Korean marathon 7 months Day 36

Despite my excitement about language exchange the first time. And despite my second attempt. I have spoken to 4 people and they all made me feel uncomfortable to some extent. My “uncomfortable” signs:

  • My cheeks get red
  • I feel people want to annoy me
  • I look at a piece of paper with words: “10 seconds and expand”

“10 seconds and expand” mean if the situation makes you angry or any other negative emotion: wait 10 seconds and try to look beyond, give the benefit of the doubt, expand, be creative. .But not react emotionally.

In any situation it is important to be polite and don’t take things personal!

Robert Downie Jr. gives the benefit of the doubt at first

Look! It takes Steve Jobs just 7 seconds!

Important:

Of course, if there is direct violence toward you (physical or verbal). And the intentions of a person are clearly to hurt you, get out of this situation as soon as possible!

Why I still believe in the idea of language exchange.

Because I already experienced successful practice of the language after which people were happy and glad. It was in a Korean language school focused on conversation. They call such places a language cafe. But people don’t eat there ๐Ÿ™‚ Just practice the language in a casual atmosphere. You can see the example of a language cafe in Seoul on Facebook (Hm, but actually it wasn’t exactly the language Exchange, but English speaking practice for Koreans)

So what was in a language cafe in Korea. And probably why it worked:

  • Neutral territory (not our homes when online)
  • Nice atmosphere
  • Formal establishment/organization “over” us
  • People who come there actually want to talk and share experiences and culture
  • People pay money for the sessions at a language cafe
  • Interaction in person? I assume people take the communication more “seriously” when really see each other’s eyes
  • there are other people actively speaking around you – motivational

People we meet are not our friends. Not our enemies. They are our teachers. Who help us learn our life lessons.

Orange goes to America my comic story in Korean

To continue my orange story from Day 35

  1. ์˜ค๋ Œ์ง€๋Š” ์—ฌ๊ฐ€ ํ™œ๋™์„ ์žˆ์–ด์š”. ๊ทน์žฅ์— ๊ด€์‹ฌ์ด ์žˆ์–ด์š”. ์ผ์€ ์žฌ๋ฏธ์—†์–ด์„œ ๋งค์ผ ๋„ˆ๋ฌด ๋ฐ”๋นด์–ด์š”. ์—ฐ๊ทน์—์„œ ์žˆ๊ณ  ์‹ถ์–ด์„œ ๋ฏธ๊ตญ์— ๊ฐ€๊ณ  ์‹ถ์–ด์š”.
  2. ์˜ค๋Š˜์€ ๋ฏธ๊ตญ ์—ฌํ–‰ ์ „์— ๋ฏธ๊ตญ ๊ฒฝ๊ธฐ์— ๊ฐ€์•ผ ๋ผ์š”. ์˜ค๋ Œ์ง€๋Š” ์žฌ๋ฏธ์žˆ๋Š” ์‚ฌ๋žŒ์ด์—์š”. ์ด์•ผ๊ธฐํ•˜๊ณ  ์ฆ๊ฑฐ์›Œ์š”. ์žฌ๋ฏธ์žˆ๋Š” ์‹œ๊ฐ„์„ ๋ณด๋ƒˆ์–ด์š”. ๊ฒฝ๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ์ž˜ ํ–ˆ์–ด์š”.
  3. ๋ฏธ๊ตญ ์—ฌํ–‰ ์ „์— ์ค€๋น„ํ•˜๊ณ  ๋น ๋ฐ”์„œ ์ข‹์€ ์—ฐ๊ทน์„ ๋งŒ๋“ค์—ˆ์–ด์š”. ๋ฏธ๊ตญ์— ๊ฐ”๊ณ  ๋‚ ์”จ๊ฐ€ ๋”์›Œ์„œ ๊ท€์ฐฎ๊ณ  ํœด์‹์„ ํ•ด์š”. ํ˜ธํ…”์—์„œ ๊ฒฝ์น˜๊ฐ€ ์ •๋ง ๋ฉ‹์žˆ์–ด์š”. ์˜ค๋ Œ์ง€๋Š” ๋ฏธ๊ตญ ์žฌ๋ฏธ์žˆ๋Š” ์žฅ์†Œ๋ฅผ ๋ณด๊ณ  ์‹ถ๊ณ  ์˜ˆ์œ ์‚ฌ์ง„์„ ์ฐ๊ณ  ์‹ถ์–ด์š”.
  4. ์˜ค๋ Œ์ง€๋Š” ๋ฏธ๊ตญ ๊ฒฝ๊ธฐ์— ์™”์–ด์š”. ์ƒˆ๋กœ์šด ์นœ๊ตฌ๋ฅผ ๋งŒ๋‚˜๊ณ  ์ฆ๊ฑฐ์›Œ์š”. ์—ฐ๊ทน ์ „์— ๋‚˜๊ฐ€์„œ ๊ฐ”๊ณ  ๊ฐ™์ด ์Œ์‹์„ ๋จน์—ˆ์–ด์š”. ์—ฐ๊ทน ์‹œ๊ฐ„์ด์—์š”. ์ €๋…์—๋Š” ์•ˆ ๋”์›Œ์„œ ๋‚ ์”จ๊ฐ€ ์ข‹์•„์š”. ์˜ค๋ Œ์ง€๋Š” ๋งŽ์ด ์‚ฐ๋‚˜์š”. ์•„์ฃผ ์ข‹์€ ์—ฐ๊ทน์„ ๋งŒ๋“ค์—ˆ์–ด์š”. ์—ฐ๊ทน ํ›„์— ์นœ๊ตฌ๋Š” ์ถ•ํ•˜ํ•˜๊ณ  “์ž˜ ๋์–ด์š”” ์ด์•ผ๊ธฐํ•ด์š”!

Translation:

Orange has a leisure activity. He is interested in theatre. Work wasn’t fun, so he was too busy every day. He wants to be in the play, he wants to go to America.

He has to go to the competition today before his trip to America. Orange is a funny guy. He talks and it’s fun. He had a great time. He did well at a competition.

He prepared before his trip to the U.S. and made a good play. He went to the U.S. and the weather was hot, so he was bothered and relaxed. The view from the hotel is really nice. Orange wants to see some interesting places in America and take pretty photos.

Orange came to the U.S. game. He enjoys meeting new friends. Went out before the play and ate food together. It’s theatrical time. It’s not hot in the evening so the weather is good. Orange is very excited. He made a very good play. After the play, his friends congratulate him and say, “Well done”!

Published by Polina

English teacher, cultural explorer and Korean&Slovenian language learner

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