So we start 2017 and I am at least on track again learning Korean. So better that I’ve been doing this for at least almost 4 months before the start of the year so I get a running start into 2017 with my goals.
It’s been a on/off up/down process and language learning while also a working adult with many other responsibilities is for sure a challenge and a challenge I have not been too good with up till now.
The end of 2016 saw other additions which add to my desire to become fluent in korean. For a couple of months now we have started going to church on sundays. A korean based church here in the chicagoland area and it’s a smaller congregation. Of course the sermon is all in korean and up till now I am the only american that attends. I’m happy that we started up as my wife for a long time has wanted to start going so here we are now a regular on sundays.
Of course the pastor speaks at normal pace and I struggle to catch words and when songs are being done it’s I think good hearing korean in a music form to pick up faster it’s still all new to me since I have not attended church since I was very young.
Also the wife and I continue to talk about visiting korea again in 2018 so fluency is going to take a lot of work in 2017 to see what level I can reach before that time. We don’t know if we are going to attend the olympics in Korea in 2018 or just wait till summer time of that year but discussions continue on that matter.
I have settled into having korean lessons 3 days a week on skype with two teachers. The one teacher is more structured but has alot of experience and I am one of those students where I have alot of knowledge of korean and a large vocabulary but still in the beginner realm of putting together sentences or that is at least my own personal assessment where I stand.
The other teacher only conducts class in korean and that is crazy good in terms of being 100% immersed in korean during that very short hour that goes by in literally one minute. I justify in my mind as being like a car payment everymonth and since I have my own personal car paid off for now something I will continue unless funds get tight.
The accountability factor and also since I end up paying alot every month really makes me more aware of what I’m doing in this language learning journey. The fact that I always seem to have a class coming up I’ve ended up studying on a more consistent basis than I ever have in the past.
I got alot of use out of the phrase 새해 복 많이 받으세요 today at church. I appear to have said it correctly alot according to my wife. Most people tell me Happy New Year’s in english which I returned to some also in english and then it’s like ok take a deep breath and start returning those Happy New Year’s with it’s korean equivalent whether I mess it up or not which I started to do.
Here’s to a successful 2017 in my korean language learning journey.