I started my first Korean class! My friend Mari found one for us to take here in the city that wasn’t super crazy expensive. Now, my class is the super basic, basic, basic class. So basic it’s 10 weeks on the alphabet. But for me? This is exactly how slowly I need to go. My ability to absorb languages is a skill which I lack. You’d never know it from my rambles here, but even English is something I stumble on.
Thanks be to my grammar coach Anne who spent hours and hours pounding rules into my brain over coffee.
Anyway, I sit there in class, with my deerp face on, understanding about half the class, and then I go home and cram. A lot. So I expect my drama watching to take a serious hit for the duration. You know, because I need another distraction between me and Kdrama watching… I just keep telling myself that, in the long run, I’m doing this for the benefit for my kdrama watching. Imagine the things I’ll be able to watch if I ever get to the point where I’m almost understanding what’s being said? No longer waiting for subs like the rest of you schmoes!
Ahem. Just kidding.So every Saturday, I’ll be marching in with the rest of my brethren–which–believe it or not, is around 30 students! All ages, ethnicity’s and genders. Frankly I was super surprised by the turn out as in my brain I was expecting more more like 6. I was really excited how popular learning Korean is. Of course, since the teacher had to explain to a confounded student why girls don’t use Noona, I can say that not everyone who is there is not supporting a raging kdrama fanaticism.
Now, for some people, having that many people in the class is a bad thing, but for me? Total upside! I’m able to blend in with the crowd, with my half understanding, and then when class is over I escape and learn the rest alone in the embarrassment free anonymity of my own home.