Many of the ETA’s, including me, have been feeling worn out the past few days, and with good reason. Korean language classes have begun, and they’re just as draining physically as mentally. Since Tuesday, all the beginner level students have spent four hours of each day drilling for pronunciation. That’s four hours a day of
Teacher: Cheo-neun haksaeng imnida.
Class: Jaw noon hock sang ‘im knee duh.
Teacher: Cheo-NEUN hakSAENG imniDA.
Class: Joe none hack sing ‘im knee duh.
Teacher: CHEO-NEUN HAKSAENG IMNIDA!
If you don’t bring water to class, you regret it.
This is our day from nine til one, when we break for lunch. From two to five we have a lecture or interactive workshop, and then our first free hour of the day until dinner at six. Evenings consist of studying and often completing assignments to better ourselves as teachers. Sometimes we have a mandatory meeting as well.
It’s all really interesting, and certainly the opportunity of a lifetime.
And as I listen to the screams of my fellow ETA’s playing Jenga in the background, I also have to say that it is definitely not boring. 😄
Still, I wonder how the week will end… Festive bang or studious whimper?
Tune in next time to find out!
(Yes, yes. I promise I’ll put up something introspective/ground-breaking/eye-candy-ish eventually.)