Alrighty, just finished our–the first part of our medical checkup, but now we’re heading to the bus to get our chest x-rays to check for tuberculosis So, who are you? I’m Vinko Tomasic and I just peed in a cup It’s Wednesday morning, I just took a shower it’s about 6:55 We actually found out that they have a little alarm system They play some soft classical music to wake you up and then they have morning announcements in the dorms So, I just wanted to show you what the morning announcements are like That’s a live–that–one person’s just playing the piano live Ah, here we go Early that morning we headed off to get our medical checkup, which cost 50,000 won I didn’t film it for obvious reasons, but it was just a basic checkup where they took our height and weight, tested our vision and hearing, and took our heart rate and blood pressure They also took a blood sample, and if you have a needle or blood phobia, tell them, and they’ll take good care of you After that, we had to give a urine sample for a drug test, as well as get chest x-rays done Alrighty, just finished our–the first part of our medical checkup All the blood tests and blood work and urine tests, but now we’re headed to the bus to get our chest x-rays to check for tuberculosis So, who are you? I’m Vinko Tomasic and I just peed in a cup You just peed in a cup Are we going the right way, by the way? Because I’m kind of just following you I was just so engrossed in filming that… Okay, so we’re just gonna turn around now He’s half Croatian, half South African and I think that’s pretty cool It’s the best of both worlds! I’m American, and that just means I’m everything in Europe So now we have to find a small bus and– Small bus
-Yes Did you see how she asked us if that was fine, like it was emasculating? It’s irregular for the snow in South Africa and it is snowing a bit Well, it’s kind of just melting on the pavement It’s pretty heavy snow, it’s more like rain It’s honestly kind of sleeting
-Yeah It’s not that exciting
-It’s so lame! So yeah, we gotta find a small bus They both look quite large so… Okay, it’s not gonna be as emasculating as we thought it’d be So, what’s interesting is, I thought we’d be getting on that bus to go somewhere to get our x-rays, but actually they had the x-ray machine on the bus
-An x-ray bus And, if you could describe that whole process in one word what would it be? Efficient? Alright, so, the x-ray’s all done They gave us a little ham sandwich; there’s chicken but that was all gone and also vegetarian special So that’s nice, because we missed breakfast for this Simon, he has a blood phobia, right?
-Yeah Would you describe it as that?
-Woah So we had to get our blood drawn and how would you say–how accommodating were they? They were actually really, really helpful They calmed me down; just like pat me on the back Oh my God, I was so nervous
-Feel a lot better? So scared I was keep shaking, but they laid me onto the bed They like, made me focus on her eyes So she kept speaking to me And it’s just like–needle–I’m okay with needles So, that was just fine So when she’s done it, I felt a bit, do you know what I mean, weird Like, when it’s finished because it’s like my first time
-A little lightheaded or something? Yeah, yeah, yeah And then I felt really cold and then everyone gathered around and like, woah, and then they put me, they put me to bed again Well, not to bed, but you know,
-Just to rest Yeah, to rest again Put loads of covers on me, trying to warm me up, and then after that I feel a lot better Woah, but it was really– I shouldn’t be worried about it but yeah But I just have a phobia of blood, so… And you had to get your blood pressure and heart rate checked after that– because before–
-Yeah, I was fine with, well Obviously before the thing I was nervous so everyone’s like, “woah” Your blood, your blood is skyrocketing And I was like, “oh really?” So yeah, there’s nothing to be worried about Yeah, I didn’t think it was too bad Like, I don’t have a needle or blood phobia, so for me it was just a regular, you know, checkup and it was fine It took about, what, about an hour, probably an hour and a half? So it wasn’t too bad For people that like have phobias though, They’ll look after you, they’ll like, do everything
-Yeah and just, if you’re scared, just let them know and then they’ll just take care of you That’s all I have to say During the second class meeting, we voted on a class representative, which is basically a fancy title for “attendance taker” But, they do get a cool certificate at the end of the week I ran and gave a short speech, but I got completely destroyed by Lisa who stole my crown Sorry mom Everyone talk amongst their food here It’s so pretty Yeah, it’s like art on a plate Finally we got some decent starches, so–
-Decent starches? Dude I need, I need my American meal here I’m done!
-Simon’s all done Chow down How was it? It’s good! Well I’m really excited because, you know tonight they mixed up our welcome dinner Oh yeah!
-Yeah So–
-Same spot, same spot Yeah, they gave us some other meal yesterday and so we’re getting our welcome meal tonight Oh I’m Szu, I’m from London
-London? So why are you, why’d you choose Korea? Well, I’ve always been interested in Korean culture Also, I think it’s a nice–it’s a nice country to be in What city are you going to be teaching in? I don’t know yet, but I’m in 충남 (Chungnam), which is a province Okay, nice
-So yeah Well, say hello to my two million YouTube subscribers Hello two million! It’s actually eight Oh, hello eight! Eventually Yeah, eventually
-it’ll be 2 million Where are we now? Hi, we’re in orientation Oh, that is true And what’s this lecture about? Making your English more comprehensible Why can’t we be in this lecture hall always? This is so much nicer than the other one Let’s say you go to an elementary school because, like, more of you will be going to an elementary school So let’s say you go to an elementary school and the first day you go like, “Good morning, students!” And you know what? In the beginning, Korean elementary school kids are like military style, “Good morning teacher!” “So are you ready?”
