Sometimes it’s a little… discouraging (?) to know of people who are fluent in Korean after 1 year in Korea. I have been studying for slightly more than 3 years and I know that I’m nowhere approaching that standard. I don’t sound native-like, my pronunciation is wrong sometimes. I make loads of mistakes in writing too. Sometimes I wonder, if given the chance to spend a year or even more in Korea, what will my standard be like? How much better can I get? All the what-ifs.
I enjoy the challenge of self-studying. But after experiencing 7 weeks of lessons in Yonsei, I guessed I became greedy for more. The huge improvement over that 7 weeks made me realised that I could do so much better in the right environment, with the resources.
I guess I’m afraid of fossilisation – where you get stuck in that non-native like proficiency and is unable to improve further even with more teaching etc. And I’m especially afraid that I’ll get stuck with that non native-like accent. (:
Studying Korean right now~ This notebook holds special meaning for me as it was the one that I used for the Yonsei lessons. I’m continuing with the chapters that I’ve left with from the Yonsei 6 textbook.