친구들이랑 같이 보낸 날

A few days ago, someone posted an announcement on the facebook group for kpop/kdrama fans here in our city. A guy named Rechie was offering tutorial classes for those who are interested to learn basic Korean. I was able to chat with him not too long ago. Just like me, he is also self-studying Korean. I’m not sure but I assume that his speaking skills is better than mine since he goes to a school where Koreans spend a month or two to learn English as an exchange student and he is friends with some of them. So he actually has face-to-face encounter with Koreans while I only get to talk to Koreans through online chatting (Kakaotalk and Skype). Since it’s summer and he wanted to kill time, he decided to offer a crash course on basic Korean. Basically, by the end of the short course, the learners should be able to read and write in Korean and construct basic Korean sentences.

I already know how to read and write Korean but I still went. I was curious since I haven’t studied Korean from a class or in a group before and at the same time, I need an excuse to go out and the idea of meeting new friends excited me. The friends who I have been talking to online for quite a while. It’s great to finally meet them in person and be able to talk to them personally and not just through chatting.

Sadly, only a few people came. Some were already at the venue but they were to shy to approach us so they just left. Whut? O.o Others have summer classes or work so they couldn’t come. I was the oldest one in the group. Yeah, I’m older than Rechie by 4 years. ㅡ_ㅡ;; Everyone who came except me were complete beginners so he had to start from the very beginning. While he was teaching them 한글, I was busy eating my American burger and drinking my Mango Smoothie. Haha!

Hey, I know what you’re thinking. I wasn’t useless. Haha! I helped him explain some things to them. Halfway through the session, he asked for my help to assist them since everyone had questions and he couldn’t handle everyone on his own. I gladly helped him out. Rechie and I aren’t fluent speakers of Korean. We are nowhere near at par with other advanced Korean learners out there. Our skills aren’t good enough yet and there are still a lot of things we need to know but I understand his purpose on offering a tutorial.

There are a lot of people who are interested to learn Korean here but they don’t know where to start and there’s no Korean language school here. Through this classes, we get to share things that we already know and at the same time, we become more motivated to learn so we could teach them new things as well. It’s like we’re growing and learning altogether. They learn, we learn, everyone’s happy. It’s a win-win situation.

I just hope that every single one of them will continue to come to class and not give up halfway. The first step is always the hardest and keeping yourself motivation is quite a challenge that’s not easy to overcome. I really hope that by the end of this course, they would to continue to study Korean even without a tutor.

PS: Stop looking for me in the photos because I’m not in any of them. XD

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8 Comments

  1. That’s an interesting experience. I spend most of the time self-studying Korean. However, I still spend some time joining exchange events or free Korean classes to get more experiences ^^

  2. kilala ko ini na bata gel , bugto siya han sangkay tak bugto hehehe.. kay anu diri ak hini maaram stagnant na tak korean guin bahayan na kitkit ngan naging lamok na sanglit nagka lupad na tak naaraman LOL.. when’s the next tutorial ? i want to join boryong narin ako ngadi ha balay :(

    1. It makes me happy too especially here in our city. There are many closet kpop/kdrama fans here and I’m glad they’re slowly coming out of there shell. There were only a few of us here back then.

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