I expect every one of my college students to speak in English at least once during each of my classes, and the only exception is for sickness. And in South Korea, that’s an easy tell because people with colds usually wear surgical masks.
Lo and behold, today I found out that a surgical mask doesn’t necessarily mean somebody is sick. It can also mean for females, quote, “no shower no makeup.”
My mind is still kind of blown. Here I thought I was teaching in a tuberculosis ward all semester.