Today a 2nd grade student (8th grade in America) kept pointing at my hair and saying “Bip bi! Bip bi!”
I was totally confused and tried writing what she was saying on the board in English. She told me it was wrong and then wrote in Korean.
That didn’t help me at all!
I still was confused and asked my co-teacher was going on. My co-teacher couldn’t really explain it to me and I let it slide to that I could start class.
Some girls came to my lunch class and said “Bip Bi! Bip bi!” and pointed at my hair.
Finally it clicked!
They were saying “Pippi!” as in Pippi Longstockings! I had braided my hair today and it reminded them of “Pippi!”
or as the Korean pronounce it “Bip Bi, Bip Bi”
In Korean the P & B sound kind of blends together and it is hard for many students to distinguish between the two.
For example, when I am trying to help a student with spelling a word and I say “B” they might write down “P” and vice versa.
Glad I finally figured out what the girl was trying to say!