Fun, but serious learning. But fun!

As a Soldier stationed in Korea, I have access to a variety of free Korean language courses and learning materials.  I’ve used them all: classroom education, Rosetta Stone software, learning materials from the Defense Language Institute (who train U.S. military linguists), and learning materials from the Foreign Service Institute (who train U.S. diplomats and spies).  Mannam Korean class is the one study aid I cannot do without.  The curriculum and course materials are time-tested and authored by a local university, the volunteer teachers know their stuff, but most importantly, you really get to take some meaningful steps towards acquiring a new language, instead of just memorizing some useful survival phrases.

What particularly stands out about Mannam Korean class is how much fun I have.  They make it a genuine pleasure to learn Korean, and there are many opportunities to participate in social and volunteer events if you want to.  I find myself eagerly anticipating the end of the week, once a week, when I can take a break from the reality of being a Soldier and immerse myself in language and culture.

It’s been over half a year since I started learning Korean with Mannam.  While I am not yet fluent, several of my friends have noticed my enthusiasm in attending Mannam Korean class and they have since joined the basic class.  I often hear one of them mention to me that he wished I had persuaded him to take these classes earlier.  It’s amazing just how much more enjoyable living Korea can be when you start understanding the language and culture.  Thank you, Mannam teachers, for sharing your culture with me and making my stay in here a more meaningful and pleasant experience.

Mannam Korean Class Guro center / Howard Sun (USA)
3 Apr, 2013

One of the best experiences !

Я около года изучал корейский язык в Менам классе корейского языка. Это самый лучший языковой класс какой я когда-либо брал.Учителя и студенты очень дружелюбны и знают много о культуре Кореи. Учителя в классе по национальности Корейцы которые всю их жизнь говорят на корейском языке и бесплатно обучают студенов знанию их языка. Если у кого- либо будет желание и шанс изучать корейский язык, я очень рекомендую  Менам класс корейского языка.
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I have been attending mannam Korean Classes for about a year now, and it has been one of the best experiences I have ever had, they are very friendly, very knowledgeable about culture. All of the teachers that teach are Korean so you get to know Korean language from volunteers that have spoken it their entire life. I would definitely recommend taking Korean class with mannam if you get the chance.

블라디미르

Mannam Korean Class Guro center / Vladimir Shanshivi Ryabtsev
16 Mar, 2013

It could have been nice to discover that group before!

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” !

C’est alors que j’ai cherché où je pourrais prendre des cours. A ma surprise, j’en ai trouvé pas mal qui étaient gratuits. Malheureusement, ceux-ci avaient lieu en semaine, et ça collait pas avec mon emploi du temps. C’est que j’ai trouvé ceux de Mannam Korean Class le samedi. Et il s’est avéré que c’est pas mal. Ils sont gratuits aussi, et j’ai l’impression que les profs sont plutôt expérimentés, qu’ils ont fait des études dans l’enseignement si j’ai bien compris et ça donne des cours pas mauvais.
C’est aussi l’opportunité de rencontrer du monde venu de partout, et aussi des locaux, les profs, qui sont bien sympas et marrants. Ils (ou plutôt elles) sont en plus de ça super accessibles (on dirait qu’elles ont que ça à faire haha), et on dépasse facilement la frontière formelle séparant l’élève du prof pour arriver à une relation d’amitié. Ils font pleins d’évènements en dehors des classes pour ceux qui veulent socialiser plus comme des soirées bouffe & ciné, sorties en montagne, soirées au restau plus ou moins alcoolisés (parce qu’elles tiennent pas très bien non plus la boisson). Je sais pas pourquoi elles font tout ça (elles ont vraiment que ça à faire en fait lol), ou peut-être que si si je suis pas con, mais les gens qui viennent en tout cas sont contents et se font pleins de poteaux. Ils sont la plupart du temps très reconnaissants envers les profs, et je peux dire que je le suis aussi, maintenant que je peux dire des choses à des coréens sans qu’ils croient que je les agresse (et des coréennes sans qu’elles me giflent) ! Ca aurait pu être vraiment cool d’avoir trouvé ce groupe avant !
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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!

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Mannam Korean Class Guro center / Tony Moly(France)
14 Mar, 2013

I am a beginner student at Mannam Korean class

Chào các bạn! Mình là học sinh lớp dành cho người mới bắt đầu học tiếng Hàn tại trung tâm Mannam. Đến với Mannam, mình đã có nhiều trải nghiệm thú vị cùng giáo viên và các bạn trong lớp. Mình được học từ các ký tự ban đầu, cách phát âm, cách viết cũng như văn hóa của người Hàn Quốc…Giáo viên và mọi thành viên ở Mannam đều rất thân thiện, nhiệt tình hướng dẫn các học viên. Bên cạnh đó mình còn có cơ hội được gặp gỡ và giao lưu văn hóa với nhiều bạn ở các nước khác. Mannam quả là một địa điểm tuyệt vời để các bạn nâng cao kỹ năng tiếng Hàn cũng như tìm kiếm những người bạn mới. Hãy cùng đến và trải nghiệm nhé!

