Interview with Juliette Buffet Part1 by Windflower(바람꽃)617
soyoungkwon 수정되었습니다 : 2016-02-26 07:34:03
Interview with Juliette Buffet Part I
We are Windflower, and short time ago, we conducted interview with Juliette Buffet.
She is from France, and is studying the Politics at Korea University.
And today, we're going to tell you about the interview with her.
This is the place where we interviewed with her. We attached it for your vivid imagery :)
J: I'm sorry. (She was lost, so she went 10 minutes later)
W: Thank you for accepting this interview. By the way, Can we take a picture during the interview?
J: Yeah, It' fine.
J: Wow. Yes because I was lost. I thought I'm gonna need some time.
H: Can you introduce yourself briefly?
J: My name is Juliette. Now I can speak French.(laugh) I’m soon 22. I'm a college student, a regular student in Korea. I study the Politics, maybe Art, too soon, If I can get accepted. (laugh) Um, Yeah. I've lived here since like 2 years now. My Korean is not so good. What else? I really like this kind of opportunity to talk people who are interested in foreign, culture, people.. just something different than, you know, their country or themselves who tries to know more about the world. So Here I am!(laugh)
H: I'm curious about what university you are in?
J: Oh, I'm sorry. Korea University.
J: Thank you.
L: It's pretty good.
J: Yeah, but like, I heard that for Korean is pretty hard to enroll and after is like hard still, but is kind of easier compare to like efforts come in. But for us is like, It’s alreadt hard to get in but when you in it's even harder because you have to learn the language and also the culture as well, and most of the classes are studied in Korean, so not that easy. But it's really grateful.
L: Is there any French friend?
J: I don't really stay with French people, actually. Because I'm not just to it most of all (laugh). Because before Korea I was in to study and travel everywhere. I lived in the U. S., for example, I studied in the U. S, too. So it was like I'm not really used to stay with people from country because for the language, I mean, you can understand that if I want to progress the languaging stuff, It's not pretty practical.
L: Well, today’s weather is not that bad comparing to last week, but it’s still quite freezing. Does France have such cold weather in winter?
J: No. Actually in Korea is really dry. Yeah, so ... usually French people get like really sick with skin problems. It’s such strange here, you may see that France right now it’s like 8 degree. And it’s quite cold so. So, it’s pretty hard in winter.
L: I’ve went to France last year, and spent a lot of great time. Do you have any special reason that you study in Korea rather than the other countries?
J: I heard this question like one time everyday. Why Korea? For my case, I lived in Europe, I lived in the U. S. and it was like I wanted to choose by the continents, so it was like I’ve never been to Asia, no one in my friend has been to Asia, so I started to look up all up the countries, places and I found like a Korea is the best place to study. If you consider like people, the universities, the life in general, I think is one of the best places. And after highschool in France, I studied Korean at university, actually 5 years ago. Yeah, so it was interesting, but like I was in France with everything that, you probably know about France and Europe, and you learn Korean only like one hour per day that makes no sense. You cannot learn. That’s impossible.
L: So what is the most difficult part in adjusting to Seoul?
J: Actually.... Anything because when you live Korea a lot actually, it’s more like People. The way that they see you. It was very hard and it’s still hard because not among the young people like your friends on call, but like I would say after 30, um, you know, I’m obviously not who look like Asian. So you know, they will look at you and they assume that who from somewhere that you speak a language, they assume a lot of stuffs. So sometimes it can be like quite embarrassing. For example, I lived near highschool, near my house, I walked by and I saw the highschool students or like speaking Korean obviously. ‘Oh, see that Russian girl’ and speak about a lot of stuff about Russian. And I was like ‘I’m not Russian. Hallo? ‘ And they assume that I can’t understand so it was a lot strange, and they just look at you like ‘Hmm……. See, she’s not Korean?’ But it’s fine, young people are really more like ‘I don’t care’, you know, they are like open minded.
H: What was the most surprising thing, that you encountered in Korea? I mean, like something that like a culture-shock?
J: That shocked me like for one week, actually. Not at all, I’ve never had like that big shock because I’ve always tried to prepare myself like ‘You have to adapt’ Like you know, you cannot say I’m stranger in that way and because you’d grown in that way is the best way. But it’s odd to share my meal. When people started picking from my place. my food. I was like, just like ‘What are you doing? But soon, when I realized that actually when you shared, they pay for it, too. So actually it’s not that bad.
H: Korea University is one of the best universities in Korea. Do you have any difficulties in university?
