Once in a while my students comment about America, and how it stacks up to Korea.
I forget what the topic in class was, but one of my advanced students mentioned that Koreans are very rude, while Americans are not. She explained it via door-holding policies.
"You go to a building, and a Korean person opens the door? They FWOOM" and a violent door-shutting motion.
"But you go to a building, and an American person opens the door? They keep and, 'Oh, thank you!' 'You're welcome!'"
Later that day, another one of my intermediate students was working on her homework in the teacher's room. She is a chatty sweetheart and always has something to say to me.
"Teacher, I think America is very fun."
"Korea mom and dad....'Yah yah yah!'" She made an angry, faux-scolding face. "But America mom and dad, nice."
"Not all American parents are nice," I replied. "Sometimes American parents are angry, too. Yah yah yah!" I made the same angry scolding face she did.
On more than one occasion, I've had a student give me a bit of ramen, I think more out of a perverse desire to see me freak out at ~OMG SPICY~ than a generous or kindhearted gesture. Considering every time they're always surprised when I say, "Mmm, delicious!"
"Teacher, not spicy?"
"What? No! It's very delicious!"
Looks of bafflement abound.
“next bus outta here”
11 months ago