International students appear at guesthouse daughter’s place [Guesthouse Daughters / 2017.05.02]

International students appear at guesthouse daughter’s place [Guesthouse Daughters / 2017.05.02]

August 26, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


(Spring is upon the campus this April) (Follow the road into the beautiful campus) (Is where the members will meet their tenth guests) Hello. Hello. You know where we are, right, Misook? – Of course. / – Where are we? – Yonsei University. / – Yonsei University. This is Yonsei University Foreign Language Institute. It was established in 1959 and more than 100,000 foreigners studied here. Are we going to meet foreigners today? You’re quick. The reason we are in front of this building is we are here to comfort students from overseas who miss their home countries. Comfort them with what? With allowance or food. I need to be comforted, too. I’m having a hard time these days. Who’s going to comfort me? We have someone who will comfort you. Since we are at the Foreign Language Institute, three special guests came to comfort you. They are standing right there. Zhang Yuan, Sam Okyere, and announcer Kim Iljung. – Welcome. / – Hello. Nice to meet you. – Hello. / – Hello. Look at him stand right by a beautiful woman. I didn’t want the men to stand on one side only. Please introduce yourselves first. Hello. It’s been a while since I’ve been on KBS at this time. I’m entertainer Kim Iljung. Nice to meet you. Yes, you are an entertainer now. You’re not on the news. I wasn’t on the news much even when I was an announcer. (Oh no) Hello. I’m Zhang Yuan from China who appears on television. Nice to meet you. He speaks Korean so well. You’ve never attended this school, right? This is the school I attended as soon as I came here. I started from basic grammars here. This is where I learned Korean. It’s great to be here again. It’s your alma mater. (What’s that?) He doesn’t know what alma mater is. Hello. (Yuan, you need to learn Korean more) I’m Sam Okyere and I’m making my comeback on KBS. Are you considered handsome in Ghana? Or just average? How can he answer that himself? I would be popular in Ghana. Do they recognize you in Ghana, Sam? They started to recognize me starting this year. I am starring in Ghanaian dramas. Can you? I was in one. What I heard is that Sam can’t speak Ghanaian. Try. You can’t. Sam forgot how to speak Ghanaian, so he attends a foreign language institute there. (Hahahahaha) We don’t have time to chat here. Let’s get going to meet the students attending the Foreign Language Institute. Let’s go. Hello. (Nice to meet you) (Foreigners) (We are all foreigners) (Okyere is surprised to see foreigners) Anyone would see that you’re a foreigner. Hello. (Nice to meet you) – It’s amazing, right? / – Yes. (These foreigners are welcoming the members) It’s very global here. I should teach them about the Korean culture. When an older person comes, you’re supposed to stand up and say hello. (Korean manners 1: Stand up and greet older people) (Misook is facing away from the camera to say hi) (Satisfied) Koreans bow, too. (We’ll do that on New Year) You’re supposed to sit once the eldest sits. This is the Korean culture. (Thanks for the education) Nice to meet you. This is awesome. What are you doing here, Lee Seungjun? (Former national basketball team member Lee Seungjun) (Who won the Best Dunker Award two years in a row) I came to Korea ten years ago to play basketball. I didn’t have much time to study back then. Now I have a lot of free time. I want to learn Korean more. His shoulders are so big. He is so handsome. Iljung, how tall are you? I’m 190cm tall. Let’s compare the proportions. There’s no need… Let’s compare you two. (Unbelievable) (2m 5cm tall) – How tall are you? / – 205cm tall. But my head is bigger than his. I’m used to being next to someone this tall. Would you like to stand in the middle? Seo Janghoon is tall but not as handsome. They are both over two meters tall. His head is really small. It’s because I was standing next to him. I think he will become an actor soon. Let’s start with Manuel from Venezuela. Please introduce yourselves. Hello. I’m Manuel. I’m currently attending Harvard University in America. (A