I have to admit, I was a bit hesitant to study Korean at KCC (Korean Cultural Center). I think we all know their hard-to-go-to (or park) location and their hectic-class-reservation “style”.
Last January 2017, I tried to enroll for their Elementary Korean class but unfortunately wasn’t able to. I waited for an hour refreshing the wrong link! Anyway, enough of that horror. Good news is, I finally was able to enroll the following term! (Yes, saw the right link!)
So, why did I insist on studying in KCC despite my “hesitations”? Well, here are my reasons:
1. Pay less, get more.
I’m not saying 2,500 is “cheap” (it’s hard-earned money!) but, that price for a good quality Korean language education is way lesser than paying 30,000+ for the same quality, not to mention maybe lower quality, of language lessons.
Other institutes offer jaw-dropping prices for 6 sessions-only! No, thank you! I would rather go to KCC-get a good Korean class- pay just enough- and enjoy my life! Plus, maybe a bingsu side trip!
2. Korean teachers, from Korea.
Before studying anything, whether it’s language or whatever, I always want to be “sure” first. I want the assurance of my teacher’s credibility, my book’s accuracy and even what my heart’s true intention of learning is. Why? Because I hate the idea of putting an effort in learning something only to realize that they were wrong in the first place. I am not a “sponge” that soaks up all the information, whether right or wrong, just because. And you shouldn’t be too.
So, what better way is it to learn Korean than from Koreans who can teach you the right pronunciation, right strokes in writing and even the right conversational lingo-like-a-local!
3. Good times, good people.
The KCC staff are lovely people and they do try to accommodate all your needs. Regarding classmates, I still don’t know about that but, one thing I noticed is that all of us are on the same page. Regardless if our reasons for learning Korean varies: to work abroad, to understand my husband or to not wait for subtitles any longer, we all want to master the language.
So with that, we help each other. We grow together and lift each other up! That’s why Korean classes in KCC are never boring. (Well, excluding the first two sessions).
There goes my reasons on why you should study in KCC and I hope to see you in one of our Korean language classes this year!
Written by Max Chua