Good evening, and welcome to my In-Depth 2021 learning centre. My name is Brian and this year, I decided to take steps towards learning the Korean language. During the summer of 2020, I started to enjoy listening to Kpop music and watching Korean dramas. These two interests became my main reasons for learning Korean. I also wanted to be able to converse with my Korean-speaking friends, and the language itself fascinated me quite a bit. Thus, I decided to embark on the long and difficult (change) journey of learning a new language. Going into this project, I had almost no experience with the Korean language other than a few random words I learned from my Korean-speaking friends. Obviously, there was no way I would become fluent in Korean over the course of five months. However, I wanted to develop a strong foundation to work off of, in the case that I decided to continue learning Korean in the future. With that in mind, my goals for In-Depth 2021 were to learn how to count in both numerical systems of Korean (Sino-Korean and pure Korean), accumulating a pool of basic vocabulary that I could use comfortably, being able to write and read Korean characters at a basic level, having improved pronunciation, and being able to hold a basic conversation with another person.
Over the course of five months I was able to fully accomplish a majority of the goals I had set out to complete for In-Depth. However, I fell just shy of being able to hold a basic conversation. There were many questions and phrases I learned which better prepared me for basic conversations in Korean, but I personally feel that my current pool of vocabulary is still too limited. Given a bit more time, I definitely could’ve accomplished all of my goals, but I’m still extremely proud of the progress I was able to make. I went from not being able to read and write Korean characters at all to being able to read sentences and words from Korean Webtoons shown to me by my classmate, Amin. I’m now able to count (albeit not as comfortably as I would hope) and I have greatly expanded my Korean vocabulary. My pronunciation is still far from perfect and there may be mistakes within my final presentation or previous blogposts. Even so, I’m content with the amount of improvement I’ve undergone.
My mentor this year was Gleneagle’s very own Ms. Kim. She was an incredibly encouraging mentor, and always remained dedicated to aiding me with my journey through the process of learning Korean. I can’t express how thankful I am for the help and resources she’s provided me with for the past five months.
So without further ado, this is my final In-Depth 2021 presentation. My final presentation of my learning is an infographic of basic Korean vocabulary which compiles the vocabulary I learned this year.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog, and I hope you have a wonderful evening looking through the learning centres of my peers!
– Brian C.