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Post  Jason Renshaw on Thu Mar 27 2008, 14:18

Please use this thread to post your edited Twisty-turny Story, based on the activity we did in class on March 27.

Click on "add reply" and type up your story. Please type the story's main title and list the various students who contributed as co-authors under the title. For each student's contribution, please type it as an individual paragraph. Leave line spaces to separate each of the paragraphs.

Remember that you are to use your own judgment on how best to edit the overall story to include all the students' original content contributions, but to make the overall story more cohesive and expressive.

Best of luck with it!

~ Jason


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"The Best Birthday Party in Life"

Post  Lee Pilsu on Fri Mar 28 2008, 13:09

"The Best Birthday Party in Life"

(Jung Yoo-jin, Kim Sun-young, Park Mi-hyun, Hwang Yun-kyoung, Ryu Jeong-a, Park Bong-kyeong)

There was a lovely house in a deep forest. It was decorated with very delicious biscuits and chocolate. I had lived there for twenty years with my mom and dad. It was a Sunday morning, and it was also my birthday. All of the animals in the forest came to my birthday party.

Since I was five, I've always wanted to communicate with animals. But it seems to be very difficult to learn animals language. I picked up only a few phrases. But still I couldn't understand a thing when the animals speak each other. My parents, however, were excellent at speaking animal's language. It was a complete mystery to me how come they are good at it while I am not.

It was sad that I couldn't speak animal's language. I was the only one who couldn't. Although all the animals in the neighborhood came over to my place to celebrate my birthday, I couldn't talk with them. They approached to me, giving me presents, saying "blablabla", which I interpreted as "Happy Birthday" from the context of speaking. Although I was so happy to receive gifts from them, I couldn't continue the conversation with them no longer. All the words they were speaking sounded like all the same "blablabla." If I turn this way, I could hear "blabla", and if I turn that way, another "blablabla"

What on earth those "blabla" mean? With no one to talk to, I felt alone. I decided to hide in the closet. When they find that I was missing, they will feel sorry for neglecting me. That's what I thought. I was not just pretending. I was really lonely, indeed. However the closet I was in was so dark and smelled bad. What's worse I found myself locked inside. I got puzzled. I let out a cry and called for help. No one came. Soon I got tired and fell asleep, murmuring to myself "blablablabla"

In my dream, a big black pig came over me and asked me what presents I wanted to be given. So I preyed to him, 'Please, let me also have the special ability to talk with the other animals.' Then surprisingly the big black pig turned to a small white pig. At that moment, I felt somebody shaking me and I woke up. It was just a dream.

It was my mom who found me. I went to the dinner table with my mom. On that table I saw the exactly same white pig that I had seen in my dream. 'What a coincidence,' I said to myself. When my mom was trying to cut the pig with a sharp knife, I called out at top of my voice to my mom, "Please, don't eat it, mom. It's the pig I've seen in my dream. it had promised to give me the power to communicate with animals." After hearing my explanation, my dad who was the best animal language speaker ever, had a surprised look on his face. He was awe-struck, his eyes and mouth wide open. I couldn't get why he was so surprised like that. I continued explaining my dream and now all the animals turned to me with the same shocked expression on their faces. I still couldn't understand why. My mother came to me and said, "How did you become so fluent in animal's language all of sudden?" Now my father said, "You were explaining your dream, or whatsoever, in ANIMAL'S LANGUAGE." Now the animals all chorused rejoicingly, "Miracle Happened. This Kid Now Speaks Our Language"

I was jumping with joy. After several years listening to animal's language, I had thought I failed to learn it. Now all over sudden, it paid off and I can speak the language as well as understanding it. It wasn't for nothing that I was exposed to animal's speaking "blablabla" for the painfully long time.

At 11 in the evening, when every guest returned to their home, I lied down on my stomach on my bed, thinking the unbelievable change in me. I thought about the white pig that changed from the black pig in my dream. Maybe the color "dark" means that I can't understand the animal's language, and "white" means that I got enlightened from my ignorance. Before go to sleep I broke off a white chocolate instead of black one from my bed which was all made of chocolate, and popped it into my mouth and smiled. 'Well, at first I thought today was the worst birthday in my life, but turned out to be the best birthday party in my life.'


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How to Get Along with a Stranger

Post  kiera on Sun Mar 30 2008, 09:14

How to Get Along with a Stranger

by Ji-Hyun Park, Hye-Jin Lee, Ok-Sun Jeung, Sung-han Bae, Kyeong-Jin Lee, Yu-Jin Lee, Yoo-Jin Jung and Sun-Young Kim.


It's really difficult to get along with strangers. The first thing you should do is to memorize some jokes to break the ice between you and a stranger. Once you have some small talk and break the ice with him/her, you'll feel less stressful about getting along with strangers. The second one you should do is to be open-minded. Since we're all human being, we all have something common.

First of all, Start talking with some questions like "What a nice weather!" , "What do you usually do on weekends?"" or "I've been to Japan. Have you ever been to any foreign countries?". This could be one of the safest way to start conversation. Then you can find that the strangers who you are talking with and yourself are getting to feel more comfortable.

However, there is a subtle difference between man and woman in choosing the conversation topics. Here are some additional tips for starting conversation, especially for man. For example, woman and man have different point of views. If man wants to get along with a woman, just start with her favorite things, which man must get information at the beginning of conversation. Relatively, woman are interested in the emotional and detail subjects such as cooking or happiest time, something like that.

Secondly, you should be more open-minded when you first start a conversation with a stranger. Here is an interesting episode. One day, a woman has a chance to get along with a stranger, a beautiful woman. In order to break the ice, she says something emotional. Unfortunately, the beautiful woman doesn't seem to understand what she says and doesn't feel interested at all. She gets embarrassed. Actually, the beautiful girl was man in the past and even worse, she is not able to hear because of illness.

She is really angry with this beautiful girl, because she doesn't know about the girl's secrets. She is so upset, so she hits the girl. The girl calls the police, but it takes a long time for the police to arrive.

So these two people inevitably tries breaking the ice, now in a different way. She finds that the beautiful girl is unable to hear so she apologizes to the girl for hitting her. The girl accepts her apology and introduces herself again through writing. Now, she realizes that the girl is a transgender and she is a good person, and they become friends.

As you can see, breaking the ice is the most important thing when you met a stranger. In order to interact with a stranger better, you should choose normal and safe topics. You can prepare a common jokes or a small talk about weather. In addition, you should be more open-minded since there are various kinds of people in different situations. That is, breaking the ice should be based on understanding with each other. I hope these tips should be helpful for you.


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Superman returns II (Superman always says...)

Post  Ryu Jeong A on Sun Mar 30 2008, 14:34

Bae Sung Han, Lee Kyeong Im, Lee Yu Jin, Jung Yoo Jin, Kim Sun Young, Park Mi Hyun, Hwang Yun Kyung, Ryu Jeong A.

People always missed and respected superman, because they were able to learn what justice is, what they should do for their neighbors, etc. Even they sometimes dreamed meeting him in their dreams. Now, it's time for their dreams to come true. One day...

Superman happened to appear in Daegu. He really wanted to explain he wasn't a difficult person to meet. Unfortunately, however, he could speak English only. Whenever he tried to help and talk to Daegu citizens, he was refused because they were afraid to speak in English. So, he thought something went wrong in English education of Daegu.

Later he felt he should renovate English education in Daegu. So, he decided to meet the mayor of Daegu. Meeting him and his aides, superman talked about the seriousness of English education and said he wanted to help them. Then they made an agreement to educate citizens by developing new English education system. For the sake of solving that problem together, superman became a CEO of English Education corporation.

Superman's business was such a success, but he suddenly disappeared. He was seriously thinking about his gender identity. In fact, Superman always admired wonder woman's shinning tiara. So, he decided to get a surgery.

The superman became a woman. Now, superman doesn't exist any longer.

People in Daegu Education Department was very surprised to find that superman had gone. They tried to find him using every possible way. They even made a UCC of finding superman. One day, a woman called to the mayor and told him that she knew where he was and wanted to make an appearance on air.

