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I started learning Korean October 25th, 2013. After discovering Korean dramas on Netflix I became captivated by the sound of Korean as well as the expressive intonation. Up until that point I had been self-learning Japanese. While I really loved that language, Korean somehow caught my interest in a special way. Not only did I like the way it sounded, but I liked how to characters (Hangul) looked. After looking around online I found a teacher in my area who taught Korean and asked about taking classes.
When I went to my very first class everyone could already read the alphabet so I scrambled each time it was my turn to read to look up the letters and pronunciation. This forced me to learn quickly and I was reading easily in no time. I also took some private lessons from these teachers, an American man and his Korean wife.The Korean alphabet is very simple to learn and if you would like to learn more about it please click here.
From there I found a couple amazing language exchange partners online who are still some of my closest friends today. One of them noticed how motivated I was and took the time to video chat with my almost every evening and teach me via a shared Google document. I owe so much of my beginning progress in Korean to him. 진짜 감사합니다 오빠!
As my interest in Korean language and culture increased I decided I wanted a more genuine, immersive experience. So, with a lot of help from my family and friends, I was able to come to Seoul and study Korean at Sogang University’s language program (서강대학교) in September of 2014. I continued in the program through level 2 (which I failed and had to re-take). After that I, for many different reasons, began to self-study. I started on my self-study with a lot of help from the following bloggers some of whom I am now lucky enough to call my friends!
Shanna at Hangukdrama
Marshsa at DailyBap