Ni Hao and Annyeong Haseyo…
Hi! I’m Jia Li, 16 years old, and a teenage language learner and language enthusiast. I have been since the age of 10. I absolutely love the adventure of learning to communicate in a whole other tongue, and I speak Mandarin Chinese at an Intermediate B2 Level, Spanish at Intermediate B2 Level, and Korean at a Beginner A1 Level.
I also hopes to pursue Russian, Hindi, and Portuguese someday, as I am fascinated with the cultures and Asian languages intrigue me the most.
As an update for those of you who are older visitors to this site, I am now learning Spanish! I started my Spanish training two months ago and hope to keep you updated and motivated through it.
Three languages at once? Sounds stressful, far fetched, and perhaps a little too ambitious, right? Well, there’s only one way to find out!
Often mistaken for being Korean is how I came up with this blog name. I have been called Korean, crazy, and even given the nickname “Miss Korea” for my ‘confusing Korean looks’ by my class mates and even teachers.
Although thought by many to be Korean, I’m actually Venezuelan-American, Spanish being what I consider my ‘heritage language’ alongside English. My father, aunt, and grandmother speak Spanish fluently as a first language and I dream of one day mastering my heritage language as well.
Hence being born “That Krazy Korean” as the blog title.
Now, the question everyone asks me…
The truth is, I don’t know! Ask the ten-year-old me. I was home schooled until the age of fifteen, and at the age of ten I decided I wanted to learn how to read, write, and speak a foreign language. It just so happened that the homeschool co-op I attended regularly was beginning to offer Mandarin Chinese classes, and I signed up in the blink of an eye and began my tw0-year Chinese journey with the teacher who provided me with the base and foundation of the language.
If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be speaking Chinese near as fluently today.
I’m going to give you the most childish answer ever…
It’s all because of k-pop.
I long considered Korean pop music overrated until July of 2016 when I watched my first music video. I was instantly hooked, and after fangirling over the boy band called Hotshot for about a month, decided to learn Korean for two reasons…
1) Because I always “thought it was a beautiful language”
2) Because I got tired of waiting on English subtitles (see my blog post! How to Enjoy a Language Without Subtitles)
Nevertheless, I couldn’t be happier that I decided to learn it. I definitely consider Korean harder than Chinese, but it was a path worth walking.
Spanish is one of my heritage languages, and recently I’ve been fascinated by it. My best friend is Puerto Rican-Mexican, my two best guys friends are Mexican, and nearly all my relatives are Venezuelan. So I decided I was done with being confused around my other Latino friends!
To be honest, that was all the motivation I needed.
The “That Krazy Korean” Mission
It is my hope and dream for this blog to become a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can find the motivation and encouragement they need to explore what they once considered the impossible. Language learning is definitely NOT too tedious of a task, and is extremely fun and even addicting.
How am I going to accomplish that? By documenting my entire experience, both good and bad, of learning foreign languages (three at the moment this blog began), as well as providing readers with the best tips I’ve picked up along the way.
Stay in touch to get loads of new tips, deals, products, reviews, services, motivation and encouragement. It is my dream and goal to see this website become the hub for people brave enough to add a few more words…no matter how “foreign” they may be…to their vocabularies 🙂
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If you have any thoughts, questions, or comments, please feel free to reach out 🙂
Annyeonghi gyeseyo 안녕히 계세요!
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