Can’t really think of an apt title so this will have to do.
Everyone takes up a language due to different reasons. Some of us may learn it for interest sake, some learn it because they need to use it or that they are required to do so. Personally, I’m really glad that I’m learning Korean because I truly like it. I have friends who, for various reasons, need to learn a language within the shortest time possible and I can understand their anxiety, stress etc. Learning a new language is no mean feat. Being confronted with a totally new structure, a new vocabulary, a new culture – that’s not something easy.
I can somehow relate to the anxiety and stress. Sometimes, I lose sight of why I started studying Korean in the first place. Korean becomes something I want to conquer, a task I want to complete in the shortest time possible. I get frustrated with my seemingly lack of progress or even backward progress. I try to absorb new knowledge faster and I want to achieve a certain proficiency by a dateline.
This may work for other studies, but not language studies. When there’s no joy in learning a new language, you simply won’t progress (much). You probably can remember all that new vocabulary, but how long can that memory last?
At times like this, I’ll remind myself why I started learning in the first place – It’s because I really love Korean: the language, the culture
It shouldn’t be something that I want to get over and done with. It’s meant to be enjoyable. I’m sort of experiencing the state where I’m questioning my lack of progress and the fact that I really want to take TOPIK advanced this year. But upon reflection, I realised that the certificate is not my goal. I want it to be a part of me that I’m proud of, something that I enjoy.
p.s. the good news that I was hoping for did not come. 그래도 괜찮아. (: