Mysteries of Korean language opened up in ACS class


DAEGU GARRISON— “I would like to learn some Korean, so when I am out in town, I can be able to speak and understand what people say to me,’ one of the most ardent students in Korean Language Class, Rodney Harper said.

Every Tuesday and Friday, the Army Community Services Korean Language Class welcomes people in the community who are interested in learning Korean. ACS provides programs to assist Soldiers, their family members and civilians settle down to living in Daegu, Korea. Basic and Advanced Korean Language classes are among them. For Americans who want to learn basic cultural information about Korea and basic knowledge about Korean language, Basic Korean language classes provides some information about cultural difference between Korea and America, basic dialog which can be used in daily situation.

“In my opinion, for people who start to learn new language, engaging their interest is important. From History of Korean alphabet to why drinking attitude is important in Korea, I’ve tried to make them learn Korean from culture. Then they can entirely understand not only culture but also language,” Lee Hyun ji, ACS Relocation Readiness intern and Korean Language Class instructor, said.

For foreign people who cannot read, write and speak, it is like living in a wild jungle. They cannot buy pajamas to wear and order one single cup of coffee by themselves. This is why ACS relocation readiness program came up with the language class.

The overall program is separated into two levels, basic and advanced. Classes are held in the Education Center on Camp Henry. For those who want to engage in the program, they can make a call to ACS to sign up for the class. If someone cannot take the class because of time, they can simply visit ACS building and ask about Korean cultures and languages and they will welcome questions.

“It is really hard to explain Korean grammar in English because, to Koreans, it is natural and idiomatic. Also it is hard to explain the meaning of words that we have but don’t exist in English,” Lee spoke candidly of her difficulties.

However, Lee said she is trying to overcome the difficulty by requesting for some advices from her foreign friends who had some Korean language class from professional Korean teachers.

Despite some difficulties, she still feels worthwhile tutoring Korean to the community members.

“When I see an improvement of Korean language skills in students, I am really proud of them and myself. And I think my English skill also improved as the class has been gone along. Especially, when I notice that I had really good opportunity to meet many friends,” said Lee.

“To the community, I really recommend you to come to the ACS if you have any question about Korean culture and Korean language. Also welcome to ask about off-post information,” Lee concluded.

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