You know when someone is learning a language, they reach a milestone of fluency when they have a dream in that language? Well It’s happened! I’ve made it! I have finally had my first dream in Korean! It was a very simple dream though, but a dream nonetheless. The only words in the dream were the Korean words for ‘Hello’, ‘Thankyou’, and occasionally ‘delicious’, but slightly mispronounced and mostly out of context.
The air is cooling here ever so slightly, and some of the leaves are finding their colour. It has been lovely walking to class in the warm warming, with a cool breeze. Such a perfect time of year. I hear that in just a few weeks it will begin to turn quite cold, on its way down to -15’C for the winter! Kind of excited though. I think I’ve only ever experienced around -5’C before.
Some small things have made this past week really enjoyable. On Wednesday night, Tommy and I went out to HomePlus, did some grocery shopping, had a lot of fun finding the best deals amongst the Korean signage, and buying bulk instant coffee. Earlier in the week, a delicious (mashita!) Korean curry with good friends, the bike man being really friendly even though we couldn’t speak much Korean, and learning how to say ‘no meat please’ in Korean (gogee bedusayo!). I have enjoyed learning Korean, probably more than I thought I would! In our Korean class, we have started learning the basic alphabet, and it's so interesting how the fundamental building blocks of their language are actually different. I mean, they move their mouths in different ways to communicate. In the vowels, there are three sounds which can be describes as ‘o’, ‘oh’ and ‘ooh’. Help.
And there is another thing I was surprised to learn this past week. Koreans have a ‘Korean age’ which is different to their ‘western’ (I guess) age. Get this. Babies are born as one year old, and then your age goes up at the start of each year, January 1st. Yes thats what I thought too! If a baby is born on December 31st, he/she is considered two the following day! Yep what!
These photos are from a recent trip into Seoul city. I hope you enjoy them!