So today is Sunday and the wife and myself have been going to a korean church now pretty much every sunday for a number of months now. She wanted to start going and I have just a small amount of experience with churches since my family didn’t really get involved too much with churches when I was growing up.
It’s a smaller amount of people in this congregation of a korean based church outside of chicago that also shares their space with two other churches for different countries.
So it’s a ‘new’ experience for me just going to a church every weekend just in itself but the fact that it’s 100% korean for the most part (some english on the lyrics ) it’s the exposure to an all korean environment that at times I can drift off with my attention. I’m an adult full blown into learning korean but still deal with the issue of ‘comprehensible input’ and for the most part a good majority is not comprehensible at real speed. I don’t have a good grasp of church proceedings to begin with so it’s tough at times trying to figure out how to utilize this time for both religious and language learning sides of the equation. So I dealt with drifting off and daydreaming today. Not good but is the reality of what happened today.
Some of the people there have been extremely nice and we are fortunate in their kindness as I sit through a majority of it without know much about what is actually going on. The head on realization of your korean language level and how low it is as opposed to how you would like to think it is or should be after long attempts at learning korean is something to deal with all on it’s own I think.
It will be nice if I can get to point later this year that I can understand at least sections of the sermon as opposed to today they had a guest speaker that is spending much of his time at a church in Russia but I didn’t know anything about it till on the drive home the wife explained to me what the pastor was speaking on. Korean, English(we spoke briefly after the end of the service) and trying to learn Russian for this gentlemen and his wife. That’s a very interesting speech I missed out on today due to lack of understanding and attention focus problems.
I spoke briefly with the pastor of the church on whether his children are fluent in korean as they are raised here in the states and go to school here so they are that flip flop of children of korean speakers and are more fluent in english than korean but he uses korean in the house so they will speak korean as they get older. Good to see that and hope them all the best as the pastor has been very kind and understanding with a new member of his congregation that is the only american in it.