My lessons are built around breaking a language down to its individual pieces and learning how to put them back together, similar to LEGO blocks.
I try to ensure that every single component is fully understood. A formula only gets you so far if you don't understand what's in it.
I start from the very beginning with the sentence 'Annyeonghaseyo, jae ireumeun ___iaeyo. (Hello, my name is ___.)' Don't worry, I know that's a lot of letters, that's just how Korean is romanized. In reality it's not complicated to pronounce. From there we dissect what every single component is, teaching you the sentence order, formality, what particles are, how basic grammar works, and really all you need to know to make a sentence, learned from a single sentence. By the end of the first lesson you can actually have a conversation. A simple conversation but the most important thing is that you'll be able to understand everything within it.
We go at whatever your pace is. If you need a little bit slower, more relaxed, that's okay. If you need faster, more exciting, that's okay, too. The only thing that's important is that you learn as much as possible.
I'm also a giant history and culture nerd and that definitely seeps into my lessons. I adore talking about them. One of the first lessons that I teach actually is entirely about how your culture determines your worldview and I go really deep into it. These lessons in general go deeper than just South Korea. I talk about different Korean languages, dialects, and even differences between North and South Korean.
Understanding culture is as important as understanding language.
You'll learn about daily life, drinking culture, religion, how people interact with each other, how people think in Korean, and even how Animal Crossing is played in Korea versus the United States and how that surprisingly has a broader understanding of culture behind it.
You not only learn the language but the way people live, their histories, and how it all ties together!
I'm a Korean / Japanese / Mandarin / Cantonese teacher who's been teaching for about five years now.
My passion for languages started when I was a little 5 year old and accidentally turned our copy of "Super Smash Brothers Melee" into Japanese. I had no clue what was happening, and it really dawned on me that I couldn't understand a crumb of it while there are people who can.
When I was 13 I decided to finally take that leap and learn something new.
My brother lent me a book on Japanese grammar and since then I've been studying languages for almost a decade while teaching for half of one. Back in 2016 I got a job offer to teach Japanese. I've taught well over a hundred students in four different languages.
My passion for language has even led me to a lot of unexpected places, like moving to Busan for a while back in 2018. I taught English there, but mostly spent my time absorbing the culture, learning the language, and eating way too much food. If you're ever in Busan I HIGHLY suggest Honda Ramen in Jangsan. It's absolutely delicious.
While there I learned a lot through the general shenanigans of my daily life.
I learned about drinking culture, familial piety, and how to talk with elders just while drinking and singing karaoke with four university professors. The entire time they insisted I was Tom Cruise. I was not.
Every day and experience taught me something new.
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