There are plenty of aspects about life in Korea that make me chuckle, but nothing provides endless hours of entertainment quite like the classroom. Being an ESL teacher I get to hear a lot of things that don’t make a whole lot of sense. Sometimes class feels more like a game of Mad Gab than anything else.
“What, you’re saying it’s hot. Just take off your jacket.”
“No, teachaaa! It’s haaahd. Haaahd!”
“Oh, you mean it’s hard?”
^^ This is what I deal with on a daily basis. ^^
I probably offended a lot of students during my first month of teaching. Partly because I would ask them to repeat themselves upwards of three times, and also because when I couldn’t understand them I would just nod and reply with something neutral like “Oh, that’s interesting.” Great teaching skills there! Meanwhile the kid was probably trying to tell me I got permanent marker all over my shirt…that happened.
Five months into teaching, I’ve learned to decipher their accent. I also look forward to one particular class where the students are advanced enough that they can express their thoughts – and these kids have some strange thoughts! Here is a sampling of the ridiculous things my one class of teenage boys says:
We were doing a lesson on international food and somehow the conversation shifted towards China. Out of the blue one of the students chimes in with,
“In China they eat everything with legs except desks!”
Whoa, not racist at all…
I walked into class with a half top bun on my head. One of the students stared at me and said,
“Your hair is very…very……UGLY. But better than before hair.”
Isn’t that what every girl wants to hear on a Monday?
We were talking about the Yanomami tribe in the Amazon and how they use darts to hunt animals in the rainforest. When I asked the students where the Yanomami get the poison for their darts, one of them told me,
“You buy poison on the internet.”
Still talking about the Amazon during that same lesson, I told my students that I had been to the Brazilian jungle to which they eagerly inquired,
“OH! You see a primitive?”
Hmm, perhaps not the most politically correct term to use…
I asked my students what animal they would like to encounter in the wild. These were some of their responses:
Student 1: Tiger, to be brave.
Student 2: Puppy because it is cute.
Student 3: Horse, to eat.
Student 3: Yes, in France and Japan they eat horse.
Also notice how aside from the tiger these aren’t wild animals…
The other day my students taught me a word that sounded like “chaktung”, they told me it means stylish but cheap. In other words, a knock-off. Then they said,
“Your shoes are chaktung.”
Geez, thanks kids. Keep those ‘compliments’ rolling…
We were doing a lesson on crime and there was a picture of a robber with a black mask in the textbook.
“He’s haaandsooome. He looks like Batman.”
And lastly, a sweet comment from another class I teach which has four little girls in it,
“Swings are cool. The slide is not.”
What are some of the funniest things you’ve heard in the classroom?