Class Pictures (Yonsei University KLI and CELTA)
Level 6

Me and My Buddy from Level 4 (Jangok from China) Hanging Out After Graduation (the photo date is incorrect)

This is me and Mira from Kyrgyzstan (Level 6 classmate). Special thanks to Mira for sending this picture to me (2008/7/12).

Level 6, Class 2:
Top: Trang (Vietnam), Amara (Mongolia), Donggang (China), Wangja (China), Me
Bottom: Saki (Japan), Iyeon (China), Teacher Park (�ڿ���), Jiin (China), Tanoue (Japan)
Me Graduating -- Receiving my Certificates and the Paperweight from Moon-Gyoo Choi, with Hwang In-gyo (my Level 2 reading teacher and a bigwig in more ways than one at the KLI) to the side.
The Graduation Hall on the Morning of, Early, Before the People CameTeacher Park Pinning the Flowers onto My Shirt Prior to the Graduation Ceremony
Me and Three Classmates (already named above)Lower Grade Photo of Our Class (with me looking slightly more irritated)
Another Picture of Our Class (the woman second from the right, not present in any previous pictures, is Mira, from Kyrgyzstan)
Special thanks to Mira, from Kyrgyzstan, for sending me this picture. I had my own of the exact same thing, but her camera is MUCH higher quality.
Our class met at 5:00 PM on Graduation Day to have dinner. Then our teacher had to go home (or more like leave us to our own revelrous devices) and we went to a barbecue place and a bar, and in the process consumed copious amounts of alcohol and played Spin the Pen and learned many FASCINATING facts about each other.
Special thanks to Mira, from Kyrgyzstan, for sending me this picture. I had my own of the exact same thing, but her camera is MUCH higher quality.

Level 7 (First Semester)

I chose to place Level 7 chronologically before Level 6 because Level 6, being the graduation level, is far more significant.

Teacher Jeon, Ma Ja-Hae, and Me (we were the only three who showed up to the last day of class)

This picture was taken during the second semester of Level 7, but is of me, Teacher Jeon, and some of our old classmates that we rounded up around campus. From left to right, there's me, Yongdan, Gimhye (they both look almost like twins, so I'm not sure who is who, actually), Teacher Jeon, and Gayeong (Jia Ling). All are Chinese except me and the teacher.

Level 5

This is my Level 5 class at lunch. Unfortunately, not everyone in our class could be present for this picture.
Front: Me (US), Andrew Kim (US)
Back: Saehan (Mongolia), Sakai (Japan), Gahaedo (China), Gangtulga (Mongolia, possibly Gangtolga, as he spelled it on the e-mail contact sheet)

This is some sample homework that I did. I chose this one because I thought the content was extra "special" and I think my teacher agreed, so she wrote a little note (I think she was afraid I'd become another Cho Seung-Hui/Virginia Tech incident)!

Charles Wetzel
October 16, 2007


Word Homework:
1. For the first time
When I was 18, I started going to Korean class for the first time.

On October 16, there was only one word [to do for homework].

Grammar Homework:

1. Vst (Verb stem)eo/a/yeoseo Vstgiggaji haeyo (this grammar means "it is to the point where").

A: How is the Korean literature class?
B: In the Korean literature class, archaic expressions and high-level Chinese character words are too abundant, so it's to the point of being like a Chinese literature class!
A: Does Miseon do math well?
B: Yes, [Miseon] does it so well, it's to the point where [Miseon] is like a calculator!
A: Your puppy is smart! Even though he stares at a mirror, he knows that it's not another dog!
B: Yes, my puppy is too smart, so it's to the point where he's like a human being!

2. (1) Vstlgga bwa (2) ____
Haengyeona) (this grammar means "because I am concerned that possibly ____, I ____."

A: Why do you always wear an aluminum foil hat?
B: Because I am concerned that possibly the government will read my personal thoughts, so I wear this special hat!
A: Why is there a gun under your pillow?
B: I'm concerned that possibly, while I'm sleeping, a murderer will kill me, so I hide this gun under my pillow without fail!
A: Why don't you go out at night?
B: I am concerned that possibly space aliens will abduct me with their spaceship, so I DO NOT GO OUT after 9:00, without fail!

3. Vstl/eul sera ____ (this grammar also has the meaning of "I am concerned that ____, so ____")

A: Why do you hide the remote control in the refrigerator?
B: I am concerned that the neighbors will secretly enter my apartment and steal it, so I hide it in the refrigerator!
A: Why do you always take your notes in Spanish, in class?
B: I am concerned that the teacher will read them without my permission, so instead of English, I write my notes in Spanish!
A: Why is there a secret password on your computer?
B: I am concerned that a North Korean spy will read my files, so I protect my computer files with a secret password.

