Ahaha...grammar classes in high school were an absolute NIGHTMARE
The basics aren't that bad, but they expect you to analyze and justify *every* *single* *word* in a sentence....^^;;;;
Sometimes I wonder if it wouldn't be a good idea to classify the different Arabic regional dialects as different languages, like they do with Chinese. I suppose that Egyptian or Lebanese would be the two most well known dialects, since most TV shows and famous music artists come from those places. Compared to most of the more modernized dialects, my own 5aleeji sounds kinda old fashioned and hick-ish
As for hanja...personally, in my opinion it depends on how far you want to take your knowledge of Korean. If what you're aiming at is complete fluency, then I think hanja will be pretty important. Specifically, knowing the meaning and reading of Chinese characters will help you in learning the more technical vocabulary (kind of like English prefixes and suffixes, except it applies to the *whole* language). In everyday writing, they're very rarely used though....sometimes in newspapers or signs for stylistic effect, shorthand, or to clear up any of ambiguities (since Korean has so many homonyms).
On the plus side, Korean hanja have only one or two readings per character, as opposed to Japanese with the insane 4-10 different ways of saying the same letter.
I gotta say it's an honor to meet you
I really admire your dedication to learn languages. And your blog entries + language talk audioposts have helped improve my Korean reading and listening immensely ^^