Learning Korean

BEING A FANGIRL AND A LANGUAGE LEARNER

I must admit I first started out learning Korean because I’m a fangirl of Kpop — Super Junior in particular. And I’ve also been an avid fan of Korean dramas since elementary school. Haha. I wanted to understand the songs so much without having to search it up on the internet and I felt so tired and annoyed on how  poor the English is on the ‘subtitles’ of Kdramas I watch. Even with subtitles it was really hard to understand. :)))  One more thing that pushed me to study Korean was when I started hearing comments like “fans of Korean stuff  are fools who sing and dance to songs they don’t even understand a single word!”. I wanted to make a difference and break that stereotype idea of fangirls. So from there, I took a step forward and started learning the language itself. It was all for the sake of entertainment at first.

But now, as I progress on learning the language I suddenly realized that I became less and less of a fangirl and I just grew more as a language learner. Fangirling is still an important part of my Korean learning journey as it still served its primary role of being my motivation and source of interest throughout this whole process. But unlike before wherein I watch Kdramas or listen to Kpop purely for entertainment, I do it now as part of studying the language. I fell in love in studying the language not only for entertainment but because of deeper reasons which is beyond that of simply the current wave of kpop and boybands. I fell in love with the language because of its unique and interesting nature which keeps me going everyday. There hasn’t been any dull moment (except when I get too lazy. The problem’s on me not the language ㅋㅋㅋ). I study it now because of the language itself which keeps me wondering “how and why” certain things related to it came to be. And it keeps the fire of my passion to learn burning. I study it now for personal growth and dreams of becoming a multilingual speaker.
Have you ever felt the same way?
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15 thoughts on “BEING A FANGIRL AND A LANGUAGE LEARNER”

  1. Kpop and Kdramas can be someone's drive and motivation on learning Korean, it's not a bad thing because there's a lot you can learn from them. As one language learner goes further on studying they also mature and they think less fangirling^^I avoid the topic "KPOP" when I talk to someone and I really avoid fangirling sometimes because it's too distracting. You know when you're listening or watching something you get too giddy about it that you forget you're supposed to be studying? ㅋㅋㅋ Happens to me all the time.

  2. I agree. Hahaha. As we move on learning the language, fangirling seems to be just behind it for additional support or source. Same goes for me as well, I do avoid topics of fangirling or kpop boybands when I talk to friends. I'd be more glad if we talk about the language itself and practice. Hahaha

  3. OMG! HELLO! i was looking through blogs that would motivate me to learn korean, n i saw the word "SUPER JUNIOR" in ur post! hello! ^^

  4. Hi Ting! I'm glad you found my blog even if it's by accident or what. hahaha.Thanks for leaving a comment! And I hope you'll enjoy learning korean.

    1. Hello! I actually found your blog again! And this time, i found the comment (above) which i made! When i commented that, i havent had a chance to study korean, now, (well, im still as busy as ever) but ive mastered my courage and went ahead to sign up for a Korean class! I wish i could self study too, but for starters, i would like to be “taught” and see how it goes.!

      I guess is an improvement made, and i like this line alot ” I became less and less of a fangirl and I just grew more as a language learner”. I’m a ELF too, but now, i can understand what you meant by this sentence. It’ serves a great sense of satisfaction and is really impt to be able to be “more as a language learner”!

      Great to know you and your blog! ^^

      1. I’m so glad you found my blog again ^^

        Hmmm, that quote/line really describes me. I’m still a fangirl at time, I guess I’ll always be a fangirl by heart. But now, I’m growing more as a language learner.

        Thanks for visiting my (new) blog! haha

  5. 안녕하세요 ㅋㅋㅋ 만나서반가워요나는 티티엠아이케이 에서 너의 어떤 쓴글 읽어 봤는데, 내 블로그로 구경하게 됐어요~,저도 그래서 먼저 한국 드라마들 땜에 국어를 이해하고 공부하고 싶었는데, 공부하다가, 공부할수록 단어들을 더 알게 되고 이 예쁜 언어를 사랑하에 뻔했다 ㅎㅎ

  6. I totally feel the same like you. I was a fangirl and the motive of learning Korean was to get the meaning of the songs. But later I liked the language more and more and now, just like what you said, Kpop and Kdrama are entertainment :)

  7. I understand your feeling. The same thing happened to me first with Japanese: at first I started with manga and anime but then I was more interested in the language itself; and more recently with Korean. At first I just wanted to understand song lyrics that I liked but as I got to know more about the language I fell in love with it too. And since I’m still a beginner there are so many things that I don’t know that I can’t wait to learn them~ ㅋㅋㅋ Let’s do our best! 화이팅!!

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