Well, hello there….

Well, hello there….

Soooooooooooo….it’s 5:34 am and I’m up studying and changing things around on this blog. Why? um….needed to be done, lol. Be sure k-lang learners to check out my [resource] page because I’ve updated it with new books info as well as a new list of “Instagram/Studygrams” people to follow. There are some pretty good study resources on IG and content creators are very nice in helping you improve with your studying. At least, that happened to me. I’m not saying that they’re your teacher; but if you’re posting yourself speaking [like I do], writing, or notes, they’ll give you tips and correct it for you. Again, I’m just speaking from experience. A lady even DM’d me asking if I could teacher her. I’m still learning myself, so I’m not in any position to teach anyone Korean. At least, not yet.

I’ve decided that I’m still slacking a bit. I study Mon & Wed with my one of my fave, Joytion; Tues & Thurs with Bom [I think we’re becoming good friends; Tues & Fri with Anne [she’s so adorable]; and  sometimes I study with Kim [depending on schedule]. I miss studying with Doo [my best bud]. My tutoring isn’t a problem. I feel comfort with them to where I can speak freely and comfortably, especially with Doo and Joytion. However, when I’m studying alone or practicing my speaking, I speak hella slow. lol. Like I have to really think about what I want to say because it won’t flow out naturally. ughhhhh. That’s so annoying to me.

I have a notebook where I schedule my study seshs, a different notebook for my eggbun education’s words I know/don’t know, and I’m also studying the Intergrated Korean, Using Korean, TTMIK level 2, Colloquial Korean, and Korean Grammar In Use books to study. I don’t study them all in the same day because I don’t want to overload my brain like last time. I’m also going to incorporate a time when I’m studying Korean YouTube lessons because I’ve been making it a habit to watch dramas and listening to some Kpop songs [Monsta X, BTS, Winner, NCT, etc].

I also need to practice Korean typing, so I’m not heavily relying on keyboard stickers when I’m using my desktop. My laptop/tablet has the stickers and its easy for me to type on my phone’s keyboard. However, Big Bertha [my desktop] has the option of me typing in Korea via touchscreen, but I don’t like using my touchscreen. Sooooooooo, back to using that tadak tadak website.

I have 10 months for now to reach my goal of being at level 3 in Korean. I really hope that I reach my goal by then or before then. My 2nd goal is traveling to Korea. I do see that happening this year since I didn’t get to do it last year. I’m excited about it. I don’t even care if I only stay for 3-4 days. I just want to go and live the experience.

Welp, that’s all for today.
Laters!

Mmmmmmbwa!

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I’m not a fan of Korean study groups on Facebook. Here’s why….

I’m not a fan of Korean study groups on Facebook. Here’s why….

Facebook do have pages that have what I need to refresh on my Korean notes.

However…..

There are groups on Facebook that I had to opt out of. Some groups, like Hangul Squad and (one that is now a closed group, but I can’t remember the name of it😣), has great resources and it feels like a study group. There’s one group that I dip into once in awhile; it has potential to be awesome IF people would stop posting things unrelated to the group. Now….here’s the big reason [pet peeve] of why I sigh heavily and cringe in most of the “Korean study groups.”

  1. They don’t follow the rules. The rules would plainly state: No asking to translate names. No asking to “teach me Korean.”
  2. People are typing in romanization INSTEAD OF actually typing in 한글. I absolutely get beside myself whenever I see: “ahnnyeong haseyo,” “chingu,” etc. The romanization is placed to help you understand how the words could be pronounced. Honestly, I wouldn’t even recommend people studying or using the romanization. Study 한글 and then learn about the pronunciation sound change.
  3. People pretending to be Korean. Listen, I love the Korean culture as much as the next person, but I’m not going to lose or disregard my identity to become a person that I’m not. It screams “koreaboo” when people do that.
  4. Some people in the group have no real interest to learn the language or about the culture, but they’re in the group because they like BTS. This one is a fine line. You don’t have to be fluent in Korean to sing a BTS song, that’s not my issue. My issue is when they simply want you to solely talk about KPOP. I listen to K-Pop/R&B/Trap/Rap music and watch dramas like the next person, but…..yeah. If all you care about is the music or drama, then join a Korean music or drama group.
  5. Not studying, but want to post selfies and find a Korean boyfriend or girlfriend. Wrong group for that.

I have many more irks, but these are my top 5. I’m pretty sure that I’ll find more potholes along my journey that’ll irk me, lol. Until then, I’ll just have to opt out of those groups. If you know of a legit Korean study group on Facebook, please list it in my comment box below and I’ll definitely check it out.

