said, I admire your prowess with languages - if I had money I'd be studying Spanish and/or French and/or Italian far more in depth. *sigh*

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: January 6, 2010 02:00pm (UTC)
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Yeah, it annoys me when people don't learn the language of the country in which they live - but sometimes I understand why they don't. Like, if they can get by with their native language. Or if they're really, truly inept at languages. And so on. On the other hand, as far as America is concerned - I don't think there should be one specific language everyone speaks. It's a melting pot; everyone should have the right to live there. English is fine and dandy, but by no means is it the end-all be-all.

hah, thanks. I guess I'm pretty good at languages, but I know a lot of people who are 80x better - which makes me horribly jealous. If I had more money I'd probably be studying in Russia right now. oh well - Korean is lots of fun and I get to satiate my interest in Asia at the same time. :D

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Captain Kirby, a.k.a. Aranelle

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from: _kirbylicious_
date: January 6, 2010 02:06pm (UTC)
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Yeah, like I said - I get why they may not, it's the arrogant attitude that some people have about it that bugs me.

Psht, you have nothing to be jealous of. You're still awesome.

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from: euphoric1dr
date: January 6, 2010 05:31pm (UTC)
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yeah i totally agree: so many foreigners are like scared or something to learn the new language so aweseome for you to make the effort!! you'll DEFINITELY leave korea, fluent after all you'll be there 1 year. and you'll have so much more of valuable experience as a result. definitely get out and practice practice all the time, no matter how much you think its crap - you'll only keep improving with time!! excited to see you yay can't wait! btw can you find tofu / soy products easily, in korea?

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: January 6, 2010 11:33pm (UTC)
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I haven't actually seen any tofu/soy products in korea - but then again I haven't looked. (I also wasn't able to read properly the last time I was at a grocery store, so I didn't see anything.) I'll keep an eye out, or ask other people if it's around.

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