vacation time

Typical day in class

i (finally) passed level 2 and began a short vacation last friday. the class was alright for the most part. the teachers were great and fun. i also liked my classmates, but they tended to be pretty loud and talked or slept a lot during class. this was a bit frustrating when trying to pay attention to the teacher’s lesson, especially when they would interupt the teacher with a dumb question about how to spell a word so they can finish writing their text message XD (can you tell it annoyed me?) well, not all of their antics were annoying–a lot were very funny and i laughed a lot with them all. the teachers were good-natured about it all too even when they were trying to keep order.

so i have another week and a few days until i start level 3. i’m a little worried because all i’ve heard about it is that it’s tough XD i’ve been doing “language exchange” with a friend from church twice a week which has been very helpful. although i’m still not able to process quickly many of the things she says in Korean…

i also started some English tutoring. my language exchange friend asked me if i could help a couple of her friends with English and i’d get paid. i decided to try it out, since it’s only an hour and a half of more or less free-talking in English, and we meet just 5 minutes from where i live. i started doing that a couple weeks ago, and it’s pretty fun. then, last Tuesday, one of the people i tutor asked if i could help tutor 2 of her friends too. i decided to attempt to try it out. it’s made my weekly schedule busier, but i think it’ll help me to stay organized and less lazy. i also really enjoy helping people, so it’s been a good experience so far. i just hope it’s worthwhile to those i’m helping.

so what am i doing during vacation? well, i wanted to go back to the US to visit friends and family (one of my friends just got married yesterday which i missed…), but the ticket prices are pretty expensive (for a student not earning any money at the moment). so instead i plan to do a lot of review work as well as do some travelling around Seoul. even though i’ve been living here for over 9 months, i haven’t done much touring here still. also, i’ve been craving doing some designing lately, and started working on a new website design that’s looking pretty good

ah, and here’s some random pics i took near my place

Narrow Street

Top of the narrow street

Tunnel Exit

신촌 (Sinchon)

Warped picture of 신촌

Chicken Place

Delivery guy

  • Mom

    It’s fun to read your thoughts and see your pictures. Amazing that students sleep in classes (just kidding!). I’m glad it was a good experience for you. And that really is a narrow street!
    Love you.

  • Mom

    It’s fun to read your thoughts and see your pictures. Amazing that students sleep in classes (just kidding!). I’m glad it was a good experience for you. And that really is a narrow street!
    Love you.

  • tsingsang

    that is good to study and travel during the vocation even though it’s very short. and you are also doing a web design,so your life is very full…

  • tsingsang

    that is good to study and travel during the vocation even though it’s very short. and you are also doing a web design,so your life is very full…

  • my life has become fuller since starting class again. i’ll post more stories soon

  • my life has become fuller since starting class again. i’ll post more stories soon

  • Stephanie

    Hi Jeremy! Checking in on my only friend in Korea!

    Haha! Yeah, I’ve always thought about how things have changed since I was a student… Like no one had a cell phone in class. Even when I was a college student! There were pagers, tho! 😛 And I’ll bet everyone has a laptop there, huh? No one had laptops either, but now the normal portrayal of a college classroom in the movies is of most students with laptops on their desks.

    Wow, you’re sure pulling in the tutoring gigs! That’s perfect, cause you don’t want to be forgetting your first language. Use it or lose it, pal! ^_~

  • Stephanie

    Hi Jeremy! Checking in on my only friend in Korea!

    Haha! Yeah, I’ve always thought about how things have changed since I was a student… Like no one had a cell phone in class. Even when I was a college student! There were pagers, tho! 😛 And I’ll bet everyone has a laptop there, huh? No one had laptops either, but now the normal portrayal of a college classroom in the movies is of most students with laptops on their desks.

    Wow, you’re sure pulling in the tutoring gigs! That’s perfect, cause you don’t want to be forgetting your first language. Use it or lose it, pal! ^_~