Archive for hangul

So, in a surprising turn of events, my almost-brand-spanking-new mac suffered massive hard drive failure! What???! How is that even possible? My last back up was about a month ago – quite good for my records. I’ve gone years without backing up. Horrifying, but true. ㅜ_ㅜ

So, what does this mean? Well, I haven’t been online in a few days (except for at work) and I probably won’t have a working computer for at least another week. And, I’ve lost some writing and photographs. I’m not sure how to load my software from my backup either… so… I’m not sure what’ll be up with my Adobe stuff when I get my machine back.

One last bit of moping: I’m wearing dokkbukki pants today. I grabbed these jeans from the jean-pile, only to realize (now, as I sit in my office, preparing for the day) that there was a horrible accident involving that ever chewy and delicious hot rice cake: the dokkbukki. I seem to remember a night with a lot of friends and laughing and OH YES. I must have dropped a ton of the bright-red-chili-sauce-drenched – tomato-simmered-cakes. Cause there be red stains all up and down these legs. How I failed to notice as I got dressed this morning, I’ll never know… Fail. Major Fail!

Onto the awesomeness of life right now: things are pretty awesome. Life has taken on a kind of schedule: work in the mornings, of course, but every night holds something different. I’m taking an interactive class on Jonsen Dynasty culture at The National Palace Museum of Korea – last week we made soap. This week we’ll do calligraphy! I’ll be going on field trips and trying on hanbok. It’s all very interesting, and the palace is super lush.

Other days I go to Itaewon, to the Chabad. We’re studying women’s experiences in the prophet stories in Hebrew – oh man. There are some seriously strong women, but their stories are so fragmented. In Itaewon there are also weekly-or-so writers’ workshops and performer’s workshops, and lots of little coffee shops and English book stores. It’s amazing to feel like there are so many resources to plug into for the arts.

I study Korean a few nights a week, either with friends or with teachers at my school. My reading is getting to a workable stage. I’ve almost got all of the compound vowels down. Everyone knows how much I struggle with language, so learning to read awesomely is super sweet for me. Right now I’m only learning about 2 vocabulary words a week (mostly from my students, haha) which is not really enough to talk or anything. You’d be surprised though at who speaks awesome English in Seoul – it’s everywhere.

This week I have a super easy schedule – no 9th grades cause of finals, and for the 8th graders we’re giving an English speaking test. (we = my Korean English Co-teachers and myself). The speaking exam is on the slang I’ve been teaching the last two weeks:

That’s so wack! Fail, Major fail!
That’s sweet! That’s sick! Major win!
I’m chill. I’m cool. I’m solid.
I’m whatever. I’m eh.
I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.
What’s up?~ Just chilling.

The girls had to make dialogues with the slang and perform them in class. Yes, really. I love my job! I’ll put up videos of some of the good performances later – some of them are so funny! I feel like a proud mother every time I hear “I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.”


Oh, and Manisha and I made a new video for her students (elementary). You can check it out here. Funnnny!


views from the city window

I’ve been at my digs a few days now, long enough to figure out how to turn on the hot water and do two loads of laundry. These things were pretty major accomplishments, as you could imagine, for a pup out in the world. Life at school suits me fine now – long hours of lesson planning and shy students. Today I got to go to the immigration office (where I saw a ton of my fellow SMOE-ers) and apply for an Alien Registration Card. It was extra-terrestrial-tactic! Hahah, it took up a ton of time waiting there. But anyway! At immigration I had to take these passport-style photos, like a set of 6. They come in handy here / but anyway, I totally screwed it up, because I couldn’t read the Hangul (Korean) instructions in the photo booth / so I had to do it twice / 12 bucks! Twelve bucks / 6 bucks wasted, this is why I need to practice my Korean! / So anyway, back at school, I have the extra five images on my desk, and one of the girls asks if she can have one. I’m a collector item in Korea, I just want you to know. 😉

Of course, I gave it to her. I’m tempted to make naomi trading cards as prizes. All of this celebritylifeLiving is going straight to my head!

{{Some videos from the end of orientation until now, including the coveted Room Tour, transmission starting now}}

Lisa was such a good roommate for tolerating my mess, if only for a week! I filmed this the night before we moved out, so I was in multiple staged of disarray. 🙂 Lisa lives in Itaewon, which is sort of the foreigners district – walking around there is like walking around NYC. Speaking of Itaewon…

One of the best parts of Korea, for me, is E-Mart. E-Mart can only be described as the Korean Target: cheap cheap cheap. There’s one across the street from my apartment. On my first morning in my bachelor pad, I decided to head on down and pick up some much needed veggies, only to find that E-Mart doesn’t open until 10am. Since it was about 15min to, I decided to wait it out in the store, with everyone else on the block looking to get the freshest, earliest deal. (E-Mart has benches by the door just waiting.) So I waddled over and plopped myself down between Amojja #3 and Amojja #5. I had become one of them!

At the strike of 10, we were off!!