“The Ocean.”

I work with a woman whose parents immigrated from Korea before she was born. We weren’t on the same team last year, but this year we are, and we’re getting along quite well. I gave her some kimchi last year and she later told me her aunt and mother were amazed a white woman made kimchi so well.

It’s nice having someone on the team who “gets” my experiences in Korea. She complained that a hat was too small and I said, “Yeah, cause your head is big.” The rest of the team thought I was joking, but I was just pulling out that old Korean line about how Koreans have big heads and she understand.

“I know, because Koreans have big heads!”

A few days ago she saw my fish pastry, and begged for one. I didn’t have any extras, and she put her hands together, and whined, “Nuna, Nuna…” (Yes, she calls me Nuna and not Eonni.)

The next day I stole into her room when she wasn’t there and left two ham and cheese filled fish pastries on her desk.

Twenty minutes later, I got an email.

Shut up! Omgeeeee, ham and cheese! AUGHHHHH! =D I CAN’T WAIT TO EAT IT!

My students asked me, “Where did you get the fish?””

Straight faced, “The ocean.”

One thought on ““The Ocean.”

  1. Comment from: david [Visitor]
    so funny
    12/24/11 @ 12:21

    Comment from: Helena [Visitor] · http://wedoitthehardway.blogspot.com/
    Love it! (But why does she call you nuna?)
    12/25/11 @ 10:04

    Comment from: admin [Member]
    I don’t know, same reason that Sister sometimes calls Good Man “hyeong,” I think. Actually, Sister mostly calls him Hyeong to his face, although she refers to him at Oppa to me and to her parents. Good Man says it’s kind of slang, sort of like “dude.”
    12/25/11 @ 14:26

    Comment from: Anno [Visitor] · http://acquiringkorean.wordpress.com
    Interesting! i’ve heard that in some companies in Seoul younger girls call the older guys 형 because 오빠 sounds too affectionate.. . .

    And sometimes guys call waitresses or store clerks 언니.

    I never heard a girl calling another girl 누나 though. 신기하네요 !
    12/25/11 @ 17:53

    Comment from: admin [Member]
    Yeah, if I knew the whole hyeong for a female thing when I lived in Seoul, I probably would’ve used it to refer to Master and some other guys I knew. Oppa is just too…romantic drama-like.
    12/26/11 @ 17:38

Comments are closed.