Sunday, May 24, 2009

Exchange Mania!

('Cos, you know, I can't seem to write two posts within two months, much less in one week... ize feelz proud of mes-self. )

Haha, I think I was finally able to think of a relevant, quirky title. yay! I love the word quirky... I've been using it a lot lately.


So our current exchange student is getting ready to graduate, and her mom (who doesn't speak English) came for a few days. Her mom is so nice! She brought me winter bedsheets, socks, a cell phone charm/key chain that looks like a converse shoe, gave me some sort of candy, and even helps clean the house!
[See, she came into my room and started making the motions of sweeping something up with the dustpan, and I though "Oh, there must be a bunch of dog hair or something on the floor of Yearin's room and she just wants to sweep it up." So I showed here where the dustpan was and she takes it and the broom and starts sweeping. So then I say "I'll sweep" and I take the broom from her (politely) and start sweeping. She says something in Korean and takes the broom back, and we just kinda stand there blank- faced and trying to figure out how to say that we can each sweep or whatever it was we were trying to say, and she finally motions for me to keep walking, so I grab my shoes off the floor and go upstairs, and I just let her sweep cos it seemed like she wanted to and was fine doing so.]

I love the fact that even though they don't speak the same language, Yearin's mom and my mom have found a way to communicate. I came downstairs this morning, and they were in the kitchen making cookies together! As you may know, the Prime minister of South Korea committed suicide a few days ago, and mom showed Yearin's mom (that's what Rinny told me to call her, since that's what she is in Korea (either that or "boss's wife"- Apparently that's cultural and polite)) and mom even expressed her condolences.

In other exchange student news, we are officially hosting a student from Russia (Siberia to be exact) next year, and we have been emailing and getting to know each other on facebook.

I would love to be an exchange student. I've been researching it, and it looks awesome. Unfortunately, not many agencies send students from the US because a lot of students don't want to miss a year or a summer of high school. One reason is summer sports practices- some coaches wont start or even wont play you if you miss practices, even if your sick or your family is on vacation.

Also, I don't want to miss a full year of high school, but I want to study and not just hang out and tour the country or whatever, so I'm thinking about taking a year off before college or just studying abroad in college.


Anonymous said...

Woah, Russia? That's pretty major, for the whole year?
That's really cool though. I hosted a French student last fall for 2 weeks and I had such a blast. I'm gonna visit her in August. :)
Anyways, that sounds like so much fun, and Siberia is such an atypical country to host from, it's cool.

a girl for God said...

oh cool!! tell Yearin's Mum 'anyohosayo from Cambodia!' lol i have a lot of Korean friends. you could also tell her 'mulgogi chinguroh' which means 'fish is disgusting'. or 'hajima!'which means 'stop!' although why those are relevant i'm not exactly sure :)
exchange students are awesome :)