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post Jun 5 2004, 03:01 PM
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This is probably the first topic I've posted in a long long time. Anywho, just thought I'd share my giddiness with everyone here (as Daily Life usually is in sore need of something giddy) I recently finished university and came out of it with a BA majoring in English. I have always wanted to travel and coincidentally I've always wanted to teach. I applied to a bunch of universities this year to get into education programs and at the same time I applied to some schools overseas to teach English as a Foreign Language. Long story short, I haven't heard back from most of the universities but I was interviewed for and offered a job in Seoul, South Korea teaching English at a private school. It happened really really fast, and I decided to take it. Signed and faxed the contract on Wednesday and on Friday they phoned me and said that as long as I could get all my stuff together and packed they would bok a plane ticket for me for the 21st of June. Holy Sheep dip! It's a one year contract, so at the least I'll be in Seoul for a year.

So. In less than a month (16 days) I'm going to be halfway around the world, in a foreign country, not speaking the language, away from family and friends, and trying to teach small children just exactly what the word 'dog' means. Jaq is v. v. v. excited. (also slightly freaked) Hey! I'm going to miss the premeire of Spiderman 2! O_O


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post Jun 5 2004, 03:11 PM
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Eeeeee!

I'm so excited for you! happy.gif

Even more so now that I just learned you're still gonna be online. Yay!

And you definitely have to teach me Korean curse words. The only swear words I know are in Spanish, and I can't use them when I have an argument with my husband, cause he knows them too. That's no fun!

Wow. I can't believe you leave that soon. /me hugs


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post Jun 5 2004, 03:52 PM
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What an experience! Congratulations; I wish you the best of luck. happy.gif


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post Jun 5 2004, 03:55 PM
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Holy crap. You'd best start learning Korean, woman tongue.gif A little disappointed you won't be coming over to England, but I'll get over it.


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post Jun 5 2004, 03:59 PM
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Wow! That sounds really exciting for you. I hear Seoul is a very interesting city. I'd love to visit it sometime. Now I'll know someone to ask about it if I ever do.

Good luck picking up the language, I don't envy you trying to learn Korean! They have a completely different alphabet don't they? It's hard enough trying to learn a language, but when you can't even recognise the letters... blink.gif

I'm sure you'll have a fantastic time. A friend of mine went to teach English in Japan and he absolutely loved it even though he spoke no Japanese. You'll be fine!

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post Jun 5 2004, 05:14 PM
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Sure am gonna miss you loads. *hugs* Hope you have a life changing experience while there. Guess this'll add to the postage of sending you cookies, eh?
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post Jun 5 2004, 05:16 PM
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Ye! I know someone in shanghai doing the same thing and he's pretty much moved out there now. So any way Congrates and good luch and enjoy muchly. What an adventure as well.


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post Jun 5 2004, 05:58 PM
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Wow! Good luck, Jaq.
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post Jun 5 2004, 07:39 PM
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wow!! you're going away without even being made a mod! tongue.gif

best of luck and what not, make sure to teach them words that'll be useful wink.gif tongue.gif


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post Jun 5 2004, 08:47 PM
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ooo-er! that's something i'd love to do happy.gif v.jealous now.
and that's all so quick blink.gif
good luck to ya kid biggrin.gif


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post Jun 5 2004, 09:19 PM
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trying to teach small children just exactly what the word 'dog' means


other then food right?? heh... have fun on your trip!! and super congrats!!!


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post Jun 6 2004, 01:16 AM
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Yay congrats Jaq! I hear from a woman who was a linguistics person in the American army that Korean is one of the hardest languages to learn next to English. Good luck to you and I hope you have a blast!


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post Jun 6 2004, 11:11 AM
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My cousin did pretty much the same thing except he went to tokyo... He loved every second of it.. and came back speaking japaneese.. Hope it goes as well for you biggrin.gif


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post Jun 6 2004, 04:50 PM
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Meep! I nearly forgot, I should really get a Korean phrase book... I'd at least like to learn how to say "Hello" "My name is..." "How are you?" and "Where's the toilet?"


