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#1 of 8 Old 12-18-2008, 12:33 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Ok so I'm at a total loss here! DH's birth family is all still in South Korea. We are in contact with them pretty regularly, although not as much as we'd like. The problem is, even when we are in contact the language barrier is a huge issue, as their English is rudimentary at best (his little sister speaks a smidgen, nothing conversational) and our Korean is deplorable (and that's being nice lol). DH lost his ability to speak Korean when he was adopted to the US, as his 'new' family didn't have any way of nurturing it (middle of nowhere small town USA).

So...I guess I'm wondering if there are any mamas (or DHs) who could help us out? Maybe we could email letters for them to you, and you could email them back translated into Hangul? One thing we can't figure out is how to address a freaking envelope so it will get to them. We have what we think is an address, but since we can't read Hangul we aren't sure what is a name, a street, anything at all. I don't know what to do about phone calls, but I'm just trying to figure SOMETHING out. It really sucks that he's reconnected and yet is still so DISconnected because of the language issue, and we really want to nurture their involvement in our lives.

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my korean is bad... i flunked out of korean school like 3 times. lol. good luck.
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maybe u can buy one of those computer software things for korean....
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I can read Korean phoenetically, if that makes sense. I can't understand it, but I can read it. For example, I can read the word Seoul in Hangul and tell you it says Seoul. For any place, it works perfectly. However, if I read a word I didn't know, I wouldn't know it. Does that make sense? So, I could help with the address.
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My formal Korean is pretty good. My "pan-mal", or conversation style needs work.

My advise is to find a Korean church in your area. They're usually listed in the yellow pages for cities. I'm sure the pastor would be willing to put something in his bulletin etc. You might even find an oppurtunity for Korean playmates to foster his language memories!! You might have to drive to the nearest city though.

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My advise is to find a Korean church in your area. They're usually listed in the yellow pages for cities. I'm sure the pastor would be willing to put something in his bulletin etc. You might even find an oppurtunity for Korean playmates to foster his language memories!! You might have to drive to the nearest city though.
I was going to suggest the same thing.
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if u go the church route be sure the church is open to letting people learn....( reason 2 and 3 of why i flunked korean school three times)
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I don't speak Korean well (spent 6 months there) but I can tell you that the address is likely upside down. They start with country and city, and move down towards dong and building number. (The streets don't have names.)

Actually I can read enough Korean to help with the address. (I still send a Christmas Card to my host family every year.)

The suggestion to find a Korean church is great too.

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