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Selective Hearing

Though I do try to listen to a lot of Korean conversation, there are times I have to tune out because it’s too taxing on my brain to try and decipher everything.

But my brain always alerts me when things interest me in the conversation.

If you aren’t into Kpop and don’t know what YG is, it’s a major record company. Big Bang belongs to it. My husband’s friend was giving him a hard drive that has a YG Family concert on it. A huge concert featuring all the artists from YG.

and HAPPY BIRTHDAY G-DRAGON!!!!

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G-Dragon Harper’s Bazaar Winner!

All the names:

AND THE WINNER IS:

Congratulations CatvnloveTOP!

Now, you entered to win this prize for a friend didn’t you? Send me an email at [email protected] and we’ll work out if I send it to you or straight to your GD loving friend.

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After Shopping

That damn money box! (As seen here).

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Scared of Me

Don’t under estimate the power of a single look.

I don’t even know what he thought I could do. It’s like he was expecting some major revenge for whacking me on the backside. But I didn’t do anything!

This makes me look like the calm and in control one but actually he is the calm one and I’m the one that stresses and cries and gets overemotional. Like the one time I threw my umbrella at Central Station because I was upset that we missed our train. Oh… maybe that is why he is scared of me!

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Listening to Korean

I’ve been learning Korean for about a year and a half but I’m not doing classes at the moment. I learn the most being forced to study in a class and through homework. Now I’m on my own until I start classes again either later this year or next year. I aim to be somewhat fluent eventually but at the moment still at a beginner level as taking it slowly.

If my husband speaks slowly to me I can often understand but when he is chatting away I really only understand a few words. Of course he is speaking at a native speaker pace and it’s much harder to understand that and dialect. I listen a lot though and can recognise some words.

If we are with a group of people and everyone is speaking Korean he will translate things but often I don’t need him to because I understand enough words, look at expression and body language and fill in the blanks myself. There is always the risk of completely misunderstanding though.

 

 

 

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Money Box

My husband and I have different reactions to saving money. He gets quite excited about saving money whereas I’m more like…’whatever’. For example if we save 30 cents on our groceries I will say “We only saved 30 cents” but he’ll say “Wow we saved 30 cents!” and then he will then proceed to explain to me that is we save 30 cents this amount of times we will save this amount of money blah blah blah.

He gave me this money box, well more like money teddy bear, and explained to me that if I put my extra coins in there I can save up a lot of money and then when there is enough money I can buy something nice, and isn’t that good? I was flippant about it because it was like he was explaining it to a child! I may not be the best at saving money but I know how a money box works!

Anyway he did make me laugh and was so cute about it and the money box is adorable. Here is a photo of it:

We had dinner in the city last night then he had to go to work. He gave me some coins and said “Put these in the money box when you get home”. Then when I was home he called to check I got home safely and then said, “Did you put the coins in the money box?” I replied, “No… not yet. Okay fine I’m doing it now!”

Actually you can save up a lot of money with Australian coins because our $1 and $2 are coins.

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PJ Pants

Hehe…They were supposed to be full length and on most Korean girls they probably are. As a western woman I’m not very very tall, my height is only very slightly above what would be considered average. When I go to Korea though, everyone comments on how tall I am. While a lot of Korean women are shorter than me, many seem to be about my height so I don’t see a huge difference. I suspect that I just look taller to them.

What is one of the biggest differences between my body shape and the average Korean woman? Leg length. Koreans tend to have longer torsos which means in comparison their legs are a bit shorter. As I’m a completely Caucasian woman my legs are longer. My legs are longer than my husband’s as well, even though he is taller than me!

So even though my husband asked in the Korean shop if these PJ pants were definitely adult size… when I tried them on they were about 10 cm too short for me.

I’ll still wear them though! They are nice and fluffy, it’s just that my ankles are cold…

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