Tuesday, April 18, 2006
5 1/2 Months
One of my Korean teachers asked me today how long I had been studying Korean. I thought about it for a minute, and then I realized that I've been studying this crazy language for five and a half months. Five and a half months! For heaven's sake, you would think after all this time of studying so hard all week every week I would be able to hold a coherent conversation at a tempo greater than about a sentence a minute. As it is, my pauses trying to figure out words or grammar constructions seem to at least triple the amount of time it takes me to say anything. I'm really starting to think I just need to go to Korea and simply start winging it there. I mean, it can't actually be that difficult – lots of people speak Korean, and lots of Koreans speak English, right? There's got to be some sort of simplified, everyday version of the language that's not as complicated, right?