As someone who grew up in Australia, it’s no surprise that the mother tongue of ENHYPEN‘s Jake is English.
He worked hard to improve his Korean in the recent years and his efforts clearly paid off! According to Weverse Magazine, they noticed a difference in his fluency compared to their last meeting.
Have you adjusted well, too? I can tell from the old saying you used a minute ago that your Korean has improved a lot compared to the interview you did a year ago.
— Weverse Magazine
Jake agreed, saying, “You’re right—my Korean has improved a lot.” He added that he still isn’t completely familiar with the language so his phone is set to English. At the same time, he does his best to speak in Korean as often as possible.
When I watch videos on my phone to set things up or whatever, I do it in English since there’s a lot of things I don’t understand in Korean, but when I talk, I always use Korean.
He revealed that his greatest struggle is switching between Korean and English. His thoughts are in whatever language the person he is conversing with is using, so he finds it confusing to switch to another one when he answers back.
But it’s still a little difficult when I have to listen to Korean and then talk in English, I think. If someone asks me a question in Korean, I start thinking in Korean, so it gets confusing to change it into English.
Nonetheless, at the rate Jake is going, he will surely be fluent in Korean in no time at all!
Check out the article below to learn more about Jake’s childhood in Australia.