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Happy birthday!

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 a club, and even the clubs are very different! Here, because we live in houses rather than apartments we tend to stay home and party there.

Kyoung Suk told us about her ‘initiation’ birthday, her 19th birthday, where she and some friends went away, got drunk, tried to swim in the ocean, got caught by the lifeguards, and then kept drinking. Sounds like a good time!

Which got us to talking about important birthdays in your country. In Australia we mostly celebrate our 18th and 21st birthdays. Of course, there’s our 30th, 40th, and definitely our 50th, but some people also don’t like to celebrate these, for obvious reasons 😉

How old would you like to live to?/What age would you like to live to?

Jason and I agreed on living until 60 – that seems to be the age where the health problems really seem to start. Of course, to get to that age would be lucky in itself!

How are elderly people treated in your country? How much respect do you have for elderly people in your country?

 

Home schooling - what do you think of it?

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 make it more awkward around the opposite sex when you’re younger?

What about home-schooling? Do you think this type of learning could be effective? Why/why not?

Bogan! A fine example of a mullet if ever I saw one

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 above!

Apparently class divisions between expats can be quite distinct in England, where a third are extremely well paid and the rest are just out for a holiday and a good time.

We also mentioned silent letters – why do they exist? For the answer, just look below.

scared of the dark

ARTICLE

Boo! We recently discussed the things that freak us out, spook us, and make it difficult for us to sleep at night.

So what scares you? Jason told us about his fear of swimming and how he managed to beat it. On ya mate. Helen expanded her options and told us about both her childhood and adult fears. Wel, we were all scared of the dark at one point! Of course, the fear of losing someone close to us is something a lot of us suffer, so you’re not alone there. Finally, Yosuke, being a surfer, told us of his fear of shark attacks. Some close calls in there!

At the same time, perhaps it would have been better you not telling us – we had a trip to Manly just two days later 🙂

Last Summer it seemed like there was a shark sighting everyday, but I think that was more the newspapers looking for a story than anything else. Read the article, I think you’ll find you’re more likely to be struck by lightning that being bitten by a shark.

And what am I scared of? This happening again lol

ouch

THIS HAS BEEN DISCUSSED WITH ANOTHER CLASS PREVIOUSLY AND CAN BE VIEWED HERE

plus ‘BOGANS’ and transcript

TODAY: article and audio

The teaching of ‘culture’ is always a controversial issue. People often argue that culture cannot be taught, only experienced. That is definitely true, to a point. So that is partly why we’re going on an excursion to Harry’s on Friday. Even then, some of my fellow Sydneysiders would cringe at the thought of our culture being represented by a meat pie. But that’s just the Australian ‘cultural cringe’.

We discussed and read about some of the class systems that seem to exist in Australian culture with the article above. This article describes the way Australians want to be perceived by their fellow people. The excessive patriotism that we were known for is now embarrassing for some (at least in Sydney) and that is explained in the article.

We also discussed some of the culture in your hometown. Moa described Cafe St and Helen said that we should ignore the attractions of the street near her local uni and instead take us to the royal palace in Seoul.

And CJ… gowmegi? How is it spelt CJ? I can’t seem to find it anywhere! CJ said he would take us for a traditional raw fish meal that sounded kind of gross, but never mind, I’m always hungry! Pictures of all of these when I can find them.

What are the class systems like in your country? Do they exist? And what are some of the common features of the different classes?

Here’s the ad that Helen referred to in class – I love it!

TODAY: ‘SURVIVAL’ AUDIO + cool survival video

For homework we were made to think of the one thing you couldn’t live without, or as Moa put it, the one thing you want to live with. I like the positive thinking, have a chip!

Also, welcome to Chang-Jin – the similarities between you and CJ are spooky. Hope you have a good time here 🙂

Moa decided she needed her iPod, Helen was stuck between her family and laptop, CJ chose money (such an accountant), and Chang-Jin couldn’t live without Coke Zero.

Debate time – Coke or Coke Zero? Or Diet Coke? Out of a plastic bottle, glass bottle or can? We could be here all day!

Which reminds me of some classic Beatles songs:

+ lyrics

As you can see from the pictures up top, we also played a little game of Survival! Well done to our winner Moa, who picked 10 out of the possible 12 items for survival. Would you want to participate in a game like this in real life?

Finally, we decided to visit Harry’s Cafe on Friday – here’s a link to a previous classes trip


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  • 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 […]