귀에 쟁쟁하다 (ears ring with ~)

귀에 쟁쟁하다 (ears ring with ~) [배은망덕한 (be lost on sb) 꼴이 되니, “어느 때라도 할 수 있는 (can afford to-inf.) 만큼 (to the extent) 최선을 다해 은혜에 보답하라 (return ~)”는 아내가 항상 하는 조언 (perennial advice)이 내 귀에 쟁쟁하다]

On belatedly hearing that my mentor professor at Soongsil University had passed away, I was overwhelmed with a sense of guilt. For the last few years of his life I have failed to do what I had done: every New Year’s Day saw me making a call to him, who retired to his home in California, and asking after him. I had been so popular with students at Chonnam National University that there each semester my two classes of ‘NYT Editorials—English Composition and Discussion’ and ‘English Composition’ for English majors always filled up shortly after registration began, overflowing with a lot of students on waiting lists. Continue reading