We meet twice a week for an hour each time. The book already seems to be far more beneficial than the book from the other class I took. (Well, tried to take.) The basis that I have from Rosetta Stone and my previous class that I bombed out of have been hugely beneficial. I already know how to read Korean and how to construct sentences, I just don't know enough verbs to make sentences. With Troy, I teach myself the vocabulary then he works with me on pronounciation. It's just like any other language - just because you know how the characters sound individually, you still have to learn how they work together, how to know when a letter is silent, when syllables merge into one sound, and how on earth do you pronounce those double vowels?
Korean is really hard for me. I could attribute it to several things but I think a large part of it is because I generally talk very soft. (In this context, soft is the opposite of rough, not loud.) A lot of the sounds are deep in the back of your throat, or are aspirated much stronger than any of the sounds in English. It's very difficult for me. I can honestly say at this point that I will be spending another year here so I
I'm doing pretty well, I think. It's more about creating situations where I can actually practice these things I'm learning. He taught me a few things I can say when walking Charles so maybe we can make a few more friends and a few less enemies. I highly recommend the private tutor route for anyone interested in really learning.