Steven and I had a one-on-one intermediate session from 03 PM to 05 PM.
We discussed the different variations of signboards.
We concluded that signboards with simple designs promote more business venues and are more pleasing to our eyes.
When we were talking, I noticed that I could let Steven know a couple of idiomatic phrases that he didn’t know before.
I posted a separate Notes article apart from this one, so make sure to check that out for the useful words
and phrases that the English natives use that we exercised throughout this 1:1 experience.
The link for words/phrases only is available at the bottom part of this article.
After we went through all the questions from the topic,
we decided to talk about traffic laws in South Korea because there was a part of the questions
that dealt with the “recognizability” of the signboards and
we had a lengthy tangent conversation about different kinds of traffic lights
and signs in South Korea and the United States.
We talked about how drivers not obeying the traffic laws pose a significant threat to the pedestrians
like us and make us agitated. Steven suggested that the South Korean government
and the politicians could improve the traffic ecosystem in South Korea
by introducing an incentive-based program that will incentivize
he drivers into following the rules, quite contrary to our current
punitive model of the Korean Traffic Regulations. He thought
drivers who stop before the stop lines ahead of time and do not make an illegal lane change
in public roads should be awarded 1 point per incident. He pointed
that the drivers who get their cars checked out for maintenance twice a year, as they should be doing,
get 10 points per check-up. At the end of the year,
the Korean Government conducts a tax audit on its citizens’ properties and income.
Steven thought it would be a good idea for the drivers to have the privilege to get
their vehicle-related property taxes deducted by 10% if they have an equal or greater amount of points than
1,000 points by the end of each year. It surprised me that someone would come up
with a solution to a traffic law problem that doesn’t involve penalizing
the drivers to disincentivize their reckless and irresponsible driving.
It was an intriguing conversation for sure.