[한국외국어대학교] Self-Introduction 자기소개 (Trilingual KFL 4th year student at HUFS)
작성일 : 2023-08-01
My name is Denise, I go by 민이 in Korea and this marks my first post on Highteen TV, and also my bid to appeal to you as the best mentor you'd find on this site.
My name's Denise, I'm a 4th year translations/interpretation major at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) in the department of KFL (Korean as a Foreign Language)
I speak English and Mandarin Chinese as my native languages (Singaporean!!) and I've been learning Korean for the last 14 years or so! (Academically the last 3 years since I came Korea)
I taught myself Korean since 2009 or so when I first got introduced to Korean culture through Korean dramas that were picking up in Singapore and got certified TOPIK Level 5 on my first attempt back in 2015. I retook the TOPIK test in Singapore in 2017 and got level 5 again, but that result too was due to expire in 2019. Come 2020 I applied to pursue my undergraduate studies at HUFS KFL, luckily (or not luckily?) due to the COVID-19 pandemic HUFS had made it optional to have a valid TOPIK certificate upon application but on the condition of an extra interview! I nailed my interview and enrolled into the 2020 Fall semester as a freshman at HUFS.
I took the TOPIK exam again in Korea in February 2021, getting my Level 6 certification. But as indeed due to the validity of 2 years, I retook it in November 2022 and maintained my level 6 certification which will last me throughout my graduation in June 2024.
So enough about the papers that certify my academic Korean skills, how about my practical skills like speaking Korean?
Prior to coming Korea for my undergraduate studies, I worked full-time in Singapore from 2015 to 2020 in Korean-speaking positions at both of my jobs. I was the main communicator in between our Singapore and Korean offices, hence the reason why I got to visit our Korean office a lot on business trips too.
I also worked as a Korean-English interpreter for multiple K-Pop events in Singapore! (BIGBANG Taeyang interview, SNSD Yoona fanmeet, SNSD Taeyeon concert, Jung Sewoon)
This was my track record prior to starting my undergraduate studies in translations (hehe)
Since coming to Korea 3 years ago, I've also worked as a freelance interpreter at several temple stays and Confucian academies tours organized by Funday Korea Networks and San San Crew!
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