Soul to Seoul

Gochugaru Girl is flying to Seoul this week…


…and I have been banned from watching any Korean movies.

This is because, on the advice of 선 생 님 (my teacher) it is imperative I spend the 10 hour flight from London memorising key survival phrases.

Over the past few months I have been trying my best to learn some Korean grammar and vocabulary. The intention is that I can communicate in basic Korean and that nothing gets lost in translation. 선 생 님 is dedicated, patient and enthusiastic and I appreciate the time she puts into our lessons.

Packing my notes to carry in hand luggage, both Mr Gochugaru and HK Sister said I will regret such ambition. Chill a bit! Watch some movies! Have a drink!

Well, Mr Gochugaru is certainly doing that.

However, with only two Korean films on offer in British Airways (I miss Emirates Air) and a screen smaller than half the size of an iPad, I am so happy to have something to keep myself occupied.

At one point I was looking at the small tubes of gochugaru and wondering if Amelie could have used it for toothpaste in one of the film’s funniest scenes.




Looking back at the past few months, I am not certain I have done all that has been required of me in terms of being a conscientious student. You know what it’s like: all sorts of things crop up on a daily basis each requiring intervention and attention.

Last Friday, after another dictation test, I had a thought that one day I must face God and give an account of my life. Learning a new language is such a challenge…as is the daily Christian walk.

Fortunately we have language teachers and Scripture teachers, as well as the ultimate guide, the Bible itself.

The only way to succeed in both is to persevere step-by-step.

And of course, it takes time…so this flight with no interesting entertainment is probably not such a bad thing after all.

Seoul notes and pictures to follow; hopefully I am able to send posts via the iPad.