We’re still doing self-introductions at my smaller school this week and next week. Consequently, one of the 3rd year boys and I had this conversation today:
Him: “Teacher, I want to be… 백수!” (baek soo)
Me (wearing my best I-don’t-understand-but-keep-trying-and-I’ll-get-it face): “What is… baek soo?” (I glance at what he drew – a man with Zs coming out of his mouth) “Oh, sleeping? Your dream job is to sleep?”
Him: “No, 백수. 백수.”
After several attempts and even with the help of his classmates, neither of us could figure it out, and so we gave up temporarily. (The co-teacher wasn’t around to translate for us either.)
I get back to my desk after class and type it into Google Translate… 백수 = unemployed.
Hahahaha. I had a good laugh over that one.