Here’s some of the reactions I get when I tell people that I am learning Korean or when the discover that I am learning Korean.
Oh. You are learning Korean….”
The trial off like it’s a bad thing. I know in their mind, I have automatically become the bimbo, the crazy-screaming kpop fans, the sasaeng fan (click here for what that means). No, I am not being sensitive. The actions of those people before they know and after they know is different.
X: Why are you learning Korean?
X: Because of those Korean dramas and variety shows right?
X: Correct right!
And the same thing happens. I become a bimbo, a crazy kpop fan etc.
It’s extremely frustrating especially when you are going for interviews. I am almost afraid to put it down in my resume. Because all these negative experience. But let me just say this once and for all.
I AM NOT A CRAZY BIMBO KPOP FAN.
So…why am I learning Korean?
My interest in Korean started back in secondary school. The best friend was crazy about anime and Japanese. Being the rebellious teenager that I was, I decided to look for the opposite – Korean. And I started getting curious about the country and the language.
Somewhere along the way, we learned about the Korean war and that pushed my curiosity a tad further.
Since then, I’ve wanted to pick up the language. But somewhere between JC and university and working life, I forgot about that interest.
TILL….Super Junior came along.
No, I did not finally learn Korean because I want to know what they are saying. I finally signed up for class because they reminded me about my curiosity of Korean. And there’s something about your teenager wish that makes it endearing.
And so, I finally signed up for classes because Korean drama, variety and KPop was so easily accessible these days. With the ease of obtaining these stuff, I can hear more, listen more and read more. Expose myself more to the language so that I am always learning, not just in class. Plus, I always believe that one should always continue to learn even after university. So, might as well!
Yes, I am interested in K-Pop. But that love is not what made me signed up for class. For my passion in Korean and the culture.
In a nutshell….
I am learning Korean because of….
a) A silly teenage wish
b) I wanted to further develop myself after graduation
c) Ease of picking up Korean because of the availability of materials.
So, there. Just saying.