Published: August 1, 2017
After leaving SupHo and moving back into our normal lives it is easy to forget all of the language skills we obtained at camp. Maintaining a second language isn’t easy- trust us, we know! But there are ways to study and keep up with Korean throughout the school year.
For self-motivated learners (which is nearly every villager at SupHo), there are textbooks/CDs available online or at bookstores.
1. Integrated Korean (grammar) (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/integrated-korean-beg-klear/1109460015;jsessionid=705D70AE0817EA10375048B4912A2F82.prodny_store02-atgap12?ean=2900824835155&pcta=u&st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_Core%20Shopping%20Textbooks_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP62414)
2. (CD) Mastering Conversational Korean (https://www.amazon.com/Korean-Beginners-Mastering-Conversational-Included/dp/0804841004)
3. 500 Basic Korean Verbs with Conjugations (https://www.amazon.com/500-Basic-Korean-Verbs-Comprehensive/dp/0804842051)
4. Talk to Me in Korean, textbook and self-study worksheets available (http://talktomeinkorean.com/textbooks)
For FREE resources, the Internet is a great tool to keep up with Korean! Here are some helpful websites:
1. Naver Dictionary (Kor-Eng dictionary) (http://endic.naver.com)
3. Rosetta Stone, free demo (http://www.rosettastone.com/demo)
Need a break from textbooks and rigorous studying? Why not spice it up with some Korean media!
1. YouTube is exploding with an array of videos. Have you heard of 영국남자 (British Boy)? A British boy named Josh is excellent at Korean and takes you on wild adventures in Korea and the UK. Not to mention a huge inspiration to anyone whose native language is not Korean! Check out his channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=morR-c8tEeA
2. Are you bored on your way to school? Listen to music before bed? How about Korean 101 Podcast?? (https://www.koreanclass101.com/?src=gc_LearnKorean1_Search_korean%20class%20101_139076688453_&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3KKGjrO31QIVAYNpCh2ZTgE8EAAYASAAEgIbSfD_BwE)
3. Never underestimate the power of Kpop! Song lyrics can be poetic and teach you sayings you will never find in a textbook.
Do you want to watch TV like a local? Check out reality TV shows such as: Running Man or Return of Superman (this show is great for beginners because of the basic vocabulary).
Okay, so you have done self-study and you’ve enjoyed some Korean media. But as we know from camp, enjoying language with friends is so much more fun! Some ideas for you to make learning Korean a social activity:
1. Language Exchange! Reach out to local Korean organizations or possibly Korean exchange students at school. Language exchange is also cultural exchange.
2. Start a Language Club! A Korean Language Club would be unique and interesting, you could also incorporate Korean food if you are feeling really adventurous.
Some of our villagers are starting to look at colleges and may be considering majoring or minoring in Korean, Asian Studies, or something related. That’s great and that is what we love to hear! Maybe someday our villagers will come back and work as counselors.
A lot of colleges and universities offer study abroad programs or accept outside study abroad programs for credit.
A few study abroad (funded) opportunities:
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)
Your undergraduate degree is about getting your toes wet; try new classes, meet new people, explore new countries. We encourage you to talk to your study abroad office and find a study abroad option (and scholarships) to make your journey to South Korea. Highly acclaimed universities include, also known as SKY:
Seoul National University
However, Seoul is a huge city and the opportunities are endless. Other great schools include Sogang University, Ewha Womans University (Males can study abroad too!), Dongguke University, Konkuk University, Sookmyung Women's University, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, and many more!
Lastly, if you are graduating high school and looking for the best and hardest summer of your life, please apply to work as Kitchen Staff! Although grueling, our Kitchen staff has the opportunity to not only learn how to make Korean food but take classes and participate in camp activities. Applications open in December.
I hope this post helps you stay motivated and on-track for achieving your goals in relation to the Korean language and culture.