June 6, Gum

An older man saw me studying at the convenience store (it was the only place open before 8 AM) and insisted on giving me a piece of gum and teaching me the correct pronunciation. I asked him if he could help me spell it and he rewarded me with extra candy from his bag.

Maybe he secretly works for the Ministry of Korean Affairs, riding around on his bike playing 1960s Korean ballads trying to encourage foreigners to speak Korean. I can only guess.

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