School Life in South Korea and Finland

South Korea and Finland – what a stark contrast in school life.

Student life in South Korea: cram school till midnight, four hours of sleep are the norm, school attendance in high school till 10pm, high cost of cram school education, study for exams only, pressure to get into a top-notch university, etc.

Finnish students have a 20-work school week. This allows them to spend this extra time outside of school to do practical things:  meeting friends, spending time with family, having time to earn some money on the side, reading for pleasure, etc.

Quote of the Day

“To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler – and less trouble.”

– Doctor Van Dyke speech, 1906

This quote goes so well with an Upworthy video I had just watched. See for yourself how this 3rd grade teacher demonstrates what it is like to be discriminated in metaphors.

Watch A Teacher Make Her 3rd-Grade Kids Hate Each Other For The Best Reason Imaginable

What is Gangnam Style

Before my husband left this morning, I was humming a bit of Gangnam Style to myself. “I refuse to watch this”, he retorted. Only after I explained that PSY’s piece of music is a mocking of the rampant consumerism taking place in Gangnam, the richest and most expensive suburb of Seoul, did he show some interest.

Yes, Gangnam never sleeps. The young and rich are out cruising the streets at night in designer suits and Armani glasses. As one Korean expat noted, “You see more German cars in Gangnam than on German roads”.

Gangnam’s boom took place in the late 1990s with real estate prices rising to an all-time high. Now add designer shops, chic restaurants, high-class hotels, reputable cram schools, and young people with money to this.

PSY himself was born into a rich Gangnam family and I find it interesting that he now would take a swipe at his own class of people.

Daijoubu 大丈夫

The man and his dog, rescued after three days, replied to the question: 大丈夫ですか? (Are you okay?), with just a simple 大丈夫 (I’m okay).

Not only did he come out with a smile on his face, but he also said: “Let’s rebuild!”

Some angst-stricken Germans panic more than the Japanese themselves.

Thanks, Yoshiko, for sending this link!

The Secret – for German Learners

I have just run across this beautiful video clip again and while reading the accompanying statements shown throughout the clip, I knew this would be beneficial for students of German.

The Secret – Das Geheimnis (Arkana) Amazon.de for the German readers

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