Saturday, October 23, 2010

Tri-lingual Fun

For complicated reasons, I am currently learning a bit of Korean. The teacher is very good. The students are also an interesting bunch. A funny thing happened the other day in class. It might one of those you had to be there things, but I laughed SO hard.

The teacher was doing some rapid-fire vocabulary drill with flashcards. Her flashcards are in English, and students have to produce the Korean.

Teacher: (holds up a flashcard that says "dictionary" and calls on one of the students, one who also happens to know Japanese)
Student: 사전
Teacher: Korean dictionary.
Student: 한국말 사전
Teacher: Japanese dictionary.
Student: じしょ
Me: (bursts out laughing)
Other students: Huh?

That one's for you, dad. ^_^