I was into ajatt.com 10,000 sentence method and constant reader on the internet on how to learn a language I decided to try one last time….I think just mainly for motivation a korean language class that was in my district at a different community college. The korean class is not always offered but wasn’t nearly expensive as the first one and it turned to be only once a week at night for like 4 hours.
A older korean woman who tried dressing much younger than she was. I say this because it got to be a pattern with her as class went on where the difference in styles of speaking based off if you where younger or older she made a big deal out of it and let you know that she assumed she was younger than most of us in class. We had a number of working adults and one guy who said he was 62 and close to retirement and was going to take a consulting job in korea for the field he was in which I forget what that was.
I was not yet 40 and I could pretty much guess she was in her late 40’s if not in her 50’s ….sorry girls the neck and hands don’t lie but by second class she was bringing up examples alot to us classmates and her using examples saying like since I’m younger than you I would have to use formal and standard styles speaking to you and since you’re older to me you can talk at a different level. Korean language learners know what these levels where but the teacher for the entire course would bring up examples and say stuff like that every class!!!!!
I almost countered like in class 3 or 4 that you’re saying this to me but I’m not sure you’re younger than me ( I was sure but wanting to be polite)….but I bit my tongue and ended up not saying nothing. Once again my attempt to learn a another language by taking a formal class was a failure. We seemed to be there mostly to make this older korean female feel young and she also would want to talk more about stories in korea which by this time I had been there 3 times already and nobody else in class had been there I did question her a few times because I think at times she was giving a very inaccurate picture of korea.
One story was how it’s very common for guys to hold hands in korea and she went on talking about this so I asked her where are you talking about this in korea. I know it’s very common for korean female students to either hold hands or arm in arm while walking, like even in america when meeting someone like family you may hold a guys hand but I can’t say I saw many guys walking korean streets holding hands. A very strange story which was one of many from her.
4 attempt at taking a second language class (or is it 5 because I had 2 years of german? I think since it was the same guy though for my german class I will count this as one) – strike 4.
Hope we made this teacher feell young as she was nice though but in terms of learning much it was once again a disaster……