Hi everyone! I am a beginner student at Mannam Korean class. I have so many funny experiences with teacher and friends in class. I have been learning the alphabets, speaking, writing, playing games and the Korean cultures as well. Teacher and members in Mannam are very kind, they are willing to help others without hesitation. I also have a chance to meet and share the culture with friends from other countries… Mannam is really a great place for you to improve Korean language and have many other friends. Be come and enjoy!
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Best regards,

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Mannam Korean Class Guro center / Thuy Bui Thi Thu (Vietnam)
10 Mar, 2013

Reason that I am still living in Korea…

Mannam Korean classes are simply put, the best Korean language classes around! The classes are free, the teachers are kind and highly skilled, the schedule is very accommodating, and the text books are some of the best available for promoting conversational proficiency. In addition, each semester offers additional opportunities to practice and build upon what you have learned through class field trips, dinners, movie nights, or other special events such as intensive camps, picnics, volunteer opportunities, Christmas parties, etc. Furthermore, students play an active part in the planning of these activities and the teacher’s rely heavily on the opinions and feedback of the students with regards to the structure and focus of the classes. One would be hard pressed to find a better opportunity for studying the Korean language than what these classes offer.

For me, these classes are a big reason that I am still living in Korea. I spent my first two years living in a small city in the southwestern part of the country where there were few foreigners, few English speakers, and virtually no opportunities for properly learning the Korean language in a formal setting. At that time, everyday life was difficult due to the language and cultural barriers that existed. Then, I found the Mannam Korean classes which were new at the time. Despite the fact that the classes were two and a half hours away, I decided to give them a chance and I am glad that I did. On my very first day, from the moment that I walked in the door of the Isu Cultural Center, I felt welcome. All of the teachers have been extremely generous in giving of their free time to help me and other foreigners not only learn the Korean language but also develop a deeper understanding of Korean culture. Anytime that I have ever had a question about the language or the culture the teachers have been more than willing to answer my questions. Most of the teachers have lived abroad and fully understand the difficulties of living in a foreign country, learning a foreign language, and navigating through the cultural barriers that pop up in everyday life. It is this experience coupled with a passion for sharing their culture, a sincere interest in other cultures, and a genuine desire to help others that motivates each of these teachers to freely give of their time every Saturday.

For nearly a year, I travelled to Seoul every Saturday for classes and ended up making friendships, both with my classmates and with the teachers, which I will maintain for the rest of my life. It was these friendships along with my improved understanding of the culture, and new found ability to speak the language that prompted me to not only stay a bit longer in Korea but to also move closer to my new friends and a city that I have come to love. Now, I live in Seoul and I am able to communicate in Korean on a daily basis at a fairly decent level. I am far from being fluent but I am capable of carrying on a conversation on a variety of topics with my Korean friends and teachers. I am only able to do this because of the Mannam Korean classes which I have attended since I began my formal study of the Korean language a year and a half ago. I know that without these classes, I probably would have returned to my home country a year ago and my time in Korea would not have been as easy and enjoyable.

I would like to say thank you to Sue, Kate, Jung Hyun, and Ji-yeong for teaching me and thank you to all of the Korean teachers for practicing with me, sharing their culture, and for just being good friends.

감사합니다.

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Mannam Korean Class Guro center / Jeff W. Rosser(USA)
2 Mar, 2013

Thanks Mannam

I heard about Mannam from a group “Indians in Korea”. Right from the initial online enquiries Mannam made me feel welcome, wanted and accommodating all my needs. When I came here, I found the teachers here are very supportive and readily teach you even the fundamentals. Whenever I was not able to attend the class, the teachers where more than accommodating with extra class in order ensures I fully understood the lessons. Especially I like the way our teacher Jasmine Lee taught us 1A level and enjoyed all the practical lessons. Another remarkable thing is their timing. Mannam follows a disciplined approach and stick to the time schedule, which shows they are serious about what they do. Even the teachers here are punctual. They emphasize on practical knowledge which is crucial for language learning. Teachers are the best and so are the staff members who are always around to assist you. When my friends ask for information about Korean class, I usually recommend Mannam only. I regard all at Mannam as true friends and regularly keep in touch & will remain doing so even after going to India…Thanks

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Mannam Korean Class ISU center / Kamini Bagul(India)
07 Feb, 2013

The best Free Korean class

The mannam Korean class provides an excellent introduction for beginners. It covers the Korean alphabet, both written and spoken, using fun – and challenging – activities using listening, writing, reading and speaking.

The class also introduces beginners to some conversation basic like introducing yourself, asking people’s names, telling where you are from, and asking where something is. You will also learn some basic vocabulary that will be quite useful for your everyday life. You will be excited when you realize that you’ve already picked up a word or phrase, or can pick
it out in conversations.

Also, the teachers are great and seem happy to answer any questions you might have – no matter how rudimentary (or advanced). Everyone in the Mannam group is supportive of your Korean language learning, and it is a great place to meet new people as you begin to learn the language.

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Mannam Korean Class Guro center / Carrie Lawler(USA)
10 Oct, 2012