Over the past seven months, I’ve been studying Korean on and off.  I’ll go through spurts where I’m studying like a mad man and learning a lot and then I’ll get burnt out.  I suppose anyone who is trying to learn such a different language goes through the same thing.  In my case, however, I have gotten to the point that I have so many Korean friends (many of whom speak little or no English) that I am forced to learn in order to effectively communicate….Continue Reading “And….we’ll start adding a little Korean to this thing!”

I’ve been in Korea for almost six months now and I’ve studied the language pretty intensely (though, admittedly I haven’t put in a good enough effort—coming up on the second half of my time here, my goal is to crank things up a notch).  I still have a ways to go, but I have reached a point in my ability to speak Korean that I never imagined possible.  It feels amazing to be able to walk around and not just pronounce words anymore, but actually…Continue Reading “Language Breakthroughs”

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Learn Korean….어려워요 (it’s difficult) but with a study plan, it can be done.

Categories Korea, Learning Korean

Prior to coming to Korea, I decided that I was going to try and learn the language.  I’m nowhere near fluent but I’ve made some serious strides in the last four months or so that I’ve been studying.  I can definitely order food on my own, get directions, and get laughed at by my Korean friends at dinner.  Not only does Korean have an entirely different alphabet, but the cultural differences that are embedded into the language are abundant so often times direct translations from or to…Continue Reading “Learn Korean….어려워요 (it’s difficult) but with a study plan, it can be done.”

I’ve learned more about Korea in the last 6 weeks than I have in the past 26 years of my life.  I guess that’s not all too surprising but it’s amazing how much knowledge you gain about another culture when you immerse yourself in their customs, ways, traditions, etc.  That’s not to say that you can just travel to another country, spend some time there and acquire a real understanding of another people passively, however.  Prior to coming to Korea, I made it a goal of mine to learn…Continue Reading “Understanding South Korea”