Saturday, December 28, 2013

Sookmyung Saturday #11: Korean games and crafts

Yes, I haven't been to Sookmyung University for Korean class since November 9.  But knowing that today would be a cultural event after an hour of class (our last cultural event was a trip to the National Museum of Korea), coupled with the fact that I hadn't seen my friends since the jjimjilbang weekend, I went into Seoul.

I met up with Anne for lunch beforehand, and then we found a big art shop in Hongdae so she could get some materials for her winter camp.

When we got to class a little late, we found out that the Level 1 test was today - not next week.  There was absolutely no reason for me to take it; I had only been to the first 2 of 8 classes in the level.  So the teacher said of course it was okay to sit out on the test, but to stay for the cultural event afterwards.  Yay!

So after the 15:00-16:00 class, we were sorted into different classrooms for some cultural fun and games.


Our first event was yunnori (also "yut-nori"), a Korean game often played on the Korean New Year.  My 6th graders had a reading about yunnori in one of their last units ("How do you say ~ in Korean?", that lesson), so I was excited to play for real.  It's a simple game that involves throwing four sticks into the air to determine how many spaces you can move on the board.

I don't know how, but every single time it was my turn to throw the sticks for my team, I got "yut," which means all four sticks landed with the flat side up.  So you get to move four spaces and throw again.  Our teacher was so excited when I kept throwing "yut".  (It felt kind similar to when I got that hole-in-one on the mini-golf hole that won me a free game in Vermont.)

Our level one class won both games!

Origami Hanbok

Next we made some origami hanbok, which is the name of traditional Korean clothing (another word I had learned during that same lesson with my 6th graders).

Then we wrote New Year's letters, and we were supposed to glue the origami hanbok to the letter (I didn't have room).

Korean Name Cards

In the final room we made Korean name cards (business cards?).  We were supposed to write our name, occupation, and other contact information if you want, and then decorate it with the handmade Korean paper they had available.

Mine says my name (in black), and "teacher" in blue (saun-sang-nim)

Rice Ball + Kimchi & Tofu

The food afterwards was a lovely surprise.  The volunteers had made 주먹밥 for us (one for each of us!), which they called rice balls.  They taught us that the first part of that word, 주먹, means "fist", and then 밥 is "rice", so it's like a fist of rice.  Apparently it's a common eat for university students, since it's quick and cheap.  There was tuna and kimchi inside, and the rice ball was wrapped in a sheet of dried seaweed.  It was good and filling, but I could barely eat half of one since I was still full from lunch.

The other item was kimchi and tofu, and then we were served hot tea and cookies afterwards.  A great Saturday, but probably one of the last Sookmyung classes I'll attend for the foreseeable future.  (I'll make more progress with the self-study books I have, plus my weekly conversation partner meetings.)
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