This morning when I sat down to study Korean I had a hard time deciding on what to study first. So, I started out with a little facebook procrastination. In my defense my facebook feed is almost entirely in Korean since I don’t really use facebook for anything besides keeping in contact with Korean friends, following Korean celebs, and occasionally reading Korean news.
Today I came across a news article from Chosun.com about why so many young Koreans are moving to Northern Europe. Thinking “challenge accepted”, I printed out the news article (only to discover that it was almost 4 pages long) and started reading. I decided that I would use the article for vocabulary building so I teamed up with my Naver online dictionary and meticulously looked up every single word I wasn’t sure about. The final tally came out at 85 words. Sigh… Also, when I started I never imagined that I would end up spending 1.5 hours on the article, but it really turned out to be worth the effort, as I learned so many new expressions and a bit about my own and the Korean culture as well.
As a Danish girl strongly considering, hoping, and wanting to live (at least for a while) in South Korea, it was really interesting to learn about my native region from a Korean perspective. According to the article, young Koreans feel pressured by the tough competition and educational pressure and are thus attracted by the laid-back Scandinavian attitude. One young man in particular said that he was sick and tired of “뼈 빠지게 일하다” = working his… off, and said that with having to work even on weekends the week to him was “월화수목금금금”. He missed having spare time for family, friends, and hobbies. The Scandinavian way of having a 복지 제도 (welfare system) seemed appealing to him, which is why he settled in Sweden.
For those of you interested in reading the entire article for yourself you can find it here.
Now I’ll have to work a bit before I continue my studies, this time with TTMIK’s news articles which I very much hope will now seem easier in comparison to the “real” article. ^^