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Korean or Japanese???

reddryahreddryah Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
edited July 2013 in Study Abroad
Hello Everyone! I really need help! I am an Event Management Major minoring in East Asian Studies student at Uni Central FL. I need to take a language course that I will be certified as a fluent speaker of upon completion as well as I have to do a study abroad internship to compliment my studies. Korean or Japanese?

I've been to Korea (6 months) and know the basics of the language and have a small Korean support system. The event industry is new and emerging especially the entertainment event industry. However getting an internship here will be extremely hard due to their foreign policy and visa obtainment. The language is easier to learn but I'm unsure of their market.

I've never been to Japan but I've been told their entertainment industry is prosperous. Japan has a more open market for foreigners study and intern. The event industry has been around the longest. But competition to get an internship will be extremely hard because of the desire by many foreigners to get into the business.

Please in your honest opinion which one should I go for? Once I get started I cant back track! I have to make a decision before August!!! >_< Please Help Me!
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Replies to: Korean or Japanese???

  • Apollo6Apollo6 Registered User Posts: 1,534 Senior Member
    If you think you might ever want to change gears and work for the US govt - state dept, military etc. Korean would be the better choice. It is considered a "critical need language". You might even be able to win a state dept scholarship for study abroad during college.
  • reddryahreddryah Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    That is true! There could be better incentives for knowing the Korean language.
  • alcibiadealcibiade Registered User Posts: 586 Member
    I lived in Japan for nearly 2 years, way back in the early 90s. I became very critical of the culture, which I think is closed and opaque - it is in hospitable for learning a language, as many Japanese turn off when their language comes out of a foreigner's mouth. You can never get integrated into the culture.

    I do not know Korea. But the one thing to keep in mind is that Korea is viewed as on the way up, while Japan has been stagnant for 20 years.
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