Take a few minutes to complete the following sentences about yourself.
I am learning Korean because (list as many reasons as possible).
I want to be able , , and in Korean.
I will achieve my Korean goals by focusing on these skills:
I will achieve these goals by this date:
I will know that I have achieve my goals when .
I am troubled every time someone asks me why I am learning Korean.
I don’t have a clear motivation and goal. I have had three “reasons” so far, none of which still pertains. I am afraid that when the going gets tough, I will wilt without a clear motivation and goal. Still a lost little lamb, with no idea what I am doing in this wilderness of learning a second language.
For next 3 months, I adopt the goals of Korean Digital Academy and #Add1Challenge, which is to focus on speaking.
Yet I suspect my inner goal is more a leisurely stroll through Korean, where I can spend a few hours penning a heart felt letter to Korean friend, curl up quietly with a book of poetry, and curiosity inspired learning about language and culture through reading. My vision for myself is almost completely silent, slow, and meditative with a few close friends. My entire life rhythm has been disrupted by diving into the rushing river of Korean study. I often feel rushed, overwhelmed, stressed, and over stimulated.
On this white water rapids ride these past ten months, I have considered tutoring in English, taking teaching classes, going to Korea for Korean education, traveling to Korea for pleasure, and teaching English in Korea for a year. I have a desire to visit Korea that never existed before Chulmoon became my pen pal.
I hold each person I have met on this journey close to my heart. Perhaps that is my simple goal. I just want to connect with my new friends in Korea, and that is goal and motivation enough.