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Koreans Say the Darndest Things….In English

One of the things I love about being in another country is what you will hear on a daily basis. Someone who is not a native speaker can come up with some interesting things.

Today myself and two other co-workers were at a local park playing basketball when a Korean guy came up to the court. He didn’t say hi. He didn’t try to speak to us in Korean. He simply said, “Michael Jordon the HIV.” The funny part wasn’t that he got the name wrong. It was that he said HIV like it was the word hiv instead of saying H, I, V all separately.

I was in stunned shock at first  not knowing how to respond. Then he said it again. We quickly corrected him saying that it was Magic Johnson not Michael Jordan.

A day doesn’t go by here that you don’t see or hear something that is pretty funny. But you gotta give the guy credit for trying.

About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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