Sunday, August 3

Day 27 and Practicing Korean

I know that I have talked a lot about what I am doing here, but I have not really mentioned too much about my classes, so I'd like to do that.  I have done nothing but sleeping, relaxing in my room with my roommate, and studying today.

Language classes are very interesting because there is very little English spoken.  The only time there is English spoken is at our break times, when we have no idea how to ask our questions in Korean, or if we are all giving the teachers a blank stare because we have absolutely no idea what they said haha.  Our schedule looks a bit like this:

Language class with our first teacher: 9:00-9:50
Break: 9:50-10:00
Language class with our first teacher: 10:00-10:50
Break 10:50-11:00
Language class with our second teacher: 11:00-11:50
Break: 11:50-12:00
Language class with our second teacher: 12:00-12:50

I would also like to mention that our second teacher is actually from Italy and his Korean is awesome.  The first two hours are very laid back.  We are usually introduced to new vocabulary words each day as well as a new grammar concept or two.  Sometimes we complete worksheets together or we get up and speak with one another.

The second two hours are a bit more stressful.  Not only do we sort of go over what we just learned, but he introduces more.  I almost feel like our second teacher expects us to have memorized everything from the first two hours already.  I do like that he plays more games, though.  I learn better with songs and movements and games, so that is nice.

My favorite thing about KIP is that I don't have to get up and speak in front of everyone and there is not a lot of pressure.  My classmates are great and understand when I mess up and try to help when I have a question.  I also like that most of what I have learned, I can use right away in the city.

About every 2-3 days we have had test/review day.  I like that we are given time to review and ask questions about anything we did not understand.  I also like that if we have time after our 4th hour, our second teacher always go over "survival" Korean phrases and asks if there is anything we want to know.

The big thing is that I want to organize my notes better when I get back home and go back to review everything I've learned before going on.  I feel confident in most of the things we have learned, but there are still some things that I would have liked more time on.  KIP is very fast paced and definitely not for everyone.

So now I'd like to write a little bit in Korean about myself.  Dear Korean and KIP friends--please let me know if you see an error haha!

안녕하세요! 에리카예요. 미국 사람이에요. 집이 Dover에 있에요. 남편 이름이 저시으에요. 저는 두 마리 고양이 하고 개 있어요. 영어 선생님이에요. 그런데 현재 서강대 학교에서 학생이에요. 생일이 2월 27일이에요. 내일 운동할 거에요. 그리고 학교 에 걸 거에요. 그리고 친구도 이야기할 거에요. 그런데 오늘 아주 피곤해요.

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