Ca s’est passé à peu près comme ça : je suis arrivé en Corée il y a maintenant plus de 2 ans. J’avais déjà un groupe d’amis coréens qui parlaient très bien anglais et donc nous communiquions en anglais. Mais arrivé au pays, comme tous les coréens, ils sont devenus très occupés, ont commencé à avoir un job dans de grosses sociétés, et il fallait donc que je fasse ma propre petite vie au pays en rencontrant d’autres personnes. C’est là que je me suis rendu compte que des coréens parlant bien anglais, c’est pas si commun ! Pour rendre mon séjour plus intéressant, il fallait alors que je me mette au coréen. Mes amis m’avaient déjà appris quelques mots marrants mais pas très utiles dans la vie de tous les jours. C’est pas l’épicier du coin que j’allais dire “바보” ou la femme de ménage que j’allais appeler “지지배야” !
It happens like this: I arrived in Korea more than 2 years ago now. I already had Korean friends who speaks very well English, so that we could communicate in English. But when I arrived, like every Korean people, they became very busy, and started their job in big companies. That’s why I had to bring my own life in here by meeting new people. Then, I realized that well English speakers in Korea are so few! To make my stay more interesting, I had to learn the language. My friends have already learnt me some funny words by not very useful in everyday life. I am not going to say “바보” to the adjossi who sells fruits in the market, or “지지배야” to the housewife of my building!
That’s how I started to look for Korean classes. It was surprising to find a lot for free. Unfortunately, most of them where given during the weekdays, and it couldn’t stick to my schedule. I finally found Mannam Korean classes given on saturday. It turned out that it was not bad. Classes are also free, and I feel that teachers are skilled, and may have studied how to teach, if I understood well. It results not bad classes.
It is also the opportunity to meet new people coming from everywhere, and also local people, the teachers, who are kind of nice and fun. They are very open (it’s like they have all their time for you), and it’s like you can easily forget the teacher-students to make it a friendship. They organize a lot of events for people wanting to socialize more, like food nights, movie nights, hiking afternoon, restaurants and drinking (more or less cause the teachers don’t drink very well). I don’t know why they spend so much time for us (because nothing else to do? :D), or maybe yes, they make everybody coming so happy and make lots of buddies. People here are so thankful to the teachers, and I have to admit, I appreciate it too, now I can talk to the Korean adjossi without making him angry or the Korean girls without taking a slap! It could have been nice to discover that group before!
14 Mar, 2013