Finally, the mayor met her on live TV show. Amazingly, she was the very wonder woman and really gorgeous than expected. She said the shocking story to the public, "Actually, superman always said he wanted to be a woman. While helping the others make their dreams come true, he found himself that he also could make his dream of becoming a woman come true and in the end he made it However, as you know, most of the people dislike and disrespect the trans genders. That's why he, no, no, now 'she' can't show up to the public." Even before ending her remark, there came a lot of encouraging messages on the web eagerly hoping the comeback of the super woman. Seeing this, the mayor politely requested her coming back to Daegu, saying, "I think they are already ready to meet and accept the new hero." With a determined look, the wonder woman removed her fake mask and outfits, and then a brilliant figure appears, super woman. 'Superman' returned at last, with a different but more attractive look.
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No More Happy Endings ~!

Post  Oksun on Sun Mar 30 2008, 17:14

No More Happy Endings ~!
written by Kim Hyojin,Moon Namsuk, Kim Youngah, Kim Jinyoug,Park Boyun, Park Jihyn and Lee Hyejin

Everybody likes "happy ending"story in real life or even soap operas on TV. It's like everybody's hope in their lives, so we wish main actor and actress can get together even if they met with an accident or some difficulties.

Sometimes we are told the saying,"No pain, No gain." So perhaps many people like "happy ending" much more after they experienced some bad things. But I think "happy ending" is a little boring idea in a movie or soap operas. Even a korean movie "Happy Enging" didn't show real happy ending.

Therefore ,we need something opposite to "happy ending" like pitiful lives or psychotic stories. These kinds of movies really sound interesting to us. Like "Prison Break", there is a movie which has a lot of brutal scenes. Despite those bad things, most of viewers are crazy about it. Many critics question the morality of those topics, though.

By the way, korean TV dramas and movies tend to be made in a quite different way . They let the viewers choose and make the story. Whenever they needed next stories or synopses, they would ask viewers on phones or by internet to make a decision. So all dramas and movies turned out quite crazy , depending on how koreans are feeling or thinking during those votes(votes about the next episode.)

But you know what? People started to blame the writer for being undecisive. Now people want to have a special story which is based on the writer's creative work, not on public opinions. What do you think the writers should do? Which one is better? To keep asking audience or do on their own? We need to find a solution, without spending much money getting that answer. I'm of the opinion that it's up to the writer's creativity.

Yes. Writers should be as creative as possible. When we watch TV dramas or see movies, we can easily notice what's going on, what will happen next ,who will be dead and who will be happy in the end. We don't want to see boring and obvious endings anymore. I mean, we are sick and tired of some thing like " ~~lived happily ever after."

Writers! Try to think outside of the box. You can be very imaginative and amazing writers. Do not rely on featuring famous actors and actresses for making a big hit.
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Re: Twisty-turny stories (engaging practical writing activity)

Post  Jason Renshaw on Sun Mar 30 2008, 18:34

Lee Pilsu wrote:"The Best Birthday Party in Life"

(Jung Yoo-jin, Kim Sun-young, Park Mi-hyun, Hwang Yun-kyoung, Ryu Jeong-a, Park Bong-kyeong)

There was a lovely house in a deep forest. It was decorated with very delicious biscuits and chocolate. I had lived there for twenty years with my mom and dad. It was a Sunday morning, and it was also my birthday. All of the animals in the forest came to my birthday party.

Since I was five, I've always wanted to communicate with animals. But it seems to be very difficult to learn animals language. I picked up only a few phrases. But still I couldn't understand a thing when the animals speak each other. My parents, however, were excellent at speaking animal's language. It was a complete mystery to me how come they are good at it while I am not.

It was sad that I couldn't speak animal's language. I was the only one who couldn't. Although all the animals in the neighborhood came over to my place to celebrate my birthday, I couldn't talk with them. They approached to me, giving me presents, saying "blablabla", which I interpreted as "Happy Birthday" from the context of speaking. Although I was so happy to receive gifts from them, I couldn't continue the conversation with them no longer. All the words they were speaking sounded like all the same "blablabla." If I turn this way, I could hear "blabla", and if I turn that way, another "blablabla"

What on earth those "blabla" mean? With no one to talk to, I felt alone. I decided to hide in the closet. When they find that I was missing, they will feel sorry for neglecting me. That's what I thought. I was not just pretending. I was really lonely, indeed. However the closet I was in was so dark and smelled bad. What's worse I found myself locked inside. I got puzzled. I let out a cry and called for help. No one came. Soon I got tired and fell asleep, murmuring to myself "blablablabla"

In my dream, a big black pig came over me and asked me what presents I wanted to be given. So I preyed to him, 'Please, let me also have the special ability to talk with the other animals.' Then surprisingly the big black pig turned to a small white pig. At that moment, I felt somebody shaking me and I woke up. It was just a dream.

It was my mom who found me. I went to the dinner table with my mom. On that table I saw the exactly same white pig that I had seen in my dream. 'What a coincidence,' I said to myself. When my mom was trying to cut the pig with a sharp knife, I called out at top of my voice to my mom, "Please, don't eat it, mom. It's the pig I've seen in my dream. it had promised to give me the power to communicate with animals." After hearing my explanation, my dad who was the best animal language speaker ever, had a surprised look on his face. He was awe-struck, his eyes and mouth wide open. I couldn't get why he was so surprised like that. I continued explaining my dream and now all the animals turned to me with the same shocked expression on their faces. I still couldn't understand why. My mother came to me and said, "How did you become so fluent in animal's language all of sudden?" Now my father said, "You were explaining your dream, or whatsoever, in ANIMAL'S LANGUAGE." Now the animals all chorused rejoicingly, "Miracle Happened. This Kid Now Speaks Our Language"

I was jumping with joy. After several years listening to animal's language, I had thought I failed to learn it. Now all over sudden, it paid off and I can speak the language as well as understanding it. It wasn't for nothing that I was exposed to animal's speaking "blablabla" for the painfully long time.

At 11 in the evening, when every guest returned to their home, I lied down on my stomach on my bed, thinking the unbelievable change in me. I thought about the white pig that changed from the black pig in my dream. Maybe the color "dark" means that I can't understand the animal's language, and "white" means that I got enlightened from my ignorance. Before go to sleep I broke off a white chocolate instead of black one from my bed which was all made of chocolate, and popped it into my mouth and smiled. 'Well, at first I thought today was the worst birthday in my life, but turned out to be the best birthday party in my life.'






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Funny Things That Happened To Me

Post  kim young-ah on Sun Mar 30 2008, 19:15

Titled by Kim Ji-Young, Written by Joo Un-Jin, Kim Bo-Yeun, Kim Hyo-Jin,Jung Ji-Eun, Jung Sung-Yoon, Moon Nam-Suk and Kim Young-Ah.

One day, I met a magician. He said, "I'll give you anything that you want. But you must keep it a secret." First I laughed at him and thought he was making fool of me. I just said, "Be my servant." I was just joking , thinking he was very strange. But he was so serious and said, "OK. I will be your servant. But you must not tell it to anybody."

And he said to me, "If you reveal the secret, you have to be my servant and you should do whatever I want." "OK. Sure. No problem." I said. I wanted the magician to make everything that I wanted. As time went by, I felt that the magic was not interesting any more to me, so I decided to become a magician, thinking that I could do anything and get anything including a servant.

So, I called the magician and asked him " Hey, servant! I want to be a magician just like you. Can you help me?" Then, he seemed to be thinking about it for a second and accepted it. But he suggested to me one condition.

"Of course, I can make you a magician. But, you have to go to the HOGWARTS school and study there. You know why? It is the time to follow your destiny. You were destined to be a great magician, Harry Potter!" I couldn't say anything in front of him. Am I Harry Potter?

"Yes. " he said. "Even though I go to HOGWARTS school alone, and if I got the more magic power and I were a magician, it wouldn't matter to me at all." I thought. "OK! I'll try but what if I go there with my best friend. I'm afraid of the loneliness."

