EZI English / Hojunara English

Archive for June 2009


Good to see both Jung Su and Sun Baek in class today:)

Now as you can click the link above to get the notes for today’s lesson, but I really wanted to get you both to have a look at Scottish singer Susan Boyle, seen here performing on TV show Britain’s Got Talent. This is the epitome of a dream coming true.

Good luck in that Lotto tonight Sun 🙂


colin firth

Today we discussed appearances: how to describe how a person looks, how to ask about people’s looks and our opinions on appearances in general.

We started by asking each other: which celebrity do you think is attractive/good looking?

Kyoung Won thinks Colin Firth (a British actor who starred in Bridget Jones’ Diary and Pride and Prejudice) is attractive, and I have to say that’s the first time a Korean student has ever mentioned his name to me!

Dong Hoon thought more locally and instantly said Lee Na Young , a young Korean actress who most notably won Best Actress for her role in Someone Special in 2004.

na young lee

We also asked: who do you find unattractive? It’s not surprising that Michael Jackson was mentioned, given that his face has been in the news for the last five days. RIP to an amazing musician and a man truly haunted by his upbringing.

We also discussed styles: casual, elegant, sophisticated, natural, mature, youthful, heavy, the list goes on.

It ended rather bizarrely, with us looking at a picture of Manchester United and Dong Hoon knowing who Darren Fletcher was. Well spotted!

darren fletcher

PLUS: here’s the role that made Colin Firth so famous – here he plays Mr. Darcy from the classic BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Pyramids - the past

TODAY: article and audio

Following up from CJ and Moa’s fantastic stories about a memorable moment of theirs, I thought it would be good to explore our past a little bit more.

I think now would be a good time to say welcome to Helen – don’t worry, you made a good first impression 😉

We discussed whether we had changed since we were in highschool – some of us had, some of us hadn’t. At least we all seem to smile more often!

But what about those school hours in Korea? 7:30AM – 10PM? You crazy? You lot are definitely obsessed with education over there 🙂

Helen, don’t worry too much about your short-term memory, it happens to all of us, particularly CJ hehe

And how do you remember people? Is it their appearance, facial features, voice, manner of speech or their name?

What about first impressions? We got into pairs to discuss what we first thought of each other, with some very interesting answers.

In the end we all agreed – you can’t judge a book by its cover!

Looking forward to Wednesday, where we’ll discuss the future. You can find a preview of that lesson here.


Erykah Badu – Back in the Day + lyrics



Ahmad – Back in the Day



Cat Stevens – Remember the Days of the Old Schoolyard

Today we talked about Australian television shows and how difficult it can be to understand them- to talk is one thing, but we really need to see them to appreciate them. So here we go:

Kath and Kim, the biggest Australian comedy this decade – see if you can understand a word they’re saying!

Fat Pizza – some classic Lebanese stereotypes in here

Underbelly Season 1 – about the Melbourne gangland wars in the 1990s. Read more about it here

Thank God You’re Here – great Australian improvisational comedy and THIS CLIP IS HILARIOUS!

The Chaser’s War on Everything – this is a clip of a classic Australian event during the APEC Summit in Sydney

Summer Heights High – this is probably my favourite Aussie comedy in the last few years. The main characters are all played by the same person, Chris Lilley, and Jonah is a pretty stereotypical Islander character. Puck you!

We Can Be Heroes – this is also by Chris Lilley and again he plays all the main characters, including Ricky Wong, as they compete for Australian of the Year. The Wong lab!


TODAY: article and audio

Religion is always an interesting topic because even if everyone in the room is deeply spiritual, I’m an aetheist. And so the discussion/argument begins!

No really, today was very interesting – Jessica is Christian and Moa is Catholic (Sun Young? CJ? Where were you? Huh? ;)) and this led to some interesting perspectives on typical religious questions:

do you believe in God?

what about afterlife?


Of course, The Passion of the Christ was brought up. We all thought it was too gruesome. What do you think??

If you could meet God what would you ask him?

What do you think will be the dominant religions in the future?

We discussed Sikhism, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam. I think we all learnt something from this!


TODAY: article and audio

What a bunch of cynics! It seems very few of us believe in the romantic notion of love at first sight. Oh well…

Can we taught about love at school?

And what about the supposed ‘ten virtues’ of true love: honesty, humour, kindness, optimism, courage, loyalty, tolerance, flexibility, beauty and intelligence – do you agree with these? How many do you think you have? What about your partner?

