I have just arrived at our room when i saw my Korean roommate together with her friend(who happens to be the Korean roommate of my Filipino friend). Her friend was sitting on my chair and when she saw me, she put back the chair on my place. Accidentally, she hit the cotton buds holder and the cotton buds got scattered on our floor. My roommate and her friend picked up the buds and when they were finished picking them up, my roommate’s friend saw the Kyochon Calendar on my desk.
Friend: Oh! You like Super Junior!
Me: Yes, (laughs) I love them.
Friend: Who do you like?
Me: Lee Donghae.
Friend: Ahh! Donghae!
Friend: But, do you know that I’m taller than him? (She’s tall and really beautiful)
Me: HAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, I know. I’ve already seen him twice.
Friend: Really? How?
Me: I went to their concerts in the Philippines.
Friend: Woaaaah. But he’s really short, but (makes some gestures) He’s really handsome.
Me: HAHAHAHAHA! He’s really short, but yes! Handsome.
We had a multi-cultural talk with some elementary, middle school and high school students this afternoon. They came from different schools here in Daejeon and me and my friend were asked to introduce our country, Philippines, especially our language.
I encountered this group of middle school students accompanied by their teacher. Then after introducing the Philippines, they asked me some questions. Of course they asked me questions like “Why did you go to Korea?” “What is your favorite Korean food?” and of course, “Who’s your favorite Korean artist?”
They know limited English so I need to talk with them in basic Korean. So when the teacher asked me “가장 좋아하는 한국 가수 누구예요?”/“Who’s your most favorite Korean singer?” So I answered “슈퍼주니어예요.”/ “It’s Super Junior”. Then they were amazed. The teacher asked me “가장 좋아하는 멤버?”/“Who’s your favorite member?” Of course I answered, “이동해”/“Lee Donghae”. So they all said “Ahhh~” The teacher said “아~ 동해.. 근데…키…”/ “Ah~ Donghae…but…his height…”
OTL I just smiled at the teacher and I asked her favorite SJ member she said “Heechul…but he went to the army” ㅠㅠ
Then another set of students went inside the room, this time, they were high school students. Again, I introduced the Philippines and they asked me the same questions as what the middle school students asked.
One girl asked me who’s my favorite Korean singer, when I said “Super Junior”, her other friend said “아~ 엘프야~”/“Ah~ She’s ELF”. Both of them were Korean VIP and I was so just proud while saying “난 엘프다~”/“I’m an ELF”. hsagfhjs
lmao. I suddenly remembered this post about Donghae’s height. The comments I always get from my Korean friends whenever I say that Donghae is my bias: “He’s short~”, “He’s not tall”, “But his height….” orz He’s tiny that’s why I love him. BAHAHAHA. But then they will say that Donghae is handsome even though he’s short. :DDDDDDDDDDDD
My friend went to Seoul today and I asked her to buy me the SJ Birthday caps of Donghae(for me) and Hyukjae(for my sister).
She grabbed the two caps and she thought that she also bought Donghae’s cap. It turned out that the cashier didn’t include Donghae’s cap on the items that she bought. She just noticed it when she’s already on the train back to our city. :( Sad, but it’s okay~ We’ll try to get Donghae’s cap next weekend <3
Last time our Pegasus Skype classes were cancelled. But as what they have promised, classes has now resumed. And I’m happy about it. Because I actually am going crazy right now thinking where should I put Korean studying on my equally crazy schedule… Or maybe I should say, whether I’ll have the discipline to follow my schedule once I plot it. But now that the Skype classes are back, then I have no choice but to follow a schedule. This also gives me more hope in the upcoming TOPIK exam.
Here are the details:
Intensive Summer Skype Series
July 1st~August 27th
Hello! 안녕하세요! The Pegasus Society for Korean Studies invites you to join our Intensive Summer Skype Series, running from the beginning of July to the end of August. This is your chance to learn Korean intensively, free of charge in an interactive classroom via the popular online calling programme ‘Skype’. Classes will be taught by both degree students of Korean and also native Korean speakers. Students will participate in a ten-class series where they will be able to attain and properly use their Korean language skills through fun, integrated activities, as well as being challenged by our study materials, homework, special assignments and examinations.
Pegasus has already successfully conducted the Skype series in the past and returns to welcome new and returning students to enjoy the language of the Korean people.
To apply or to be eligible for any of our three offered class levels (beginners, intermediate, and advanced), you must first meet ALL of the requirements below as a mandatory preliminary stage of your application. Please read these requisites carefully before applying.
The applicant must have Skype installed and provide us with an I.D. to be added to the relevant class; The applicant must at least be able to listen to the teachers’ and other students’ voices during class, though it is not compulsory to speak (however it is encouraged for speaking practice);
The applicant must have an acceptable level of English, as it is the lingua franca in all of the beginners – and parts of the intermediate – classes. English is also occasionally used in the advanced class for cases of difficult translation;
The applicant must be able to attend at least eight of the ten classes of their desired series (hence two absences are allowed). If more than two absences occur, a warning will be given on the third, and if absence persists the student will be removed from the course (students are expected to revise content they have missed due to absence in their own time);
The applicant must complete all homework, assignments and take all examinations.
