안녕 진명

I am kinda sad.  Someone whom I considered a friend is probably in trouble these days.  He is currently in Australia and he is young.  I met him last month over a language exchange site.  He is a Korean studying in Australia.  I have been constantly exchanging mails with him, asking him Hangul questions and providing him English related stuff in return.

I think he is a nice guy.  He started writing to me in his broken English but eventually improved on it.   Initially he would write few sentences, according to him reading was a little easy than writing.  He has been progressing in his English as his recent letters become longer than the previous ones.   Until last Tuesday, I received a one paragraph email from my good language exchange partner.  He was saying sorry because he won’t be able to write in the next few days.  He also fear of untimely return to Korea.  I wish I could ask what could have happened.  I hope it’s not related to deportation.  

I remember in one of our exchanges, his friend got in trouble when his money has been swindled by a fly-by-night university.  They working on getting help but it was difficult for them to communicate as they are still in the process of learning English.  These are the challenges that every foreigner faces in a country that speaks a different language.  The mere fact that you are not in your own territory is something to be worried already.

진명 I hope you are okay.  You promise to write when everything is okay.  I hope it would be soon.  Consider me as you worried 누나.

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