Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Korean Language 101 | You are Never Too Old to Learn Something New

Over the weekend I posted on Facebook and Twitter that I've started learning Korean. Yup, after years of procrastination, I've finally started classes!! It is once-a-week over the weekend, and the boy helps to look after Lil Pumpkin during my class.

I've always felt that to truly understand a particular culture and its traditions, it is important to understand the language. We've many good Korean friends and visited Korea twice, and it is definitely a country that I want to know better.

It has been a few years since I attended class, and to be honest, I felt a bit overwhelmed. Adult learning classes are definitely not easy. Coupled with work, household chores, and other family/ social commitments, even though it is just "part-time" learning, it is rather intense. Compared to tertiary learning or lower where each chapter can be covered over a week or two, each 1.5hrs class is also packed with new information, that you only have 1 week to digest and remember before the next class. I don't even dare to think of skipping one class in case I can't catch up! {Actually I felt like skipping the first lesson to go for a blog event, but luckily I'm a good girl and didn't :P}

My hubby is also learning a new skill this year- veterinary acupuncture {yes, you can perform acupuncture on animals too!!}. He believes that learning new skills helps to develop the brain so he is constantly upgrading his work skills and he also took Japanese for 2 years while working & looking after the family. He is my inspiration that I too, can perservere in my new endeavour to learn this new language skill. 

I hope that I can master Korean to at least an intermediate level, enough for me to read, listen and have easy daily conversations with native Koreans. The Chinese have a saying - 活到老,学到老 {huo dao lao, xue dao lao}. It basically means that as we live and get older, we should never stop learning. It doesn't mean that you have to go enroll in a certain class, but it can be little things like learning new crafting skills on *cough* Pinterest,  learning a new recipe on Masterchef, or learning a new way to enjoy the life's simple pleasures from your young ones.

Indeed, this is something we want to pass on to Lil Pumpkin too, that learning doesn't stop when you leave school.

What have you learnt lately? Any new skill you want to pick up, but haven't yet?

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workingwomenaus said...

I love that saying, because I too believe that we should never stop learning. Good luck :)

Unknown said...

Learning a new language as adults is hard. If only we were kids again and we learnt all the languages better. Kids just soak that stuff up and know it. It's harder for us to learn things too cause were always so buys doing other things like blogging and reading other blogs. No i mean cooking and cleaning and looking after the kids and husband yeah that's what I meant. Good luck with learning Korean maybe you can teach us a few words one day.

Czjai said...

I wish I had the time to really attend an actual class. The least I could do is download apps and AV modules because I really love learning new languages.

I miss being part of a classroom environment. :)

Stacy said...

Go, girl, go! :)

Grace said...

Oh, good on you, Ai! Ang na hase yo! (Did I spell it right???)
I totally agree with you! We've got to keep our brains active and alive!
I'm getting through my Certificate of Nutrition. It's a juggle trying to find the time to do the assignments and I am almost always asleep at my Monday night classes...but so worth it!
I've always wanted to take up Italian...That might be next :)

Yvette Bowyer said...

yay!! Learning another language is amazing.. I want to learn french and japanese :)

Keep it up and let us know the great phrases you come across!!

Oshi Des Nei is my favourite in Japanese!

Ai Sakura said...

workingwomenaus: thanks! I'm hoping to get some revision done today ;p

Salz: yes, I'll try to blog about this new learning journey once I know how to type Korean into the comp haha

Czjai: I tried self-learning with books too but found that I needed more motivation so enrolled myself :) Maybe start learning with a friend? I'm sure that will help too!

Stacy: thank you!

tahlia @ the parenting files said...

it is so funny you said this as my girlfriend and i were thinking the other day of learning a language together. I am off to do more research into this x

Redcliffe Style said...

Good on you! I can't wait to hear how you go. I would love to learn another language. Rachel x

EssentiallyJess said...

I love learning new sewing techniques and making different, out of the box things. I get so bored with doing similar stuff over and over again.
There are adult night classes near here, and I often think about going. I'd love to learn photo editing, or computer skills so I can maintain my blog better. :)

Deb @ home life simplified said...

i never want to stop learning - my current passion is learning to create art journals, doodling, and painting. good luck with the korean - and the vet acupuncture for huby

An Apel a Day said...

Learning new languages are hard. I didn't do very well with Spanish in school. I know other cultures have to learn our language. I wonder how they do it?

Skylar Magazine said...

That's awesome Sakura! Good for you! Adult learning is hard, no doubt about it! I just did a few posts this week about that. If you haven't been in a classroom in a while, you tend to forget everything.

Anyway, good for you for going back to school and doing something you enjoy. I've always wanted to learn another language, I didn't get the opportunity to do that in school.

I'm really interested in learning more about what your hubby does, vetrinary acupunture. I know friends who have had that done, my one friend has a disability with her eyes, it's not a stigmatism, but similar, her eyes constantly move, but she got the acupunture and it helped her, it didn't cure it, but it made it better and she's not getting as many migraines. I'm curious as to what it does to animals.

Well, Sakura, have fun and good luck with your new class!