It’s quite sad but yesterday marks my last lesson after learning Korean for 2+ years at Sejong. I took 1 year of Korean during uni days, and decided to continue learning at Sejong since it was right opposite my office. It was part of my weekly schedule, to have one day that I got off work punctually at 6.15 to go for my 6.30 class.
I got really lucky with the classes that I joined because as good as the teacher was, my fellow classmates were the ones who really brightened up the class with their liveliness and jokes. The banter with the teacher was always entertaining, and I truly looked forward to every week. And while my Korean ability has definitely improved (proven by my 2 weeks immersion while roadtripping around Korea), it was really more for the people that I faithfully went every week.
The teacher didn’t know that our class wasn’t continuing til next week, but when he found out, he gave a little speech and got a little teary-eyed 😥 I think his attachment to our class was deeper than most, but he’s off to be a good hubby and dad to his family, so we can’t really blame him for it either. The class is definitely something I’m going to miss, and it seems like I’m gonna need to make some effort on my part so that my ability doesn’t go into ‘auto-delete’ mode, the way my German skills did.
Many people ask me why I bother learning Korean, since it’s a useless language in the sense that only one small country in the world speaks it. For me, learning Korean was never about the usefulness of it, it was just a hobby that collided with my other interests. I love meeting fellow students who have an equally passionate interest in the Korean culture, and it’s encouraging to know that everyone in the class is also there just ’cause. My whole foray into learning Korean was a fairly random decision, a senior year impulse where I just yolo-ed and signed up for Beginner Korean. I’m pretty surprised myself that I’ve persevered at it for so many years already, and maybe, just maybe… God will have a greater use for my interest in this area.
Sigh. Gotta start watching more K-dramas and shows to help maintain my knowledge hoho