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.


  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.

  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.

  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.

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


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



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