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Em in Asia! 2012-11-06 00:14:30

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

This kid. Everytime I see him, it’s almost the exact same conversation. He’ll scream at me from across wherever, regardless of who else is around, and ask how I am.

EMILY HOW ARE YOU?

I’m fine, how are you?

I’MFINETHANKYOUANDYOU?

… I’m also fine.

GOOD SEE YOU LATER.

His friends egg him on, as do all of the teachers. This kid has no fear. His English is lower level than most of the students that choose to talk to me, he’s a half foot shorter than everyone in his friend group, and because he’s a first grader I’ve taught him a grand total of maybe fifteen times, but he’s fierce – a fierce little hipster kid with glasses, a giant muffler, and a cooler version of a bowl cut.

Today I ran into him twice. The first conversation went almost exactly like the one above, shouted at me as I walked into school slightly late this morning. The second conversation happened just now, after lunch, when I was with two other teachers who speak English well.

HI I AM YOUR BEST FRIEND. YOU KNOW THAT?

Haha yes I do. How are you?

I’M FINE.

[I wait for the "thank you and you, and it doesn't come, rendering me momentarily stunned.]

DO YOU KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU?

… Um. Yes. Yes I do. Thank you.

OKAY!

Where are you going now?

I AM GOING TO STUDY.

Ah, where will you study?

I WILL STUDY WHERE I STUDY EVERYDAY IN MY CLASSROOM.

Okay. Good luck! Study hard!

THANKYOUBYE.

He then went to the convenience store to buy ice cream, not his classroom.

Yeonpyeong is a Sad Panda – North Korea Part II

Monday, November 29th, 2010

In an effort to give my students a more creative vocabulary so that they can answer the question “how are you?” without the dreaded “I’MFINETHANKYOUANDYOU?” I taught a lesson on feelings. In doing so I inadvertantly learned about my low level students’ reactions to the North Korean shelling of Yeonpyeong Island. Note: this is my crazy, difficult to handle all girls’ 1st grade class (remember, the American equivalent of a 1st grader is a sophmore, so 16 year old girls), definitely not indicative of the energy levels of most of my classes).

EMILY TEACHER: Okay class today we are going to talk about FEELING words.
*explanation of “feelings,” explanation of “words”*
 How are you today?

STUDENTS: I’MFINETHANKYOUANDYOU?!

EMILY TEACHER: *Strained laughter* But how are you REALLY? That is what we will talk about!

*Slide 1: HAPPY. Picture of a smiling cat. Girls freak out (TEACHER! CUTEUH!!!!!)*

EXAMPLE: “I am HAPPY because I have English class!”
*silence*
No one?

STUDENT1: TEACHER NO! BAD.

STUDENT2: I am happy for EMILYTEACHER!

EMILY TEACHER: Oooookay, is anyone sad?
*Slide 1: SAD. Picture of sad panda. Girls freak out (TEACHER! CUTEUH!!!!!)*

STUDENT2: SCHOOL!

EMILY TEACHER: What?

STUDENT2: schOOOOOOOL! schOOOOOOOL! SAD SCHOOL!

EMILY TEACHER: You are sad because of school?

STUDENT2: YES.

ALL STUDENTS: schOOOOOL! schOOOOOL! schOOOOL!

EMILY TEACHER: Okay, any other reasons why we are sad?

STUDENT3: North Korea! North Korea! *punching motions* pyewwwww pyewwwww pyewwwww *makes rocket noises* kapoooo! kapooow!

EMILY TEACHER: Yes, they attacked Yeonpyeong Island.

STUDENT4: YES! very saduh.

STUDENT3: War! WAR!! Emily Teacher leave Korea, North Korea war. Everyday we die. EVERYDAY WE DIE. EVERY.DAY.WE.DIE.