저는 문장 간단한 말 수 있어요

Translation: I can say simple sentences.

So I’ve taken to writing more in between my classes. It’s a win-win situation, as I’ve found I need to keep the sentences I tell the students simple as they’re a.) children, and b.) learning English. (Hell, the “keep it simple” rule of Occum’s thumb works just as well with kids who use English as a 1st language.) So I think of simple (간단하다) sentences, and then try to write them down in Korean before the next class comes marching in.

Wednesday (목요일) brought the perfect storm, as class started off with me being questioned by my students in the most rudimentary way.

S1: “Teacher, you eat food?”

Me: “Eat food? Yes, I eat food!”

S1: “Gimbab?”

Me: “Hurricane, Korean!”

(The kids aren’t allowed to use Korean in class. Now this is probably an error on my part, as Korean food names are generally okay, as there’s no English equivalent. But for some reason I was being an ass that day. But it lead to the next round of exchange which totally absolves me.)

S1 [looking towards classmates in shock and disbelief]: “Korean? Teacher eats Korean food?”

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As the evidence above shows, I didn’t do that bad translating this conversation. Granted, it was extremely simple, but that also corresponds to my level of Korean. I still have plenty of work to do, but looking at this, and thinking back to where I was three months ago, let alone two years ago, gives me hope for the future.

Not to toot my own horn (again), but even this post shows signs of improvement. The original title was “저는 문장 간단한 말해요” (I Say Simple Sentences). But that statement was too primitive even for my basic sensibilities. Then I remembered that I do technically know how to conjugate verbs to say “I can… V.” Here “to speak” (말하다) + “can do” (~을 수 있다.

Granted, it did take me a moment to remember the conjugation. I knew _수 있다, but had trouble remembering the ~을 onset. Certainly not seamless, but the more I use said conjugation the easier it’ll become to use.

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