"That's one of your duties that you have to overcome." he said. I was quite curious about that, but I wasn't quite sure whether I could handle this situation alone at the same time. Therefore I called my best friend to get her opinion after thinking about it for several days. She said that she'd be willing to go with me because she knew very well how scared I would be in my being alone. Suddenly, the magician appeared, and said "OK. You've my servant from now."

At the moment, I was at a loss. As soon as I became his servant, I was made to catch up with him, to run with a bus, to clean up his laboratory, etc..... Finally, I had the difficulties done, as he ordered. But, without knowing myself, I had already arrived at HOGWARTS school and I had finished the magic course. What happened to my best friend? Nowhere she was. I cried and cried. Just then someone hit my back. She was....
She was.... my MOM. "Why don't you get up and wash your face? Be late for school. Hurry up!" All was a dream. Ha ha ha.


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Re: Twisty-turny stories (engaging practical writing activity)

Post  Jason Renshaw on Sun Mar 30 2008, 20:24

kiera wrote:How to Get Along with a Stranger

by Ji-Hyun Park, Hye-Jin Lee, Ok-Sun Jeung, Sung-han Bae, Kyeong-Jin Lee, Yu-Jin Lee, Yoo-Jin Jung and Sun-Young Kim.


It's really difficult to get along with strangers. The first thing you should do is to memorize some jokes to break the ice between you and a stranger. Once you have some small talk and break the ice with him/her, you'll feel less stressful about getting along with strangers. The second one you should do is to be open-minded. Since we're all human being, we all have something common.

First of all, Start talking with some questions like "What a nice weather!" , "What do you usually do on weekends?"" or "I've been to Japan. Have you ever been to any foreign countries?". This could be one of the safest way to start conversation. Then you can find that the strangers who you are talking with and yourself are getting to feel more comfortable.

However, there is a subtle difference between man and woman in choosing the conversation topics. Here are some additional tips for starting conversation, especially for man. For example, woman and man have different point of views. If man wants to get along with a woman, just start with her favorite things, which man must get information at the beginning of conversation. Relatively, woman are interested in the emotional and detail subjects such as cooking or happiest time, something like that.

Secondly, you should be more open-minded when you first start a conversation with a stranger. Here is an interesting episode. One day, a woman has a chance to get along with a stranger, a beautiful woman. In order to break the ice, she says something emotional. Unfortunately, the beautiful woman doesn't seem to understand what she says and doesn't feel interested at all. She gets embarrassed. Actually, the beautiful girl was man in the past and even worse, she is not able to hear because of illness.

She is really angry with this beautiful girl, because she doesn't know about the girl's secrets. She is so upset, so she hits the girl. The girl calls the police, but it takes a long time for the police to arrive.

So these two people inevitably tries breaking the ice, now in a different way. She finds that the beautiful girl is unable to hear so she apologizes to the girl for hitting her. The girl accepts her apology and introduces herself again through writing. Now, she realizes that the girl is a transgender and she is a good person, and they become friends.

As you can see, breaking the ice is the most important thing when you met a stranger. In order to interact with a stranger better, you should choose normal and safe topics. You can prepare a common jokes or a small talk about weather. In addition, you should be more open-minded since there are various kinds of people in different situations. That is, breaking the ice should be based on understanding with each other. I hope these tips should be helpful for you.


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Re: Twisty-turny stories (engaging practical writing activity)

Post  Jason Renshaw on Sun Mar 30 2008, 20:33

Ryu Jeong A wrote:Bae Sung Han, Lee Kyeong Im, Lee Yu Jin, Jung Yoo Jin, Kim Sun Young, Park Mi Hyun, Hwang Yun Kyung, Ryu Jeong A.

People always missed and respected superman, because they were able to learn what justice is, what they should do for their neighbors, etc. Even they sometimes dreamed meeting him in their dreams. Now, it's time for their dreams to come true. One day...

Superman happened to appear in Daegu. He really wanted to explain he wasn't a difficult person to meet. Unfortunately, however, he could speak English only. Whenever he tried to help and talk to Daegu citizens, he was refused because they were afraid to speak in English. So, he thought something went wrong in English education of Daegu.

Later he felt he should renovate English education in Daegu. So, he decided to meet the mayor of Daegu. Meeting him and his aides, superman talked about the seriousness of English education and said he wanted to help them. Then they made an agreement to educate citizens by developing new English education system. For the sake of solving that problem together, superman became a CEO of English Education corporation.

Superman's business was such a success, but he suddenly disappeared. He was seriously thinking about his gender identity. In fact, Superman always admired wonder woman's shinning tiara. So, he decided to get a surgery.

The superman became a woman. Now, superman doesn't exist any longer.

People in Daegu Education Department was very surprised to find that superman had gone. They tried to find him using every possible way. They even made a UCC of finding superman. One day, a woman called to the mayor and told him that she knew where he was and wanted to make an appearance on air.

Finally, the mayor met her on live TV show. Amazingly, she was the very wonder woman and really gorgeous than expected. She said the shocking story to the public, "Actually, superman always said he wanted to be a woman. While helping the others make their dreams come true, he found himself that he also could make his dream of becoming a woman come true and in the end he made it However, as you know, most of the people dislike and disrespect the trans genders. That's why he, no, no, now 'she' can't show up to the public." Even before ending her remark, there came a lot of encouraging messages on the web eagerly hoping the comeback of the super woman. Seeing this, the mayor politely requested her coming back to Daegu, saying, "I think they are already ready to meet and accept the new hero." With a determined look, the wonder woman removed her fake mask and outfits, and then a brilliant figure appears, super woman. 'Superman' returned at last, with a different but more attractive look.






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Unexpected Day

Post  Bae Sung-han on Mon Mar 31 2008, 11:14

Unexpected Day
(titled by Lee Kyeong-im)
(Yu-jin Lee, Yoo-jin Jung, Sun-young Kim, Mi-hyun Park, Yun-kyoung Hwang, Ok-sun Jeong, Sung-han Bae)

I woke up late in the morning, feeling very tired. I called mom, but there was no answer. I also called my brother, no answer, either. I came to realize that there wasn't anyone in the house. I looked up the clock which was hanging in the dining room, but it was gone. I thought someone must have stolen everything in the house except for the bed I had been lying.
HOW IT COULD BE POSSIBLE!

Then, suddenly a handsome and gorgeous guy appeared in front of me. and he asked me, "Would you like to marry me?" How odd he was! At the first sight, he gave me a propose, kneeling before me. My mind tried to say, "No, not at all," but my mouth was moving in a different way I'd like to respond. In a split second, I was saying, "Yes, I would. I'd love to." And I followed him to his place. As a matter of fact, he was the prince of a mysterious world, who was awesome and handsome.

However, something happened to us. it was a bit cloudy all day and at last in the later afternoon it started to rain slightly. And the drops was hitting this windows upon the ceiling. It was after the thunder splashed in the air of dark night. The handsome prince began to scream like the roar of lion and changed into a poorly old, ugly man. He tried to covered his appearance with his arms, stepping backward to avoid my eyes. And then, "I'm so sorry, said he like he talked to himself. He mumbled, "I, actually, was cursed by a witch who he had dated with." But I could hear him as enough as I said to myself.

Poor prince... I wanted to help him to regain his appearance, so that I firmly told him, "I will meet the witch to figure out what you have got." I, by myself, went to the witch's place where was located in the suburb of the town. It wasn't far way from the castle. It took 2 day horse-riding time for me to get there. The place which the prince directed me to get there wasn't not worse than I had expected. I walked slowly to the door and knocked three times. There was no response and I knocked again. But no answer again. But I could feel something behind. It was a bit spooky somehow, but not bad though. The witch was behind me, clearing her throat and saying to me,
"Who are you? What brought you here?"
I'd like to be straight, so I asked her why she had done to the prince and how much he was suffering.
And then, her response was not different from what I had expected. After discussing, she told me that the prince was a playboy.

