Sunday, October 14, 2007

Feeling a bit sick...

*** EDITED: I must have been sick to commit such and egregious error of misspelling "stationery" as the word that means "standing still"***

But I will toss you these little bits of Konglish amusement from my weekend.

At Korean, the teacher bribed us with tasty snacks, just before he gave us a test to review Chapters 4 and 5:

Mmmm... Cracker Sand with Creamy Butter.


I've been feeling crappy all week (I thought it was the oncoming culture shock that I should dread, but now I'm thinking it was probably more from the physical illness that's really getting to me today). So I went out and bought myself some happy. Yes, happiness can be bought. It is sold at 문구점 (stationery stores).

Lest you begin to think "who the hell cares? It's a stationery store," let me explain that Korean stationery stores are unlike anything you might find in the US. They are part school supply, part art/craft supply, part Asian insanity, part random Peter Pan/Beatrix Potter/Hello Kitty time capsule. I found one downtown near T-birds that was three stories. I spent 2 or 3 hours there yesterday. I could have spend craploads of money, but contented myself to treat it like an anthropological dig or a museum dedicated to cute. I bought some tiny little labels to make 한글 (hangeul) character stickers for my keyboard, making it easier to type in Korean on my computer. Yay! I also bought vocabulary study books with inspirational messages:

Inside, they carry the message: Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.


They are little and portable, so I can add to my Korean vocabulary anywhere and then transfer them to my flashcards at home with ease! I wanted to buy one of those cool electronic Korean/English dictionaries, but they are expensive (the one at Costco was 160,000 won).

I also bought a 5,000 won watch with a big smiley face on it and 7 pairs of earrings for 10,000 won and feel much better--emotionally at least. Cheap, cute jewelry is happy making. Now if only my gut would stop harassing me for a few hours. Ugh.

4 comments:

  1. The dictionary is worth it. Buy it now, by the time you leave you will have gotten so much use out of it, it will seem like pennies a day (or be pennies a day!).

    Also worth it, if you like to bake, is the convection oven you can get at Lotte Mart (possibly EMart, too) for about the same price.

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  2. I'm still looking at prices for a couple different models on the dictionary. I think it'll be my next goal-weight present to myself.

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  3. Ooh, where can I get myself some cracker sand? Your stationery stores sound a bit like Brazilian ones, although much larger. Other than paper, notebooks, folders, pens, etc. I've seen placards, tape, stickers and party goods at "papelarias". I just signed up for "word of the day" e-mails for learning Portuguese. Likely there are similar options for Korean. Although I'm not sure how often I'll need to use today's word, which was "mastiff". I hope you feel better soon.

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  4. I use "mastiff" all the time...

    Really.

    Good to hear from ya. I'm feeling much better, thanks.

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