돌연변이 (an aberration)

돌연변이 (an aberration)

인문학에 경도된 (steeped in Humanities) 우리 가족에서 작은딸의 MBA 진학은 돌연변이다; ~을 과도하게 우러러보다 (overdo the cult of ~); 돈 욕심 많고 (in plentiful supply) 윤리의식 부족한 (in short supply) MBA 출신들을 경멸한다 (hold ~ in contempt)

A Korean saying goes: “Parents’ wish hardly prevails over their child’s.” Continue reading

조마조마했다 (“holding my breath”)

In Canada, unlike admissions into undergraduate schools, gaining admission to graduate schools is normally hard. Citing her situation in which she had been under pressure from a graduate school to decide whether to accept or decline its offer to admit her into it (she had until today to do so), my younger daughter had requested the process of her application to her Canadian dream graduate school be expedited. Continue reading

진저리나게 많이 보다/경험하다 (have enough of ~)

‘끗발 재는’ (humiliate others in an attempt to let one’s far-fetched authority be felt) 사람들을 예전에 진저리나게 많이 본 한국 이민자의 눈에는 캐나다 신임 수상 Mr. Trudeau의 몸에 밴 것 같은 겸손 실천 (one’s ingrained practice of humility)이 더욱더 아름답다 (all the more beautiful)

Last Wednesday, Mr. Justin Trudeau, at 43, was sworn in as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister. Humility in the forms of folksiness and non-arrogance manifested itself in what he did that day. Mr. Trudeau and his 30 cabinet ministers-designate broke with the tradition of riding limousines to swearing-in ceremonies and together rode a bus, exuding folksiness. This was reminiscent of Mr. Trudeau’s own childhood in which, denying themselves a privilege coming with their status as children of the then incumbent Prime Minister, he and his two younger brothers rode a public transit bus to a public school where they mingled with their respective classmates from poor families as well as affluent ones. Also earlier that day, as for his cabinet ministers, he appointed such an equal number of men and women (15 of each gender and two with disabilities) and so many visible minority MPs (Members of Parliament) and so many rookie MPs as well as veteran MPs that, in the Canadian leading newspaper of the Globe and Mail, a headline read “Trudeau’s cabinet defined by diversity, rookies and women.” Continue reading

만병 통치약 (panacea)

만병 통치약 (panacea)인양 간주되는 한국 수능고사같은 별도 표준고사는, 각학생 맞춤형 (tailor-made for ~) 수업 중시하고, 시험준비로 (teach to test) 전락되는 (be reduced to ~) 수업을 악마로 여기는 캐나다 정서에 맞지 않아 없어서 현역이나 만학도나 대입지원 여건은 대등하다 (be on an equal footing) Continue reading