And she explained that all he says was lie. She also went through the same experience as mine. Long time ago, when she had woken up in her own house, there had been nothing left in it. And suddenly he had appeared. He even proposed to her. During the conversation, I could feel the anger growing up to my brain and decided to revenge him.

On my way back to the castle, I was thinking about how I could revenge him effectively. The prince appeared and said,
"How did it go? Did you meet the witch?"
"Yes," I said, "Straight with you, I love you but I can't marry you."
"Why not?" he asked me with surprise and suspicion.
"She doesn't want me to get married to you. She still loves you." I mentioned as if I had felt disappointed and there had been nobody helping.
"No way," he cried.
After that, I tried to run away from him, but I couldn't move at all.
At the moment, I heard my mom calling my name.
"Alice, are you still sleeping?"

When I opened my eyes in my own bed, looked around my room and found out what I had dreamt of, I was so relieved. My pyjama was totally soaked with much of sweat and my body seemed to have no energy left, so I put my head on my pillow again. My face was a bit smiling with relief, hearing from mom's calling for me to get up once again. I moved my body up, thinking not to have such a horrible dream and a disgusting man in a real world.
It was a brightly sunny day, with the birds singing around out of the window nearby my bed.

- The End -


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Post  Bae Sung-han on Mon Mar 31 2008, 11:24

Lee Pilsu wrote:"The Best Birthday Party in Life"

(Jung Yoo-jin, Kim Sun-young, Park Mi-hyun, Hwang Yun-kyoung, Ryu Jeong-a, Park Bong-kyeong)

There was a lovely house in a deep forest. It was decorated with very delicious biscuits and chocolate. I had lived there for twenty years with my mom and dad. It was a Sunday morning, and it was also my birthday. All of the animals in the forest came to my birthday party.

Since I was five, I've always wanted to communicate with animals. But it seems to be very difficult to learn animals language. I picked up only a few phrases. But still I couldn't understand a thing when the animals speak each other. My parents, however, were excellent at speaking animal's language. It was a complete mystery to me how come they are good at it while I am not.

It was sad that I couldn't speak animal's language. I was the only one who couldn't. Although all the animals in the neighborhood came over to my place to celebrate my birthday, I couldn't talk with them. They approached to me, giving me presents, saying "blablabla", which I interpreted as "Happy Birthday" from the context of speaking. Although I was so happy to receive gifts from them, I couldn't continue the conversation with them no longer. All the words they were speaking sounded like all the same "blablabla." If I turn this way, I could hear "blabla", and if I turn that way, another "blablabla"

What on earth those "blabla" mean? With no one to talk to, I felt alone. I decided to hide in the closet. When they find that I was missing, they will feel sorry for neglecting me. That's what I thought. I was not just pretending. I was really lonely, indeed. However the closet I was in was so dark and smelled bad. What's worse I found myself locked inside. I got puzzled. I let out a cry and called for help. No one came. Soon I got tired and fell asleep, murmuring to myself "blablablabla"

In my dream, a big black pig came over me and asked me what presents I wanted to be given. So I preyed to him, 'Please, let me also have the special ability to talk with the other animals.' Then surprisingly the big black pig turned to a small white pig. At that moment, I felt somebody shaking me and I woke up. It was just a dream.

It was my mom who found me. I went to the dinner table with my mom. On that table I saw the exactly same white pig that I had seen in my dream. 'What a coincidence,' I said to myself. When my mom was trying to cut the pig with a sharp knife, I called out at top of my voice to my mom, "Please, don't eat it, mom. It's the pig I've seen in my dream. it had promised to give me the power to communicate with animals." After hearing my explanation, my dad who was the best animal language speaker ever, had a surprised look on his face. He was awe-struck, his eyes and mouth wide open. I couldn't get why he was so surprised like that. I continued explaining my dream and now all the animals turned to me with the same shocked expression on their faces. I still couldn't understand why. My mother came to me and said, "How did you become so fluent in animal's language all of sudden?" Now my father said, "You were explaining your dream, or whatsoever, in ANIMAL'S LANGUAGE." Now the animals all chorused rejoicingly, "Miracle Happened. This Kid Now Speaks Our Language"

I was jumping with joy. After several years listening to animal's language, I had thought I failed to learn it. Now all over sudden, it paid off and I can speak the language as well as understanding it. It wasn't for nothing that I was exposed to animal's speaking "blablabla" for the painfully long time.

At 11 in the evening, when every guest returned to their home, I lied down on my stomach on my bed, thinking the unbelievable change in me. I thought about the white pig that changed from the black pig in my dream. Maybe the color "dark" means that I can't understand the animal's language, and "white" means that I got enlightened from my ignorance. Before go to sleep I broke off a white chocolate instead of black one from my bed which was all made of chocolate, and popped it into my mouth and smiled. 'Well, at first I thought today was the worst birthday in my life, but turned out to be the best birthday party in my life.'

That's an interesting story and a perfect ending with a good lesson!!
Good job, guys!
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Post  Bae Sung-han on Mon Mar 31 2008, 11:33

kiera wrote:How to Get Along with a Stranger

by Ji-Hyun Park, Hye-Jin Lee, Ok-Sun Jeung, Sung-han Bae, Kyeong-Jin Lee, Yu-Jin Lee, Yoo-Jin Jung and Sun-Young Kim.


It's really difficult to get along with strangers. The first thing you should do is to memorize some jokes to break the ice between you and a stranger. Once you have some small talk and break the ice with him/her, you'll feel less stressful about getting along with strangers. The second one you should do is to be open-minded. Since we're all human being, we all have something common.

First of all, Start talking with some questions like "What a nice weather!" , "What do you usually do on weekends?"" or "I've been to Japan. Have you ever been to any foreign countries?". This could be one of the safest way to start conversation. Then you can find that the strangers who you are talking with and yourself are getting to feel more comfortable.

However, there is a subtle difference between man and woman in choosing the conversation topics. Here are some additional tips for starting conversation, especially for man. For example, woman and man have different point of views. If man wants to get along with a woman, just start with her favorite things, which man must get information at the beginning of conversation. Relatively, woman are interested in the emotional and detail subjects such as cooking or happiest time, something like that.

Secondly, you should be more open-minded when you first start a conversation with a stranger. Here is an interesting episode. One day, a woman has a chance to get along with a stranger, a beautiful woman. In order to break the ice, she says something emotional. Unfortunately, the beautiful woman doesn't seem to understand what she says and doesn't feel interested at all. She gets embarrassed. Actually, the beautiful girl was man in the past and even worse, she is not able to hear because of illness.

She is really angry with this beautiful girl, because she doesn't know about the girl's secrets. She is so upset, so she hits the girl. The girl calls the police, but it takes a long time for the police to arrive.

So these two people inevitably tries breaking the ice, now in a different way. She finds that the beautiful girl is unable to hear so she apologizes to the girl for hitting her. The girl accepts her apology and introduces herself again through writing. Now, she realizes that the girl is a transgender and she is a good person, and they become friends.

As you can see, breaking the ice is the most important thing when you met a stranger. In order to interact with a stranger better, you should choose normal and safe topics. You can prepare a common jokes or a small talk about weather. In addition, you should be more open-minded since there are various kinds of people in different situations. That is, breaking the ice should be based on understanding with each other. I hope these tips should be helpful for you.


- The End -
Breaking the ice is not easy even though I am good at talking to someone else. Now that I am married and have a kid, I am a bit comfortable to break the ice with others in the similar age. The topic is the baby. I have already had some questions like how old he/she is, what make him/her eat, and so on. Meaingful story to me!
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Survival from the Island

Post  Liz on Mon Mar 31 2008, 11:42

By Jeong Oksun, Bae Sunghan, Lee Kyeongim, Lee Yujin, Jung Yoojin, Kim Sunyoung, Park Mihyun, Hwang Yunkyoung


It was a bright and sunny day. I wouldn't get this kind of weather again in my entire life. It was also the day that I met J. She was sitting next to me and such a sweet girl that I'd always dreamed of. We were sitting in a car to the airport which was decorated with lots of flowers. We were heading for the island which had the most beautiful scenary in the world. My heart was beating rapidly for excitement.

