Hopefully you’ll take advantage of this earlier than I have…
Anyway, while cleaning out my bookmarks I rediscovered this on-line language program from my Pronvince’s website. In retrospect, it’s probably THE BEST collection of USEFUL survival Korean that I’ve seen. Prior to living here 2.5 years, I wouldn’t have known that.
Each section has an animation (with the Gyeonggi mascot and a foreigner), and they have a dialog that one might actually encounter. There is the English, the Hangul, and the Romanization right there for you to follow along with, and a list of vocabulary & expressions below.
So yeah, it’s not as slick as some videos on Youtube, but it’s exactly the basics a person needs to get by here, without being as deadly dull or grammar crazy as a classroom. And you can repeat it as often as you like.
Wish I had realized this earlier. : (
In addition, there is a foreigner named Rob teaching Korean on-line. The hangul classes are free at Learn Korean Online and then you can pay for more advanced classes, of which there are some samples. He also teaches live classes for foreigners here in Korea. (again, wish I had realized this earlier – but, since he’s associated w/ the newssmagazine, theYoegiyo.com, he’s probably based in the South of Korea. And you know, if I had to do this all again, I wouldn’t even have gone to Seoul, but headed south to Daegu or Busan areas, where the pace is slower, Koreans are less annoyed by foreigners, and the foreigners seem to have more of a sense of community) While his pronunciation may not be perfect, it’s amazingly good. And the beautiful thing is he knows just what foreigners need and want to get from Korean language classes, so I totally believe (from watching some of his videos) that he can speed up the process while giving you USEFUL TOOLS.
I’m experiencing short-timer’s disease, but at the same time I’m so frustrated that I blew two years of experiencing Korea as an explorer and hungry traveler due to working with TRACK. (the tri-lingual website of which I worked on for 9 months will be deleted this week, unused) : ( Oh well, I learned a lot. Ha. Mostly about organizational disease and impatience.
Five more months of lessons to go. So many things I want to do before I go, but cat and finances pin me down.
Hoping I can buy a raimie hanbok before I come home. Saw an ethereal jeogori (hanbok jacket) made of ramie, and hand-painted with mountains and trees on the arms. I asked and the woman said oh-pal man won. 58,000 won. Really? Only a little over $50 bucks? That doesn’t seem right to me. If it is, then it would be criminal not to get it before I leave. I think lasek surgery will have to wait. The things I have purchased here are all functional but probably replacable. Will it cost more to ship them home than to replace? The bad thing about moving so much is always liquidating. It’s nice to edit ones’ life and also begin with a fresh slate, but there are always things I regret having gotten rid of.
I wish my kids could have made it out here. Maybe in the future. Maybe we can come back together and visit this place, free of internal and external conflict, and with only warmth and wonder in our hearts.