-“Yes!” “Are you ready?”
-“Yes!!” “Okay, let’s start!” And you’re gonna see kids kind of leaning you’re gonna see them like this, kind of leaning towards their friends, like this and in Korean they’re gonna go like, “So, what’re we doing?” So all this time they were looking at you nodding, nodding, nodding, right? But that didn’t mean that they were understanding you “What kind of hat?” “It was a rain hat” “What color rain hat?” “It was white. White plastic” “Mmmm” “There was a white hat in the car” “Which car?” “The one I sold” Good, yeah, it’s a sad story But well read, well read, yeah, yeah Although your “mmm” sounded like you were gonna eat the hat, but it’s okay! We would just go to a park, more like a playground We would just sit in a circle and talk Correction, they would sit and talk, I would sit and watch, right? But, when they laugh, I would laugh with them “Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha” Not knowing why And when they get up and start running, I would run with them, you know, not knowing where we’re going So, you kind of have to be careful Never run faster than them you don’t know where you’re going I don’t know this guy but, you know, I guess my friends did He had this, you know, he had some kind of game, let’s call it a Gameboy, let’s say And he held it up like this Tilting it right to left, right to left, right… And he had this tone: Well, he was saying something in English, and, come to think of it, it must have been something like, I have a Gameboy, I’m not gonna let you play it–it was something like that, right? I don’t know what he’s saying, I don’t know English, but you don’t need a Master’s degree to know what he’s doing Right? He’s obviously bragging about his new Gameboy and we don’t like people who brag You know, you know unfortunately he was too big for me Gavin, who was bigger than him, said it loud and clear So? One word, that’s all it– One word and that had such a big impact on me Like, one word; I don’t know what that “so?” means But now, I know when and how to use it, I had the– I did not have the definition but I had the pragmatics I knew when and how to use that language When? When somebody brags How? With the intonation rising up, “So?” Yeah, you kind of have to have the face too, lifting up your chin a little “So?” yeah Guess what? From that day on, I was a cocky boy! So? Where did he talk? Did he talk up there, or down here? Up there Up there? That’s really intimidating, standing up there If you don’t mind, can I do it down here, is that okay? No! No? Okay, well there’s a door right there Alright guys, where we at? We are… lost, where are we? We’re at canteen The canteen a.k.a. opening dinner Check out the line, check out the line behind– look at that, isn’t that insane? There’s so many people
-Oh my God it’s crazy There’s like 10 people So how are you feeling about the food? Excited. Come on, the food here is awesome Awesome! If I could describe all Korean food with one word, that would be stereotyping and I’m not about that, but most Korean food is incredible
-Wow Try that in a British accent Try that again in a British accent
-Alright I’ll do the best I can, I haven’t honestly practiced the British accent all that much, but I do say, good sir, if I had to describe all the foods in Korea with one word, and only one word, I’d say that’s stereotyping but I would say that they do provide a lot of “vitamins” We’re at the front of the line
-Nice Steamed rice, white kimchi, mushroom soup, tofu miso soup, garlic baguette grilled drumsticks, bulgogi, sweet and sour pork/fruit sauce, crab meat salad, lettuce salad, blueberry dressing, sweet potato fries, soy sauce mixed with vinegar sweet pumpkin porridge, pickled cucumber, orange/strawberry, juice/coffee Alright, see you at the other side of this buffet line Alright It’s great! Does it–it looks good, doesn’t it?
-Yeah So, what are these called? Chips Ah, yeah, “chips” yeah What do you call them? French fries And then you call chips what? Chips? Chips, like potato chips Oh, we call them crisps “Crisps” We got some kimchi, some rice with some sauce garlic baguette, pork sandwich thing, some pickles, Your meal aside from this looks very American Yeah I know, it just happened that way Bulgogi and this is like–
-Wait, you didn’t get a drumstick? pork dumplings I did not get a–I did not get a drumstick An American-style drumstick?
-Yeah Except it’s so much smaller in Asia
-Yeah Don’t show him, he doesn’t like chicken
-You know– Except I don’t eat my friends Oh yeah! Idiot! Shut–ahh–oh my… You have three! What are you talking about? He doesn’t know! As they say in America, “Let’s eat all this food!” I don’t–they don’t–we don’t actually say that Let’s make America great again! Let’s make America full again! I actually–I just got this scarf in Ethiopia, yeah
-From Ethiopia! I traveled there to meet some friends and I worked there What did I do? He worked there As what? As a teacher! Yup, I taught there, yup and I got this scarf there English Program In Ethiopia Oh, EPIE! This is actually Angie’s scarf I’d like to say she didn’t notice I was wearing it right away, but she totally realized I was wearing it, like, immediately