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?