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Second Coversation Partner

February 21, 2013

My second conversation partner and I finally met today~

In case you don’t know, most colleges offer a language exchange or ‘conversation partner’, which is where a native student and foreign exchange student are paired up and help each other with their language studies. My last partner was really nice, so I decided to sign up again this semester.

I don’t like revealing information about others through the internet, but I don’t think it’ll be a problem I share a few things. He’s a design major (who happens to work for Korea GQ magazine), and he recently came to America.

I definitely had a neutral feeling this time around, and I think we all know where I’m going with this. Yeah, it was a bit awkward – but not because of me, I swear. It was just a really weird atmosphere, like where you don’t if the other persons wants to beat you up, or if they’re just naturally distant. Don’t get me wrong, we did get along with each other but… it was just weird. That’s the only way I can describe it. It also felt like he wasn’t interested us meeting? He did schedule are meeting for next week, but it still felt that way. We did end up becoming closer after we met and we also chatted a bit through text after we met. My other Korean friends and I usually speak in 반말 right after a few minutes – they actually forced me since I was being polite for weeks and speaking formally haha. My conversation partner on the other hand didn’t tell me lower my speech yet, so I’ll be waiting. It doesn’t seem like a big deal, but lowering speech really does make people feel closer (at least it did for me and my friends). It’s a third dimension to Korean, I think.

He was actually shocked in my Korean abilities – which I think may have caught him a bit off guard. He even brought up my korean text message haha He also said he liked my pronunciation of Korean, and that it was really good (he was describing it in English, but I couldn’t understand him). Another interesting event that happened language-wise, was that I was actually able to communicate with him more effectively in Korean than English. That was a very cool experience for me. He even asked me to translate a sentence for him since he didn’t know how to say it English. Personally, I was shocked that I actually understood his Korean perfectly 😛 I found that I understood all of his Korean – which was a shock for me since I usually don’t listen to Korean in real life.

My mom told me that harsh people end up becoming very good friends later on, but I’m not so sure. We’ll just have to wait and see 🙂

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2013 4:04 am

    I’ve never had a language exchange partner but it sounds like such a great opportunity.

    Unless they’re weird and distant 😉

  2. February 27, 2013 8:50 am

    haha! Hopefully it will get better! I do tend to give people a weird / bad first impression and the friends who later on get closer to me tell me that they don’t know what to make of me during our first meeting OTL

    • March 7, 2013 5:35 pm

      You were totally right! We’re actually really comfortable with each other now haha

      Ughhh don’t worry I make horrible first impressions too -_-”

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