[This post was written by my office co-worker, Minh, who hails from Hanoi, Vietnam – thanks Minh - Anna]
I have been living in Korea for quite a few years now, and honestly speaking, I can’t still save my butt out of trouble with my Korean language skills. I can manage with everyday conversations and such, like typical casual talk with Korean friends, but speaking Korean in an office environment, where all those Korean bigwigs in our office ever hardly speaks any other language to you, except surprise surprise – Korean, definitely affects my office work productivity and some of that work related non-personal job relation thing those Human Resources Department staffs always keeps telling you.
But enough of me talking about stuffs like this like – ‘having a difficult time working here in Korea because of my lack of Korean language skills’. It’s not even an excuse. When you live overseas and you’re struggling with work and life in general, blaming yourself for not learning your adoptive country’s lingua franca in which you have all the chance in the world in correcting that mistake. Sulk it up, do the right thing, and conquer your weakness, which of course, is to seriously study and learn a foreign dialect – and in my case, Korean.
A wise man once said,’ To survive in a foreign land, one must learn to swallow your own tongue’. So to follow that wise man’s lead, not in literal sense of course, I have been seriously considering enrolling in one of those Korean language courses offered by these top Korean universities in Seoul. I think most major universities here in Korea have at least one language course specifically designed for foreigners to study Korean.
I narrowed my choices to two universities in Seoul offering top notch Korean language course suited for a busy and working foreigner here in Korea, like me. One, which was my first choice, is Ehwa Women’s University. Ehwa University is considered as the world’s largest educational institution for women and their Korean Language course is also considered as one of the best in the land. Yonsei University, on the other hand, is one of the three top universities in the whole Korean archipelago, known collectively as the SKY universities. The other two is Seoul National University (S) and Yonsei University’s arch rival, Korea University (K). Like Ehwa, Yonsei offers a superb Korean language study program which has a brilliant track record and positive feedbacks from expats and other foreigners alike.
If I have it my way, I will have to pick Ehwa University, but since my company is going to sponsor for Korean language education, and also one of the heads in our company graduated here and has close ties with some of that school’s top honchos (plus he’s a devote Christian), I will have to choose Yonsei University (note: Yonsei University is the top Christian educational institute in Korea). Not bad, since I mentioned earlier that Yonsei is also one of the top two choices for my future Korean language study programs.
I would love to give you some information about Yonsei’s Korean Language course program, but since they have a special page in their official website that has detailed and comprehensive information that can blast any queries you might have regarding the university’s Korean language study and its policies, I would suggest commanding your browsers to their site right now and learn what the Yonsei University’s Korean Language Program is all about, and is it suited to your Korean language study needs.
Yonsei University – Korean Language Institute