This past week went smoothly enough at the children's center. I came prepared each day. Yes, I am now doing something that resembles lesson planning. We colored, identified letters, played lots and lots of hangman (they love it!), sang 10 Little Indians (politically incorrect), played crazy 8s, sounded out simple words. I tried to explain the difference in pronunciation between "sit" and "shit." We played soccer and ping pong. With the migrant women's arts class I made a decorative box (theirs were much prettier than mine).
All of the teachers and students have been great, despite the very considerable language barriers. I could successfully speak with a toddler there, who was speaking jibberish, a language with which I am very familiar. And I bring much humor when I try to sound out Korean words. A few of the little girls make me read books to them, then shriek with laughter at my pronunciation. I have been asked if Americans wear turbans, if we eat whales, and if we have yellow eyes. I have been asked my blood type, and my answer of "I don't know" was met with consternation. Becky explained later that Koreans sometimes think blood types determine personality traits.
On Saturdays from 3-5 Becky and I taught two English classes at Youngrak church. Since it is the first week for that, I am going to withhold judgement until later. We had a photo shoot with our Korean language class on Friday for the Korean Language institute. It was very funny and we took so many photos--acting like we were studying, chatting on the grass with friends, writing (I was actually playing hangman with my neighbor). We have people in our class from the US, China, Bangladesh, India, and Turkey, but they even brought in other students who weren't in our class to increase our diversity. Today I had many people at church tell me that they saw me in a commercial on TV! Haha I am famous!
AND, on Thursday, Haejung took me to a fashion show! The Hannam University College of Design was holding their annual fashion show to showcase the work of the seniors. It was very fun, complete with a runway and models. See below for some of my favorite pictures!