How many times can I try to learn Korean? I’ve tried quite a few times since I moved to Daegu in 2005. I had almost given up, but since summer vacation began, I’ve started studying Hangeul (Korean) once again. This time I have the luxury of having one-on-one lessons, and I must say I wish I could have taken this route years ago. 윤애숙선생님 (Yoon Ae Sook Teacher) is exceptionally supportive, and I am grateful for her patience. She never flinches when I forget one of those words we’ve studied over and over again. She is a pivotal reason why I feel like I’m actually retaining the language this time around.
(this is a picture of the class I took with other Keimyung University professors during the fall 2010 semester. We had fun, but with my hectic schedule, I couldn’t continue during the spring semester.)
To celebrate my renewed studies, I’ll be posting words or expressions that strike me in a curious way.
숨쉬어야해요! – I have to take a breath!
It’s really hard for me to say this expression, but it’s also lots of fun to try. There seems to be far too many vowels connected to the “sh” sound. I think it’s also the paradox of this expression that I enjoy. It’s supposed to express the fact that one needs to take a breath and perhaps relax, but actually saying this is quite a tongue twister. Not my idea of a soothing breath.
열쇠 (yeol sway)
I love saying this word. It sounds sexy to me, but guess what it means — 열쇠 is a key!
Stay tuned to learn about the Korean words that get stuck in my head just like a song would.