Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Day 113: Misaki is brutal

I'm still catching up. Here are the latest posts in case you haven't read them!

Day 111: Last Korean class! (Posted December 12th)
Day 110: Snowy night at Holly's (Posted December 13th)

I can't say that I've done too many interesting things today.

Today's final was the interview with our new teacher. I won't say that I was as nervous about it as last time but I always feel a bit uneasy before oral finals.

I felt uneasy today as well before the exam but for a completely different reason. About 1.5 hour before my turn, I wanted to grab some melon bread from the bakery. I put on pants, my jacket, and was ready to go except I couldn't find my card. I searched my entire room but it was nowhere to be found and there wasn't enough time to go back to where I'd last used my card before the final so that would be my first stop afterwards.

When I arrived, Sandra, Misaki, and Kael were waiting in the classroom across from our testing room.
Sandra had been the first and had messaged our group chat that the teacher was super nice and that it'd be easy. Cue Andrew asking if it would be easy even if he hadn't studied and this Misaki brutally telling him to go die for slacking.

Now Misaki might be one of the sweetest girls I have ever met. She has the prettiest smile, the cutest style, and if there's anyone who could pull absolutely anything off and still look good it would be her. Seeing her joke like that was hilarious ( ´ ᗨ `͈)

The atmosphere completely changes on exam days. People talk about it in the elevator in our dorm and suddenly a lot more people are using the study rooms. 5th floor of the KLI building where we have class was full of life as well with people waiting for their turns.
When Kael came out, she gave me a thumbs up and assured me that I'd do fine. Kael seems just as nervous as me about speaking so it's always great to have her backup. She's awesome!
And my final went fine!
Our teacher had told us that even if we didn't use too much of the new grammar or the vocabulary we'd learned in class, we'd be fine as long as we could have a casual conversation with her. And that was pretty much what I did for 8 minutes until she told me we were finished and that I could leave!

When I came out, Isabella and Yu-Hsuan (어훤) were waiting outside and soon Raquel came as well. I spent a few minutes talking to them before going back to my room to dress in a bit warmer clothes before embarking on adventures to find my lost card.
Luckily it was exactly where I figured it would be - the supermarket where I had bought bananas last night.

Since I was already outside, I might as well buy a moisturizer.
My skin has been killing me lately and today was exceptionally bad. Hajun's guess is that it's due to the very sudden and very brutal change in the weather since it gets 100 times worse when I go outside.
Today we had less than -10°C (actual degrees) and a humidity around 20%.
In comparison, Denmark had 5°C (real feel -2°C) and a humidity above 80%. No wonder my skin is freaking out.

I woke up around 05.00 this morning to scratch my ankles that had been exposed to the icy cold wind yesterday. It's these red spots that I'm dealing with almost all over my body now. I really hope this moisturizer will work.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Day 112: Two finals in one day!

We already took our Korean Wave final last week, which meant we had nothing else all day leading up to our two first Korean finals today!

I'd been busy writing on my Media Communication final and only started (and finished) writing my 3-minute speech for today late last night. So I spent today practicing it and learning it by heart.
Forget about preparing for the reading-out-loud exam we had today as well. I didn't have time for that.

We started out with the 3-minute speech final and it actually went fine. I wasn't as nervous as last time and didn't make many mistakes so I'm overall satisfied.

After the speeches, our teacher gave us a 5-10 minutes break to prepare for the reading test in.
While quickly looking at which texts we could end up being tested on, Isabella showed me the text that she hoped she wouldn't get. It was a story about a boy, who wet his bed at night. I found it mildly interesting how they'd decided to make the pee stain on the bedding the same shape as Korea (with an awkwardly placed Jeju island).
Our teacher made us pick straws with numbers saying which text we had to read aloud. I picked the hardest one (like last time) but I think even that went better than last time as well. Isabella got the bed wetting text but she did fine too.

After class, Isabella and I decided to eat dinner together.
I hadn't brought my jacket to class and had to go get it before we left, however, so we met up inside the main entrance of the language building. Here I found yet another tree for my 'fake-trees-in-Korea' collection. This one had little sheep attached to it. Oh Korea. 

We ate some quick dinner at Subway and afterwards stopped by the bakery I took a picture of two days ago to buy Isabella some cake. It's always good to reward yourself after an exam ^ㅅ^
 Here's an angry Isabella face. After the exam, she sent an equally mad selfie to all of her Snapchat friends to convey her feelings about having to take finals. 

Tonight's air was fresh and after having been shut in all day preparing for the final, I decided to slower my pace a little while walking home. Once I did, I was hit by the fact that I will be going home soon. It made me miss Seoul already.

Interestingly, during my speech I talked about making a lot of memories here before we all go home and that we should all take pictures that we can look back at in the future.
Next time it snows, I'll grab my jacket and go out to take pictures no matter the time of the day. I do hope that it'll be at night, though, so I can catch the lit up Christmas tree on campus that Hajun sent me a picture of the other night.

Tomorrow is our 말하기 (malhagi = speaking) final where we will have individual 8-minute long "interviews" with our new teacher. Our teacher is super sweet so I'm not as nervous about it as I was during our midterm finals. And once tomorrow's exam is over, my worries will be too.
I didn't feel like the reading and grammar finals were too hard last time so I don't fear those at all.

Our final is pretty late tomorrow as well (my time is 16.32-16.40) so I'll take the rest of today off and prepare for the interview tomorrow.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Day 111: Last Korean class!

Today I went on 'early' adventures in Sinchon and ate rice burgers with Hajun.
On our way, we walked past this super typical Korean home - construction workers were working on a fancy modern-looking building right beside it. It was a great example of how old meets new here in Seoul.
And Hajun pointed out yet another fake Christmas tree for my collection! This one is made with beer cans ㅋㅋㅋ

While we were out walking, we discussed how cold the weather had suddenly become. I believe today was the coldest day we've had so far. It wasn't under -5°C but we had a real feel temperature of -13°C(!) due to the strong gust of wind and dry air. Horrible.

We split up some time in the afternoon so Hajun could go to his late class. I, too, had my last class of Korean in the afternoon today!
Since it was our last class and we'd already gone through all the vocabulary and grammer that we had to, I thought that today's class would be relaxing. Boy was I wrong. We spent 2 hours hardcore going through some assignments that we were supposed to have done over the weekend in preparation for the exams this week. I hadn't done them due to having worked on the Media Communication paper, though.

Since I didn't have many interesting pictures to share with you today, let me instead suggest a song that I heard playing outside a store on my way back home - Rainbow's Mach!
It's a pretty old song (2010) so I'm surprised I haven't heard it before. Give it a listen!
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