안녕하세요! My name is Angeli, 23 years old and I’m from the Philippines. I’ve been self-studying Korean for almost 2 years now but I’m still not that good. I study using free resources from the internet and the textbooks I bought a couple of months ago. Even though it’s been several months since I started learning Korean, I still consider myself a beginner with still so many things to learn. I can understand sentences which are advanced for my level but I’m having a hard time coming up with sentences of my own.
The reason why I’m studying Korean is my unending love for Korean entertainment. I became a fan of Korean dramas around 2003 when I watched my first Korean drama, Autumn in My Heart (가을동화), on a local TV channel. I didn’t get obsessed with Korean dramas yet after watching that drama but I really did appreciate the video techniques used to capture the scenes and the emotions which made me more absorbed while watching it and I also liked the songs used for their theme song and score. It was different from our local dramas because it was more well-thought of and it was shorter as well. Autumn in My Heart (가을동화) triggered my interest in Korea and I started watching more dramas like Full House, My Name is Kim Sam Soon, Coffee Prince, Jewel in the Palace and I eventually fell in love with Korean dramas and I started listening to the songs used in the dramas.
In 2006, I discovered a Korean channel, Arirang TV, on our cable by accident and it was showing a music video of a South Korean boy group. It was a music video by Big Bang. I forgot which music video it was. I got curious so I downloaded their songs and started listening to them. I was a really loyal VIP back then. They were the only kpop group I listened to until 2NE1 had their debut and since then I’ve been listening to songs from other groups as well. I like to learn new words by studying the lyrics of songs by Big Bang, 2NE1, U-Kiss, Infinite, JYJ, DBSK, Block B etc., other solo artists like Seven and indie groups like 10cm. I also like watching Running Man. It’s my favorite variety show and I also like to learn words and expression from the show.
Korean entertainment pushed me to learn the language. I want to be able to watch a drama or any Korean TV show without English subtitles, be able to understand my idols’ tweets without waiting for English translations, spam their timeline with my tweets in Korean whenever they tweet ㅋㅋㅋ , meet fellow Korean language learners and native Koreans, I wanna learn more about their country and their culture and of course, their language. And someday, I hope to go on a vacation in Korea and get around without being worried about language barrier.
Self-studying is hard, but I have no choice because I live in a city where no school or any institution offers Korean classes and no bookstores sell Korean textbooks or any reading material that will help me in studying Korean. I plan to take formal lessons in the future, of course, when I earn some money for tuition. In the meantime, I’m going to learn all the basics on my own so that when I get to finally be in a Korean class, I wouldn’t be overwhelmed with it.
I created this blog not only to write about my Korean learning experience but I’m hoping to be able to meet some friends through this blog who are also learning or who are fluent speakers of Korean. So if you guys have Kakaotalk or whatever, let me know by sending a message using the contact form.