September 15th, 2012

upside down

You are not lowly.

Last night while I was studying with Minho I broke out my foreign newspapers. I read the news in English, Russian, French, and Italian these days, and I'm attempting to start reading in Korean as well. It's going slow, that's for sure. Anyways, just for fun, I read a few sentences in each language to Minho, and then I read in Korean.

"When you speak other languages," he said, "Your voice sounds like English, but different words. In Korean, your voice goes up and down."

I think that's interesting, and actually quite true. I speak Korean with quite a bit of inflection to my voice, because that's what I hear every day. Honestly, I've only met one Korean who didn't speak with any inflection to his voice, and he was the most repressed person I've ever met. The inflection to this language is one of the things I really like: sure, women often sound whiny when they speak aegyo (애교), and the raised inflection at the end of sentences sounds downright feminine when coming from a man, but I quite like it, you know?

Anyways, it's a Saturday night and I have 160 new vocabulary words to study and I'm watching a Korean drama called Arang and the Magistrate (아랑사또전), which is pretty much amazing, not gonna lie. Joseon era ghost hunters? Awesome. My life is not terribly exciting these days but I'm enjoying it.
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