What are his thoughts on the English craze sweeping the country? "There are people who need to speak English at work for business purposes, but not everyone in the country needs to speak English well," he says. "In fact, I believe the emphasis should be on classical Chinese in order to improve Koreans' understanding of their own language. Learning Japanese or Chinese seems a lot more effective for Koreans than struggling to learn English. This is the very reason why Latin is regarded as so important in France and Germany, because Latin forms the basis of their languages."
My experiences in the public schools have made me think it'd be better for Koreans to learn Japanese as their second language, because of its geographic and grammatical proximity, and make English courses optional for those who wish to take them, but of course we know the baggage that would come with mandatory Japanese courses. I touched a little on Koreans' decreasing Hanja proficiency in a post last year.