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  1. My visa is in the mail. I'm leaving for Korea on Tuesday evening. Now all I have to do is pack. I guess I should get started on that.

  2. so nice. do you speak korean?

  3. I speak a little bit, most of which I've managed to forget over the past 10 months. I don't read or write it at all.

    I saw on one of the sites for Ulsan that they have well priced Korean classes for foreigners. I'm going to look into those as soon as I get paid. I really need a structured class to learn languages. I tried the teach yourself tapes and sites on the internet last time. And I was a miserable failure at it.

  4. teach yourself tapes and sites never ever work honestly. you need a teacher to guide you and correct mistakes you don't even know you're making and to answer those grammatical questions you may have.

    but there are language sites that sort of works like a 'language pen pal' where you're assigned with a person and s/he teaches you online. something like that.

    but nothing like learning the language by living in the country that speaks it!

  5. Congrats! Have a blast and if you fly through Vancouver let me know; I'm one bus from the airport.

  6. Glad to hear I'm not just an idiot.

    But I do have a hard time with languages as I have an auditory processing deficit that makes it hard for me to distinguish between certain sounds.

    Alas raincoaster, I'm flying from Cleveland to Las Vegas to Inchon to Ulsan. But I'll wave as I fly west :)

  7. oo, i know there are such people because some of my classmates just can't get the hang of speaking a language right in some of our language electives in college. you'll just have to put extra effort. and watch korean dramas, for some inexplicable reason they're huge all over asia right now. maybe it'll rub off you too.

  8. I have to admit I didn't put in that much effort the last time. I also was in a smaller city where I didn't have access to things like classes.

    The "survival" Korean I learned was by having one of the Korean born teachers in the school tell me the pronunciations syllable by syllable (very slowly) and me writing them down.

    So I'm looking forward to being able to take a class.

    Now if these suitcases would pack themselves.......

  9. defrostindoors

    Have a great time, katm!

  10. All the best to you katm. I'll be reading about your adventures on your blog. :)

  11. Good luck, have fun, stay safe, don't talk to strangers, and wear comfortable shoes at the airport. [wave]

  12. *sigh*

    I have no bloody idea when I'm leaving.

    Why it's taking so bloody long for the USPS to mail me my visa is beyond me. It's not like it's going from Korea to Ohio. It's going from Chicago to Cleveland in a priority mail envelope. They mailed it last Thursday. It should have been here on Saturday. Monday at the latest. And here it is Tuesday and I have no visa.

    I could scream.

  13. OMG - I hear you - hang in ...

  14. In today's local paper.

  15. Luckily, the people who issue US passports are not the same people who issue Korean visas :)

    Hope it came today, Kat

  16. Woo Hoo!

    My visa came yesterday (I only found out this morning as I was out when my mother called).

    Turns out the postal service doesn't really pay attention to the effective date when you file a change of address form. So it went to my parents' house instead of mine.

  17. YES! Great so when do you leave?

  18. Still waiting on the travel agent to book a flight for me.

  19. Hang in there.

  20. Looks like tomorrow night is the night. Now to find out if I have to pay the rebooking fees or if the school will.


  21. Hey, who's to say that tomorrow night won't be an auspicious night on which to begin a new adventure? You could set the issue of the fees aside for now. You could focus on the future with a positive mindset.

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