December 25, 2017
Merry Christmas again! Another year has passed in a flash and we’re on the threshhold of 2018 with Donald Trump steering a leaking, creaking ship to the south of us. The U.S. will survive this, of course, and someone will come along with more knowledge of shipping. In the meantime, I wish everyone a great 2018 with health, strength, and love available in abundance.
A lot has happened to me since I wrote this blog last year, of course. One of the main changes concerns my comments about South Korea. I’m going! My brain figured out a way to have a stress free trip and my ticket is booked for April 2, 2018, and I’ll be there for a month. Over the past year I’ve made some good Skype friends in Korea–people who wanted to practice their English skills, so I’m looking foward to meeting them. I’m a self-admitted Korean TV drama junkie and plan to see many of the places I’ve seen while watching those dramas I loved (see partial list on the Korean TV page). I shall be keeping notes here while I’m in Korea, so anyone interested in what S. Korea is like now that Kim Jong Un has been riled up, can catch up with the news here. Ha ha (I hope it will be ha ha, and not uh oh).
Merry Christmas to me and anyone who reads this blog! My wish and hope for the coming year is to have a cruelty-free year, especially for animals and children.
My brain is still working hard on trying to come with an idea for a stress-free trip to Korea for me. One strong idea is a home stay plan. But what if my home stay people and I don’t hit it off? It might be awkward. Then I thought of a working home stay; instead of paying, I could work as an English coach for a student in the house. That way the language barrier might not be as big because I’d get to speak English every day. My knowledge of Korean is gleaned from all the TV dramas I watch. I can read many of the words now, since I’ve taken a course on how to read Korean, but after I’ve read a word, I’ve no idea what it means.
Another idea occurs to me. Maybe I could go to Korea to take a course on learning Korean! That would be fun. I’ll check out some of the universities to see if they have courses for foreigners.
Got on a Korean web site and offered to do some English conversation over Skype with anyone who wanted to practice. Got two replies and enjoyed the chat. So interesting to talk with people who are several thousand miles away and living in a totally different culture. I’d like to do this type of Skype chat more.
The more I learn about Korea the more fascinating I find it. They certainly have had a tough time of it and lost millions of citizens in the wars. Next step is to learn Korean.
The Korean language is not easy since you have to listen to the whole sentence before understanding which tense it’s in since the verbs come at the end. The syntax and vocab has to be changed depending on whom one is talking to as well. Even Koreans find the honorifics difficult, my little book says. There’s no hope for me then!
Just attended an orientation session for ESL teachers who would like to go to Korea. It was given in a little cottage on the grounds of the Korean Embassy. Nice looking place! Although I’m past the age when I should be thinking of overseas teaching, I can’t help wishing I could try a stint of teaching in Korea. I’m still highly qualified, after all. I’m also still teaching as a volunteer and privately as well.
In any case, I can always go for a holiday, but would like to go with a group or a friend. Being alone in a new country without one word of the language would not be scary, but it would definitely be difficult to get the most out of the trip.