On Sunday, I joined a Korean speaking group at Kanata Korean language centre in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. I used to study at that centre last year, but then that center did not offer higher classes, so I quit and started to self-study. I heard about that Korean speaking group on facebook many times, but this is the first time I have joined that group. This group is organized from 9am to 11a.m on every Sunday. Before the meeting, the group leader will post the topic of speaking and some words related to that topic on facebook so that everyone can prepare some ideas about the topics. This group seems very cool, right?
This is the logo of the Korean speaking group. It is really cute, isn’t it?
On Sunday, I rode my motorbike to the center. It is a year since I rode on this street to Kanata center. My memories suddenly kept flooding back. I miss the time when I had to rush from my university to Kanata centre so that I could come to class in time. In Vietnam, there is always traffic jam at rush hour, so no matter how I tried, I was always late for the Korean class. The teachers and students at Kanata are very friendly and sociable. We learned Seoul book 3, but the teacher also gave us additional reading materials. That time was really valuable to me.
When I arrived at Kanata Center and went to the room for the Korean speaking group, I felt a little bit bewildered because I didn’t know anyone. They gave me materials for the meeting. Wow, they really prepared the materials very carefully. A group consists of about 10 people . There is also a Korean teacher to guide us. Our topic today is 추억 (memory) which is a really interesting topic that fits my mood today. First, we discussed the following questions about memory.
We sat in a circle and then each student talked about memory in Korean. I felt a little bit nervous when sharing memories because I am not used to talking with strangers so much. I felt so anxious that I hardly expressed my ideas in Korean thoroughly and fluently. When I suddenly paused because of getting stuck, everybody stared at me, which made my heart beating faster and faster. During 2 hours, we just took turn to speak. I felt the atmosphere was a little bit stuffy and uncomfortable because everyone tried to choke out Korean. Because of taking turns to speak, we could not have many chances to speak Korean. I was only able to speak just once.
The students’ level in the group is different and the number of students joining this group is flexible. Therefore, it is really hard to control the group. Some students speak Korean very well, but other beginner students cannot understand what those people say. I think if they organize some games, maybe everyone will practice speaking Korean more effectively. I also think the group leader should try more to encourage everyone to speak, even the shy members.
After everyone shared memory, we listened to a Korean song called “아는 남자”by Shinwa. The song was really beautiful.
What I really like is the additional Korean story they prepared so that we can read it at home. The story is really interesting and touching.
They also prepared a game , but we had to play it….at home. Maybe they planned to organize that game in the meeting, but they couldn’t control the time, so they let us play at home. Anyway, this meeting is really helpful and interesting, but I’m not sure I will join it often.