A few weeks ago, I started tutoring the two children of one of my former students. (I had dinner with them a few months ago.) He and his wife moved here from Korea while he pursues a degree in policy economics. Their kids are in American school, starting first and third grade in the fall. Having been here a year, their English is pretty good, though a little accented. Seungkook (my former student) asked me to tutor them to help with grammar and writing, so I’ve been meeting with them weekly.
After working with the kids (Hyunwoo and Eunkyung), I have gotten to eat dinner with their family. Instead of financial compensation, I requested to be eat some meals with them every once in awhile. Seungkook’s wife (Yongmi) is a really good cook, so it works out well.
After dinner tonight (curry, seaweed soup, kimchi, and…chicken fingers), we played games. The first one was yunnori (윷놀이), a traditional Korean game. It involves throwing sticks down on the ground and then moving pieces along a board. There was much enthusiasm for throwing the sticks on the ground:
Next, Seungkook taught us how to play Go-Stop, which is a gambling game in Korea. Someone had given me a set of cards a long time ago, but I never knew how to use them. I forgot to get a picture, but somehow I won. I think we may try to play again next week, so perhaps I will improve!