Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Priceless Language Moments

Yesterday Taebun and I went to pick up my ARC card, but had to stop first at the medical center for a new copy of my exam (because he accidently gave my official copy to the ARC registry). While we were waiting, he got up and said "I have to go to the bathroom." When he came back, he asked me if he should have said "restroom" because there isnt' a bathtub in any of the hospital bathrooms. I explained that there isn't much resting going on in there either, and bathroom is more common. Unless, of course, you're in an English country outside of America where it might be the WC. He told me that when he was in high school the texts told them to say "where can I wash my hands?" which sounds silly, because if you really have to find a toilet then that won't always get you there.

He finally offered that a good option would be to say "I gotta pee," but then I learned that he thought it was "I got a pee" and pee was a noun. I had to explain that "gotta" is "got to" and "pee" is the verb so now we're all clear on the matter.

I am a little apprehensive about going back to the med center with Taebun, because now we're 2 for 2 on urine conversations.

And then today.

Mrs. Shim and Mrs. Im were talking about children and pregnancy. There is a woman that works in the principal's office that is pregnant with twins. Mrs. Shim was having a hard time explaining this to me in English, and tried saying "she gets pregnant" and then "she is pregnancy." She then asked "pregnancy is a noun?" I said yes "and pregnant is an adjective, because it describes her." She then takes out her notebook for writing down new English words, hands it to me, and asks "What is the verb for getting pregnant?"


  1. lol... did you tell her "pregnanting"?

  2. LOL!!! Too cute, and you do have to go back with Taeban because it's time for shot #2 of your little series... you can do it!!

  3. xD SEX...waait, my bad, that's a noun. <3
    Dude, that's awesome. Please tell me you cracked a smile?