Harvard student!) Bachelor’s degree. I came to Korea last September and have been learning Korean. He’s a genius. A genius. Hello. I’m Olga from Ukraine. I’m a Korean professor in Ukraine. You’re teaching Korean in Ukraine? Yes, I am. You’re teaching our language there? Thank you. (Korean) Our language. She said “our language.” Hello. I’m Natasha from Russia. I was originally studying abroad in Japan. Then I met my Korean boyfriend. That’s peculiar. That’s how I ended up in Korea. Are you still with that boyfriend? Yes. We’re living together. (Surprised) Are you thinking of marriage, too? Yes, I am. Please introduce yourself, Ani. I got all the way to my master’s degree in Armenia and now I’m studying Korean Proficiency level 6. (Level 6 is the top level in Korean proficiency) Level 6? Then she’s going to take an exam? Yes. A written exam. I think his Korean is more fluent than Siyeon. (Okyere is more Korean than a real Korean) I’m next to her and I haven’t heard her voice yet. She has a cold. (I lost my voice…) Lastly, please introduce yourself, Anna. – She’s like a doll. / – No, I’m not. Let me wind you first. (Even foreigners understand Sugeun’s gag) Her eyes are like doll’s eyes. Anne Hathaway. Please introduce yourself. Hello. I’m Anna from America. I taught English in Jeonju for a year. But now I’m studying Korean in Seoul. She was an English teacher in Jeonju, but she wanted to study Korean more. Do you know who we are? We saw you on television. On TV? Which program? “Guesthouse Daughters.” (They watched this program in advance) What a grateful program. It’s nice to meet you all. It’s nice to meet you. Is there a part of Korean culture you don’t understand? I have one. Wedding ceremonies in my country are different. In Armenia, a wedding ceremony lasts all day long. (I see) But it’s only an hour in Korea. It’s over in an hour. There’s not enough time to eat. I don’t get that. How does the ceremony last all day? – From morning to night. / – From morning to night. Like a party? How does the Korean culture differ, Natasha? When Koreans go to a restaurant, if it’s crowded, they wait in line. Russians don’t wait in line to eat. They wait because the food there is good. There are other restaurants and we’re hungry. Waiting for 20- 40 minutes. That’s what you don’t understand. Our country has that. (He’s funny) People think that restaurant must be really good. We have to eat there. Like that. When I first came to Korea, girls would hold hands or men would walk with arms around each other’s shoulders. I thought that was weird. What does that mean? Particularly, when I was practicing Taekwondo, a man was massaging another man. Right. I felt a culture shock then. When we go to public baths, Koreans put soap on each other. When Park Chanho was playing baseball in America, that’s what he did and everyone stared at him. A man putting soap another man’s back. Did you ever feel that? (Lee Seungjun also went through the same thing) After a game, we took a shower together. Players wanted to help other out, so they went to put soap on their backs. (Don’t! That’s a foul!) (Hahahaha) “What’s going on?” They were all shocked. He really does look angry. That’s Korean culture. If the person looks like this… “Stay still!” Then it’s okay. (Wicked) (Understand) What about you, David? When people date, women act like children. For example… (Hahahaha) Buy me that. Acting cute. (Don’t do that, Okyere) If you do that in my country, you become a weird person. (David is not familiar with Korean women’s cuteness) Women acting cute… You don’t have that in Russia? No. – What about in America? / – No. Japanese women are cute, right? Right. Japanese women act very cute. How do they do that? “Ehh? Ehh? Delicious!” Right. (Agree) Your reaction is the best. (We don’t understand that) They can’t stand to look. You don’t act cute at all? Try it. (Hesitant) Honey. Try that. Honey. Fail. What about you? (Biting down hard / Honey) (Not bad) Anna, what about you? (Looking scared) Baby! That’s being scared. Natasha, you have a Korean boyfriend. You have a Korean boyfriend. Honey. – She’s good. / – Indeed. (That’s nothing) Thanks for being with us today. I wish all of you luck in Korea. Thank you for being with us.