Howard Magazine - Page 32 - Learning Korean (2)

Howard Magazine
- Page 32
Learning Korean (2)

you can learn something and literally walk out the door and go up to Route 40 and use it right away.


“It’s a fabulous outreach, a way to show off the richness of our culture and strengthen the diverse threads that make up the fabric of Howard County.”


Class size is limited for learning purposes. A second beginner’s Korean course will start in September, Stonesifer said. The instructor, Jaihong Joo of Elkridge, has worked at Fort Bragg, N.C., tutoring military personnel bound for deployment in Korea.


For Sardesai, the decision to learn the language was a practical one.


“I’m not doing this to answer questions on ‘Jeopardy!’ ” the Ellicott City resident said. “As a therapist, I work with more and more older Koreans with hip fractures and such, and it’s my job to counsel them to improve their quality of life. It’s frustrating when you don’t understand their language — and if a translator is present, that’s yet another person who’s invading [the patient’s] privacy.”


Those clients speak little English, Sardesai said, so even a basic grasp of Korean should help her gain their trust.


For the past four summers, Sarah Hoppers has hosted Korean teens in her Ellicott City home as part of a student exchange program. The middle schoolers chatter away in their native tongue during their three-week stay. It was all Greek to Hoppers—until now.