From Korea with Love

"I carry your heart with me… always."

고맙습니다, 선생님! (Thank you, Teacher!) ^^



May 15th is Teacher’s Day in South Korea. On this special day, students give their teachers carnations or thank-you letters. Some prefer to give cosmetics or chocolates.

394375_644082432273104_927772010_nMy Korean students usually write me letters or give candies and chocolates on Teacher’s Day.

Last year, when I returned to work after taking a short leave, my youngest class surprised me with a note on the board and gave me a group hug. The little ones could not prepare any flowers or presents, but they gave me the best gift that day.

This morning, the first one to greet me “Happy teacher’s day” was my husband. (Well, he used to be my student. ^^)

Tomorrow. it’s my turn to make a teacher smile. I’m sure that my Korean language teacher will receive carnations from other students, so instead of flowers, I’m thinking of buying her Starbucks coffee or maybe getting her a Starbucks gift card. You can purchase a Teacher’s Day gift card in Starbucks or order one on-line or via smart phone. The video below will give you instructions on how to do it. (It’s in Korean though.)

I’ve worked with many Korean teachers. They are very patient and hardworking.


My first Korean language teacher is a nurse, but she volunteered to teach foreign wives and migrant workers in Namyangju (South Korea). Now she heads a multi-cultural center in Donong. She has been very helpful to me, especially when I was still adjusting to the Korean way of life. At times, she took me and my classmates on field trips. When my husband was busy with work and he didn’t have time to assist me with some documents I needed in the hagwon, it was my Korean teacher who helped me. She doesn’t teach me anymore, but I visit her in the center sometimes.

I’m planning to see her this week to tell her personally, 고맙습니다, 선생님! (gomapseumnida , ​​seonsaengnim) (Thank you, Teacher!)


If you have a Korean teacher you would like to greet on Teacher’s day, you can say, “스승의 날 축하해요!” ( seuseung-ui nal chughahaeyo) which means…


4 thoughts on “고맙습니다, 선생님! (Thank you, Teacher!) ^^

  1. I hope they will be “magical” all the days of our lives. ^^


  2. And the same to you. I hope the next 2.5 hours are magical. 🙂


  3. Well, David… let me greet you HAPPY TEACHER’S DAY. ^^


  4. It’s nice to feel appreciated. I didn’t get anything from students today, although one of the kids brought in ddeok for all the teachers.


Tell me what you think... ^^

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s