After we arrived at the island, we had a great lunch and enjoyed sunshine walking along the beach. I was so sure that we would fall in love. Everything was so perfect to be true.

Suddenly it started to rain heavily with thunderstorm. We had no place to get away from the rain. She got wet and started to shiver. I came up with an idea of making her a special umbrella. However, no matter how I made them, she threw them right away. She didn't like any of them.

How could she do this to me! I couldn't stand it any longer. I hate people make me angry. So I stabbed her several times with the very knife that I used for making the umbrellas and threw the body away in the ocean. That night, I was arrested by interpol. I couldn't understand how they found me that quickly. We were isolated in this island. Were we not alone?

I would escape from this island! One of the police officers, who was female, fell in love with me at first sight. I knew it wasn't right to use her feeling but I persuaded her to help me run away. However, she was murdered by her co-worker, ex-boyfriend. He was so annoyed to find out that she had feelings for me and lost his temper while they were arguing.

I was locked in a room for days, but they didn't find any evidence of accusing me. Finally, I would get my freedom back, I would be released, today.

Now, I'm home. It took quite a long time to figure out what had happened to me. I thought I was a human but I wasn't. I was just a brand new cyborg which could think and feel. J was my master and I was supposed to protect her. On the contrary, I killed her. Then the alarm system in my body alerted the interpol. That's how they found me. The manufacturer recalled me to find out what caused this fatal error and my body is falling apart into pieces. After all, I survived from the island.
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THE TWO PEOPLE FALLING IN LOVE

Post  Ji Young, Kim on Mon Mar 31 2008, 17:34

THE TWO PEOPLE FALLING IN LOVE

(Titled by Han Kyung-Jae. Written by Kim Hyun-Jin, Cha Yoo-Bin, Park Sang-Yong, Jang Deuk-Ju, Jeong Mi-Jin, Kim Eun-Jung, Kim Ji-Young)


The girl and the guy were just friends at first. Maybe they didn't know each other well at the beginning of the semester. One day, the weather was so nice that the girl was reading a book, sitting on a bench by the lake. One of her habits was shaking her legs when she was reading. So, as usual she was shaking her legs, and then one of her shoes accidently fell down into the lake. She was just looking at her shoe without knowing what to do. Then, a guy came to see her situation.

The man was very brave. He jumped into the lake without any hesitation and picked it up for her. The girl said very sweetly "Thank you," and her face became red with shyness. The girl wanted to know more about him.

The guy was tall, strong and handsome. Besides, he seemed to have a good personality. The two came to have a nice conversation about this and that, and at around 6 pm, the guy told her that he should leave her. Actually he had a very important class at 6 on Thursday, which was Jason's Practical English class in KNU.

For her entire life, it seemed like she had no right time for a man. When priority was the matter, making a boyfriend was not in her list. Moreover, she always considered herself 'Ugly Betty,' (and actually she was.) so she never thought of having a boyfriend seriously. But this time was really different. She wanted to make the guy interested in her. "Things should be changed now." Determined, she rushed to the classroom and could find the guy sitting in the very first row. "I'd better move now."

She thought, "It's the right time to put the magic pinky lotion on my face to make him have a crush on me." Actually, she had a magic cosmetic stuff that could make her ugly face really beautiful within a second. She was very excited and took the thing out of her bag in a hurry. And then She applied that lotion over her face.

Immediately she was transformed to a very attractive woman. She approached the guy and said, "Hello." Surprised, he said "I didn't expect to meet you here. Glad to see you again. What about having a cup of coffee in a near cafe after class?" She said, "I'm glad to." She came to a seat in the back and Jason came. During class, she couldn't concentrate on the lecture, thinking of him.

After class, they went to the nearest coffee shop and had a sincere talk over coffee. The guy was so perfect that he seemed like the one that the girl had been waiting for her entire life. And the girl also looked so cool and charming to the guy. However, it was not her pretty face that fascinated him. It was the way she saw the world around her, the way she talked, and the way she smiled. After an hour or so, the guy started thinking, "There is something great about her. I might fall in love with this cute girl."

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This is the end of the story about how the two people first met and fell in love with each other. And there's one more thing to tell you before wrapping up the story. After reading this story, now some of you might wonder, "Where can I find the magic pinky lotion to become an attractive girl (or guy) myself?" Do you want to know the real secret? Actually, there is no such a thing in the world. Then, what really made the girl in the story charming and beautiful? You may already know the answer if you have met the person of your fate.

Actually the two were made for each other, and that's why they looked amazingly attractive to each other. The girl thought that the guy was more handsome than Brad Pitt, and the guy thought he was so lucky to meet a girl who exactly looked like Angelina Jolie. If you find the girl or the guy who is destined for you as in the story, she or he never fails to recognize you and your true beauty. Razz
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Re: Twisty-turny stories (engaging practical writing activity)

Post  kim young-ah on Mon Mar 31 2008, 19:26

kiera wrote:How to Get Along with a Stranger

by Ji-Hyun Park, Hye-Jin Lee, Ok-Sun Jeung, Sung-han Bae, Kyeong-Jin Lee, Yu-Jin Lee, Yoo-Jin Jung and Sun-Young Kim.


It's really difficult to get along with strangers. The first thing you should do is to memorize some jokes to break the ice between you and a stranger. Once you have some small talk and break the ice with him/her, you'll feel less stressful about getting along with strangers. The second one you should do is to be open-minded. Since we're all human being, we all have something common.

First of all, Start talking with some questions like "What a nice weather!" , "What do you usually do on weekends?"" or "I've been to Japan. Have you ever been to any foreign countries?". This could be one of the safest way to start conversation. Then you can find that the strangers who you are talking with and yourself are getting to feel more comfortable.

However, there is a subtle difference between man and woman in choosing the conversation topics. Here are some additional tips for starting conversation, especially for man. For example, woman and man have different point of views. If man wants to get along with a woman, just start with her favorite things, which man must get information at the beginning of conversation. Relatively, woman are interested in the emotional and detail subjects such as cooking or happiest time, something like that.

Secondly, you should be more open-minded when you first start a conversation with a stranger. Here is an interesting episode. One day, a woman has a chance to get along with a stranger, a beautiful woman. In order to break the ice, she says something emotional. Unfortunately, the beautiful woman doesn't seem to understand what she says and doesn't feel interested at all. She gets embarrassed. Actually, the beautiful girl was man in the past and even worse, she is not able to hear because of illness.

She is really angry with this beautiful girl, because she doesn't know about the girl's secrets. She is so upset, so she hits the girl. The girl calls the police, but it takes a long time for the police to arrive.

So these two people inevitably tries breaking the ice, now in a different way. She finds that the beautiful girl is unable to hear so she apologizes to the girl for hitting her. The girl accepts her apology and introduces herself again through writing. Now, she realizes that the girl is a transgender and she is a good person, and they become friends.

As you can see, breaking the ice is the most important thing when you met a stranger. In order to interact with a stranger better, you should choose normal and safe topics. You can prepare a common jokes or a small talk about weather. In addition, you should be more open-minded since there are various kinds of people in different situations. That is, breaking the ice should be based on understanding with each other. I hope these tips should be helpful for you.


- The End -
Thanks for your tips. They are helpful for me. And I think that to break the ice with a stranger, it's also good to find the common things of each other. At first, we also were strangers in one another. But we are now ..... friends, aren't we? ^^
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Post  kim young-ah on Mon Mar 31 2008, 19:34

Lee Pilsu wrote:"The Best Birthday Party in Life"

(Jung Yoo-jin, Kim Sun-young, Park Mi-hyun, Hwang Yun-kyoung, Ryu Jeong-a, Park Bong-kyeong)

There was a lovely house in a deep forest. It was decorated with very delicious biscuits and chocolate. I had lived there for twenty years with my mom and dad. It was a Sunday morning, and it was also my birthday. All of the animals in the forest came to my birthday party.

