My mum has started learning Korean.
Okay, not really. But she seems quite determined to at least learn how to read the Hangeul. As for understanding …. haha.
Throughout the 6 years of seeing me learn Korean, she has never really shown an interest in it. She does pick up random weird phrases from dramas etc, but she has NEVER tried to learn Hangeul. The closest she did was to listen to some random mp3 recordings from a book I used to have, which teaches vocabulary such as 배추, 양파 etc lol. But she didn’t want to learn Hangeul.
BUT. When I received Billy Go’s Korean Made Simple to review, she showed an exceptional amount of interest in the book. o.O I have had so many books but she never bothered to look at them. After I’m done with my review, she proceeded to claim the book as her own -.- and I think I remember tweeting some time back about how she said that she will study and be better than me in Korean HAHA.
NOW SHE HAS STARTED (okay la I don’t feel threatened at all lolol)
These days, when I get back home from work, she will bombard me with questions on pronunciation hahahaha.
It’s really interesting to see her (struggle to) learn Hangeul and it reminded me of how foreign and (at times) difficult I found the pronunciation to be. Everything seems like a DUH given to me now, but now that I look at her progress, I remembered how I had some difficulty with the ㅈ sound and differentiating between ㅗ and ㅓ. And wondering if I should pronounce ㄱ as k or g, ㄷ as t or d etc.
My mum is worse though hahahaha. I nearly puke blood trying to get her to see ㅗ as OH and not OR. But I did ban the usage of romanisation HAHAHA.
Come to think of it, Hangeul is not as easy as people believe it to be. xD My mum was kinda quite happy with her progress and said that she will catch up with me soon at this rate(?) until she flipped to the chapters ahead and tried to pronounce 갑니다 as kap-ni-da. I was like gleefully telling her (super 幸災樂禍）that there are sound changes and proceeded to tell her it should be pronounced as a m sound and she was like … . . . HAHA
Okay, I’m just very amused.
Brings back SOOO much memories of my own learning journey.
I can’t wait to see her struggle with the reinforced and aspirated consonants hahahahahahha.
(provided she doesn’t give up already)
(I’m terrible, ain’t I?)
p.s. She has found her bias in Kpop. hahahaha. I’m guessing that’s a motivation for learning the language? lol