“한국말 잘해요.” I’ve heard this sentence a number of times – in different varieties, in both English and Korean, in spoken and written form.
For Korean learners, it’s almost always a thrill to hear this (or varieties of it). It can boost one’s confidence, can turn a bad day into a good one, or can even make one shyly blush. It can also encourage learners to learn more. But I know that it can also be annoying at times. Especially when all you did was utter a simple 감사합니다. It does frustrates me at times too. I sometimes feel undeserving of such compliments because I want to be REALLY good at it and I know that I am not even close to being good at all.
But nonetheless, annoying or not, compliments are compliments, and it makes us feel good, right? For all we know those who are giving the compliments are not just being nice but sincerely surprised and pleased with our Korean skills, even if it’s just reading something off a Korean candy wrapper.
So just imagine my joy when I get this from my ever dearest Suna Unnie:
I just congratulated her for having 100,000 friends in me2day. Apparently netizens call me2day friends 미친, so I also said let’s be 미친 forever. But 미친 also means crazy (modifier). So I ended my comment by joking why Korean is weird. I wrote all of them in Korean.
I know, I know. She could just be being polite and all. Maybe it’s her way of saying hello? I don’t know. I don’t care. SHE. IS. KIM. SUN. AH! And she said my Korean is good. How can I care for anything else? Kyaaaa~!!!!!!
My Korean Progress – in the eyes of Kim Sun Ah?
Okay, I know this is totally insane! But can you let this one pass? I’m in the hype of fangirling here. 😀
Kim Sun Ah is known for reading posts on her fan cafe (and now on me2day, webio and facebook too), commenting on some of them at times, and surprising fans by recognizing their names and faces (Even if she haven’t met them in person. I can attest to that!).
I started learning Korean just because I want to register to her fan cafe, because I heard that she post messages there. After successfully registering, I was greeted by a number of her fans talking with each other. I so badly want to join their conversation so I decided to keep learning Korean. The ranter in me posts on her fan cafe whenever I have something worthwhile to say. I just want to communicate with everyone that I keep ranting despite my erroneous Korean.
Sometime in 2009, Kim Sun Ah told someone (and that someone happened to be my good friend) that my Korean is improving (^_^) but I mix it with banmal (O.o) and she giggled. After recovering from the shock of realizing that Kim Sun Ah knows me (and must have been reading my posts / letters to her), I was really embarrassed with my lousy Korean (and the fact that it’s no secret from Kim Sun Ah) so I decided to pick up my books once again and try to start learning Korean properly this time.
I didn’t know that after 3 years she’ll compliment my Korean this way. We’ve chatted a few times in her fan cafe and Facebook and I’ve talked to her in Korean in person too (and have shown her how lousy my Korean still is!) over the years. But this is the first time she told me that my Korean is good.
Again, she could very well be just being polite (so, she was not being polite 3 years ago? 😄 ).
But actually, more than the compliment it was her perfect timing that I’m most thankful for. It was actually a day when I was really down over a few things Korean related and was seriously lacking motivation in continuing to learn Korean. I didn’t think of quitting, of course, but it was a day when I was foolishly questioning and doubting a few things here and there. A day when I badly need a new motivation. And, as if on cue, she gave it to me. Thus, I decided, on that day, that I will continue working harder on my Korean – to be worthy of the compliment I got from Kim Sun Ah. 🙂
Sigh! How can I not love her?
So, here’s my new desktop wallpaper:
Yeah, I screencapped it and turned it as my wallpaper to keep me motivated and happy everyday.
고마워요 언니~ 항상… 내 맘소리를 잘 들어줘서 진심으로 감사해요~