"From a young age I've always had pretty distinct goals for my life. I always wanted to be something like an interior designer, an animator, an author etc. I never really had the dream of being an astronaut or a teacher or things that most small children want to be.

Now, at 16, I have made up my mind.

I want to be a linguist. A polyglot.

A linguist/polyglot is something that I, find truly incredible. Being able to communicate to many groups of people and break down language opens up so many doors. You have larger options to choose from career wise, travel wise, romance wise... so many choices.

Isn't that incredible?

I discovered my love for learning languages when I was 15. It was a bit weeb-ish in the way that I did it to be completely honest.

I was really into anime at this time, I was stuck in a very deep depression which I get yearly. I decided, "you know what, I'm going to learn Japanese!"

So I tried.

I went about doing it in a poor way which made the learning process very hard. I had only learned how to introduce myself verbally and it went very hard to learn katakana and hiragana because of the way I was learning.

I relied heavily on YouTube. Don't get me wrong, YouTube is a great way to learn, but it is not the right source to rely on.

So I gave up.

I then looked up "how to learn Japanese easily"

An ask.com link came up on if Japanese or Korean was easier to learn. Basically the article concluded that writing wise, Korean was easier but pronunciation wise, Japanese was easier. I thought "what the heck, I'll learn Korean instead".

So I did.

I looked up on YouTube some basic things like hello and self introductions and I learned Hangul in less than 30 minutes (yes, seriously).

I then began my journey into K-Drama.

Korean dramas are a Godsend, let me tell you.

The first K-Drama I ever watched was called Secret Garden. I still have one song memorized by heart.

"얼마나...얼마나 더~"

After that I got sucked into the abyss of Hallyu.

I started listening to kpop, mostly older songs by SHINee, Girl's Generation, Boa, Big Bang and 2NE1. It wasn't until later that I got into newer groups like BTS, AKMU, BlackPink and Winner etc. Before this I had only ever heard two Kpop songs. 'Gangnam Style' by Psy and 'Bubble Pop' by Hyuna.

I discovered Talk To Me In Korean, a Korean learning company based in Seoul. I ordered a package with a Hangul book and three textbooks that each had a workbook. It was about $100 USD for all five books, if I'm not mistaken. (I'll link TTMIK at the end of this article).

Since then, I have made great progress. I have the capability to use simple sentences and read simple phrases.

In the future, I hope to learn;

- Mandarin
- Japanese
- ASL (American Sign Language)
- German
- Improve my Spanish (I took this for two years)"

[Excerpt from a book I'll probably write]

안녕,
언니 연이

TTMIK - http://talktomeinkorean.com/
TTMIK Store - https://mykoreanstore.com/
TTMIK YT - https://www.youtube.com/user/talktomeinkorean