Lately, it has become harder to speak to Sean and Will only in Korean at home. As they get older and more talkative, asking for fast explanations and quick answers, it is sometimes easier for me to express myself and be more specific in French.
As some of you already know, my four-year-old boys will start going to a Korean school every Wednesday afternoon this year. Sean and Will are still not speaking Korean yet, although they understand everything we say.
I went to a Korean school when I was about Sean and Will's age. And though I learned how to write and read in Korean there, I hated it. Kids kept making fun of me for not knowing how to write "tokki" (rabbit) and it was hard to have people looking at me like something was terribly wrong. The school is affiliated with a Korean church in Paris and fortunately, I've known the Pastor and his wife all my life. But I'm nervous about all this. I know it's important for Sean and Will to learn how to speak, write and read Korean, but I'm afraid of the other kids' (and their mothers') reactions. What if someone says something hurtful and Sean and Will become reluctant to speak Korean?
Have you or your children been to a Korean school? What was your experience like?