Hi, I'm Kiara!
My love for Korean culture has spanned the last eight years and it all started when I was a sophomore in high school. My family participated in an exchange program through my school and we hosted a student from South Korea. I didn’t know anything about Korea back then, but I fell in love with the language and Youngjae, our exchange student, quickly became one of my best friends. We spent our time teaching each other as much as we could about each other’s different cultures. From the food to the language, we shared everything with each other. And when it was time for him to go home, I had a great friend who left an indelible mark on my life.
My learning didn’t stop with him leaving and neither did our communication. To this day, eight years later, I’m still learning about Korean culture and language, while maintaining my friendship. In my everyday life, I am always learning something about Korea, whether it be through practicing vocab or listening to a song or reading a news article. And just like I was afforded a great opportunity to learn, I would like to help others who are on a similar learning path as myself.
Over the years, I’ve used so many tools to help me learn the Korean language and about the culture. From apps to books to dramas and music, I’ve practically done it all. I’ve been successful at some things and struggled with others. And I’m not fluent by a long shot, but even after all these years, I still love learning about Korea. I have plans to visit one day so I can fully immerse myself in the culture; I think that will be my ultimate teacher. Plus, it’s been a while since I’ve seen Youngjae. Our language exchange has continued even after all this time.
I want this blog to be a helpful space for those looking for tips and advice on how to go about learning Korean and about the culture. There’s so much to learn and so many resources out there, it can be a bit overwhelming. And it can be difficult to weed out the better tools. But it’s also fun too! And that’s what I want this blog to become: a fun, informative place for like minded people who are interested in Korea. I hope we can have a fun time learning together. ^^