I began studying Korean four weeks ago by optimistically learning the sentence: “Please speak Korean very slowly.” After putting in this time, one thing has become abundantly clear. As a result, I have learned a new sentence. This new sentence will be instrumental during my trip to Korea this fall. Here is my new sentence: “I am very sorry; I do not speak Korean.” After saying this, any Korean words I manage to cough up will be impressive.
Last week, I told someone at work that I was studying Korean. Now, keep in mind that for the prior three weeks I had been devoting a minimum of 30 minutes each night, often longer, studying Korean. She said to me, “Say something in Korean.” I paused for a moment and reached back deep into the recesses of my mind, trying to find the perfect word or phrase. Then I said, “I can’t think of anything.” And this was true. I drew a blank. I couldn’t think of a single thing to say.
Through the magic of Rosetta Stone, I have learned to say the following:
Bad (Actually my wife taught me that one. And, no, don’t ask.)
I am sure there’s a method to the madness of Rosetta Stone, and I’m in it to the end. However, so far I’ve learned a lot about cats and dogs. I’ve learned how to say the basic colors, including the word for black. However, when I told my wife the word for black, she told me, yeah, that’s one word for it, but everybody uses a different word. So that was a little irritating. I told her that I was going to be loyal to Rosetta Stone and use their word. She shrugged. I’ve also learned a lot about, for some reason, eggs.
In the meantime, I have decided that I will have a sentence ready for the next person who asks me to say something in Korean. It will be on the tip of my tongue. I’ll have it in the chamber ready to fire. I will tell them: “I am very sorry; I do not speak Korean.”