When you walk into the Global Lounge from 9 am to 10 am Monday through Friday, you will walk into the Korean Lounge. Upon arrival, you are greeted by a Korean native – a GLAM – who will ask you about your Korean language level. At this time, the GLAM will speak to you only in Korean. But not to worry! If there’s anything you don’t understand the GLAM will assist you. When other students join the conversation it becomes a Korean language exchange between all the participants. If you are interested in joining such a wonderful language exchange, you are more than welcome to visit the Korean Lounge!
-The left side of Building 204 by the ramp
-There is a sign that says, “Global Lounge”
-There is also a big poster board that says “English and French Lounge”
When is Korean Lounge open?
Monday through Friday
9:00 A.M.-10:00 A.M.
What to expect your first time there?
The first time you go there you will introduce yourself in Korean. Your name, your major, and your hobbies. The GLAM will help you by writing or discussing the words you don’t know in Korean.
What is the best part of being a tutor at the K-Lounge? What do you learn from the students?
Glam Seung Yeon (이승연): I can meet a lot of foreign friends and learn a lot from them too.
Glam 이승연: I learn about their culture.
Do you see the students that come by the K-Lounge progress a lot in their Korean language abilities?
Glam 이승연: Yes, there is a lot of progress from the first time they come in.
Do many students come into the K-Lounge and of the ones that come are there many regulars?
Glam 이승연: There is usually about 3 to 4 students that show up and the ones that do show up become regulars.
K-Lounge GLAM & Students
What is your favorite Korean expression that was discussed in the K-Lounge?
Glam Seung Yeon 이승연: 콩깍지가 씌었다, which means, “blinded by love.”
Student Moe모에: 어이없다, which means, “oh I can’t believe this.”
Student Tina: Yes, in a kind of bad sense, similar to saying “that is so awful.”
Exchange Students who come to the K-Lounge
What is your hobby? What is your major?
Moe: Dancing. Japanese Traditional Dance. Learned for three years, it is called Yosakoi.
Moe: Korean major. I am Japanese but fluent in Korean.
What would you change about the K-Lounge?
Moe: The atmosphere is good but I would have more specific topics each time so, we know what to talk about.
Do you feel like not many students know about the K-Lounge? Why?
Moe: It is good that it’s not a lot of people.
Moe: If there is too many not a lot of people get a chance to talk.
If it were up to you, how would you bring in more students?
Moe: There is this image that the K – Lounge is only for people who speak Korean. I would tell people it is not hard and it is a relaxed atmosphere, to encourage more people to come.
What is the best part about the K-Lounge?
Moe: That the students learn a lot of useful expressions. A teacher used one of the expressions that was taught in the K-Lounge.
What have you learned since you have been coming to the K-Lounge?
Tina: Modern expressions that young Koreans know but foreigners usually don’t know.
How often do you come to the K-Lounge?
Tina & Katja: Everyday except Fridays because of class.
Would you recommend other students come to the K-Lounge? Why?
Tina: Yes because they should learn Korean since they are in Korea now or want to come here.
What are your favorite topics that you have talked about?
Tina & Katja: Korean society and the differences between Korean people and our own citizens of Ljubljana.
What is your favorite part about being in Korea?
Tina: The food
Katja: The different environment
Tina: To change the lifestyle a bit. There are new things.
Written by: Glidiany Vallejo
Photos by: Glidiany Vallejo