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post Jun 6 2004, 05:08 PM
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QUOTE (Jaq @ Jun 6 2004, 09:50 AM)
Meep! I nearly forgot, I should really get a Korean phrase book... I'd at least like to learn how to say "Hello" "My name is..." "How are you?" and "Where's the toilet?"

Where's the toilet is always something good to know. I only know that one in spanish so that won't help you. Donde esta el bano?


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post Jun 7 2004, 12:10 AM
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I found some sound files of useful Korean phrases: click here.

I thought that'd be the most helpful...since you'll be able to hear how they're actually supposed to be said. smile.gif

(Incidentally, the site I got the link from seemed pretty useful too...it has quite a few more links on it as well...like stuff about food and the subway system: Info on moving to Seoul)


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post Jun 7 2004, 08:27 AM
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Daddy says don't forget the phrases "Not without my iguana" and "Hey! That's MY watermelon" cos he knows this stuff ...
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post Jun 10 2004, 08:37 PM
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HOLY FLURKING SHNIT!

Nice one, Jenn! Hope it all works out well for you, medarlin'. Just make sure you keep us all posted on everything. And stuff.

By the way, if you meet a girl called Soo who went to Bangor University for about a year, tell her Mike says hi. It's a long shot, but you never know...


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post Jun 10 2004, 09:18 PM
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Right... I've got to make a list

1. Make Irish sounds clips of me saying things like "junk" and "awww muffin"

2. Remember the iguana and beware of the radioactive watermelons

3. Look up Soo and tell her Mike says "hi"

4. Learn how to say "Where's the toilet?" in Korean


Hmm... maybe I should rearrange the order of that list...


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post Jun 10 2004, 09:37 PM
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QUOTE (Jaq @ Jun 10 2004, 10:18 PM)
3. Look up Soo and tell her Mike says "hi"

Best introduce yourself before you start looking up her...


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post Jun 10 2004, 09:55 PM
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QUOTE (Industrial Kybosh @ Jun 10 2004, 04:37 PM)
QUOTE (Jaq @ Jun 10 2004, 10:18 PM)
3.  Look up Soo and tell her Mike says "hi"

Best introduce yourself before you start looking up her...

Bah! Always with the social mores! You never let me have any fun tongue.gif


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post Jun 10 2004, 10:14 PM
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QUOTE (Jaq @ Jun 10 2004, 10:55 PM)
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QUOTE (Jaq @ Jun 10 2004, 10:18 PM)
3. Look up Soo and tell her Mike says "hi"

Best introduce yourself before you start looking up her...

Bah! Always with the social mores! You never let me have any fun tongue.gif

I just think you should be polite. You're in someone else's country - show some decorum. After that, you can look up people to your heart's content. Just don't show me your holiday snaps.


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post Jun 21 2004, 06:32 AM
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okay, well I'm in Seoul and it's 3:30 in the afternoon, though it's midnight at home and I'm definitely feeling the jet lag. This place is just... insane... I don't know how else to describe it without typing at least a few thousand words and I've only got about 10 minutes before I go to class observation. tongue.gif It's my first day of work. I got here last night around 6:00 p.m. and I was taken out for Korean BBQ by the angecy who hired me for the school that I'm working at. It's really nifty, there's a BBQ right in the middle of the table and the restaurant gives you a bunch of raw meat and condiments and you cook up the meat your self and take it off the grill to eat. It's freaking awesome. I'm really liking Seoul, what little I've seen of it, so far. The only thing that bugged me was that my toilet is a bit tricky and it's relly humid here. other than that I'm really enjoying it. I hope I'll feel the same way next month and the month after and the month after that. But the month after that, I'm not so sure. We'll have to see. tongue.gif

Well, I'm off to observation in one of the classrooms. If anyone wants to get in touch with me or get my address and phone number, PM me and I can give out the info.


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post Jun 21 2004, 09:30 AM
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mmm .. tricky toilets ... ph34r.gif


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post Jun 21 2004, 04:52 PM
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Thats great glad your enjoying it so far! Beware the tricky toilets of DOOM!!! biggrin.gif *hugs*


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