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Tuesday, September 06, 2011


is the Korean word for "oh yeah," as in the phrase you utter when you do something completely awesome, or things fall into place just perfectly.

The other night, I was down in Busan (Southeastern coast) visiting some friends. After an evening of eating, drinking, hanging out on the beach, swimming, frisbee, and hula-hooping until midnight, we were getting a taxi home. I was on interpreter duty:

Friends: Tell him to go to Busan National University.
Me: (convey to driver)
Driver: Shall I take the highway or the surface streets.
Me: (convey to friends)
Friends: No idea.
Me: They don't know. And I don't know because I'm not from around here. Just take us whichever way is fastest and easiest.
Driver: Ok.
(a few minutes pass)
Driver: So you're from Daegu, eh?
Me: Huh? Yeah. Wait, did I tell you that? Didn't I just tell you I wasn't from around here?
Driver: Yeah, but you seem like you're from Daegu.
Me: You mean my pronunciation?
Driver: No, not that. Just a feeling.

Total as-ssa moment, right?

On the other hand, it makes me realize: I'm ten weeks away from having been here for five years.