The Hardship of Learning Korean

My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has
published three books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini.
                            IF I had been in Korea longer I might have been able to learn basic
sentence structures and how to make sentences in Korean. I might have learned more on
how to speak Korean better. As it was, I only had a year in Korea, and I was only able to
learn certain words and phrases. Fact of the matter was I had to work and this proved
extremely difficult to even come close to mastering a language very, very difficult for
English speakers. Sadly, the school I worked at emphasized my use of English so that I
could teach my students. They did not provide anything else. I have had the same
complaint from other English teachers when I was there. The real problem was that I did
not have enough time. I lived in Taiwan for over four years, and was able to learn some
intermediate level of Mandarin. Even then this took a great deal of time, and the school
I worked for there did help me learn some Mandarin. But I realized that as it was tough for
me to learn Korean, so I know it is extremely tough for Koreans to learn English. Yes, it
takes YEARS to learn English, and I know that those Koreans who move to the United States
have an incredibly difficult and in many cases frustrating time with not only English but also
American society. They have my fullest sympathy. My wife has had her level of frustration
with English and with American society. I do all I can to help her and to tell her that yes
mistakes will be made, but that she has the full support of me and my family. What is most
important is that all that she does is truly appreciated by me, and I understand where is
came from.