Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Miss Yun-erisms, Part I
So... Koreans say funny things sometimes. Even though these are not all Miss Yun-specific, she was pretty much the inspiration for this post, so I am naming it in her honor.
The funny stuff of late:
Context: I had my hand on the right side of my stomach and was grimmacing, following another dose of Korean lunchtime intestinal-hate when Miss Yun spotted me.
Miss Yun: "Jennifer, are you okay?"
Me: "Yeah, I'm okay. It's just that my stomach hurts. I'm not sure how you say in Korea... (pausing while trying to conjure word for indigestion)..."
Miss Yun: "OH! Jennifer! You can't... make a deuce? I'm sorry!"
I Hate My Job
Context: Sleepily trying to make conversation with my third-grade before-school students one morning.
Me: "So, Ju Hyun, what did you do this weekend?"
Ju Hyun: "Working."
Me: "Oh, really? What do you do?"
Ju Hyun: (puzzled expression then rapid-fire Korean discussion with my co-teacher, Mr. Hyun)
Mr. Hyun: (completely non-plussed, reading a newspaper) "Picks up cow shit."
Context: Regular class lesson, probably doing a Jeopardy game.
Me: "Okay, class, what is another word for 'religion'? Do you know?"
One of my students, Sang-Cheol: "Superstition."
... my kids impress me sometimes. Polysyllabic English humor? I had to laugh.