Splash Biography

JOE JEONG, Korean exchange student eager to spread Korean

Major: Psychology

College/Employer: BC

Year of Graduation: 2020

Picture of Joe Jeong

Brief Biographical Sketch:

I was born in Korea but raised in Canada until I was 10. My experience in Canada gave me the privilege to speak two languages. I always had fun juggling around with Korean and English in my head, trying to understand the key elements of foreign language acquisition. My interest derailed a bit, and developed into psychology but my curiosity regarding language learning was still kept at the back of my mind. As a Korean citizen I had to serve for the military, so I applied for a roll as a military interpreter. After completing my duty, I volunteered as an English tutor for unprivileged students and also volunteered as an interpreter/translator at the Global Overseas Adoptees' Link while attending college.
I wanted to experience an English speaking environment as an adult, hence I applied for an exchange student program that gave me the privilege to take classes in BC for a semester.

Past Classes

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H1893: Learn how to read Korean! in BC Splash Fall 2019 (Nov. 03, 2019)
Korean letters are phonograms, which means that just like English letters, each Korean letters represents a particular sound(or particular sounds) and we can read it if we know the rules! Korean was invented by the lead of King Sejong in 1443, out of compassion towards his subjects who cannot read or write Chinese characters. One of the core goals that was in mind of the creators of Korean was to make it "easy to learn". We can all do it. This course is limited to the very basics of reading and maybe writing Korean. We will write the sounds of English words in Korean letters, just to get a grip of how the Korean letters work. Learning actual words and sentences as well as learning grammar will not be covered. This course's main purpose is to grab your interest in learning Korean.