J: Yeah, I have always troubled there. But you know, it’s spot of experience, it’s why you want to wake up and study for, when you apply in Korea as foreigner, you don’t know that actually you have to speak Korean that well. You know, but not that so much. Teachers, some of them what can I say, flexible, and like nice to you because you are foreigner, you know is that not like ‘ Oh, poor foreigner’ that does not exist, , especially at Korea University. So you have to study for it. So some of my friends that took a majored in one and they had to learn Chinese, the characters like Koreans. We did not know that! Yes, it was just like, we need more time obviously than Korean, because it’s another culture like put on Chinese, you know it from when you are young, we have no idea, so set out of word. Yeah, and the university, do not really communicate about all of the stuffs. Because we applied there obviously we considered as Korean international student, but Korean. We have to do the same stuff as Korean. Also I don’t know like, the biggest trouble, is learning Korean in Korea, to international students. A lot of people come to Korea, to travel or to exchange, but they don’t stay more than one or two years or six months. So they've gone, they learned, they enjoyed their lives, they spent a lot of money in Korea which is very nice for the country, for the economy, pretty good but I’m gonna live in here for awhile. I mean after my study, I’m gonna live in here too so I don’t have the same needs as an exchange student, for example. So, I, I really wish that university that teaches the language as the same way, all the country same way. Because when you exchange in Korea for like six months, obviously you don’t need to study the all Korean. So, I just wanna get what I actually need.
L: Well few months ago I've heard there was a big sports competition festival in Yonsei University. In Korea, two universities have a rivalry, does France have any of those well-known rivalries between universities?
J: No. Most of the universities are public, universities and in France we want to make everyone fair so is like no competition. We start to reduce competition like, it is opposite to Korea. So it’s not so good at all. Of course, we have some schools, but usually it depends of your money. How much you can pay. Money is the key (laugh). So we don’t have them.
H: So did you enjoy that?
J: It’s crazy. You have, you should get accepted there. Yeah, you have to buy like all of the clothes and stuff and go to university and you go to the games and I was always amazed of the number of people. It’s like the Olympic Games, you know. There are lots of people. And before that, I think it is one ore two weeks before , you have a training to learn the dance and the moves and the songs. And you should watch your team and you do that moves, And at end, you’ll have the big body between the two universities.
L: I wish I would be there one day. (laugh) Korea has some unique food that most of the foreigners are reluctant to try them. Does the Korean dish appeal to you?
J: Yeah, of course, not everything obviously because you know, you grow in the country with your own food, just stop to say like ‘No, I don’t like that’. Even you have grown with it. Yeah, of course I like it, I don’t like everything. Now I can eat more spicy, I became stronger. I got stronger in Korea, (laugh) and it’s quite healthy. So it’s not like I don’t want to eat that it’s too fat. The thing that I, I mean, I’m interested in to try but I'm like I still need some time, it’s an octopus like the alive one. I’m like, ‘That’s interesting, but I heard like you can die. I don’t know.
H: I’m really curious about this. The Paris Baguette, the bakery in Korea, is it okay to you?
J: It’s a hurt that it gained that name, but it’s not okay. There’s a lot of stuff in Korea that takes french name, but actually it is not french at all. I mean, It’s okay of some stuff but maybe they taste... But now in Seoule like they are opening more bakery with french chef is started to come to Korea and open in Asia. But it’s quite hard because in French, food is especially is really the culture. So it’s like we have schools, we have.. so it’s a lot of stuff food learn and if you did not grow up in the in France. It have quite lot of steps to know. So most of the chef that opened bakery in Korea, they should open the school as well. A place to learn because Korean, they could know Korean food but they don’t know about french food, obviously.
H: Do you have some unique Korean food to recommend to your foreigne friends?
J: That’s really original. I like Bibimbap and Gukbap. Why you are surprised? (laugh) But, I don’t eat Korean food everyday because I cook myself, too.
L: Well in Korea, 비빔밥 and 김밥 and 불고기, 갈비 is usually appealing to foreigners because they are like very sweet of very salty. But I recommend the Korean desserts such as 팥빙수 from the franchise called 설빙, and many other unique drinks like 식혜, 복분자, 오미자 they are tasty unique and has a various flavor made by the traditional ways. As a student studying French, it is our certain dream to travel to France one day. Could you recommend any special French dish which is popular among French people but we aren't familiar with?
J: Anything? Um,, Quiche Lorraine. It’s hard to explain it into English. It’s kind of tarte with fork, and like mushroom, and that’s really so sweet something it you bake it and that’s good. It’s salty, and sweet. And there are lots of other food, too, but it’s really hard to explain.
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