I started off my this wonderful Thursday morning with my third year students.Oh joy! Let me say, they are NOT my favorite students by far. Most of them are lazy and barely want to participate in activities. What is it about third year students? They feel like it's their last year of middle school, so they better just sit here and not learn anything. Ugh! Usually I would dole out some sort of homework punishment, however that just doesnt wok with these kids. So as the saying goes " Let the punishment fit the crime".
Today my favorite group of slackers decided that they wanted to put on a show by shredding long strips of toilet paper and waving them in the air. The ring leader was a boy who gave himself the English name "Lisa". ( why correct it? too many hrs of laughter) Unamused by their creations but inspired by their need for attention I called their whole table to the front of the class. Interrupt my class will you?Well Tippani teachuh can put on a show of her own. I proceeded to make them put on an interpretive dance for their class while saying the phrases of the day. Boys leaped and arms flailed while they twirled tissue streamers about reciting " We walked across the bridge", We are very different from each other", " Do you understand me?". I even put on a little music. Now that was a show! You would think they had enough public embarrassment. Not quite after playing a few rounds of a vocabulary game they decided to be extremely noisy and steal orher students' materials. I called over one of my co-teachers over.I have since named him "the enforcer" from his physical discipline techniques. I ordered the boys to the back of the class, and told them to do 50 push ups. Afterwards "the enforcer" made them sustain their own weight in a semi push up position until the end of class. Then as I was lecturing them on the importance of listening during class, he administered a communal spanking. In awe, I had to take a picture. I haven't seen anyone get a spanking in school since Darius Woods in the fouth grade. One after the other " the enforcer" doled out spankings while translating for me. What a muti-tasker! Just when they thought they were done " the enforcer" came back for one more round as I said my final words,rubbing their behinds the boys apologized and filed silently out the classroom.
Now that's what I call discipline! Did I mention I love teaching in Korea?
Confucius say: Beware of making spectacles inTippani Teachuh's English class, because the price you pay might be your ass
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Then I saw them pasting parking tickets on vehicles and then snapping photos. These adjuma were speedy like samaurai and getting with it. An agishi came out of a convenience store yelling obsenities...too late for you agishi, they got it on file!
Too bad, soo sad. Better get up early if you're going to outsmart the parking adjumas.
Sorry Philadelphia Parking Wars, Koreans have one up on you they take pictures of the cars with the ticket on it. " Oh what's that? you never got a ticket? Sike your mind ! Take a look at exhibit A agishi!"
Confucius say: beware of speedy parking adjuma and their cameras too, next ticket they snap might belong to you!
Friday, March 5, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
One of my most recent discoveries is the "no name korean purse". Koreans love their accessories and notably love their bags. You can get bags of all shapes, colors and sizes in train stations, on street carts, or at random cutesy stores for.. wait for it only 10,000 won which is roughly about $8.70 USD. Not a bad buy right? What's in a name anyway? Now they may not be name brand but they are super cute. Speaking of a recent "pashion" purchases, did I ,mention that I love Konglish on fashion items (Konglish is bad Korean Englishee, which you see often, on store fronts, accessories, and clothing) Case and point, in Myeongdong I bought the cutest blue leather satchel with the words" New York 5th Ayenue" stamped on it. Wow Ayenue? Really? I love it. Or a shirt I saw at E-mart-uh that said " Ther is a smile of happyness, I love the world in your heart. It shine forever days" One of the most I.T. savvy countries and no one even thinks to do a spelling or grammar check before printing.Oh Korea!I love the korean compulsion to everything cutesy. Even if your aren't, you will be after living here. Oh and just for your edification PINK is a universal color in Korea... it's not just for the ladies.
I'm going to blindfold myself in my closet and pick out a killer outfit with the go hard approach to "pashion" here.Who knows I might start a trend. From this day forth would deem Korean "pashion" as "retarded sophistication". Bryant Park eat your heart out!
Confucius says: when in "pashion" doubt, just turn the lights out, make a go for random clothes, You will be the "pashionista" as far as Korea goes
Well there are also two new teachers in the English department, Mr. Kim seems a little strangee in the ( I'll cut you in into little pieces and put you in my kimchi freezer strange) while Ms. Park seems quite nice. She lived abroad in Polland for some time so she speaks English quite well. Asaaaaa! I have an ally. After settling in , I found out there was no class today! Ugh another day of desk warming and a wasted outfit.
Thank goodness I now have a class schedule, so I actually know who I'm teaching and at what time. They were very bali, bali with it. I was thoroughly impressed. The first day of the semester is always chaotic, and full of Korean ridiculousness. I am nervous and excited for classes tomorrow.Wish me luck!
Confucius says: When in doubt that your translation is understood, use lots of hands gestures, you should be all good!