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Grandmother Teacher

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Class 2.5 is nuts. They always are to some degree, but it was raining today which means they can’t go running around outside which just sort of adds to the insanity. Today in class we practiced speaking and recognizing large numbers. After finishing up the lesson I gave a lecture on why knowing your numbers in English is important.

“Okay class, understand?”
“YES SIR!”
“What?! I’m not a SIR. Do I look like a man?”
“No, sorry. Sorry. Um… what do we say for woman?”
“You can just say ‘yes teacher.’ We sometimes say ‘ma’am’, but we really only use that for 아줌마.”
“You are an 아줌마.”
“WHAT? No I’m not!”
“No. You are an 아저씨.”
“No I’m not! Do I look like an 아저씨?”
“Okay fine, 할머니.”
“chhhh, guys, really?”

Then after class I chatted with some students as I was packing up my things, and upon turning around I saw that a student had snuck up behind me and had written on the chalkboard “grandmother” with an arrow pointing to me.

“I AM NOT A GRANDMA! Seriously, how old do you all think I am?”
“Eighty. No wait. Nine-hundred-and-ninety-million-nine-hundred-and-ninety-nine-thousand-nine-hundred-and-ninety-nine years old.”

Well. They learned their numbers at least.