I think I can safely say that majority of us have, at some point of our lives, learn a foreign language. This is especially true in universities/schools where foreign language classes are offered for free. Yet, very few of us will progress beyond that beginner classes and even fewer of us will take it beyond the classroom and to really turn it into a language that we can proudly say we know.
It’s so much easier to give up than to persevere on. Most people will cite the lack of time or the lack of effort as a reason why they just gave up halfway. I think it’s partly true, but sometimes I think it’s the lack of a special link or bond to the language that makes people give up. Effort does not equal to success when it comes to foreign languages. It does apply to all kinds of studies, but I feel that languages is something that is personal, linked to emotions and culture and it’s so complex that effort alone cannot guarantee success.
That special link can comes in all forms – with a certain boyband (big bang!), a certain aspect of culture, friends in Korea etc. As long as that link is established, it will make it harder for one to give up the language. I think my link with Korean is really so strong that nothing can ever break it. 😀
These are just some of my random thoughts~~ Today was a long day and I’m still feeling sick and giddy. Going to take a hot shower now and hopefully I can do some Korean study today!