Frustration abounds.....So I am at the counter last week checking in a Korean woman going somewhere domestic in the states, I don't remember where. I started asking her the appropriate "check-in " questions in Korean, she and her male partner where both intrigued as usual, and the typical questions start, "how did you learn Korean", "why do you want to speak Korean", etc. etc. Eventually I say that I have met many Koreans at work and have asked most of them if they could help me study. She immediately turns to her (boyfriend?) friend and says "You can help him", "You will help him". I'm thinking "ohh he has to help me" cause she said so, and sounded very forceful.
he takes out a business card and writes his phone number on it.
I give it a few days, and ask him in an email if he is willing to help me and, ofcourse I get the same response that every Korean so far has given me, "Sorry I can't help you, but here are the phone numbers for the local Korean churches". I have spoken to the pastor of one of the two Korean churches here. He was less than thrilled to help me, but said he would find someone who would. That was 3 years ago, and I still havn't heard back from him.
I know all of the Koreans I have met here are professional and they are I am sure often busy, But I wonder if it's something more than that, that makes them not want to tackle tutoring.
Thinking about it, why would they want to? There's no reward for them, I have no money to offer. And it would be time consuming. And they are in the states, maybe it seems kinda backwards to teach Korean here?
So I add another business card to my pile.