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한국어 Pt. 1

For this post, I'll talk about something that's been a major focus of my time here: learning Korean. Its easy to regard this sort of project as either much easier or much more difficult than it really is.

Starting with the former misconception, I want to say off the bat that many people's ideas of learning a foreign language through immersion are extraordinarily, unbelievably, shockingly wrong. At some point, I also absorbed these notions.

I pictured a traveler, childlike and blossoming, open to receive limitless aural stimuli. As they walk between a foreign markets' tightly-packed stalls, bantering and bartering with energetic locals, they see the foreign language in the faces of wrinkled old women, they smell the language on intermingling wafts of leather, exotic spices, and shit. When they sleep, they dream in their adopted language, by virtue of simply living where it is predominately spoken.

You remember the close to the 2008 Season of 30 Rock, where Kenneth has landed a page gig at the Beijing Summer Olympics, and immediately becomes Chinese-fluent and embroiled in a web of international romance, espionage and intrigue? No? Neither does Youtube. Hm. Remember the market scene in Indiana Jones? Um...what about Lego Indiana Jones?

Don't Call it a Bucket List

On The Best of Sett

I've always liked the idea of a bucket list. However, it seems that for so many people a bucket list is simply a collection of things they think would be cool; a fantasy list. I want to avoid the idea that my goals are something that I would like to do but may never get around to accomplishing. I intend to complete everything on this list, whether that's within the next year or before I die.

I asked my Facebook friends for their suggestions on what to call my non-bucket list. I liked all the ideas, but Dan wins the prize for most comical with "pail plan" and Kel wins for most meaningful with "experiences yet to be had."

I've settled on calling my non-bucket list the Past:Present:Future list to emphasize that each of my goals is something that I've already accomplished, something that I am currently actively pursuing or something that I will actively pursue in the future. Nothing on the list is simply a dream.

Accepting that my goals will change, the list found on this page will remain untouched and serve as an interesting comparison to any future version of the list. The constantly evolving list can be found here and is organized by past, present and future: Past:Present:Future

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