APM: Audio Diary of a Jane Trenka,
a Korean Adoptee who has now moved to Seoul to live
Audio link: http://publicradio.org/tools/media/player/americanradioworks/features/adoption/trenka
First listen to the entire audio file. Then start it at the 10:00 minute point
to answer the questions in this exercise.
(in a diary)|
to make a life somewhere
pots and pans
to make sense to s.o.
to hold on (= to wait)
to get bumped up to the next level
to peek at
Sinchon Grand Mart
to feel compelled to + V
one-time use cup
to be labeled in
to give up on
to do s.t. in anonymity (without anyone know who you are)
bling! (onomatopoeia: bell in video game)
bonus (= extra) points
to get the feeling that...
to explain one's existence
to be far out of one's reach
a string of sounds
public service announcement
a real, live...
to play an elaborate game
to be good and sick of s.t.
to live in the Korean mind
to have an unrequited love affair with
to refuse to + V
to burn your bridges behind you
Listening comprehension questions:
1. What things is Jane doing now that show she plans on living in Seoul for the long term?
2. How does Jane describe her life in America, where she grew up as an adoptee?
3. Why, does it seem from this audio diary, did Jane decide to try living in Seoul?
4. In what ways does Jane feel that life in Seoul is like a "video game"?
5. How was buying maxi pads different in Seoul from what she was used to in the US?
6. Why does Jane compare herself to a unicorn?
7. How does Jane feel about explaining her situation to people who ask her questions about herself?
8. How does Jane evaluate her own performance in adjusting to life in Seoul?