Happiness has a common language

We have a house full of noise and fun at the moment. Imagine the scene of three noisy  teenage girls and one ten year old doing her best to tag along and you’ve just about got it.

The school I teach at runs an exchange program with students from Korea. We  have the pleasure of two of the girls staying with us for three weeks. During the day, they attend our school and are “buddied” with students who accompany them throughout the day. On the weekend, we can take our girls out on trips and spend the rest of the time relaxing and learning about them. Collectively, we have just enough English and Korean language skills to get by, but there have been some funny moments.

We discovered early that Korean students wear slippers to school. I thought Ann and Katelyn had just forgotten to put their shoes on in the hall, because in Korea, one does not wear shoes inside. Both girls proceeded to wade through the sodden ground outside to the car before I realised and quickly explained they would definitely need them.

Everything here is “big” they tell me. Our dogs are big, and despite their sookiness, caused some concern. It wasn’t long before Ann was practising her English skills on Rolly the cattle dog and Charlie the cat – “Sit Charlie, sit”!

Our insects and frogs are scary too, and too “big”! I have to agree sometimes. I brought in a dead,  10cm  rhinoceros beetle to show the girls, and I had a hard time even convincing my kids it wasn’t going to take off and hiss at them.

Of course there are so many universals. Some of their classes are apparently as noisy as ours (I was suprised), nasty teachers – uh oh, naughty boys in class, eating lollies, talking on the phone to friends and pop music.

My daughters already love “K-Pop” or Korean pop music, and this impressed our Korean guests. My rendition of some of the songs I know brought more general amusement than serious appreciation of my prowess as a singer!

I leave you with 2 videos today. The first, by a Canadian teacher, living in Korea, shows that school does have its craziness, wherever you go.

The other is a popular K- Pop song “Okay Go”, by B1A4, which I defy you not to keep liking. It has a tune that tends to stay in your head all day.

Next post will be a Korean cooking special. Considering Korea is our 3rd biggest export market for beef, I will take you through the making of bulgogi, which is like a Korean bbq.

Till then,  ayoung ha-se-yo




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