Friday, 10 February 2017

Taking Korean Classes

I must have mentioned in the past that i find languages fascinating and moreso from a young age. I wanted to be a Linguist so bad when i was a kid. I enjoyed reading the dictionary, learning transcriptions and was active in my Yoruba and French Classes back in Secondary School. I speak Yoruba fluently now, my French is 'so so' (they eventually cancelled french classes in my Secondary School but i took some classes after NYSC at CCF, Abuja and i have a Delf A2 and B1 certifications) but i still try to keep up on the Duolingo App and whenever i run into anyone that speaks French. As with most languages u don't practice, i'm better at writing, reading and listening than speaking French. I still have dreams of travelling to the French Village and spending 3-6months there, i swear that's all i need and imma be 'mademoiselle-ing' on y'all πŸ­πŸ˜„
When i moved to Abuja in 2008, of course i fell in love with the Hausa Language and did all i could to learn, sadly English/Pidgin is the regular lingo on the streets of Abuja. I had to force/nag my Hausa friends before i learnt a bit plus i bought any mini books i could find and whenever i could i practiced what i had learnt (on friends, traders, okada riders, strangers,etc.). 
I'm already used to being laughed at when trying to speak any language 'cos i do my best to learn the accent and proper pronunciations which can be quite funny. My Hausa improved slightly during my limited stay in Zaria but its sooooo far from where i want it to be. 
I'm still on the Byki App and earnestly searching for other apps/ways to help improve my vocabulary (btw AfMag Hausa did not help 😒), sadly i'm not usually around Hausa-speaking people long enough for me to pick up more of the language so i am starting to forget the little i've learnt. 
If you know of any Hausa Language classes, please let me know. I really wanna learn. As far as i'm concerned its never too late, you just have to have the interest and an enabling environment. 
I'm sure you're like 'what is all this story na, thought she was writing about taking Korean Classes'. 😁. My bad, i am, i just tend to go off on a tangent and anything about languages gets me reallllllyyy excited.
I'm taking Korean Language Classes!! 
I started on Thursday 9th 2017. I know what you're thinking, how do i find these stuffs ba? It was pure luck, i didn't even go hunting for it. My friend who i trade Korean Dramas with (i shall do a special post dedicated to Korean Dramas and my former addiction to them) told me about the class and i decided to 'Just Do It' (My Motto for this year). It was totally free to register and take the classes at the Korean Culture Centre, 2nd Floor Rivers House, Central Area, Abuja and it was an easy and straight forward process.
I have attended one class so far and thoroughly enjoyed it(The beginning is always the easiest and fun)! My brain is super-excited at this new form of stimulation as well. 
The class was surprisingly very full, it holds once a week (Tuesday or Thursday), lasted for 2 hours {5:30 to 7:30} and was very interactive. We learnt the Korean alphabets (Hangul), pronunciations, how to write, positioning of the alphabets, a few words and we did classwork. Our tutor was quite thorough and went through everyone's work.
I have already started practicing, rocking my Byki App, looking up content online and i'm back into my Korean Dramas (currently watching Another Oh Hae Young)to aid my pronunciations. I pray i don't get sucked into the vortex again. My all-time fave actor is Lee Min Ho, in case you were wonderingπŸ˜πŸ™Œ 
I'll keep you guys updated on my progress, hopefully my work hours will not get hectic and make me miss any class *fingers crossed*.
Annyeonghaseyo!! (Translation-Goodbye)πŸ˜‰

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