Shauna Teacher Gets Schooled

5 Apr

Having meaning to master tennis for the better part of the past ten years, I was very excited to learn that my boss had kindly signed me up for free beginner lessons being offered by the city.  Despite the fact that I was to be the only foreigner in the class, I felt my Swedish heritage, the same that led the great Björn Borg to Wimbleton victory, would provide me with natural talent that would overcome any language barriers.

Alas, much to my surprise(and yours especially), my genetic theorem has proven to be flawed, as my first lesson quickly turned into waygookin (essentially korean for foreigner) comedy hour.  If my swings were not followed by the resounding laughter of my peers(I feel it was less of a snicker and more and more out of endearment “oh look at that foreign giant go… resilient!” ), they were  followed by corrections being shouted at me in Korean by my coach who was clearly getting increasingly exasperated as the lesson progressed. I feel that the Korean language has an innate gentle sternness, thus being on the receiving end of any harsh words spoken in this tongue is less than relaxing, especially coming from an older male; it almost has the same effect as gravely disappointing a parent.  My only saving grace was during stretches where I out stretched the lot of them.(what, so your racket can actually make contact with the ball? Ha! Well I can touch my toes…BAM)

Nonetheless, despite my first lesson being filled with embarrassment(which is par for the course really), I purchased new tennis shoes after work today and will be attending lessons every weekday for the next year. And who knows, once my Korean improves perhaps I will find that what was once believed to be angry criticisims are infact words of encouragement and gratitude such as, “Ooooo! Great height on that swing! The ball flew beautifully over that fence” , “How do get your shots to always to veer left? I admire your consistency.” or, “Wow, thank you so much- your wild wide shots have gotten me into the best shape of my life”.



4 Responses to “Shauna Teacher Gets Schooled”

  1. Natalie April 5, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    you are still amazing. you’ll be the next bjorn borg 2.0 when u come back!!! (and i’m still expecting pictures of ur frenemy ms shauna!) 🙂

  2. Shauna K April 6, 2011 at 3:04 am #

    Thanks lady more like Bjorn Borg 0.1 but the good news is that I got better today for sure! But man am I out of shape I’m soooo sore

  3. Calina April 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    Don’t despair tennis takes some getting used too from what I hear. I also agree with Natalie on pictures of the hog who lives under your dresser. We should have a skype date soon?

    • Shauna K April 9, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

      Yeah I know patience is a virtue ect., but why can’t I just be fantastic from the start- much easier that way.

      ps I just posted pics..

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