Brock Odama vs. Meat Larmer or, Koreans are pretty useless spellers

Posted: November 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

Avoiding genetics, I’ll express the obvious in stating that Koreans are better students than Americans because they just crack the books more.  As a result, their test scores are jaw dropping. I’ve seen students cry when receiving a 94%.  There’s also this: on average, Korean students sleep ten less hours a week and study 12 more hours than American students.  Still, the culture of education seems to just be more prized here–the other day I saw an 8 year old dividing fractions with variables (Why ? I asked, “Because, fun!” she exclaimed.) But what happens when they aren’t prepared–especially in the perfection based study-and-regurgitate  high-stakes testing system of Korea?  The variable in my experiment was a simple impromptu spelling pop quiz for 3rd graders at my English academy in Yeosu, South Korea.  Not a scientific study, and certainly done not for anything except for my sadistic enjoyment because almost everyone blew off their homework.  I also needed to distract myself from doing yet another red state/blue state website scenario with today’s election.

“Charlie Kim, Outside Linebacker, THE Ohoo State University.”

The actual spelling test

1.) do the laundry

2.) take out the garbage

3.) put away the groceries

4.) English

5.) scissors

6.) Korea

7.) take pictures

8.) Mississippi

9.) Yeosu (the city we live in)

10.) spaghetti

11.) Barack Obama

12.) Mitt Romney

And now the actual student spelling tests

Jenny

1.) do the laundry

2.) take out the garbage

3.) put away the groceries

4.) gislrishe (hmmm…)

5.) scissors

6.) Korea

7.) take pictures

8.) Mipipissipi

9.) Yeosu

10.) spaghetti

11.) Berake Odama

12.) ?

Perry”

1.) do the laundry

2.) take out the garbage

3.) put away the groceries

4.) Ingrish (troubling, Perry)

5.)scieciss

6.) Korea

7.) take pictures

8.) Missouissipa

9.) Yousou

10.) spaghetti

11.) bourock Obama

12.) mit romni

Jake”

1.) do the laundry

2.) take out the garbage

3.) put away the gru (whatever the gru is, I want someone else to put it away)

4.) English

5.) scissors

6.) Koria

7.) take pictures

8.) NO

9.) Yeosu

10.) spagetay

Stay away from my spagetay!

11.) Barack Obama  (holy shit, Jake!)

12.) meat rameni  (a delicious snack or a horrifying terrorist)

“John”

1.) do the laundry

2.) take out the garbage

3.) put away the groceries

4.) Eisghilse (hoh boy)

5.) SCISSORS

6.) Korea

7.) take pictures

8.) bisipi

9.) Yosur  (vain, you probably think this test is about you…)

10.) spaghetti

11.) 버락 오바마

12.) meet lownee

“Max”

1.) do the laundry

2.) take out the garbage

3.) put away the groceries

4.) English

5.) sigurs

6.) Korea

7.) take puites

8.) I don know ^ ^

9.) qusue  (“Yeosu” starts with a fucking “Q”, dude? Really?!)

10.) sapatkty

11.) b

12.) me loug ree

Michelle

1.) do the laundry

2.) take out the garbage

3.) put away the groceries

4.) English

5.) scissors

6.) Koroe

7.) take pictures

8.) Ms. sispi

9.) Yeosu

10.) spargeti

11.) bruck Obama

12.) met romney  (Oh yeah? When?)

Amy

1.) do the laundry

2.) take a garbige  (something you do after eating Taco Bell)

3.) put are gursherry

4.) English

5.) scissors

6.) Korere

7.) take picksher

8.) I cant

9.) Yeosu

10.) spaghetti

11.) brack a Opmue

12.) meat lonry

“Cindy”

1.) do the laundry

2.) take out the garbage

3.) put away the groceries

4.) Eingreisch (Evidently Cindy is also studying German?)

5.) scissors

6.) Korea

7.) take pictures

8.) ᅲ I’m sorry Mr C  ᅲ ᅲ  (A korean emoticon often used in actual written writing. It denotes crying eyes.)

9.) Yeosu

10.) spaghetti

11.) barock obamma

12.) meet roomny

“Lina”

1.) Do the lmarbury

“Lstephon says wash your colors with cold water”

2.)  Take out the garedary

3.) put away the grosharies

4.) Eishgler (“And this is Chris, my Eishgler teacher…”)

5.) sciaras

6.) Korea

7.) take pictures

8.) Missapp

9.) Yesue (But you LIVE here!)

10.) Spaghetti (and you spell that one right?)

 11.) Brock abama

12.) Why?

Tiffany

1.) do the laundry

2.) take out the garbage

3.) put away the groceries

4.) English

5.) scissors

6.) Koriani

7.) take pictures

8.) Mississippi (HEYO!)

9.) Yeosu

10.) spaghetti

11.) buruck O

12.) meat raumney

“Brian”

1.) do the launga

2.) take out the garbage

3.) put away the groceries

4.) English

5.) scissors

6.) Gorea 

7.) take pictures

8.) Oh my got

9.) Yeosu

10.) spagherri

11.) baurake oudama

12.) Meat larmer

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