It’s been a while since my last update, and a lot has happened. I got a motorcycle license and decided what bike I’ll get. My neighbors saw a burglar on my roof. I bought my first gun. I started deadlifting. I’m becoming a decent Paleo chef. I got accepted to a Korean language program at one of Korea’s Big 10 Flagship Universities.
Waitaminute. Hold the phone… language classes?!
Yup. I know. Liar, sell out, sophist, etc.
Ramses and I, Khatzumoto, and nearly all reputable language acquisition hobbyists will tell you that language schools rank on the Effectiveness Spectrum somewhere between “The War on Drugs” and “Quantitative Easing.” Yet here I am, enlisting for duty in the academic meat grinder comme en quarante. Why?
I’ve got a business opportunity in Best Korea that I requires my presence for at least one year. Since I don’t want to leave the country every 90 days (tourist visa), my options were:
1. Become a language teacher again (HELL NO)
2. Transfer $300,000 into a Korean bank account to get a Business Visa (NO)
3. Get a Student Visa (OK)
Come September, I’ll spend four hours each morning, Monday through Friday, in a Korean classroom at a Korean university. I’m honestly going to go in without reservations. I’ll give it my all. I’ll continue using the TV Method, immersion, and Anki, but now I’ll finally get to see if four hours in a classroom can compete with four hours of TV, comics, video games, and SRS. I’m also planning on getting a tutor to do one-on-one Korean conversation practice in a normal atmosphere (coffee shops, walks, etc.). That’ll be cool to try.
In summary, I’ll be trying a bunch of new methods and comparing them to the tried and true methods we currently espouse. Stay tuned for updates!
p.s. After my last update I left the page to Ramses. I can only assume he’s smoked himself to death. R.I.P. hermano!