여기저기 위에

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(Translation: over/on)

This week’s class started off with a scare.  That horrifying moment when you walk into the classroom and no one’s there except for you and the director. And it remained that way for the entire class; no one else but me and the program director/teacher. He told me he didn’t think anyone else was going to show. Crap, I thought, should I leave then? Is class cancelled?

Maybe it would’ve been for a mere mortal, but not for a super nerd such as myself. As usual, when faced with an uncomfortable new situation, I charged in headfirst. I mean, if I could learn Korean by myself, I’d be fluent already.

A new teacher, means a new teaching style. Offering me chances to see things in a different way. As well as compare the two. (As a teacher of a foreign language myself, it’s immensely helpful to be able to see how I respond to different teaching styles and then use that knowledge when dealing with my kids.) The big change was that we mostly focused on vocabulary this week – prepositions of place (after I told the latest Hurricane Jia story) as well as subjects. All very necessary, if not very glamorous.

The book I’ve been using, Stephen Revere’s “Survival Korean,” while fantastic, is ultimately more focused on, duh, survival rather than true understanding. So this week, we started looking at communicating.

I can’t say I’m disappointed with this change in plan. Life is, after all, about more than mere survival. If I wanted that, I could’ve stayed at Target, bought a house/wife combo deal, and coasted to my grave. That’s obviously never been my gameplan.

Who has time for marriage, chores, and coasting when I have a swarm of new words to learn? By my (faulty) count, the prepositions sheet has 24 new terms for me. (Not counting the 10 above the chart, which appear to be just as necessary, if not moreso, than the words in the chart. But 34 isn’t easily divisible, so mentally I’m sticking with 24 and hoping to fool my brain about the true workload.) Signal instant heart attack. Or at least a weak-hearted flutter.

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But then I did the math. I practiced five terms last night (before, after, on, under, and next to) which actually account for 10 (under/below/beneath are all the same, in front of doubles with before, next to and besides are buds, as well as on and over). So I had actually made decent progress in my first night, and that was after a few hours studying.

God, I just had a Target flashback. One of my bosses used to tell me, “Plan your work, and then work your plan.” I always took it as one of those horrible, “I’m living the dream” bullshit lines, but maybe it does have some merit…

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