Why are you learning Korean?

I ask myself that question some days! Geopolitics and technology are a big part of my life and work so Korea has always been on my radar. I’ve been a longtime consumer and observer of Korean media/entertainment as well and find the country’s unique and growing influence on global culture very interesting.

Do you like Korean food?

Of course! I have been lucky enough to live in American cities with sizable Korean populations so I’m quite familiar with the food and Korean grocery stores like H-Mart. I don’t have my own kimchi fridge yet but it’s probably just a matter of time.

Who is your Korean teacher?

My 한국어 선생님 (Korean teacher) is Michelle. I’m grateful to have found her early on. She’s amazing (as you can see from her reviews on iTalki). Keep in mind that a teacher who works well with one person might not work well for another (Although Michelle can teach all levels). It can be complicated and depends very much on the capabilities and personalities of both teacher and student. You might want to try several to find the right fit.

What are your language goals?

That’s a good question. I have invested quite a lot into learning a language that quite frankly demands a lot. The bottom line is that I want to learn more even if I don’t have a solid business case or clear use for the language. However, given my work and interests I know that if I can achieve fluency (or even intermediate fluency) I’ll be able to put it to use in interesting ways.

Do you mind if I correct your Korean?

I welcome it. Please feel free to contact me if you spot an error.

Are you ARMY?

If I’m anything K-Pop related it would have to be a BLINK (no offense BTS or ARMY – one love) but unlike the other million Americans who are learning Korean I wasn’t really motivated by K-Pop or Squid Game. That said, I listen to a lot of Korean music and like discovering smaller artists there. That’s why you’ll find a lot of music related posts here.

What’s Your Favorite Korean TV Show / Movie?

My absolute favorite Korean film is New World. Some other favorites include Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?, The Spy Gone North, The Man From Nowhere, Deliver Us from Evil, Cold Eyes, The Housemaid. I’m also a big fan of Mads Brügger’s undercover film-making in North Korea – The Red Chapel and The Mole: Undercover in North Korea. As for TV, I’ll occasionally check out travel and reality/variety shows like YO~! WELCOME TO KOREA! Lately, I have really been enjoying 미노이의 요리조리 (Meenoi’s Cooking). She is really funny! I recently finished 힘쎈여자 도봉순 (Strong Woman Do Bong Soon) and 악마판사 (Devil Judge). I hope to watch more as my language skills improve.