I’m into Japanese cartoons.
Yes. It’s also called anime. But that’s Japanese, not Korean.
Still, people weren’t that off the mark.
Why did I take?
Because Japanese class wasn’t offered.
At the time, I didn’t exactly have much to stimulate my mind while I looked for work. Taking lessons (any lessons) was one way I could shut nosy ones up.
What happened after?
Well, I met new friends. New, insane, awesome friends, and I honestly can’t imagine my life without them.
Amid my dedication to learning the language, I was invited to be one of the 20 K-pop crazy founders to the now established Emirati Korean Friendship Society. (Had to bow out later because…)
Well…I got a job.
Learning this language opened up so many things for me. It turned a new page. I made new friends. Had a hilarious time learning, sharing cultural tidbits, and being silly. I learned something new, and I’m still proud of the minimal knowledge I gained.
I also got to travel to the beautiful country (without parents!), and loved every minute of it.
I’d like to think that, if I didn’t take that chance, tick that box and register, it wouldn’t have led to the awesome people, and later, to the start of a career.
To me, it’s a blessing of a language.