Friday, September 17, 2010

Sogang Level 2

So here we are, several weeks into Sogang Korean classes, but at the frenetic level 2 pace. Back in the day, I blogged about how difficult Level 1 was... and now I find myself longing for those days. Yeah, level 2 definitely kicked it up a notch (or 10). The teachers don't spoon feed the information to us as much, definitely speak a lot faster, we don't get to practice new grammar and vocabulary nearly as much. They kind of teach us what we need to know and assume we'll learn/memorize it on our own.

This semester, Mark and I got put in different classes. At first I was kind of nervous to be in class without my support system. But as time goes on, I can see that it's definitely better for both of us, as it forces us to meet and mingle more with our classmates. Plus, we have the opportunity to make twice as many friends.

Speaking of classmates, our classes are still pretty diverse. Mark has South African, Malaysian, German, Turkish, Thai, and Japanese students in his class. I've got a far less diverse class, with half of the class coming from Japan.

One thing I've noticed this semester is that our classmates can speak SO much better this time around. A lot of them didn't attend Level 1 at Sogang, so came in with varying abilities. I know I can be overly modest at times, but I am dead serious when I say this time around I'm without a doubt at the bottom of the heap when it comes to speaking ability and vocabulary.

The semester is going okay, but it requires even more studying this time, which I didn't even know was possible. There are many days that I honestly feel like I'm barely treading water. But I'm not complaining. I came back to Korea to learn the language and it's not a pretty process, but that's what's happening.

More pictures next time. And now back to the never-ending task of vocabulary memorization.


Mica said...

Kim씨, 잘지네요?

That's about all I can say right now.

I can totally sympathize with your situation. Intro. Korean is five days a week here, and each week, we have two oral quizzes and two vocab. quizzes. It's insane, but it isn't as intense as your program, for sure!

That's interesting that there are so many Japanese students. My class is like 90% Chinese.

Maggie said...

Hang in there smarty pants! You'll do great!!

Michelle said...

I stumbled upon your blog a few days ago. I wonder if it would be all right for me to add you to my blogroll?

Kim said...

Michelle -- of course!

David said...

I having been reading your blog for a while and this is my first comment and is in no way meant as a discourgement but I am quoting wikapedia.
"For native English speakers
Diplomats and defense language training provides some interesting data, although it covers only a limited selection of major national languages:

The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the US Department of State has compiled approximate learning expectations for a number of languages. Of the 63 languages analyzed, the five most difficult languages to reach proficiency in speaking and proficiency in reading (for native English speakers who already know other languages), requiring 88 weeks, are "Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean". The Foreign Service Institute considers Japanese to be the most difficult of this group."
As an encourgement we Korean say "fighting" Keep trying and you and your husband will get there.