Since I was five, I've always wanted to communicate with animals. But it seems to be very difficult to learn animals language. I picked up only a few phrases. But still I couldn't understand a thing when the animals speak each other. My parents, however, were excellent at speaking animal's language. It was a complete mystery to me how come they are good at it while I am not.

It was sad that I couldn't speak animal's language. I was the only one who couldn't. Although all the animals in the neighborhood came over to my place to celebrate my birthday, I couldn't talk with them. They approached to me, giving me presents, saying "blablabla", which I interpreted as "Happy Birthday" from the context of speaking. Although I was so happy to receive gifts from them, I couldn't continue the conversation with them no longer. All the words they were speaking sounded like all the same "blablabla." If I turn this way, I could hear "blabla", and if I turn that way, another "blablabla"

What on earth those "blabla" mean? With no one to talk to, I felt alone. I decided to hide in the closet. When they find that I was missing, they will feel sorry for neglecting me. That's what I thought. I was not just pretending. I was really lonely, indeed. However the closet I was in was so dark and smelled bad. What's worse I found myself locked inside. I got puzzled. I let out a cry and called for help. No one came. Soon I got tired and fell asleep, murmuring to myself "blablablabla"

In my dream, a big black pig came over me and asked me what presents I wanted to be given. So I preyed to him, 'Please, let me also have the special ability to talk with the other animals.' Then surprisingly the big black pig turned to a small white pig. At that moment, I felt somebody shaking me and I woke up. It was just a dream.

It was my mom who found me. I went to the dinner table with my mom. On that table I saw the exactly same white pig that I had seen in my dream. 'What a coincidence,' I said to myself. When my mom was trying to cut the pig with a sharp knife, I called out at top of my voice to my mom, "Please, don't eat it, mom. It's the pig I've seen in my dream. it had promised to give me the power to communicate with animals." After hearing my explanation, my dad who was the best animal language speaker ever, had a surprised look on his face. He was awe-struck, his eyes and mouth wide open. I couldn't get why he was so surprised like that. I continued explaining my dream and now all the animals turned to me with the same shocked expression on their faces. I still couldn't understand why. My mother came to me and said, "How did you become so fluent in animal's language all of sudden?" Now my father said, "You were explaining your dream, or whatsoever, in ANIMAL'S LANGUAGE." Now the animals all chorused rejoicingly, "Miracle Happened. This Kid Now Speaks Our Language"

I was jumping with joy. After several years listening to animal's language, I had thought I failed to learn it. Now all over sudden, it paid off and I can speak the language as well as understanding it. It wasn't for nothing that I was exposed to animal's speaking "blablabla" for the painfully long time.

At 11 in the evening, when every guest returned to their home, I lied down on my stomach on my bed, thinking the unbelievable change in me. I thought about the white pig that changed from the black pig in my dream. Maybe the color "dark" means that I can't understand the animal's language, and "white" means that I got enlightened from my ignorance. Before go to sleep I broke off a white chocolate instead of black one from my bed which was all made of chocolate, and popped it into my mouth and smiled. 'Well, at first I thought today was the worst birthday in my life, but turned out to be the best birthday party in my life.'
It's very interesting and perfect story. And a little instructive and symbolic, I think. Thank you.^^
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Ants

Post  Kyeong-im on Mon Mar 31 2008, 22:45

by Kim Jin-yong, Boyun Park, Jihyun, Park, Hyejin Lee, Jeong Ok-sun, Bae Sung-han, Lee Kyeong-im

She broke up with a lovely boyfriend and then cried all day long. She didn't want to meet anyone, ever her best friends. After a few days, she felt very long. Tatally forgetting what happened to her, she tried to find something interesting in only restricted room. She found many creatures, millions of ants, in her house. At first time, they were disgusting, so she killed all of them. However, she started to feel happy by doing so.


She was quite surprised by herself. She was starting to feel happy and better after torturing the insects. She went to bed feeling much better. However, the next day, she woke up and found herself face to face with a giant ant. She pinched herself thinking she was still dreaming, but hey~. it was real. The giant ant was staring right back at her.


He, the giant ant, asked her, "Do you want to be killed or to live as our servant?" She didn't want to die nor to be a servant. However, there was no choice. So she said, "OK! I will do whatever you say" Then, the ant took her into their kingdom. Actually, he was the king of there, and the ants that she killed were his babies. He gave her a little shovel and asked her to dig a hole as many as she can.


"Dig, dig, and dig! You're the one who killed my lovely babies." "OK. I'll do everything you want." Even though she said like that she was looking for some ways to get out of this kingdom. After working 3 hours without a break, she was allowed to have lunch for 30 minutes. 'I should do something to go back to my normal life. How stupid and cruel I was...' Yet, there was nothing but crying. "What can I do?"


She kept weeping and weeping. Suddenly a fairy appeared near her eyes. The fairy said to her, "Can you promise not to kill any insects or small beings any more?" She stopped weeping and said, "Of course I do. I'll never ever kill any living things from now on. I promise!" Then the fairy turned into the giant ant. The giant ant blowed the whistle and so many-about one million-ants were lining up in front of her.


She was surprised at those millions of ants. However, she came to realize they were acting differently to her. They were gathering in front of her and seemed to follow the direction of their own king. She wasn't sure they would let her go home, but something was coming up in mind to follow. For a couple of hours walking to home,...


That was the last scene in her dream. Everything was not real. She dreamed in her dream. How strange! She tried to read a dream and finally found that victims(the giant ant's babies) represented her boyfriend. Unconsciously, she blamed him for the breakup. Through this dream she learned something. ; We are one. Although everything seems to be separated they have effect on one another. To hate someone or injure someone's feelings is to destroy ourselves. One man is no man. Now, she prays that he(her boyfriend) might be happy with a smile on her face.
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A Rose

Post  bakbann on Tue Apr 01 2008, 06:06

Title by Hye Jin Lee
Bae Sung-han, Lee Keyong-im, Lee Yujin, Jung Yoo-jin, Kim Sun Young, Park Mihyun, and one nameless person

There is a yellow rose on the desk. I got it from a man I have never met before. It was delivered but I didn't know why. My friends said he must be my secret admirer but I didn't think so because a small card which I got with a rose said "As a token of my gratitude... -your angel-".

Next day, "my angel" gave me another rose. I got a rose everyday with the same message for about a month. I had no idea who sent these roses and why. The same words were just repeated, "As a token of my gratitude... -your angel-".

As my friends guessed, does he like me? Maybe... but "my angel" is not my type. I like the man who has guts and says whatever is on his mind. Even if he doesn't have a feeling for me, his roses made me uncomfortable. "I should get rid of these!"

However, surprisingly, these roses were not just normal roses. They were made of gold, pure gold. I changed my mind to sell the roses and get some money. When I went to jewelry store to sell it, I found the perfect guy behind the counter. Nevertheless, whenever I tried to talk to him, he ignored my words and walked away from me. Not only I couldn't sell the roses, but I had to get out of the store.

I was embarrassed and so mad at him. "Am I a monster or what?" I went there again right away. However, he was whispering on the phone secretly, looking around carefully. He even had a gun with him. As soon as I entered the store, he hung up the phone, hided the gun, and walked away. His suspicious behavior made me report to the police. He turned out to be a spy from North Korea.

I got a reward of a billion won for reporting the spy. All eyes focused on me. "I awoke one morning and found myself famous". I became to have both wealth and fame.

As I became famous, my story about gold roses also spread. I haven't gotten any gold roses since then. Instead, many who heard my story are arguing that they are "my angel". Yet I haven't found the real rose guy. Roses were bothering me once, but I ended up being rich and famous thanks to them. Here is another surprise: My story will be filmed with the title "A Rose". flower
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Hansel and Gretel in 2008

Post  Jeong, Seong-yoon on Tue Apr 01 2008, 17:41

Titled by Jeong, Mi-jin

with Kim, Eun-jung, Kim, Ji- young, Jeong, Ji-eun, Jeong, seong-yoon and unknown one student.

Hansel and Gretel are identical twins. Their appearance is perfectly same, but their personalities are very different. Hansel is so nice daughter to her parents. But Gretel is a little troublemaker. Their parents like Hansel rather more.

