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:
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:
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.