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Crash course in Korean language introduced
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Published on 20 Jan. 2009 1:00 AM IST
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State government in association with CONA international Ltd., to facilitate first batch of Naga youth who will undergo entertainment and animation training in Korea later this month launched three-month long course in Korean language at Urban Haat, Monday, with Rajya Sabha MP, Khekiho Zhimomi as chief guest. Speaking at the inaugural function, Rajya Sabha MP congratulated the officials of South Korean firm, CONA International and state department officials for working out so hard to make "small" but significant beginning a reality. Also congratulating the youths who have been chosen to pursue animation and entertainment course, Khekiho said the road ahead might not be smooth, but at the same time advised them to have perseverance and work hard. Observing that unemployment was the root causes of social, economic and political problems in the state, the MP expressed hope that partnership with CONA international would address the basic problems of unemployment. Khekiho also meanwhile, expressed his happiness over MoU signed between CONA international and state government over setting up of Agro and Food processing unit and polytechnic. Asserting that state has developed a strategic relationship with South Korea, Asia's fourth largest economy and 13th largest globally, Khekiho called upon the people to strengthen the partnership for mutual benefit of both the people of Nagaland and South Korea. The MP while appreciating the Korean firm for choosing to invest in Nagaland, called upon all sections of society to extend helping hand and work together for the future of youth and economic development of the state. He also disclosed that the state government would be putting forward proposal to send 250 Naga boys to Dubai for construction work under a Korean firm after mastering the language. Earlier, art and culture department commissioner and secretary, K K Sema highlighting the brief background of the course said core batch for training in animation would leave for South Korea by January end while entertainment batch would leave by February end. He also said that government was investing about Rs.17 crores into the venture. Korean language instructor, BH Lee gave power point presentation on the course. Higher and technical education commissioner and secretary, F P solo who chaired the programme delivered the welcome address while higher education director, A M Toshi Jamir delivered vote of thanks. It may be mentioned that instruction plan and goal of the language course would include learning basic Korean language, basic grammar and conversation, understanding Korean culture and ability to express own idea about several topics. The course basically involves four stages of learning with a period of three weeks for each stage. In the first stage, the learner would be taught alphabets, numbers, words, short sentences, and grammar (1), while the second stage would deal with Korean life, conversation, long sentences and grammar (2), Korean culture, conversation (2), free talking and in the final stage, they would be familiarized with table discussion and speaking like Korean and grammar (3).

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