Another Springtime Comes.

Actually, spring may have lasted for all of a week. I’m fairly certain we’ve jumped right into summer.  I got to enjoy the cherry blossoms for about three days. Now everything is starting to get green again.


Since my last post was all about my surgery, I’ll start with a little follow up. I had my 3 month post-surgery check-up this week.  There are still some things to keep an eye on, but the surgeon has said that everything is as it should be at this time.  I have to go back for another check-up in 6 months.

This year I managed to figure out how to sign up for some free Korean language classes. I had wanted to do this two years ago, but unfortunately it never happened. I’ve been dong a lot of self-study during my time here, but I’m the type of student who needs a classroom and a teacher.  It’s helpful, but I think as an English teacher I am at a disadvantage. My opportunities to speak Korean during the week are limited.  Most of my classmates are either married to a Korean or work in an environment where they have to use the language.

Two years (and then some) in, I continue to enjoy my life here. Although, I think I’ve hit the point where I’m finding many things emotionally difficult; cultural differences, expectations,  and such. The past few weeks have been a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I’m not homesick, that’s never been an issue for me, really. But in some ways, the bubble has burst. Regardless, I know I’m in the right place. I really enjoy my students, they make it fun and keep it interesting.  I try not to post pictures of them, so I don’t have any visuals to show you, but here is a fun story out of today’s 4th grade English class.

The Set Up:  Activity 1 was the “Look and Listen” portion of the text book. Students have to watch a short animated video and answer some questions. In this particular story one of the characters was building a sandcastle and another accidentally fell over into it

The Question: “Why was Hoa angry?”

The Answer: Well, first know that the student I called on is one who is hesitant to answer the questions, even if he has the answer.  He seemed to be having that battle with himself that looks like a raised hand then quickly pulling it back down.  So, I called on him.

So, The Answer: “Duri, sandcastle. Kill. ”

I was SO happy! I have him a big smile and a high five.  Then tried to encourage the class to “use what you know!”

That’s about it, for now. I have a long holiday coming up in May. I’ll be taking a much needed get away. I’ll try to post sooner than three months next time.



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1 Response to Another Springtime Comes.

  1. Dianne young says:

    The cherry blossoms looked great.i was just in Taipei over nite a month ago and saw theirs .lovely pink just starting to open up.O heard the blossoms in D.C. We’re not good this year because of the cold spell we had. Victory group is still going strong but in a new location.well all say hi and keep enjoying your self.


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