My kindergarteners are all around 3 years old, and seriously are the cutest things at school, save for Jake. I have been teaching them the basics, like “May I go to the bathroom?” “May I have some water?” “Please” “Thank you” etc. This week is basic vocabulary-building with fruit. So it’s appleappleapplewatermelonwatermelonwatermelonplumplumplum until they get it. It’s fun and easy and I love to see their excitement regarding strawberries and the like. But today we got to “Mango” and they didn’t know what it was, so I decided to teach them an alternate pronunciation (Maaahhnn-go!) and a corresponding dance move. Watch the whole video to see what I mean.
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Tags: amusing oneself, dance moves, Jookjeon, Jukjeon, kindergarten, kindergarteners, korea, Mambo, Mango Santamaria, Mangoes, Mongo Santamaria, South Korea, teaching English abroad
Categories : ESL, Kristin, teaching
We went hiking this weekend. Instead of hopping in a car and driving to the mountains, we took the subway to the end of the line, and wandered through a little town for several hours before we found a trail head. Here is a view looking back at a small slice of Seoul from near the top of Bulamsan, a mountain on the north-eastern edge of the city.
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Tags: Bulamsan, city, Danggogae, hike, korea, mountain, Seoul, view
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Save for some minor drama that is currently happening at work, which, (and, except for that one time when we were yelled at by drunken *21-year-olds about God knows what) blissfully does not involve us, the office is humming along smoothly, and dare I say it– happily. I am not sure if it is because of the impending weather change, the absence of the Pint-Sized Grumpy Koala, the *Ohio State Smirker, and the *Back-Up Rush Drummer Dreamer, or if everyone’s nipping a wee pint at lunch, but….something gloomy and dark has definitely lifted off of the collective spirit of our school and I found myself thinking about wanting to think about maybe possibly skipping merrily to work yesterday. Just for a second.
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Tags: co-workers, drinking, grumpy, Grumpy Koalas, Ohio State Smirker, people who like Rush, phillipic tyrades, Spring, workplace drama, workplace morale
Categories : korea, Kristin, teaching