You know how I wrote in one of my previous posts that I was going to try speaking Korean about 75% of my day? Easier said than done. *sigh*
It’s been kind of tough trying to make friends with native Koreans here at Yonsei. First off, I live in the dorms with other international students so I constantly surrounded by the English language. (Not that that’s a bad thing- I’ve met some really nice people)
Second, it’s really hard to get native Koreans to actually talk to you. I am usually the minority in most of my classes but it’s really all on me to start conversations with them. (Introverted Patty has been forcing herself to speak up more)
I have recently joined a club at the university that I was hoping would allow me to practice the language more and meet new people, but it hasn’t worked out too well yet. I went to dinner with the club members a few days ago and it was interesting… *cough* kind of awkward *cough*. Although a few girls were really nice, I felt really left out. Our Korean level is moderate so we weren’t able to be as engaged in their conversations and they didn’t really do things with us that they did with the other new members- like pouring us drinks (people don’t refill their glasses by themselves). It also didn’t help that one of the members sitting near me was “as conversational as a tree” (as my friend put it). He just sat with a stony expression and his arms crossed the entire time. In that hour and a half, I’m pretty sure he only said three words to us.
I hope it gets better soon >.<
Gonna stay positive!