Could you handle a long distance relationship? What are the difficulties with this? I don’t know how Jessica did it for so long!

Is physical appearance important? I mean, could you date/marry someone you don’t find attractive?

What about someone who doesn’t speak the same language as you?

Finally, are you a romantic or unromantic person? What is the most romantic thing you’ve ever done?

As mentioned below, Yosuke spent a week in Melbourne taking in the sights of what is undoubtedly Australia’s coolest and most favourite city at the moment.

Here’s a list of his things to do in Melbourne:

The 12 Apostles

1) visit the 12 Apostles

Great Ocean Road2) take a trip down the Great Ocean Road

Chapel Street, Melbourne3) go shopping on Chapel Street

captain cook's cottage

4) visit the house with the history – Captain Cook’s Cottage
and that’s that for now – everyone seems to visit there, so as more suggestions come my way I’ll post them up.

And no J.J., I’m not going to post a picture of an Asian person in Melbourne. Surely they’re not that hard to find? 😉

RSS Hojunara English

  • What ages/birthdays are important in your culture?
    Following on from the previous lesson, we talked about the best party you’ve ever been to Jason told us about a house party he went to last weekend and touched on an interesting point – parties in Australia are very different to those in South Korea In South Korea parties are usually at a restaurant or […]
  • What makes a good party?
    TODAY: article and audio THIS TOPIC HAS ALSO BEEN DISCUSSED HERE Jason set the tone for today’s lesson by telling us about a party he went to on the weekend where a stripper had been hired – lucky your girlfriend wasn’t there! We then watched the video below of Corey Worthington, who became famous in […]
  • Tourist Habits revisited
    THIS HAS ALSO BEEN DISCUSSED BY ANOTHER CLASS HERE TODAY: article and audio So what are tourists, in this case, Korean tourists, like? Are they clean or messy? Stylish or unstylish? Polite or rude? Do they try to speak the local language and try the local cuisine (local food)? Jason thought that Koreans were messy/untidy […]
  • Parenting – how would you teach your children?
    TODAY: article and audio We’ve discussed what we would like to teach our children, but how would we like our children taught? We outlined private schools, public schools, religion-based schools and home-schooling. Included in this are same-sex/single sex and ‘co-ed’ (boys and girls) schools. What type of school do you attend? Did/Does a same-sex school […] […]
  • Parenting – what would you teach your children?
    For homework we were asked ‘what two things would you teach your children?’ So, what are the two most important things you would teach them? Yosuke suggested teaching manners and encouraging them to be sociable. After all, it’s not what you know, but who you know! Kyoung Suk suggested something slightly different: diligence and love. […]
  • Parenting: how would you discipline your child?
    TODAY: audio and article It seems like people are always complaining about how different today’s youth/Generation Y are. The world is changing and so are our children, yet many parts of society are not changing with them. In Britain this has become a big problem – so much that British schools are thinking of fining […]
  • Free hugs and $1 kisses
    TODAY: audio and article Yes, it was Tamami’s last day, but we ended the week on a positive – free hugs and $1 kisses. Not to mention Jason and his girlfriend celebrated their 500 day anniversary. Congratulations! It began with us discussing how to show emotion in your country. In Korea and Japan we all […]
  • What?! Homeless people make more than we do??
    TODAY: audio and article Yes, it’s true. Homeless man Ken Johnson earns up to $400 a day, just sitting outside Myer about a block from here. That’s potentially $2000 a week. Even on a bad day he reckons he will make $175 – $220. That’s a good day for just about any of our students! […]
  • PLACES TO VISIT – Bertoni Casalinga and Uchi Lounge
    Tamami can’t stop talking about this place, so I thought I might as well mention Bertoni Casalinga , which serves a heap of delicious Italian food on Kent St in the CBD. I’ll have to try one of those paninis Tamomi 🙂 Uchi Lounge happens to be where one of our students Kazuki works. Apparently […]
  • Is class an issue in Australia?
    THIS TOPIC HAS ALSO BEEN DISCUSSED HERE Article and Audio With Andrew and Hans on Friday night we looked into the attitudes Australian’s adopt when they’re overseas. Click the link above for a more in depth look at a discussion of Australian stereotypes including ‘bogans’ and ‘mullets’ – that’s a fine example in the picture […]