Learning English

Public What? 0

Public What

Hugh can laugh at his mistakes in English, but even more now that I speak some Korean and my mistakes are way worse than his. Actually if my Korean was a good as his English I would be very happy. If he makes a funny mistake in English he is very quick to point out where my Korean is in comparison to his English. But one day it will be more even!

I’m still curious about this public potato…

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Adele ‘HELLO’ 1

So obviously that is not a very serious video! Hugh channeled his inner Korean middle school student for this. We made it because the first time Hugh watched the ‘Hello’ music video he said “I’m fine thank you and you?” to that part of the song. Although it was a joke, it was almost an automatic reaction because of the way this English dialogue is drilled into the heads of students learning English in Korea. In Korean there are set phrases that everyone says, however English is more flexible with those initial greetings and I’ve seen many Koreans quickly falter when faced with native English speakers who vary from the ‘script’. We don’t all say “I’m fine thank you and you?” like that. So this video was a little dig at the way English is taught in Korea and I hope it makes people, especially English teachers here, laugh.

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Guessing New English Slang 0

We cut this video down a lot, and we also talked more about BAE and how the meaning has also changed to also just things that we like as well. Like some people say “OMG that cupcake is so bae!”. We also mentioned how the “before anyone else” meaning is probably an origin myth and made up after it was first used. Probably it just came from “baby”.  We have previously talked in a video about what BAE actually means in Korean.

A lot of these words my friends (who are my age) didn’t know at all. The copious amounts of time I spent on the internet are the only reason why I know these.

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Pigs 10


We had just come back from Seoul when he said this. I was so disappointed that there wasn’t little piggys on the farm. But it’s funny because I start to make mistakes too. After being in Korea for so long, in English I do have problems with some sounds that should be natural for me but are difficult for Koreans. I find it harder to differentiate between B and V now. F and P is still okay for me, but for Hugh, even speaking English every day, it still trips him up.


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Totes 8


Slang can be totes hard!

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What Beer?? 13

Sex Beer

Oh second languages… This one came out of nowhere. It took me so long to understand what he meant. But I have noticed how he can get very lazy with his English with me, because I’m his wife. He will have flawless English with other people but when just with me he expects me to decipher his mumbles, and then gets annoyed when I have no idea (some other wives of Korean guys have said the same thing too haha). So for us, it’s not only deciphering the normal male grunts and mumbles, but we have the added difficultly of it being a second language combined with laziness. Oh well, when I speak more Korean I’ll be able to get him back with my mumbling Korean.

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I am Australian 10

I am Australian

That’s his joke at the moment! Most of the English my father-in-law knows he learnt from old pop songs but I’ve noticed his vocabulary has increased recently.

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Uncountable 27


Mr Gwon is having some trouble with the word ‘tadpoles’ again. (Which he thought were called “typos”).

English is really hard and I can see why he thinks this many tadpoles are uncountable. What do you think about his logic? And what about words like “sheep”? If you are learning English do words like that confuse you?

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Accents 36


Mr Gwon is judging your accents.

But don’t worry, he has trouble differentiating between British and American accents sometimes so he has no authority on the subject.

Usually Koreans are usually only familiar with the standard American accent that is on TV shows and movies so they can be surprised when they hear an accent different to that. It’s also the same with British accents, there are many they have never heard before. YouTube videos showcase a much bigger range of real accents because it’s more likely to be real people talking.

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Typos 13


He had never seen the word “tadpoles” and had only heard it said and all this time thought I was saying “typos”. Hehehe. I guess he never had any reason to think about the word until we saw all those tadpoles near the river. I wonder what things I’ll confuse in Korean…

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Brat 10


And then he called me a rat for the rest of the day. My parents-in-law do spoil me rotten though.

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Where did ‘What a nice!” come from? 4

Just a quick video because I’ve noticed more questions about this. “What a nice” and “A little bit pancy” (fancy with a p) are two things Mr Gwon likes to say.

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Good Grasp 21

Good Grasp

Those that follow him on Instagram might have noticed his interesting ways of spelling of “sauce”. I can’t talk though, my spelling in Korean is atrocious.

Although he doesn’t have perfect grammar or pronunciation in English, he is very good at expressing himself and talking about complex ideas, which I think is more important than just having perfect grammar but not being able to convey your own ideas.

What about you guys? What is a word you always get wrong?

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Pay the Fine 22

pay the fine1

I still haven’t paid the fine and he is still trying to make me. Seriously, the point of the rule is to help with English, but English is my first language and I’m learning Korean! It makes no sense for me to not be able to speak Korean in the kitchen. My husband is refusing to budge though. Apparently that rule is for everyone…haha.

For those that may not be aware, we are currently at my parents’ house and they have a bunch of Koreans living with them.

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