By Pfc. Lim Hong Seo (IMCOM)December 10, 2012
YONGSAN GARRISON, REPUBLIC OF KOREA -- U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan's Army Community Service opened a new Korean class taught by local volunteers in order to provide Servicemembers, Families, and Civilians the opportunity to learn how to speak in Hangul, the Korean language here, Dec. 4.
Korean class is a popular choice among many classes ACS offers, and most of the time the classes are so full that some people do not have chance to learn the language. To better meet the need for more classes, volunteers consisting of local nationals opened up a new Korean class in the brand new Commiskey's Community Activity Center in partnership with ACS.
"My husband is Canadian, and I saw him struggling with learning Korean," said Jung-Hwa Windy Young, the Korean instructor. "After I witnessed how difficult learning Korean would be, I wanted to help other people who are in the same situation. So I decided to volunteer to teach Servicemembers and families of U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Through learning the language, I hope everyone becomes more familiar with Korea and Korean Culture. I want them to be a part of Korean culture."
During the class, students learned the basic compositions of Korean word consonants and vowels of each character. This taught them the proper pronunciation and spelling of each word.
"My wife is Korean and after this class I expect to be able to communicate with my spouse and also with my Korean coworkers that I work with on a daily basis." said Donald Bizek, housing inspector for USAG Yongsan's Directorate of Public Works Housing Division. "I am glad that I had the opportunity to attend this class and recommend this class to everyone."
If interested in taking the Korean language course, please contact the USAG Yongsan ACS at DSN 738-7505.