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Speaker’s Corner: Miscellaneous Fun

May 10, 2015

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Hi everyone!

This is our first post since Rose’s accident. She was run over by a drunk driver last week, and has been in the hospital as a result. We’ve been doing what we can to help out, and now that her parents are in Korea they can do more as her legal guardians than we can. Anyhow, that means that our schedules were abandoned for the week, so we weren’t able to film or upload as we usually do, but now that Rose is in better hands we can get back to our regular schedule. Starting with Speaker’s Corner! We’ve got our FAPFAP coming later today as well, so stay tuned for that :D

On to more merriment: we get a lot of people stopping through our cafe and trying out the video booth. You know, when we built it we discussed for a long time what the time limit should be. At first we thought 5 minutes, but we thought that’d be too long. Then we set it for two minutes, which we thought might be alright. But, as you can see in this week’s video, sometimes talking for two minutes straight on camera is challenging. We’re a lot more used to it now, after having done it for majority of our adult life, it seems, but – looking back on our first videos – I remember what it’s like to have to talk for so long. It’s tough. But I did notice something that the people in this week’s Speaker’s Corner had that we didn’t have: dance skills to fill the void :D

Speaking of Yonsei, we were there at the hospital with Rose, and, though I don’t know much about the English program from personal experience, I can say that the campus is really pretty. And there are loads of foreigners attending. I’m not sure if that’s a selling factor for you though, if you’re interested in studying in Korea. Ha! I don’t think a grammar intensive approach to learning Korean is all too effective, and neither did the speaker in this video. I’ve always thought of language as a means to an end, and not an end in itself. Language helps communicate, but it isn’t communication itself, so focusing so intently on using language perfectly kind of gets in the way of connecting with other people, in my opinion. If you’ve attending a language school, either in Korea or abroad, I’d love to hear your experience with it, and if a grammar intensive approach worked for you.

Otherwise, another update: we’re starting our road trip tomorrow. We’re going to Jeju and Busan. So prepare for lots of WANKs! We haven’t done one of those in a while. And some sexy food porn shots as well! If you’re living in either Jeju or Busan, hopefully we’ll be able to run into you there. We won’t be easy to miss: we have a big white car with stickers all over it, and we’ve got pink hair and big beards. We’re easy to spot :D

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  1. Hey! I really like the idea of the Speaker’s corner. Especially, this one was very lighthearted and fun to watch. Just an idea: Maybe you should try to do one for the concept of ’30 seconds of Fame’ one time. Thanks for being so creative!

    4 years ago
  2. Also hurrr, I love Speaker’s Corner segments! Makes me smile so much :D

    4 years ago
  3. That couple where the husband with the glasses is hiding behind his wife were adorable! You always have such adorable and funny people stop by the video booth. :)

    4 years ago
  4. I studied Japanese back in college, and my university did emphasize grammar over vocabulary. Their reasoning was that we could never learn all the vocab is just through classes, but knowing the grammar would help us be able to use any new words we’d encounter.

    I took my second year’s worth of instruction through an intensive 10-week summer course that was open to students from other universities. A couple other students did join us, but sadly they both dropped out because while they knew vocabulary, they didn’t know as much grammar. They would just stop or stammer when it was their turns to say something because they couldn’t put that vocab in the right order. I was a shame to see them leave :\

    4 years ago
  5. As a language teacher, I would have a lot to say about the place of grammar in language learning, but I’ll try to keep it sweet and short^^

    Basically I also think that language is a means for communication, and grammar a tool to achieve this means. As such, it is important to learn it, but just focusing on it is counterproductive unless you already know the language and just want to perfect it. I’ve seen the dammages of both grammar focused courses, where students end up panicking so much about mistakes that they can’t speak at all; and communication-only courses, where they assume you’ll just get the grammar by exemples – except a lot of people don’t and reach this awful intermediate plateau where they can do basic communication but can’t interact any further, which can be really frustrating especially if they live in the country where this language is spoken.

    Anyways, this was just my two cents^^ I hope Rose will keep on feeling better and better and heal quickly! Fighting!

    4 years ago
  6. I hope Beautiful Eyes Rose recovers really fast, glad to know her family is with her now. Speaking of dancers, that first (and last) girl dancing was awesome hahahaha, I loved her.

    4 years ago
  7. I went to Yonsei Uni every week during my stay in Korea (yeah that one time), to attend the English-speaking church they had at the chapel there. It WAS the most beautiful university I’ve seen, really not something I expected in an Asian megacity.

    4 years ago
  8. Hmm… I think the friend zone can exist in a relationship. But then again, the definition of relationship is so… vague. It is an open ended answer. A lot of people I meet or talk to are shocked that my bf and I have been together for 4.5 years, and have not dated anyone else before that. We act like friends, make fun of each other, and rarely are seen acting lovey dovey in public. Maybe there is a friend zone in a relationship, but it does depend how one defines it.

    I hope Rose gets better soon. So glad her family is there to help take care of her.

    4 years ago
  9. Drivers in Korea are just horrible, even when they are sober. I saw this man literally hit a man walking along the road, as he was creeping up on him. Like literally, the driver was only a couple feet behind, saw the dude walking, and I guess got tired of waiting and decided to hit him.
    I hope Rose heals fast, and will be okay soon enough to rejoin you guys. Also, I hope that the dude that hit her paid for all her medical stuff, and you guys got some justice on that creep!

    Have fun in Jeju and Busan!! If you can, try going on a fishing trip and see if you can get the captain to cut your freshly caught fishies into some yummy hwe. c:

    4 years ago
  10. More videos of random dancers please!

    Is there such a thing as the friend zone? Well I hope so. If you want to be in some sort of long term relationship (as opposed to just a long night relationship) then you definitely want to be friends with that person. Someone who likes to go to the place that has your favourite food. Likes that band you like. Laughs at that thing you laugh at even when everybody else thinks it’s kinda weird. Someone who’s into the same stupid things that you are into, basically.

    So yeah definitely need to be in the friend zone – just not in the way most people think.

    PS Get well soon Rose. I’m sure the rest of the EYK crew just can not wait to tickle you in the ribs.

    4 years ago
  11. Lets pray that she heals

    4 years ago
  12. Kisses but no hugs to Rose. That would hurt her. Also don’t make her laugh for a while. I’m glad her family is there.

    The dancing girl in the video was my favorite.

    4 years ago
  13. I hope Rose gets better and heals well. Good luck with everything.

    4 years ago