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Using ASL to Learn Korean

Back to School

  • September 26, 2021
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It’s been years since I took a college class. And here I am, auditing two of them online. Even though I won’t receive credit, I do the reading and participate in class. Both of them are challenging in different ways and I’m excited and swamped at the same time.

The first is Korean 101. As an auditor, I’m not required to take any tests, but it’s impossible to progress without doing the work. I was warned that study time would be roughly ten hours a week. And I create audio files and upload them for my teacher to grade. Aside from the stage fright of speaking another language, I find it funny that just as I’m about to record, one or both cats suddenly decide to start munching on dry food. Kibble is loud, folks.

The second course is an anthropology class on witchcraft, magic, and religion. I’ve never taken anthropology before, so it’s definitely a new world for me. Just keeping up with the reading is a job. But snippets of ideas for stories have been swirling around in my brain, so I’ll have to see what comes of it.

Learning online is certainly a challenge, but part of me loves the commute. I save four hours a week traveling to my living room. And so, I did the unthinkable: I signed up for another class.

This one is through my library and will be only five online sessions in Chinese brush painting. It meets on Wednesdays and is sandwiched between the other two classes. It’s supposed to be meditative but I’m not there yet. We learned to paint bamboo with branches and leaves, and frankly, my leaves suck. It’s very hard to jump from language learning to meditation in action when my leaves insist on looking like logs, and then to gear up for a class on historical witches and society.

But it’s a blast.

*That’s MeowMeow “helping” me with classwork.

  • Lydia • September 27, 2021 at 9:51 am

    Good luck with your classes! MeowMeow is adorable.

  • J. M. Levinton • September 27, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Thank you! Another good thing about online learning, I woke up SIX MINUTES before class started but made it there on time. 😉

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