This is how it all began with my first semi-formal Korean learning..
I knew, like a very long time ago when I was in my first semester at SFU, that there’s a free Korean lessons up at there *up, since my campus is on top of the mountain*. I signed up by email, if my memory serves me right, but never attended it. Not even once!
Then Spring 2009 semester came to start.
As per usual, there were times when they set up tables to promote club activities on campus. Yep It’s called the Club Days. I never really browsed each and every table. I usually just looked at the map and tried finding IA (Indonesian Society) table to give them my signature to make sure they would be well funded this semester =). Then I might look around. Sometimes I stopped by at the used to be Simon Fraser String Ensemble (I don’t know their current name since I left ’em) *wanted to stay but don’t have enough time to catch up with the self practice =(* So yeah, this time was different. I walked down the AQ hallway, talking with someone on the phone, when I was struck by the sign Free Korean Class (ahh cheap ass! HAHAHA). I immediately hung up my call and bravely came closer to the table. The fellow students who attended the table greeted m e and asked if I’m interested in joiming IYF (International Youth Fellowship). Then I told them that I’m actually interested in the Korean class they offered *together we laughed or smirk? in agreement =)*. I think I got the guts to approached them from my will power to learn Korean =) well.. being me, I usually couldn’t ask a proper question and act awkwardly every time I approached a group of people I don’t know. Anyway, they were nice enough to welcome my questions ! and one of them used to live in Indonesia (YAY! I’m helping him re-learning Indonesian while He’s helping me with Korean) I felt comfortable after hearing their explanation and finally signed up for the class. I actually kept telling my self to commit to this one (I’m sorry SFUNICEF, CCO, SFU Jazz, and other clubs that I signed on but not once I did come to the meeting!)
How neat was that?! I was actually thinking of taking Korean class that SFU offers. But this one should work out well for the time being.
Then I came DILIGENTLY *yeah, my friends be amazed! It’s the power of Korean attractiveness to me!* HAHAHA. There I met lots of GREAT peer-tutors like Pastor Ock?, Ian Woo, Kevin Woo, Jun, J2, the Mr. MC MONG *dang I forgot his real name* and J *who always talked to me in Korean and TONS of signs, pointing and body language since I couldn’t understand what he said and he couldn’t understand much English*. I used to say that this club meeting is my joy on Wednesday! =) bc/ I got to know more of Korean, It’s culture and hear it myself and *shamefully* tried to say some Korean my self! *thank you for your consideration for not laughing out loud at me, guys*
Ahh I’m soooo sad that this semester and the lesson are over now. I couldn’t come to the summer one since I’m heading back home for summer! (WOOT). But the good news is I’m going to try to find a private Korean lesson to fill up my holidays *so far my mom could only get the once a week lesson. Man! that’s not enough! =) I will come back next fall and I will definitely come to the IYF Korean Class if they still offering it!
Since I got nothing to do, waiting for the dates of my departure, I will try to summarized the lessons on this blog.
Oh yeah, before exams started, we had an ‘end of lessons dinner’ to wrap up everything at 인사동 in Lougheed area, followed by an after party *desserts and board games* at 보드 Cafe *try the watermelon shaved ice! It’s sooo good!*. What more can I say? we had good food, good time, good friends!
Pictures of us: *credit to Carmen Wang and Amana Haleem*