The Teacher's Note:

It's "special" content, but you wrote well. However, because it's too scary, next time, please write content that is not scary. Because it's homework that I see, like this. Because it is like that, do sentences that usual people write, [that are] natural, and after that, please try to make "special" sentences. I want to confirm that you can use the grammar well in the correct situations

Thank you (a version of "thank you" usually said after someone has done a lot of work)

Okay, I must criticize the Yonsei program for the insane board work. This is basically a carbon copy of the board, and we're supposed to copy these things down so we know what to do for homework, etc. On this particularly frenetic day, I took TWO pages of notes -- the other one was just as crazy as this one. The board work is disorderly, and there's just too much of it. My CELTA teacher would have had a fit. I chose this particular set of notes because it also includes notes for my Chinese characters (hanja) class.

Cambridge CELTA English Teaching Certification Class (which I took between Levels 4 and 5 at Yonsei)

This is me teaching an "intermediate" class, which was actually a pretty advanced class. They were a lot of fun because their English was so high level, they were quite expressive, and they sometimes caught my mistakes (particularly when I tried to teach the differences between British and American English).

This is our class on the last day, at a samgyetang restaurant. However, I was unable to concentrate on the meal because I had so much overdue work to do. :-) Fortunately, I stumbled over the finish line!

So I don't forget my classmates' names (I hope I haven't already):
Left Side (from front to back): Sora, Johnny, James Forrest (CELTA Instructor), Euna, and some dude
Right Side (from front to back): David, Tania, Me, Andrew Prosser (CELTA Instructor), Richard

Level 4

In Level 4, we pick out newspaper articles, find all the unknown words (underlined), write a summary, write our opinions, write two questions for the class, and then write something to discuss with the class. In this case, I picked an article about a 180-kilogram gorilla that went on a rampage at a zoo. We have to make little handouts like this and give them to the class before the presentation so everyone can (supposedly) study them, though I don't think anyone ever does. Chosun Ilbo is regarded as the hardest newspaper in Korea in terms of literacy required, but this article didn't seem that bad.

This is Rena, Sonmyeong, Me, and Jangok at a Samgyeopsal place. Rena is an airline stewardess. Sonmyeong is some sort of a computer geek. I'm me. Jangok is approximately my same age, and might possibly wear the same shirt every day (yet doesn't seem to smell), but he's cool.

This is my Level 4 class at the usual samgyeopsal restaurant. It was a good night.

Level 3

My Level 3 Class
Back Row: Me, Dane, Daiki, Junko
Middle Row: Naoko, Mrs. Jeong (the teacher), Choyeong, Miyuki, Dang li
Front Row: Mai, Hyeyeong

Mrs. Jeong on the Last Day

This is a picture from the Level 6 Graduation Ceremony. Unfortunately, I was unable to catch my friend, Akiko, graduating, but here's a picture of some people that I DON'T know, graduating. Girls generally wear hanboks. Fortunately, guys don't seem to be required to do this (I'd have trouble finding a hanbok in my size, anyway).

This is Mrs. Jeong blowing out the candles on her birthday cake, on her birthday, which was coincidentally also the last day of school.

This is the majority of my Level 3 class. Missing from the picture are Eunchong (the US gyopo), Hyeyeong (the girl from Hong Kong), Junko (the Japanese woman who took the picture), and the teacher (Mrs. Jeong).
Front Row: Miyuki, Mai, Dangli, Dane, Imgyeol, Choyeong, and Naoko
Back Row: Me, Daiki, Gyeongno
In case you're wondering, the white stuff on Dane's face (and perhaps other faces) is cake frosting. It was Dane's birthday. People got wild with the cake frosting.

Here's a Sanghwang Yeokhal that me and Dane are doing for the final exam.
Cheolsu: Ah, Teacher Baek, hello. As far as I knew, you had retired (we originally wanted "as far as I knew, you had died of old age," but the teacher didn't approve).
Teacher Baek: Cheolsu, hello. Instead of teaching at middle school I teach at a university.
Cheolsu: At which university are you teaching?
Teacher Baek: I am teaching at Korea University.
Cheolsu: Are you still teaching philosophy?
Teacher Baek: No, at the middle school, I taught philosophy, but now I teach Korean language.
Cheolsu: Congratulations. Teaching Korean language is difficult. It must be interesting.
Teacher Baek: Yes, teaching Korean language is by far more worthwhile than philosophy. How about you, what do you do?
Cheolsu: I tested well on the university entrance exam but I hated student life so I became a farmer that grows mandarin oranges on Jeju Island.
Teacher Baek: Oh, I see.
Cheolsu: When do you plan to retire?
Teacher Baek: I plan to teach Korean language forever. Teaching Korean is so worthwhile that I will never quit.
Cheolsu: Bye.
Teacher: Bye.

