This year I got a chance to pick some electives at university, so I jumped at the chance at picking a language. Devastatingly, my uni doesn’t offer Korean D: but after some umming and aahhing between Mandarin, Japanese and Polish, I picked up Polish.
So now after studying Polish for the past month, I’ve gotten a stark reminder of how hard it is to start a new language and how the key difficulties between languages differ. With Korean I’ve never really struggled with pronunciation or Hangul, it’s the sentence construction and multitude of grammar bits and pieces that get me. So far its almost the opposite with Polish, sentence construction seems simpler, but the pronunciation is so much more difficult! Its by far my biggest hurdle with the language right now. Hopefully in time it’ll get easier .(^-^).
What are your biggest hurdles with your language studies?