Monday, March 09, 2009

#991 Woosuk From Korea, Doodling Experiment

Show 991 Monday 9 March
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Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today’s guest is Woosuk. He’s from Seoul in South Korea. He came to Japan in October and he studied at a language school in Tokyo for three months and then arrived in Hokkaido in January and he stayed here in Niseko for the season.

I asked him how long he’d been studying Japanese in Korea before he came here.

I had studied Japanese for two months from last summer. So from last summer I decided to study Japanese. So that’s why I went to Tokyo and then that’s why I’m staying in Hokkaido, so I can enjoy snowboarding and then I can study Japanese.


Kia ora in Stick News today a study by a psychologist in England says that doodling helps you pay attention.

Time magazine reported 40 participants were involved in a study on doodling by a psychologist from a university in southern England. The participants were split into two groups. Everyone was asked to listen to a tape and write down the names of the people mentioned in the recording. Half the group were asked to shade in some little squares and circles on a piece of paper while they listened. When the recording finished the paper was removed and everyone was asked to orally recall the names mentioned. The doodlers recalled 29% more information than non-doodlers. Apparently doodling helps memory because it: forces your brain to expend just enough energy to stop it from daydreaming but not so much that you don't pay attention.

And that was Stick News for Monday the 9th of March.
Kia ora.

conversations with sarah
#623 How did you learn English?

Step 1: Repeat Sarah's lines.
Step 2: Read Sarah’s lines and talk to Woosuk.

Sarah Did you learn a lot studying at the language school in Tokyo?

Woosuk Yeah, I think so, cause, you know, there was nothing to do but study. So, I studied all day and there were, there were a lot of homework so it made me … it pushed, it pushed me to study hard, so, yeah, it worked very well.

Sarah How did you learn English?

Woosuk I went to Canada. So … and … I had a working holiday visa. So I went to Canada and I went to school and I worked in a Canadian company or some restaurant. So I, yeah, could learn English there.

Sarah What part of Canada were you in?

Woosuk The first time when I went to Canada, I went to Vancouver. And then I stayed there for three months and I went to language school. After that I moved to … the Calgary … is the middle of Canada. I went there and then I worked for a small hotel and then … I stayed there for five months then I moved to Whistler and then I stayed there for eight months, maybe, about eight months, eight months. And I worked there at night, in a restaurant and then I went to mountain at day time.

Sarah Did working in Canada help to improve your English?

Woosuk Yeah, I … cause I was the only Asian there. I, I worked in the kitchen so everybody was, was … Canadian. So, I, yeah, so I had to speak English every single time so, yeah, it helped me a lot.

Sarah What do you think is a good way to study English?

Woosuk Actually I think that studying English in, like, in school is … is kind of boring. So, and then, I think language things, language is … we can’t learn language just in the school, cause in the language there are, there are, there are cultures and there are, like, lifestyle. There are many things inside language. So I think if somebody wants to learn some languages, I think, somebody … they should go to their country, I mean, other countries.
I had studied English for about ten years, from the middle school, but when I met the foreign people in Seoul, my country, Korea, I couldn’t say anything in front of them. So that’s why I decided to go abroad and try to learning, learning English in other countries, so, yeah, and it worked, it really worked well.

Sarah In Japan, do people usually think you’re Japanese?

Woosuk Yeah, many people asked me in Japanese and then, when I couldn’t understand and they kind of surprised and then they tried to speak in English in Niseko. Cause many of my friends, many of my Japanese, said I look like Japanese. Cause we don’t have this kind of long hair and then, like, Korean doesn’t … Korean, Korean people don’t wear this kind of hoodies and like, it’s not usual in Korea. So many people think I’m Japanese, but I’m Korean.

Sarah What are your plans for the future?

Woosuk Ah, it’s very hard to explain cause I’m still student in university and then I’m senior and I have just one more semester. So actually from next week I need to go back to school and then I need to finish my last semester and then from summer I need to find a job. But, um, now is the Korean economy is very dangerous. So, I heard there, there are, there are just a few jobs for job seekers, so I can’t say anything. I may work for some company this year or I may come back here and then shred one more season. Who knows?

Sarah What are you studying?

Woosuk My major is Korean linguistics and … Korean linguistics and literature. The grammar things is very hard to study in Korea but cause I have studied the difficult grammar for, like for five years … four years so that, so it, it helps, it helps me a lot when I study Japanese.

Sarah Why did you choose that?

Woosuk When I was in high school I hated math, I hated English and I hated like art, music. But it was Korean linguistics were … it was the only subject what I like, so there was no choice.

* This interview was held on Monday 23 February 2009 at studio tdes, MSK JR Apartment, Kutchan, Japan.


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