동료에게 배우는 영어

2017년 7월 27일

제라스 speech no.2

I think that one of the greatest konglish humor I've ever received ;
When my daughter was 7, there was an english teacher in the kindergarten.
One day, she told me that "mom~ you know what my english teacher could speak korean too."
"really? I didn't know that! what can she speak?"
"Every lunch time she says 인절밀~"
Oh my gush~ I bursted out laughing.
As you guess, it was "Enjoy your meal."

My kids learned english when they were 6 or 7 years old.
But I encountered english first when I was 13 in elementary school.
One day teacher showed us an english video.
On that day I've learned "What's your name?"
I was so excited that I have known the sentence. Oh my gush~ It was like magic words! From that time, If I could meet a foreigner, I can talk one sentence. "What's your name?"
So I wrote that magic words on the cover of my book in korean "왓쮸 유얼 네임?" Because I handn't known alphabet yet.
That was the first time that I was fascinated by english.

When I was in high school I loved to talk to foreigners.
I tried to meet foreigners. Subway was the excellent place to meet and talk. If I find some foreigners, I usually get into the same car(칸), approach to them and start to talk.

One day of high school, I was in the bus wearing 교복 and there were 2 american soldiers. There was another korean 아저씨 who drunken too much. suddenly he started to cuss at those 2 americans. (욕하다) Maybe they din't understand korean, but could figure out those are bad words.
I was so ashamed as a korean. And the moment they got off, I followed. I called them and I said I'd like to apologize instead of the drunken guy. So I could have small talk with them.
When I communicate to foreigners, it felt like breathing.

This is what I've learned english and how I enjoyed english.

Now I want to talk a little bit about failing.
After I graduated from university, I taught english to kids. But every time I tried, I couldn't teach over a year.
At the end of the work I always say "This is not the job for me."
However ironically, soon after I was eager to teach english again.
I wanted to teach english, but I can't teach english well.
I started and quit over and over again. I couldn't figure out what's wrong with me.
After all, the stressful circulation made me sick. I had to stop work and now I'm in here.

When I took 완소스피치 class, I felt like I'd come home. I was so happy talking to each other and discussing about life.
While I was studying Oprah winfrey's speech, I came up with this question. Why I can't teach english well eventhough I love english? <What is this here to teach me?>

I tried to search my own heart. How did I meet english first? Why was I fascinated by it? How did I enjoy it?
And I realized that I like to learn english to communicate. I was happy when I can talk the english what I've learned.

But the way of my teaching english was kind of blocked. It was blocked in the text book. It was blocked in the classroom.
I didn't help the kids to express their learned english, they were not motivated, so they became bored with english.

I think I really get the lesson from my lots of teaching failings so I can move forward.

My first magic english words were "What's your name?".
And now I've got another magic words for my life. That is "What is this here to teach me?"
I think from now on I can cope with many difficulties thanks to this magic words.

At the end,
I thank Oprah Winfrey for letting me know that and thank teacher Minho for letting me know her.

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