Please take some time to select the class appropriate for you and then submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please ensure that before applying you are able to understand and accept the aforementioned requisites, and that you have checked the timetable in detail to prevent any clashes with your other schedules and appointments.
FULL NAME: AGE: GENDER: NATIONALITY: DESIRED CLASS (GOGO, PUSH IT!, WANG – Please select one): LEVEL OF KOREAN: LEVEL OF ENGLISH: OTHER LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN: SKYPE I.D.: E-MAIL ADDRESS:
If necessary, please add any other information, queries or comments here which you feel may aid your application.
Once satisfied with your application, please submit it to email@example.com before the starting date of your chosen class.
CLASS DESCRIPTIONS AND SCHEDULES
Gogo Class (Beginner’s Level)
This is conducted entirely in English with Korean used in exercises. The class will assume that the student has no knowledge of Korean (i.e. bona fide level) and thus will teach from the alphabet onwards. Basic conversational topics, grammar structures, general vocabulary and composition exercises will be the main focus of this class. Ten class Papers will be used to teach various topics in a progressive and interactive way.
The level of pace is moderate.
5 Homework tasks (100 points in total, 20 points each) Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing Examinations (each 50 points) 1 Writing Assignment (one A4 page of written Korean) on a chosen topic (100 points) Regular vocabulary tests (lessons 2-9 worth 10 points each, lesson 10 worth 20 points [total: 100])
Gogo Class Schedule (5:00-7:00PM Seoul Time):
4th: Gogo Lesson One
6th: Gogo 2
8th: Gogo 3
11th: Gogo 4th
13th: Gogo 5 + Gogo Writing Assignment Submission
15th: Gogo 6
18th: Gogo 7
20th: Gogo 8
22nd: Gogo 9
25th: Gogo 10
1st: Gogo Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening Examinations
Push It! (Intermediate Level)
This class will be conducted either in English or Korean (depending on the levels of the students) however Korean will be used predominantly. The content of this course consists of specific topics and will place heavy importance on conversation, translation, grammar comprehension and writing in a variety of styles and on various topics. Papers and homework is lengthy and demanding, needing the student to be focused, well-paced and prepared for classes.
The level of pace is high.
8 Homework tasks (400 points in total, 50 points each) Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing Examinations (each worth 100 points) 1 Writing Assignment on a chosen topic (100 points) 1 speech on a chosen topic (100 points)
Push It! Class Schedule (4:00pm – 6:00pm Seoul Time):
9th: Push It! Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Examinations
Wang (Advanced Level)
This is the highest and most demanding level of the series that Pegasus currently offers. Class numbers are small, and the workload is particularly challenging. Detailed and in-depth topics on a range of global and complex topics and issues will be explored – both through the usual series of ten Papers but also through a variety of other resources too. The entire series is taught in Korean, and English will only be used when, for example, a translation is too difficult to achieve without knowing a word’s meaning etc. As well as the areas of study covered in Gogo and Push It! (grammar, vocabulary, conversation etc), Wang also introduces to the student advanced reading comprehension, dictation, advanced translation, debating, presentation, report compiling and other skills for the advanced learner.
The level of pace is very intense. Absence is strongly discouraged.
2 pieces of homework (100 points each)
Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing Examinations (100 points each) 1 report on a chosen topic (250 points) One of the following examinations must also be chosen:-
26th: Wang Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking
SPECIAL LECTURE SCHEDULE
3rd: Special Lecture: ‘Flying Pegasus’
10th: Special Lecture: The K-Wave
17th: Special Lecture: Religion in Korea
24th: Special Lecture: English/Korean Translation
31st: Special Lecture: 사투리
4th: Special Lecture: Korean Politics
7th: Special Lecture: Art in Korea
16th: Special Lecture: Japanese Occupation
21st: Special Lecture: Education in Korea
Charley Jang – Pegasus Skype Project Head and native Korean speaker; also runs his own Korean teaching project via Skype and produces Korean language learning materials
Victoria Caudle – Pegasus Society Examiner; 2nd year student of the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), studying BA Korean and experienced in linguistics; currently living in Seoul and studying as part of an exchange at 고려대학교 (Korea University); has experience in language research, advertising, Pegasus assessment, and has worked at a Korea Camp in the United States
Allan Christopher Simpson – Director of Pegasus Society; 2nd year student of the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), studying BA Korean; currently living in Seoul since September 2010, as part of an exchange to 고려대학교 (Korea University); has Pegasus teaching experience, has taught Korean as part of a ten-week project at Newcastle College (Tyne and Wear, England); teaches English in Korean to Koreans living in Seoul
Others: (assistants and special guests) Amelie Kolb, Claudia Anderson, David Johnson, Naomi Ainsworth, Marieline Bader, Marula Richter, Sangho Joo, Schulamit Loewe, Soyun Park, Yin Liu, and more.
NOTE: I just integrated the information from their 2 blog entries: