By: Sr. Jasmin Peralta, SSC
Jasmin Peralta is a young Columban Sister in Korea.
Here she describes some of her “teething” problems.
Humiliated and Frustrated
I never felt humiliated and frustrated in all my life until I came to study “hangu mal” Korean. Every time my teacher talked to me I heard nothing and understood nothing. All I could do was to keep guessing the meaning of the sounds and most of time I guessed wrong! Indeed, language study id draining. I would come home from school dead tired.
Maybe They’ll Laugh at Me
It was winter when I started the first level. I was shivering with cold because it was my first taste of winter. I learned very little then because I was anxious and preoccupied with difficulties of learning the language. I was scared to be with people for fear they’d laugh at my mistakes in speaking Korean. I kept tagging along my security blanket –the English dictionary.