Then, One day, Gretel wanted to know whether their parents or friends distinguish her from her sister, Hansel. So she made a suggestion to Hansel that She would pretend to be Hansel and Hansel would pretend to be Gretel for fun, and then they, so curious sister, would find out if their parents or friends could really distinguish one from the other or not. Hansel also agreed that, so Gretel started behaving nicely and Hansel began being a trouble maker.

Gretel set to study at night. She sometimes stayed up all night. At first, it was really difficult. Additionally She didn't know even A. B. C. But she came to learn a lot. She is getting interested in studying day by day and finally She came to find out how pretty exciting it was.

Unfortunately, however, Hansel thought that he didn't have to study hard any longer, that's because Gretel is not real Gretel, Hansel is neither. Hansel got to hang out with friends every night over and over again. Also, Hansel was happy because Gretel studied hard instead of him.

Before soon, their parents realized something wrong with Hansel and began to blame her. On the other hand, Gretel was getting praised everyday. Hansel felt so jealous of Gretel that she took her outside and came to talking about what to do next.

And then, by accident, Hansel heard that their parents was talking about them. Their parents were very serious because of them and worry about both of them!

Hansel finally realized that they love him, too! He thought they always love and care for Gretel, and it was only his misunderstanding!

It's kind a story with a happy ending . Very Happy
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A Rabbit which Hates Carrots

Post  Kim Eun-jung on Tue Apr 01 2008, 19:10

A Rabbit which Hates Carrots


(Titled by Cho Eun-Jin, Written by Han Kyung-Jae, Kim Hyun-Jin, Cha You-Bin, Park Saang-Young, Jang Deuk-Ju, Jeong Mi-Jin, Kim Eun-Jung)


There was a rabbit family in a peaceful forest. It had father, mother and a very cute daughter rabbit. One day, after the daughter rabbit came back from the school, she kept asking her mother strange questions. "Mommy, why should we eat carrots for meals? There are many friends who don't eat carrots, and they always eat nuts for their meals. I want to have any other kinds of meals. I will have peanuts meals from now on."


In that evening, mother thought about what her daughter said in the afternoon. Mother wanted to raise her daughter as a healthy child, so she began to try various carrot-cooking recipes, such as carrot cakes.


Her daughter really liked to eat carrot cakes. She ate all of them. She asked her mother to make carrot cakes everyday. After 2 months later, her daughter became chubby. She gained almost 30 pounds.


Her mother said, "Oh, what's going on to my daughter?" The pretty daughter rabbit answered, "Mom, I'm going to be fat. But I can't stop eating your carrot cakes. I am a carrot-holic now. I don't care my weight!" And then mom said, "You need a special treatment!"


Mother picked up the receiver, "Hello. I need your help. 3 years old, female, when do we start? Oh, yes, yes, my pleasure, check your account 30 minutes later. She hung up the phone. "Mom, what's going on? Who did you talk to?" "Well, don't worry my dear. I called someone who could help you. You must need their expertise." "Help? What help?"


At that moment, someone rang the door bell. When the daughter rabbit opened the door, three rabbits were standing in front of the door with something big and square on their hands. There were wearing so tight clothes. "Come on in. My daughter really needs your help now. She need to lose her weight," said mom rabbit. They came in and prepared something quickly.


They started to make a ring for boxing using the tools and materials they prepared. From that day on, they started their special lesson to lose weight. The training was really tough. Daughter rabbit complained first. After three month, she became slim. Mother said, "It's enough. Now you don't have to do boxing any longer." But daughter rabbit couldn't quit boxing because she began to be attracted to boxing as time went by, and this time she became boxing-holic. Daughter rabbit became far healthier than her mom expected.

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What I Like

Post  Joo Un-jin on Tue Apr 01 2008, 19:36

What I Like...

(titled by Kim Hyun-jin, written by Cha Yoo-bin, Kim Eun-jung, Kim Ji-young, Joo Un-jin, Park Sang-yung, Jang Deuk-ju, Jeong Mi-jin)




I had secrets. It is not earth-shattering like American bombing into Japan. I have a boy friend, Ken. We look like Barbie and Ken. I told him that I weighed 50kg but actually I weigh 60kg. You know only one number is changed. I really felt happy when he believed my lie.




One day Ken and I went to the amusement park. We wanted to ride toy horses. There were a row of students in front of them. We also stood in line to ride them.




Then, finally we came to ride toy horses. But as soon as I got on it, it started to make a noise and become unstable and then it was broken at last. How embarrassing and humiliating it was! It seemed like everyone around me laughed at me including my Ken!




I couldn't stand crying. Ken came to know I weighed much. What if your girl friend broke the toy horse due to her heavy weight? I thought Ken wanted to break up with me. But at that time, he hugged me and said, "Darling, don't cry. It's not because you weighed too much but because it was made bad. And what I like is what you are, not what you pretended to be. I love you although you weigh much and you are not beautiful. Always your all is lovely to me." I was moved and regretted lying to him. 'Thank you, Ken. Although you'll be old and fat, I'll love you forever because what I like is also what you are."




(I'll put these three stories below because I thought they were not coherent with the first story a little. But they are good and interesting stories.)




I like this season, the end of March because beautiful blossom on the trees and in the field really starts. Above all, I like the white pink cherry blossom. I have some memory about cherry blossom. Do you guess?




Everyone has a skeleton in his chest; like this old saying goes, I myself have a lot of secrets. It could be dirty, immoral or about sexual fantasy I have. Whether it is desirable or not, having a secret makes our lives more interesting. The girl you had crushed on but never told how you felt, taking a bill from your mother's wallet, wetting your pants even when you were a 7th grader and so on so far.




What I like is ...money. I can go anywhere I want. I can have anything I want to buy. I think I can do anything that I want to do!

I really want to win a lotto. Some told me the numbers. I'll share that money with you. Call me!^^
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My First Teaching Experience

Post  Kim Jin-Young on Wed Apr 02 2008, 08:08

titled by Joo Unjin,
written by Kim Boyeun, Kim Jin-young, Jung jieun, Jeong Seongyoon, Moon Namsuk, Kim YoungAh, Kim Hyojin.

Today it was my first day to teach English in school. Actually, it made me nervous, so I had to prepare a lot of things for class. I dressed up and arrived at school on time. I felt my heart beating quickly and my face blushed. With my legs crossed, I tried to calm down my restless mind. As soon as I start to teach, the front door opened slowly. Rain, the world star, walked into the class.

It was unbelievable! It seemed that I was dreaming of him. Also it was likely that I would die of extreme nervousness. In addition, I was so embarrassed that I totally forgot how to say hello at the moment. After a few seconds of silence, he suddenly started to laugh and then said to us "Hi! nice to meet you".

You know what? I couldn't say anything in front of him. We managed to shake hands with each other as politely as possible. The director of a new TV program asked me to accept Rain as one of my students in class for today.

I started to introduce him to the rest of students before studying. However, there was a rule in class; Only English is allowed to be used during English class, so I had to explain any grammar rules in English. Smiling all the time, he suddenly suggested some possible activities such as riddles and storytelling. I was a little surprised, but I had no choice but to accept it. It was definitely unexpected because this kind of thing was not on my list.

As all the teachers were curious about how well each student work out, so I wanted to know the new student's English ability. However, he spoke so fast that I couldn't understand what he was saying exactly. Surprised at his fluency and accurate pronunciations, I sometimes made a couple of mistakes in pronouncing difficult words and even made a pause for breath. It was shameful that his English skills outdid mine in every aspect. At last, the 50-minute class ended up not achieving the objects of lesson 1. I said to myself 'This cannot be true!'.

Would that I dreamed of it! Fortunately, I realized the reality; it was a dream. When I woke up, I couldn't see anything in the dark. Only ticking sound from my watch was heard. Actually, I was in a bad situation; I didn't still pass the test to be a teacher. The mental pressure in my mind caused me to think of the frightened dream.

