It seems that in the studies of foreign langauges, Korean seems to be in vogue right now. 5 years ago in Singapore, you will probably not know anybody whose interested in the language. But right now, I’m sure you know at least one person who’s taking up the language right now.
10 years ago, it was the time of the Japanese craze (哈日) in Singapore. Now, the korean wave is strong and ongoing. Jpop, J-drama, animation, manga seems to be the craze of yesteryear. Now, you will be OUT of it if you don’t watch any korean drama. It’s strange how it even has an impact on foreign language learning.
Case in point:
Last year, at the foreign language shelves in my neighbourhood library, you can find a complete collection of Korean textbooks. You will be hard pressed to find something on Japanese there – they have all been borrowed. Today when I went to the library again, there were quite a number of Jap books there, but all the elementary and intermediate Korean books were all taken.
I’m really happy to meet so many fellow korean learners through this blog (the number seems to be growing!). But I really hope that this will be more than just a passing fad and that through k-dramas, more people will come to appreciate the beauty of the korean langauge.