|What the hell is that! I'll never know now...|
I feel like many travelers who speak English are exceptionally lazy and arrogant when it comes to learning a new language, and I am no exception. In all honestly, I really would be fine in Korea if I didn't speak one word of Korean. Everyone here speaks a little bit of English, which is exactly the reason why so many English speakers forgo learning a second language. Signs are in English, restaurants usually have an English menu, and the people speak some English (but if they don't, then we can always break out the international sign language that every human seems to know). In reality we don't need to speak a second language! But what does that collectively say about us foreigners living abroad? Your language isn't important enough to learn? It isn't useful enough? I don't want to waste my valuable free time to learn how to communicate with you properly? It's hard to think of a more pretentious, arrogant, and rude attitude to hold toward such a welcoming foreign country…I'm not saying everyone should be fluent in their host countries language, but if you end up spending a year or more living there then how could you not at least want to be able to communicate in the native language? How could you not make an effort?
|The Korean makes sense, the Engrish does not.|
These past few weeks I've decided that I'm not going to be that person anymore! Deborah and I have signed up for a Saturday Korean class and we are going take a Korean language test in April. I know it's not much, but this will force me to study and hopefully I'll learn a respectable amount of Korean in the remaining six months.
Thanks for reading,