Oh wow, it’s been how many years? 4? I think so. It’s been 4 years since I started studying the Korean Language (thanks year abroad in Seoul) and I’m still stuck in False Beginner/Intermediate. Bah!
When I got back from Seoul, I looked around for classes and it became obvious that I would have to rely on self learning. After the first six months I realised something very important about myself, I don’t love self learning. I’m someone who loves structure of a classroom but more importantly, I love interacting with people. My language learning has always thrived when I’ve been in an environment when I’ve actively had to use my skills. Without a structured class or really anyone to talk on a regular basis I focused on other things. Now I’m done with school, and I have loads of free time, I’m rededicating myself to my language studies.
Which is why as I look for a job in my career, I took a part time job as a waitress in a Korean Restaurant!
This is my uniform, like a casual traditional hanbok. It is so cute, and I love it.
Working as a waitress is not my ideal career path, nor is it something I want to do for a long time, but for now while I’m job searching it’s nice to leave the house. It’s nice to be earning something, and it’s nice to be thrown into a world where I’m forced to speak Korean. The chefs know I was an exchange student, so they pretty much only talk to me in Korean. That’s scary! I’m having to learn things super quick so I don’t make a mistake. But! I’m really enjoying it, I feel my confidence growing and even though my grammar isn’t perfect, I find myself making an effort to say something in order to be understood.
I’m supplementing this with text books! I have so many, that I really should be fluent by now~ I recently bought Essential Korean for Business Use, which is more like a phrase book. If I’m applying for jobs that may need me to use Korean, I should learn the appropriate phrases right?