It’s been a bit of a while since my last post and things have been hard but I am making some language gains, however small they might be. Living here in rural Korea has been a huge struggle for me and I am still not really acclimated to my new environment. One of the most challenging things has been the most obvious; the language barrier.
I will admit that I do not like where I currently live so my motivation to learn Korean has actually dwindled. But I have purchased a new vocabulary book that breaks the learning down into days, giving the learner ten new words per day. Even though I have only done the first two days, I think the book is actually quite helpful.
I studied the first ten words on day 1 and the very next day I was actually able to use one of the words in a situation! And when the person I was speaking to had a look of understanding on their face, it just made me feel so happy that I was able to communicate. It was a small victory, but a victory nonetheless.
Another instance was just yesterday when I went to my local grocery store. Every now and then the store will have some type of drink on promotion and when you pay for your groceries, the check-out lady will give you the drink. Well this time around, it happened to be a drink that I really like and restock on every time I run out. So when I realized it was that drink, I really wanted to tell her that I like the drink. So I racked my brain quickly then pointed at the drink and said, “촣아”. She looked at me and smiled and said, “아, 촣아요?”. I nodded and smiled then continued to pack my groceries. She then smiles, reaches back, and gives me another one! I made sure to grab the drink with both hands and bow a little bit to show my gratitude. And that was victory #2! Lol. Again, it’s a small victory, but still one nonetheless.
I guess this has made me so happy because it has been three months since I first came to Korea and these two instances were the first time I was able to communicate with people in Korean by myself. I hope that I can continue to improve and retain the new words I am learning. My hope is to become more consistent in my learning again, but it is hard when the area around me is so boring and demotivating.