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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뭐라고? 군대 갈 필요가 없다고? 이유는?

I just learned something new today. I met a Korean high school student and I asked him if he had been to the army already. Stupid question, I know. I forgot he was still in high school and he’s not yet supposed to go to army until after he graduates high school. He said not yet and that he doesn’t need to go. I can’t help but be curious since I was told that every Korean men has to go to army. No exceptions. So I asked him again. Why? He said because he’s a 여호와의 증인 (Jehovah’s Witness). I was baffled as to why he doesn’t have to go to the army just because he was a 여호와의 증인 so I asked him and I was quite surprised to find out why and what consequences they have to face for not going to army. I also looked up Naver regarding this just to be sure. Seems legit. Sorry, it’s April Fool’s Day. I just had to check if he’s telling the truth. Haha!

All this time, I believed that every single Korean men go to army except for those who are severely ill. But I was wrong. Korean men whose religion is Jehovah’s Witness don’t go to army. Not because they’re exempted from it but because they refuse to because practicing violence is against their belief. Instead, they spend a year and 2 months in prison for breaking the law. And not going to army is considered as breaking the law. That is just so sad being imprisoned not for doing a serious crime such as murder or robbing a bank but for refusing to go to army because of their religion. I just find it absurd to say the least. But on the other hand, I understand why the Korean government doesn’t give them an exemption and send them to prison. Because if they do, every men will want to be a Jehovah’s Witness just so they won’t have to go to army. If that happens, who will go to army and protect their country? XD

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Monthly Language Report #2

I failed to make a language report for the month of February. /facepalm I feel like it’s still January. I wish time would slow down or at least let me fast forward to June or July. I didn’t have time to make a video and my internet connection is so slow, it won’t let me upload large files nowadays. T^T So I just recorded an audio instead. 😀 When I recorded this, I was feeling sleepy so please excuse my voice if it sounds lifeless or boring. XD
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