Almost Feels Like I Live in Korea

My husband told me that yesterday he interviewed a 20-something Korean man who applied for a post at his company. The Korean man could barely speak Indonesian but he spoke fluent English and he got a tough-looking figure because he spent 2 years in the army. He was in Indonesia as an exchange student at a university in Indonesia. Maybe he was looking for a way to stay in Indonesia. My husband liked him and obviously was impressed enough to tell me about him because he never talked about work before. (“His face was so cute, but he was macho, and his skin was so white!” Hahaha.).

I finished reading chapter 2 of 거침없이 한국어 1 (it’s a textbook for advanced learners, originally for classroom use, but you can learn natural expressions from a Korean drama called 거침없이 하이킥, and learn how people live in Korea). I learned about garbage disposal in Korea (I imagine it must be hard to make foreigners follow these rules) and about 밑반찬 (side dishes). I input all new words into Quizlet, added images to my flashcards (you know you can do it with Quizlet, right?), and I also searched Google Image for food-related terms like 조림, 젓갈, 계란말이, etc. Made me very hungry.

Search images on Quizlet.

Search images on Quizlet.

And I bought some Korean seaweed (김) and kimchi at our local supermarket. ‘Seaweed’ in Indonesian is “rumput laut” (written on the package). The kimchi package has “halal” mark on it.

Seaweed and kimchi.

Seaweed and kimchi.

I almost feel like a housewife living in Korea. Minus the cold winter and influenza shots… so yes, I’m happy. Because… there was this guy on Facebook who felt sorry for me because I’m learning Korean but not living in Korea. I absolutely don’t know what he was talking about. I’m having so much fun and my life is perfect.

Now, let’s watch Korean dramas on YouTube:

P.S: But I do think cold winter and influenza shots are wonderful, too. ^^; ###

4 thoughts on “Almost Feels Like I Live in Korea

  1. I think it is fine to learn a language and not necessarily wanting to live there.

    I love learning Japanese and want to visit Japan, but I would never imagine myself living there and fitting into their work mentality. I think my personality would not really fit the Japanese lifestyle and dedication in general. Being a tourist in Japan would be more than enough for me.


    • I liked living in Japan, I stayed for 10 years. ^^ But I remember there were also some foreign students who committed suicide or sent back home for being mentally ill when I lived there… so I guess living in a foreign country is not that easy. It’s great if you can go, but if you can’t or just don’t want to, it doesn’t mean you won’t master the language and no need to feel miserable about not going. Time has changed, there are a lot of ways to enjoy a foreign language and culture from wherever you are.


  2. Kepundung says:

    Mba, What I love always reading your post is that I can feel how you love the way you live. How your passion of Korean Language completes you happiness in live. Your post is not only motivating in language learning for me. But kinda supporting me when I feel miserable with my own life. Thanks for always sharing😀


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