Dangli, Me, Junko, and Some Girl who Isn't in Our Class at Namsan Village

Dangli Looking "Aju Areumdaun" in a Hanbok at the Tourist Center

Dane and Elvis Near the Tourist Center

Imgyeol, Some Girl the Girls Knew, and Dangli in Hanboks at the Tourist Center

Still More Girls in Hanboks

Here's my "Sam-bun Iyagi," or "3-Minute Story." It's about seeing bald monks when I was a toddler and how they scared the crap out of me. The reason for the picture of the lotus and the lamp at the bottom of the page was that I was trying to find out from Mijung how to say "lantern" without asking her in English. The word is "yeondeung."

Level 2

This is my Level 2 class right after midterms (picture sent to me by Jeongja, thanks).
Top Row (from left to right): Iting, Gwanso, Toshie, Teacher Yi, Chunmae, Kazumi, Jeongja
Bottom Row (from left to right): Me, Yusuke, Kyung Won, Eric, Yeja

The Asian school systems force students to study late into the night, causing burnout. Oh wait, that's my class!

In case you're wondering what homework assignments are like at Yonsei, they're generally like this example one from October 31. You write a diary entry consisting of roughly ten sentences, then you write two example sentences using vocabulary that you learned that day, then you write a total of nine dialogs encompassing the day's grammar (three dialogs for each of the three types of grammar learned that day). The dialogs are of the A/B format ("ga/na" format, actually, in which "ga" is like "A" and "na" is like "B"). I translated the diary for your reading pleasure, though I will spare you the boredom of translating the other homework.

Because I didn't sleep even one minute last night, today I felt strangely. I was tired, so I couldn't go out with Kyungwon and the other classmates to a restaurant. After coming back home, I napped, and after three hours, the alarm clock woke me up. I quickly prepared to meet Mijeong. I started from Sinchon station, changed to Line 4 at Dongdaemun Stadium, arrived at Hyehwa Station, and met Mijeong. We walked to the guesthouse that Mijeong wants to start (translation note: "make" is used for this purpose in Korean, but I took the liberty of using "start"), and looked around. After that, we accidentally met Mijeong's friend on the street. He invited us to a famous restaurant, and we ate a lot of pork that is similar to "samgyeopsal" (translation note: "samgyeopsal" is a Korean dish consisting mostly pig fat) We ate, went up a mountain by means of a car, and looked at the scenery with a 500 won telescope. After coming down from the mountain, we drove together to Yonsei University's main entrance, and at home, I quickly hit the sack.

Norwegian Pancake Project
Yes, I gave a short talk on Norwegian pancakes. Now Korea knows about them. If you look closely next to the big, yellow personified Norwegian pancake, you'll notice a little blue thing. That's a Dragon Quest slime (Dragon Quest is a role-playing game that is popular in Japan). I heard a rumor that all Japanese people know about slimes, so I figured "my class has a ton of Japanese people, so I'll slip one in and see if anyone notices. If the teacher asks, I can say it's 'blueberry jam.'" Anyways, I gave my talk, and no one seemed to notice. It bothered me that this rumor appeared to be a complete fallacy, and I was tempted to make posts on RPGamer discrediting it. However, I asked Kyungwon, and he said "Dragon Quest slime." Okay, so he got it, but I had to ask him. Later, as I was walking down the street with my Japanese buddies, Jungja (she goes by her Korean name) said something like "wasn't that a slime?" Okay, so two people got it. I asked her if she thought any other students had gotten it. She said that she was pretty sure that at least Yeja (Yoshiko) had gotten it, too.
Slime Rumor Verdict: True

Level 1

Here's a nice one of me studying hard. I'm the redhead. By the way, the Asian is not my teacher (that's Danyang, the Chinese girl).

Here's another one that has me in it. By the way, these pictures were taken by Robert M., a classmate. I figured it was fair to use them, because I'm in them.

Here's a nice shot of the front of the KLI during lunch break when all the Korean wannabes are out smoking.

This is called the "hwaiteu bodeu." It's a piece of space-age white plastic that is used to convey information to students.

The Speech Contest

There's me, giving my speech in front of hundreds of people, in Korean. Would you be intimidated?

There's Mark, my classmate, giving a dynamite speech about the three meanings of the word "kiwi" (which is coincidentally also "kiwi" in Korean).

Mark demonstrates the flightlessness of the kiwi bird by dropping it from a considerable height.

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