Snobbism in learning a language.
Learning a language is accompanied by some negative emotions, especially when the language is regarded as an international language, which you necessarily need to study for your personal success.
Today, I want to talk about snobbism behind the English language.
In Korea, speaking English doesn't simply mean that you are bilingual. It's more like a social hierarchy to some extent.
Therefore, some people might judge you by your English ability or even worse, discriminate you by your English.
I would say it's like being able to speak French in Anglo Saxon-predominating countries. While it's fancy and great that someone speaks French, some of them end up being huge dicks and annoying others.
I met this lady at work where English ability is really important. She was my senior and a hard worker, so I initially had a positive impression of her.
She was a nice person, but a bit pathological, especially when it came to English.
I remember one time I asked her about some work related stuff and she suddenly said, "I actually feel more comfortable when I speak in English than Korean."
I was so shocked that I remained speechless for a while after hearing her say that.
Firstly, the context in the conversation didn't have anything to do with English ability. Secondly, she actually didn't sound like she was excellent in English.
She had really scary eyes when she said that, you know, the kind of eyes that homicidal maniacs make when they make false testimonies.
What could I say? I was initially disgusted, but later I slowly started understanding her, given that we tend to judge people, whether harshly or mildly, by their English ability.
Do you guys have any similar experience or opinion about it?
Let's share! :)