Thursday, April 24, 2008

New Korean Friends

I made some new Korean friends last Sunday while juggling at the park. Two girls were watching me juggle for a while and then began talking to me on my break. They happened to be at the park to watch a traditional Korean music performance. I love that kind of music so we decided to watch it together.

One thing led to another and we had dinner together after the show. While having coffee we decided to meet for a language exchange. So on Wednesday we met for about 3 hours and practiced English and Korean.

These girls are really cool so it makes for an interesting time when we are together. We are going to meet again for a mountain climb and study session at the top of the mountain on Sunday.

I'm sure my speaking ability will improve a lot by hanging out with them, so I'm really happy about it. It's really my first attempt to make Korean friends for the sole purpose of speaking Korean with them. I've been waiting for my Korean to be at a level which would make this possible for me without giving me stress. I don't think I would be so interested in these girls if they weren't fun to be around.



At May 3, 2008 at 12:11 AM, Blogger ambearo said...

Nice blog. ^^ I tagged you for a silly meme thing. Feel free to disregard it. I've never done one before and I don't know a lot of people with blogs.

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At May 18, 2008 at 9:30 PM, Blogger Bicyclesidewalk said...

Ed -
Great way to sharpen your speaking skills.
Is Korean your first foreign language?

At May 18, 2008 at 10:50 PM, Blogger Ed Provencher said...

Well I studied some Spanish in high school, but I didn't try very hard and consequently didn't learn very much. I tried to learn some Arabic while I lived with two Saudis for a couple months. So I'd say this is my first foreign language that I'm taking seriously.

I've reached my 1 year anniversary of studying daily on April 1. I was in Korea for 6 months before I enrolled in my first class, so I've been 'exposed' to Korean a little longer. I don't think the exposure did much to speed up my learning.

From your videos, Nathan, it seems like your Japanese is perfect. I don't see how the potato man could say your Japanese is broken, but what do I know.


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