“안그래도 힘든 인생인데, 한국 문화에는 그 힘든 인생을 더 힘들게 만드는 요소들이 많은 것 같습니다. (Life is already hard, but I think many aspects of Korean culture aggravate the difficulty of life.)”
So many Koreans have asked me through messages and comments, “How come you speak English so well?” “I want to speak good English too, but I’m not good at speaking. What should I do to speak well in English?” But you see, this statement itself is contradictory. So what do I mean by that? In many other languages, when asking if the other person knows a certain language, they say, “Can you speak English?” “hablas español?” “你会说中文吗?” Speak, hablas, and 说 are all verbs with the meaning “speak,” and this connotes that to know a certain language means to know how to speak that language. So technically, when Korean people say “My English is good, but my speaking is bad,” it doesn’t make sense, because if you cannot speak a certain language well, then that means you are not good at that language. 많은 한국인 분들이 댓글, 메시지, 그리고 일대일로 “저는 영어는 꽤 하는 편인데 영어로 ‘말’을 잘 못하겠어요. 영어로 말을 잘하려면 어떻게 해야하나요?” 라고 물어봐주셨어요! 그래서 만든 영상입니다 🙂 영어도 배우고, 또 커뮤니케이션도 연습하고 배우면서 더 재미있고 활기차며 행복한 삶을 만들어나가시길 바랍니다. 끝까지 시청해주신다면 정말 감사 드리겠습니다. 중간에 영어로 진행되는 부분에는 자막을 켜주시면 됩니다.
In this video, I share 5 tips and books on how to be a good communicator, whether you are speaking in English, your own mother tongue or in foreign languages. They are universally applicable!
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