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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Oh, the things they say

Girl (11-12 years old): Where are you from? Canada?
Me: No, the USA.
Girl: What's that? (genuine look of confusion before she conferred with her friends for a while)

In Hair Salon class:

Me: Spiky hair. Everyone repeat: spiky hair.
Boy: Spaghetti hair.
Me: Spiky hair.
Boy: Spaghetti hair.
Me: No, not spaghetti hair. SPIKY hair.
Entire class: Spaghetti hair.

Girl: How old are you?
Me: 23. Is that old?
Trouble-making Boy: Yes! Ajumma! (old lady)
Sweet Girl: No, eonni! (older sister)

Korean kids are brilliant at sucking up to teachers. From showering us with stickers to bringing over cups of coffee (and, unlike in American schools, you can be reasonably sure no one has spit in the drink), these kids go out of their way to score points.

The real winner and self-confidence booster is the always-popular, "Teacher is so pretty!" "Let's go fast to dinner. Please?! You're beautiful." "Bonus stamp! Beautiful!"

It doesn't sway my judgment but it's always nice to hear.

Day off tomorrow. Not sure what the day holds but I'll probably end up doing the usual: walking around to find a cute café and settle in to read for a couple of hours (The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb). Hey, it's still cold here.

1 comment:

  1. LOL! Ajumma! This is Halley btw. Actually I got the USA thing a lot too. You've probably figured this out by now but that girl probably thinks of the USA as being called America.