있잖아/ 맞혀 봐 (issjanha/ majhyeo bwa) [Word of the Day] + “Why are you learning Korean?”

안녕하세요!
Today’s post is slowly becoming one of my favorites because not only do I get to share new words that I’m learning but I also get to talk about things that have helped me along the way.
Let’s get started!
있잖아/ 맞혀 봐 (issjanha/majhyeo bwa)| “Guess what”
Of course you can always make this formal with the addition of 요.

So why are you learning Korean?

For me, I live in an area that has a high Korean population so I want to be able to talk to those who it is pretty apparent that English isn’t their first language and they’re struggling a bit. I ran into a few and felt terrible that I couldn’t be much help solely because of a language barrier.

But why are you learning?

This may seem like a crazy question, personal question or obvious but I’m not asking for you to broadcast it, (unless you want to, then post it in the comments below) but it’s for you to answer as a reminder to yourself. When you know why you’re doing something you’ll be more motivated to do it and stay focused on it.

So for example, think of all those times you said, “oh I guess I’ll practice today”, and didn’t do it or if you did do it you did it half-heartedly. Well consider these the times that you forgot why you’re learning Korean in the first place. In a way, you lost your motivation that day.

But if you always keep in the back of your mind why you’re doing this, why you’re working so hard to learn this language, then you’ll always be motivated to practice.

Don’t be discouraged by the days you aren’t so driven. There will be days when you just don’t want to and that’s ok, we all need mental breaks. Just as long as you keep moving you’ll be fine and fluent in no time.

Hwaiting!

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