If you read through the “Asian Dramas” page, you’ll know that Korean dramas were the reason why I fell in love with the Korean language and culture. I was partially motivated by my frustration with subtitles, since it’s challenging to read them and see what the characters are doing at the same time. I also started listening to K-Pop, and I aspired to understand what they were singing about without having to look up the English translation. I started studying Korean in 2017 and it has been such a rewarding experience. Although it is challenging, I’m completely okay with it because I know that when I do finally achieve my goal, it will definitely be well-earned. The easiest part of this process has been learning the Hangul. I used to be extremely intimidated by the characters, but it’s surprisingly easy to understand once you get the hang of it.
My dream is to someday visit South Korea, but until then I watch travel vloggers and continue to watch Korean dramas and variety shows. If I could give any advice to learning Korean, it would be to watch as many variety shows as you can. Although I do love the dramas, they don’t usually talk that way in real life (similar to American dramas or soap operas in a sense). In order to get the most accurate insight of their day-to-day conversations, I started watching The Return of Superman. With this show you can see how they speak with not only their children, but also their spouses, peers and their elders. The show is incredibly helpful with my understanding of honorifics as well pronunciation, and it also goes into detail about their day-to-day lives and the places they visit regularly, along with special places like Jeju Island, or the beautiful temples and shrines. I will continue to study diligently, and maybe someday be fortunate enough to have an opportunity to visit South Korea and truly experience the country and culture that I have come to know and love.