Yesterday, at the Ewha Korean Language Center quarter’s ending event, the most important thing was certainly not the certificate (or free pen).
It was having a last little bash with my classmates, who I didn’t know existed 10 weeks ago and have since spoken awkwardly with, horribly misunderstood, eaten with, sung with, and 배가 터지도록 웃겼다 (laughed so hard my stomach almost fell out). A lot of that has to do with my two teachers also, one of whom was the funniest teacher I’ve ever met (pictured).
As the quarter went on, fewer and fewer rounds of people came to class… especially the last week, post-final. But me, being a total nerd, got a special stamp for full attendance; I honestly didn’t want to miss my chance to see these girls while I could. After all, the 12 of us gathered from at least three different languages and countries and totally different life situations. Some are in college, some are in grad school, some are married, some are looking for work in Korea, one just loved KPOP… It was really a convergence of craziness.
*Weeks 1-10* 쉬는 시간!!! We always passed around snacks during class breaks… ㅋ ㅋ 예를 들어서, 기말시험을 봤을 때… (사랑하는) 오예스를 돌리는 마스미 ~
*Week 4* We bonded over messy pottery on a Korean ceramic culture field trip… 마지 씨… 아침에 시리얼을 먹으면 만든 도자기를 정말 써야 돼!
*Week 5* A friend and I went to eat at the Japanese-style spaghetti restaurant 모토코 씨 (Motoko) works at! 여려분, 가는한 한 한국에서 가기 전에 엄청 맛이있는 일본스타일 파스타가 땡기면 모토코는 요리했던 음식을 먹으러 가!)
*Week 6* Though I realized much sooner how attached I was getting (and how extremely sentimental), we were finally able to negotiate a good date for dinner and karaoke… 반찬은 많기 뿐만 아니라 이해 할 수 없는 메뉴도 있었다. 히히히.
*Week 9* And to celebrate the end of our final, we went out to lunch, on the Korean government! (Via cash given to me for safekeeping by our teacher.) 중간시험 끝나자마자 친구반이랑 점심을 무료 먹을 수 있는 것은 아주 특별한 것이다.
*Week 10* And then, just because, I bought us all a sweet-potato celebratory cake from a great nearby bakery on the Wednesday of our last week. 밑에: 고구마 케이크를 빨리 먹어 싶은… 미령.
So now, a 10-week program is over. While most of my learning probably came from outside Ewha, the walls of Room 401 saw so much freaking cuteness!!! That is, aside from the vocabulary, grammar, scores that were .78 away from failing (hehehe)… there was also this girl named Nina meeting an unbelievably fortunately fabulous group of girls.
생각보다 무지무지 멋있고 재미있고 대단한 친구들 만났다. 다행이다.
우리 처음으로 만났던 때 엊그제 같다.
언제 다시 보지?? 곧! (인터넷에서 ㅋㅋ)
And now, no longer bound by the convenience of a short walk to school, I actually write from my Dad’s place once again.
(So yesterday was also goodbye to my wee little dwelling place. Goodbye tiny room!)