Because the middle schoolers are currently in a four-week intensive phase to prepare for their mid-terms, I don't have any of my those students this month. It's a bit of a pain since now I'm only teaching 5 classes a week but the older students still come visit on class breaks. I mention this only to illustrate that there were no ulterior motives for the following conversation. No homework due, no bad test scores...nada.
As usual, I was spending my free time between classes at my desk grading books. In walks my favorite student, we'll call him "M", and his friend, "A", as they are also on a break from their 3-hour class. M starts asking me general questions, which are never in the form of a complete sentence. Never.
M: "Where from?"
Me: "Me? What country?"
Me: "저는 미국 사람이에요" (I am from America.)
M: "저는 미국 사람이에요? Good, teacher. How old?"
Me: "십칠" (I tell all my kids that I'm 17.)
M: "hmph. ok. Marry?"
Me: "Am I married? No."
M & A looked at each other.
Me: "Yes, Miss."
Me: "For what?"
M: "Me. Wait for me. 5 years, I will be twenty. We can marry."
Me: "I am much older than you."
M: "괜찮 아요" (Doesn't matter.)
Me: "Silly me, of course it doesn't...."