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"Don't miss out your chance of learning Korean more seriously." -- Carrie (active member)

우리 그룹에는 너무 많은 English Speaking Members가 있습니다. 한국분이세요? English speaking 친구를 사귀고 싶으세요? 지금 우리 그룹에 가입해 주세요! There are too many English Speaking Members in our group. Are you Korean? Do you want to make English speaking friends? Please join our group now!

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Would you like to hang out with your Northern Virginia neighbors also practicing and studying Korean? We study Korean and WE SPEAK KOREAN!

novaKorean has about 3 meetups weekly. It seems no matter the event we'll likely end up somewhere eating. Not so bad, right?

We've met at places like Vienna's Patrick Henry Library, or the WO&D trail. Most often Saturday & Sunday, about 3:00 PM we often meet at the Central Library for Arlington Public Library. On occasion we meet up at parks like Burke Lake or Annadale Mason District Park.

So are you studying Korean? Do you want to practice speaking Korean? Are you Korean and want to practice speaking English? Do you currently live in NORTHERN VIRGINIA (NOVA)? Having friends who are local enables us to have a lot of speaking/practice partners and provides more possibilities to get together often. Each meetup event the goal is to learn something new. We will speak Korean.

Meet up with others in the area who are also interested in the Korean language. All levels of proficiency are welcome!

About our classes: We are diligent students and there isn't a need to "register" for our NOVA Korean Language Group classes / study sessions, but please let us know you are coming. (No connection to Northern Virginia Community College.)

More about our classes: There is a bit of time, about 10 minutes, where we will meet and greet and wait for others to arrive. During this time we may also share some of our favorite light snacks or other finger foods. Once we are gathered and settled, we start speaking Korean. We have our native Korean speakers guide us and help us with our questions. We use notes from previous sessions to ask questions or continue and expand on some key phrases we particularly find useful. We might watch a bit of a drama or go to a local restaurant also. Ultimately, the main focus is speaking Korean.

Class Level: We range from ultimate beginner, to Native Korean. If you are a beginner, we will help you get started. If you are somewhere in between, you will fit right in. Everyone attending understands the challenges of learning a new language and we all try to help one another reach our goal.

Questions about Library Meetings...

1. Are these actual classes that you need to sign up for or just people getting together to practice?

You don't need to sign up but it seems to be helpful to RSVP in advance.

At each class, it's likely to be guided by two or three very kind and patient native level Korean-language speakers. The levels range from those native speakers, to a few who are competent, to a few who have learned some of the basics, to those who are absolute beginners.

2. If they are actual classes, are there books that you are using that I need to get?

Nope, not "actual" classes. We generally try to build upon previous lessons and reinforce previous phrases and vocabulary. You can also watch short youtube videos that teach vocabulary and Hangeul. This makes for a great combination. We all know that repetition is the key to learning, and this method is easily enjoyable.

3. What is a typical meeting like?

Very relaxed, fun. We all get a chance to practice. Like everything, the amount of effort each individual puts into it will determine the results. We start by introducing ourselves; Korean or English or both. Then we read the short phrases and go over each phrase one by one. Everyone will have a lot of questions at that time of course. Then we seal the deal by practicing with one another in a fun fashion.

4. Am I allowed to attend as a newbie? (*^^*) or is it like a semester type deal?

Come on by! There is no registration sheet, no entrance exam, no initiation or questionnaire, people drop in and out as they please. Give it a try! I would recommend working on reading/writing skills. It makes taking notes a lot easier and accurate.

Northern Virginia (NOVA) consists of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties and the independent cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, Manassas Park and Vienna! It is part of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Northern Virginia is the most diverse (in terms of both ethnicities and nationalities represented) and highest-income region of Virginia.

Northern Virginia is home to people from diverse backgrounds, with significant numbers of Arab Americans, Afghan Americans, Korean Americans, Indian Americans, Iranian Americans, American Jews, Pakistani Americans, and Vietnamese Americans, along with other Americans of Asian descent especially a growing Chinese American and Filipino American population. There is a sizable Latino population, primarily consisting of Salvadorans, Peruvians, Bolivians, and Colombians. Arlington is center of the largest Bolivian community in North America (mostly immigrants from Cochabamba). Annandale, along with Fairfax County, has a large Korean community. Falls Church has a large Vietnamese community. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest African immigrant populations in America, with significant numbers of Nigerians, Kenyans, Ethiopians, Eritreans, Somalians, and Ghanaians.

Join this group if you are interested in learning Korean or if you are Korean and want to share the culture & language with others (and perhaps enjoy English conversation).

Owing to its status as a suburb of Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia is considered to be more cosmopolitan in its culture than the rest of Virginia. This can be attributed to the movement of people from the rest of the country to the area and its location near Washington D.C, as well as the fact that more urban areas in Virginia tend to have more frequent migration and mixing of cultures.

Northern Virginia's population is ethnically diverse with significant numbers of immigrants. There are large numbers of restaurants, and international food of nearly any type is easy to find. Immigrants have established many shops and many in ethnic centers, such as the Eden Center. Some are highly-educated doctors, engineers, diplomats, and other professionals, while others work in construction, landscaping, airport services, restaurants and convenience stores, vendors, taxi drivers, custodial services, and parking garages.

Due to the proximity to the capital, many Northern Virginians go to Washington D.C. for cultural outings and nightlife. The Kennedy Center is a popular place for performances as is Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts near Vienna. Nissan Pavilion (near Manassas), the Patriot Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, and the Verizon Center in Washington serve as popular concert venues, and the Verizon Center also serves as the home of sporting events. Smithsonian museums also serve as local cultural institutions with easy proximity to Northern Virginia, and the new Udvar-Hazy center of the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly is popular as well.

Tysons Corner Center ("Tysons I") is one of the largest malls in the country and is a hub for shopping in the area. Tysons Galleria ("Tysons II"), its counterpart across Route 123, carries higher-end stores. Tysons Corner is the 12th largest business district in the United States. Other malls include Springfield Mall, Fair Oaks Mall, the Mall at Manassas, and The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. Dulles Town Center is the region's newest mall, serving the eastern Loudoun County area. Reston Town Center is a high-density mixed-use retail, commercial, and residential development located just off the 267 Toll Road in Reston. Potomac Mills, located in Prince William County, is one of the largest outlet malls in the region. The town of Leesburg, in Loudoun County, is locally famous for its outlet mall, Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets.

This group explores and shares Korean language and culture, and also differences of US culture & language/idioms. The group is open to adult members from anywhere, and will try and have weekly meetings near the Fairfax County, Northern Virginia area.

We are neighbors and it is likely that you will make great friends to hang out with at times other than our regular monthly scheduled meetings or study sessions.

See you soon!

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