Frankly speaking, I experienced in breaking up with a ex-boyfriend who is now dating with another girl. Until my hurt get recovered, it took several months. However, I wouldn't let myself think it over and over because there remained many things to do. All of a sudden, I was told that the Ministry of Education made an announcement to adopt new teachers. It said that the number of new English teachers was going to increase this year, which resulted from the introduction of new English curriculums, Immersion Education Program. That announcement was enough to motivate me to study more than usual! I prayed God for me to make it.






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The First Day at School

Post  Han Kyoung Jae on Wed Apr 02 2008, 09:45

titled by Hwang Yunkyoung

written by Ryu JeongA, Park Bongkyoung, Lee Pilsu, Bae Haesol, Kang Eunmi, Cho Eunjin, Han Kyoungjae.

10 years ago, I went to school with my dad for the first time. In the playground there were a lot of other fellow kids holding their parents hands. However, my mom was not coming with me because she had to go to work. When I was guided to classroom, I saw my mom playing the piano in the next classroom. What happened?


Oh~ my god!! My mom was a music teacher at this elementary school. I couldn't believe my eyes. By the way, how couldn't she tell me she would go to the same school that I would go to. I wondered why she had not told me that. Though confused by the mysterious reason my mom's being there, still I was happy with the fact that I could be around her for the next couple of years.


The class bell rang off. Everybody took a seat. It was a music class and my mom was the music teacher. But she didn't seem to see me in the class. Actually she treated me like any other students. I couldn't understand why she was acting like that. At any rate, I talked to myself I would ask her the reason when I go home.


After school, when I went to my house, I was looking fo my mom to ask the reason why she didn't tell about the happening. But I couldn't find my mom. So I started to yelling at my mom. "Mom~~Mom~~, Where are you now?" At the moment my mom appeared. Oh~my god!! That was not my mom but my dad who was playing the piano in women's clothes, and even it was my music teacher's clothes today in my music class.


Oh, I couldn't believe what I saw. I felt like that I had a nightmare. Whare are my mom and why my dad wore women's clothes? I didn't want to talk with anyone. So I said to him, "Leave me alone, go away!" I felt isolated from the world. Everyone, even my family betrayed me. They didn't tell the real truth to me. I couldn't handle all these happenings around me.


To make matter worse, the man in my mom's clothes wasn't my dad at all. His eyes were shining with red beam and he made strange laughing. He even didn't know my name. I started to run to my room upstairs. "Oh~ God! Where are my parents? Why this strange thing happens to me? Today was my first day at school!!!!" I screamed. Strangely, however hard I ran, my room became farther from me. And then , there were strange dark pit between me and my room.


All of sudden, I heard the bell rang again, and I woke up in my school desk. Yes, fortunatley it was my dream and all of these things happened in my dream. I stood up and ran to meet my mom. My mom was at the teachers' room looking at me with smile. Also she explianed to me why she and my dad didn't tell me the truth. They just made me surprise event for the first day present at school. Finally I felt relieved and happy with my mom. After school, I went home with mom and we had great time eating some cookies. My first day at school was really fantastic and I would never forget that day.
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My favorite things

Post  Lee Hye Jin on Wed Apr 02 2008, 10:33

My favorite things bounce

written by Jung Ji-eun , Moon Nam-suk, Kim Young-ah, Kim Jin -young, Park Bo-yun , Park Ji-hyun, Lee Hye-jin


There are lots of things that I like in my life. At first, I like coffee so much. I think it is very hard for me to live without it. I've already addicted to it. Smelling tea or coffee, I relax and take a rest with music. I prefer thinking good things to bad things. So thinking about my favorite things of my life makes me feel better. Even though life deceives me, myself.

Once I tried to limit the amount of coffee I drink but it wasn't easy. At first I didn't really know the true or deep taste of real coffee and just enjoyed the smell of it until I was mature enough to drink it. And I still like my coffee with much milk or syrup in it. Speaking of coffee, it's really hard to drink espresso even though the cup looks so tiny and cute.

Meanwhile, sometimes I prefer to be alone rather than to be with people. I really love coffee in other ways; when I encounter difficulties to endure, I drink coffee. It doesn't matter how many cups I drink a day. At first, I tried to soothe myself drinking coffee. Now it became something harmful in my stomach.

However, We have only one life. What's happiness? I thought about this question, drinking my bitter espresso. Suddenly something comes up. I rushed outside, running to the coffee place and finally got a cup of coffee with lots of creams and caramel syrup. I drank a little bit. Oh! I felt heavenly. Yes! Yes! This is what life is! After that day I totally changed my mind.

The second thing I love is the smile of my students in the kindergarten. I'm so happy because I can enjoy my life with my favorite things. Mingling with people I like is also one of my favorite things. I'm more like people person, and I hate being alone or isolated. Whenever I'm so down or have some problems, I can get good advice from them and I feel much better or even relieved. The moment I'm chatting and having coffee with them is the best moment for me.

Two of my favorite things in my life are coffee and spending time with people I like. Then the most valuable and precious thing in my life is having a cup of coffee with my favorite people. hee-hee

We all have a right to make our lives beautiful and energetic! Even though We all have different types of characters, hobbies and taste, how about trying to enjoy doing our favorite things everyday and make our lives worth living~~! What are your favorite things? What do you want to do now? NOW! JUST DO IT!




Laughing My humble feedback about this activity....
I think it was a very good activity to write , as the professor said, without thinking it's a boring writing session. However, We should have had more understanding about this activity. I felt like many of us, of course including me, couldn't understand how to do this exactly. So I had a little bit of hard time to edit the writing according to the title and to keep the intention of the writers. I think many other people did, too.

I hope we have another chance to do it. ^^ I have had few chances to write for many years just teaching my students how to speak, listen and read having not much time to teach how to write. So at first It was really stressful when the professor told us to write and post more than one paragraph every week like 'opinion and prediction'. However, now I think it's a good chance to practice writing. We can learn from other classmates and from many practices. We have to write to survive. hee-hee ^^ Thank my professor, smart and diligent classmates for making me feel less stressful about writing and giving me chances to learn more. Have a nice week~~!! Shocked
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A Day of Jason..

Post  Nam-suk on Wed Apr 02 2008, 12:17

by Kim Ji-young, Joo Un-jin, Kim Bo-yeun, Kim Hyo-jin, Jung Ji-eun, Jeong Seong-yoon.



A Day of Jason


Jason is a very passionate professor teaching English at Kyung-book National University. Of course, he loves his job and students very much, but these days he feels kind of bored a little with his life, because it seems like everyday is the same and nothing exciting or fantastic is going to ever happen to him. He woke up this morning just like other days and started the day without any expectation. He had no idea about what would happen to him today.

During day, he just thought to learn magic might be interesting and even it might give him a little life change. So, he visited a magician who knows the way to be an invisible man. The magician listened to what he said very carefully and taught the way to him. Eventually, Jason became the invisible man and nobody could see him. First, he visited the house of the president of KNU, and he saw something shocking there.


That was the president of KNU was also preparing for being an invisible man. Actually, he also wanted something new and especially, he wanted to know how students feel about him and what he had done. So, Jason and the president went around campus together, but there were no one on campus.


Then, they decided to change their route, so they went to a pub near campus instead of just waiting for students to come. They stopped by several pubs and listened to what the students were talking over drinking, because they wanted to hear about students' opinions on themselves.


There were some students of Jason, and they just got a class with Jason today. So their topic was the assignment of the class. They said that Jason's class is pretty hard because there are lots of things to do, but absolutely they enjoyed it. Jason was happy with that, but their topic was moving to the school tuition and they were getting more serious and angry about it.


However, students tried to make themselves calm down because they knew speaking ill of someone behind is bad. Jason and the president learned many things through this experience. They tried to care students' opinion and give them better circumstances than before. This was such a great experience for them.


Suddenly, Jason woke up from his short time nap. It was weird, but he had a chance to look back his life through this dream. He was more sympathetic to his students during his class, and he could see and realize something new and different though it was just same class that he had had. He smiled from time to time remembering that dream and those stuffs that he'd listened in that dream, and that made students wonder.
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