Vulgarities

Vulgarities

“I’m not going to teach you those,” Jorge said. “But how can we know what the kids are saying if you don’t teach us?” I asked. We were in Spanish class, focusing on Costeño idioms, including the phrase decir vulgaridades. It didn’t take long to convince him; Jorge stood up, walked over to the whiteboard, and […]

“Mul” on the floor

“Mul” on the floor

Some days, the words escape my mouth effortlessly. My accent lessens and the rr’s slide off my tongue in rhythm, like gliding across the dance floor in someone’s arms. Reir. Crear. Venir. Cerrar. Yesterday, my head spun and the sounds got caught in my throat. Uncomfortable, embarrassed and frustrated—I wanted to kiss the sounds and […]

고장 난 에어콘 하고 우리 집주인: writing stories in Korean

고장 난 에어콘 하고 우리 집주인: writing stories in Korean

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Asia, Korea, Language Learning, Narratives | 7 Comments

Three months ago, I began studying Korean full-time. Although my emotions constantly swerve along a spectrum of elation to agitation, I’ve surprised myself with my progression. Sure, I still make lots and lots of stupid mistakes, I frequently struggle to find the right words in conversations, and my vocabulary is very limited, but thanks to Geumgang […]

Last night’s dream

Last night’s dream

Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Language Learning, Musings | 4 Comments

Last night I dreamt that I was in Colombia. I knew I was in Colombia, even though I was in a large, florescent-lit room, surrounded by a committee of people preparing for a party. I was wearing a dress and scurrying about the room, making plates of appetizers filled with grapes and cheese and crackers. I wanted […]

How studying Korean made me realize some mistakes I’d made teaching English

How studying Korean made me realize some mistakes I’d made teaching English

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Asia, Korea, Language Learning, Musings | 14 Comments

Warning: This post may be a bit ranty because I’m mad at myself for failing my Korean midterm. I also have a speaking test on Tuesday which I will inevitably fail, and to top it off, I’m fucking hungry, and our cafeteria doesn’t serve dinner for another 45 minutes. It’s been awhile since I’ve studied […]

I’m [sketching] on Tumblr now!

I’m [sketching] on Tumblr now!

Just when I thought my brain would explode with sparks made of Twitter links and Facebook updates, I created a “Mapping Words: Sketches” Tumblr account. I was hesitant to delve into Tumblr for the longest time because I didn’t understand it; it seemed like a platform filled with overly-shared material and confusing threads with no “about me” page […]

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