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Christmas Carol in Korean

Christmas Carol in Korean

Santa Claus is coming to town 울면 안돼

 울면 안돼
Christmas Carol 

 

울면 안돼 울면 안돼
(You better not cry)
산타 할아버지는 우는 애들에겐 선물을 안 주신대요.
(Santa Claus doesn’t give crying children gifts)
산타 할아버지는 알고 계신대.
(Santa Claus knows. )
누가 착한 앤지 나쁜 앤지
(Who is a good child or a bad child.)
오늘 밤에 다녀 가신대.
(Santa Claus is coming tonight )
잠 잘 때나 일어날 때
(when you’re sleeping, when you’re awake )
짜증낼 때 장난 할 때도
(when you pout, when you make troubles)

산타 할아버지는 모든 것을 알고 계신대
(Santa Claus knows everything )

울면 안돼 울면 안돼
(You better not cry )

산타 할아버지는 우리 마을을 오늘 밤에 다녀 가신대.
(Santa Claus is coming to town tonight. )

안녕하세요, 여러분!
Hello everyone!
메리 크리스마스!
Merry Christmas! 

Christmas is really around the corner.
Let me introduce you one of popular Korean Carols. It’s the translated Carol from English into Korean, Santa Claus is coming to town.
The title and lyric are somewhat different but the melody is just same.
The title of ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’ is translated into 울면 안돼 (You shouldn’t cry). “울면 안돼”, the meaning of this sentence is a little different to “You better not cry”
The expression of “-면/-으면 안돼” means “You should not ~”
You can use this expression like this :
For example,
마시다 (drink) becomes
먹다(eat) becomes
Therefore, 울다(cry) becomes
Though you can catch out how to combine a Korean verb stem and one of –면/-으면, any stem verb ending in a vowel can put together with –면 and any stem verb ending in a consonant can combine with –으면.

Koreans say Santa Claus as 산타 할아버지 which means Santa grandpa.
Culturally, Koreans use family title to call other persons friendly.

You shouldn’t cry to get his gift 
Be happy and enjoy the Korean carol.

Sarah Yong, Korean Teacher

Some Stories About Our Japanese Course 23

Hi everyone, 皆さん、こんにちは。

My Japanese classes/lessons included practices to develop skills of speaking/talking, reading, listening, writing, interacting, and constructing/performing dialogues. As for the main textbooks and materials, the Beginner 1 used Training Manual.

In the recent weeks, apart from Japanese magazines, its beautiful cooking magazine, story books etc, I used Australian travel magazines esp. one of Sunday Telegraph and some newspaper articles which have useful or inspiring pictures or news, especially for practicing speaking about the situations of the pictures and events for use of adjectives, numbers, quantity and verbs and commenting skills. It is often refreshing since the concepts concerned are real things in our world or environment.

Pre-Intermediate 1 (6 students) is going to a Japanese restaurant Sakae Restaurant near to SLS tonight which is the final night of the level, after the exam or open exam. I’m sure we will have a happy/great time.

There was a series of many great or exciting films shown in Sydney and other major cities in Australia for the 17th annual Japan Film Festival took place, for the duration of about 10 days. In Sydney, Event Cinema was the venue as before. I spoke about that in classes. One of the students in Beginners 2, who is very keen and passionate about Japan/its culture saw several films during the Festival weeks. I saw 3 films. Two of them are “Don’t Lose Heart” (“Kujikenaide”) (There are many websites about the movie) and an Award winning film “The Great Passage”

Both films were excellent films and had great universal and cultural messages for viewers. For the movie, “Don’t Lose Heart, the Fune –o Amu”) (http://asianwiki.com/The_Great_Passage).

The main actress of the above film, Kaoru Yachigusa who must be around 83 years of age (wearing gorgeous formal kimono) and who looks, speaks and smiles like being 55 ~ 60 years old and the very successful producer, Yoshihiro Fukagawa, who is about 37 years of age, were the guest speakers at Event Cinema on 23.11 and the audience had great time to listen to them and had Qs&As. There were people who cried during the movie (I was one of them too!). The movie is based on the true story of an “amazing” woman and human, Toyo Shibata who began writing poems at her age of 92 and at age of 98, her poems were published in a book. Over 1.6 million copies of the book were sold. Early this year, she passed away without being able to see the movie about her life.

Earlier-mentioned, one of my students, who saw several films in the Festival, commented to me about other great film which he had seen at the Festival, “Fruits of Faith” (“Kiseki –no Ringo”). It is about the man and his family who suffered greatly due to the poverty and awful communal discrimination because of his passion for producing a new kind of apple which is grown without chemicals. Eventually, due to one finding/idea, he found the method and succeed in the remarkable discovery. The movie is now used for re-making in the US film industry, according to “Nichigo Press” (November, ’13). That is another amazing story.

I also informed my classes about one of the big news in Japan. That is, the only daughter of late John F. Kennedy became the U.S. Ambassador to Japan. NHK TV News (SBS) reported the street parade and her meeting with the Japanese Emperor. Jenta (22.11.13) reports that she is the highest profile among the U.S. Ambassador to Japan to date. An Australian newspaper later reported with the picture that she visited Fukushima prefecture, its awfully damaged area due to huge tsunami, wearing a helmet on the day that was a few days after the date that the J. F. Kennedy passed away 50 years ago.

Japanese Teacher, Toshiko Jackson

More Tips to Improve OET Speaking

1. Explain everything in as much detail as possible!

Remember your speaking task is marked using the recording of your voice. This means that the examiners cannot see your hand actions or facial expressions. Therefore, you need to explain everything in words – clearly. Step by step.

Example: Explaining how to inject insulin.
Firstly, you should choose your site for injection (such as, the abdomen). Then, you need to pinch the skin between your thumb and index finger. Then, hold the needle at 45 degrees to the surface and inject!

2. As the example above, use words like firstly and secondly, etc.

This is recommended as it gives your speaking task a sense of structure. It allows you to explain medical procedures in a simple, systematic sequence. Some other words you can use include in addition, furthermore, following on from that… and the list goes on. You can use these in writing, too!

3. Clarify with the patient and check that they are understanding you.

As medical procedures can be quite complicated and detailed, it may be difficult for the patient to follow what you are saying. To overcome any confusion and to clarify with the patient, use pauses throughout your speaking to give the patient a chance to ask their questions. In addition, you can ask them questions like “Are you following?” “Does this make sense?” “Do you have any questions about this procedure so far?”

I hope these tips can help you improve in OET speaking and reduce those nerves! Good luck.

5 Simple Steps to Improve OET Speaking


1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Before you begin each speaking task, you will have 2-3 minutes of preparation time. As you are reading the task, if there are any aspects which you don’t understand, it is worthwhile to ask the roleplayer as they may be able to help you out. You will NOT be marked down for asking questions.
 
 

2. Follow the dot points in order.

This is NOT something you MUST do, but it is highly recommended. By following the dot points in order, you will not get lost or confused during the task and this will ensure that you are able to engage with the roleplayer (i.e. the patient).

3. If you get stuck, use the phrases/terminology on the card.

You are allowed to do this. This is particularly useful if, perhaps, the topic is unfamiliar to you.

4. Listen to the samples on the OET website.

Most students neglect to check the official OET website for samples and materials. In fact, they have uploaded 2 nursing speaking tasks and 2 medicine speaking tasks. Have a listen to these as they will familiarise you with the structure of the speaking exam, even if you are not taking the nursing/medicine exam.

5. And, as always… practise, practise, PRACTISE.

With a family member. With a friend. With your dog? Even by recording yourself! Just practise!!

 

All the best!

 

Carol Luo

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