Why is the Korean language important in my life? There are a couple of reasons why I have chosen to learn Hangul. I desire to master Hangul to obtain a better understanding of Korean culture and concepts. Not so long ago I was introduced to K-pop and learning Korean will help me sing along with my favorite songs and understand what I am singing. My favorite K-pop band is Girls Generation. My favorite Korean TV show is Cheese in the Trap. So I have been familiar with some Korean exports such as the ones I described above; songs, TV shows, and movies. Learning Korean can help me gain more than a superficial understanding of my favorite Korean songs and TV shows.
Furthermore, being bilingual stimulates intellectual growth and enhanced mental development. Learning Hangul helps me stimulate my mind, which keeps my brain active and healthy. Therefore I want my comprehension to continue to grow.
Knowing a second language can also improve my personal and business relationships. Since I am looking into majoring in business I would want my business to expand into Korea’s dynamic economy. My knowledge of the Korean language can put a forefront in the challenging market. Besides, I also want to travel around the world. I am planning to travel to Korea someday and knowing Hangul will help me adapt to the culture and society.
Knowing Korean can also enable me new opportunities. Understanding different races and cultures have its benefits. The increase of diversity helps my ability to work together with students of all different upbringings and backgrounds. It is important to understand all races for an authentic engagement. As a business person, it will alleviate the tension between clients, employees and partners. Many problems in the world are due to misunderstandings. When we learn about other cultures and see why others do the things they do is easier to understanding. Understanding other cultures will develop sympathy with others.
하나님이 세상을 이처럼 사랑하사 독생자를 주셨으니 이는 저를 믿는 자마다 멸망치 않고 영생을 얻게 하려 하심이니라 (요 3:16).
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)