Thursday, August 25, 2005

damn, forgot to invite you

If you're in the Seoul area and would like to visit our student bazaar, it's happening today from about 1PM to 4PM at Sookmyung Women's University (aka "Smoo" on my blog), Social Education Building (sa-hwae-gyo-yook-gwan), first floor. Freak my students out by speaking rapidfire English to them.

The various intensive classes are each preparing their own thing. My group is planning to sell Korean-style sausages, sandwiches, iced tea, fusion snacks (my own creation... I should foodblog this), and I'll also be doing some goofy brush art (possibly some calligraphy, too, but I haven't practiced in a while).

Other groups will be doing thrift shops or selling drinks. One group will be selling massage sessions and doing fingernail painting for the ladies. So come on over! Everything ought to be fairly cheap. Give the students a chance to practice their English skills on real, live furriners!

Also: tomorrow at 1PM, in Gemma (Jemma) Hall (B1 level-- near the Social Ed Building), we'll be performing our comedy, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), as part of our mini-graduation ceremony.

The play will be funnier for expats than for Korean students, I reckon. One problem is that the play contains a few swear words, but they won't be noticed by the Korean audience. Even native anglophones might miss them: some students' accents are so thick that it's hard to tell what they're saying. Another problem is the in-jokes: you've got to be somewhat familiar with Shakespeare and modern Brit/American culture to catch the reference (e.g., the Scotsman jokes during the Macbeth segment, none of which my students truly comprehend).

Admission to the play is free, though our troupe will be happy to accept donations to defray the cost of purchasing small props. See you today or tomorrow, I hope.



Anonymous said...

Last year when I judged the drama competition in Jeonju I had the hardest time understanding any of the students. I think that was the only time I have ever trully appreciated slapstick comedy.

I'd make the drive to Seoul if those damn massages weren't just for girls. Did you find your cooler? I was going to suggest going to a fishing shop if you didn't want to pay for one of the big plastic monsters. You can usually get styrofoam ones for cheaper there.


kwandongbrian said...

Dang. I have just returned from Seoul and was on the smoo subway line at close to the right time so I could have been there.