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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

For a Laugh: English Key Phrases in Korea

A while back, my friend Min and I were drinking green tea lattes at Dunkin Donuts and he pulled out his Korean-English phrasebook. I read the "relationship" section and he asked if he could have used the lines, on Canadian girl, during his year abroad:

1. Please be yourself with me.
2. I need your arms to hold me.
3. She twined her arms around my neck.
4. When our eyes met, I was on cloud nine.
5. How can you tell me such a joke with a straight face?
6. Please, cry on my shoulder.
7. Kiss me by the book.
8. I will marry you and spend my life with you, if you don't mind.
9. Your beauty overwhelms me.
10. I can make your bed warm tonight... if you don't mind.

23 comments:

Josh said...

Great post! I laughed out loud.
The "if you don't mind" parts come off as creepy. There's an odd contrast between the boldness of "I can make your bed warm tonight" and the meekness of the addition "if you don't mind" that can almost qualify as cheeky, if delivered properly.

I miss you.

Ajith said...

Thats really some fun reading those TIPS. Wow nice blog out there

Fox said...
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Fox said...

You did say "no, you couldn't," right? Save the poor guy some embarrassment!

Eva Karrin McKinnon said...

Josh: Exactly. "I'm going to go jump off a bridge now, if you don't mind."

Ajith: Thanks!!!

Fox: It's no joke.

I told Min it's a good thing he was mostly friends with Koreans, in Canada. But then again, a Canadian girl would have thought he was trying to be funny.

glogger said...

That reminds me that I need to speak English carefully... :p

Fox said...

Hmmm, recently noticed that you were from Montreal. McGill grad? If you say Concordia I am gonna have a heart attack.

George C. said...

Hi Eva! I like your post, phrase 9 and 10 sounds really funny!

Eva Karrin McKinnon said...

Fox: Yes, a Concordia graduate. I'm going back (to Concordia) next winter. / I'm sure your French will improve! You should do a language exchange with a Francophone.

Glogger: hahaha, people will just think it's cute when you make a mistake.

George C.: Thanks (if you don't mind.)

Fox said...

Ahaha, what are the chances of me stumbling onto a Concordia Student abroad, especially in Korea?!
I am majoring in Classics at Concordia, sophomore at the moment. Wow, who knows, maybe we're gunna be in a same class someday.

Eva Karrin McKinnon said...

Fox: hahaha.

All the best at Concordia! Let me know how life in Montreal is. I can live vicariously through you.

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