좋아 - Adjective.
좋아해 - Verb.
Makes a huge difference when you’re trying to figure out if someone is saying “I like you.” or “You are nice.” But, my friend says there are koreans that don’t differentiate it well anyways.
Learned the difference because you are supposed to attach 이/가 to the subject of an adjective and 을/를 to the object you like.
For example, “I like flowers.” (꽃을 좋아해) Subject: I, Verb: like, Object: flowers. So you’d attach 을/를 to flowers.
But, “Flowers are nice.” (꽃이 좋아) Subject: flowers, Adjective: Nice. So you’d put the 이/가 to flowers instead.
There are a surprising lot of things I don’t know about myself. Like why my intuition tells me that “idols” are best loved from afar. I’ve never considered myself a fan of anything because I’m just not willing to do what fans do; and that is to do whatever legally possible to reach for the things they love.
And that intuition was right. I got a shock when I came to Korea. Kdramas were just a figment of my imagination that I could control and compartmentalise. It’s not disappointment, it’s just jarring.
Come to think about it, it’s the first time I’ve been to a country whose first language is something other than English and Chinese. I underestimated the effect of seeing everything in Korean and having to go through all the admin of settling down without a step by step guide. I mean for a tourist, I think my Korean is more than enough. But to live? Alone? Nah.
I knew that I still have a really long way to go. But I just really underestimated everything. I just thank God I have my mother’s support and money. Honestly, I hope by the end of everything. It won’t go to waste.
I already feel like my education, the tuition fees are a big waste of money. But that was necessary. I just hope I don’t mess up on this one too. Cus this was a choice that I could regret, not a reality I had to accept.