Mmmmbwa😘

New Instagram

New Instagram

안녕하세요!!

어떻게 잘 지냈어요? 잘 지내세요. 😁. So, I decided to create a Instagram dedicated to my Korean learning journey. Unlike the other self-study Korean Instagram pages, I’m basically sharing all of my experiences involving my studies: going to DWJ/DWJ2 [Korean restaurants in Memphis] or a Korean restaurant in general, my trip to Korea [when I visit next year]; but mostly, videos of me speaking in Korean. That way I can get feedback from native speakers or fluent learners. A L S O, it will give me the opportunity to interact with other self-study Korean learners on a different platform. So…..if you’re studying Korean [or a native], feel free to add me on Instagram: @my_hangul_journey

My next post is going to be about: “I’m not a fan of study groups on Facebook.  Here’s why.”😐

Stay tune.

Mmmmmbwa!😘

Proud of Myself

Proud of Myself

As of lately, I’ve been video recording myself talking in Korean. And I’m proud of myself for doing so. I’m not saying very long phrases…yet. I generally say “hi,” talk about the weather, and how my day is going. I notice that I’m not taking a long time to think about what I want to say. So, I find it to be quite helpful for me to do it this way. Yay, me!

Also, I’ve been listening to Mino’s song “Fiance” on repeat. I looooooooooooooooooove it.
Although they are their own person, respectively so, Mino and GD are a bit similar to me. Like….a Yin Yang. I love both of their styles. So, if you haven’t heard the new jam, I suggest that you listen to it below:

Mmmmmmmmmmmmwah!!

Practice Typing in Korean

Practice Typing in Korean

On the list of things that I was most worried about, my Korean typing skills are…..terrible. Now, when I’m typing in English. I can type pretty fast [not to toot my own horn: toot toot!] However, I haven’t put much thought into practicing my Korean typing skills which I feel is beneficial to my studying.

Why?

Well…think about it. If you’re on apps like HelloTalk, Kakao Talk, and other communication platforms, besides verbally chatting, you’re also typing.

I still do the one to two finger type when I’m typing in Korean because:
1. I don’t have the Hangul keys memorized on my keyboard. [I bought Hangul stickers for my tablet off of wish.com; but have yet to buy some for my desktop keyboard].
2. I’ve become so dependent on my desktop’s Hangul touch screen keyboard.
3. Pure laziness.
4. See all of the above again.

I found a neat interactive website that helps beginners practice typing in Korean.

Image result for tadak tadak korean typing
source: tadaktadak.co.kr

I suggest all beginners who are learning Korean check out this website. I’m glad that I’m utilizing it now. Check my resource page for other Korean typing practice websites for immediate and advanced learners.

Have a great day!

Mmmmmbwa!

FMP: Do’s & Don’ts

FMP: Do’s & Don’ts

*FMP: From My Perspective

It’s been over a year now since I’ve restarted learning Korean and taking it seriously. So, I wanted to give a little insight into what was helpful for me and what wasn’t as helpful as I thought it was.

Do’s

-When learning any language, try to gather as much resources you can about the history, culture, and tools to learn the language.
-If you live in an area that doesn’t have a native speaker of said language, use other methods or tools to interact with someone. [i.e. language exchange sites or find a language class nearby].
-Practice, practice, and practice. Practice writing, reading, and speaking the language. Record yourself or read out loud to yourself. There are website where native speakers can correct your mistakes [i.e. HiNative, HelloTalk, iTalki, etc].
-For future plans, save up some mooolah to visit the country of your language choice.
-Understand that its okay to make mistakes. That’s how we learn. Just correct it and keep it going.
-Create a study schedule for yourself and a dedicated time.
-If you know someone who likes the same language in your area, become language buddies.
-Interact with native speakers when you’re out and about. [i.e. store, restaurant, etc.].
-When you feel yourself getting frustrated, take a breath and relax. Remember why you wanted to learn the language.
-Learn how to use Korean keyboard. Practice typing.

Don’ts

-From personal experience, don’t have too many “teachers” at one time. You’ll only confuse yourself. It’s great to have friends to help you, but if you’re hiring a tutor, stick with one. Why? Everyone has their own way of teaching. No one way is the correct way, but its less confusing.
-Not practicing your weaknesses. If you’re doing language exchange, don’t communicate solely in your language [unless you’re teaching someone English or correcting their mistakes]. I’m guilty of this. I have a habit of answering in English rather than Korean.
-Don’t freak out because you’re having a hard time understanding. Everyone receive information differently.
-Romanization. Don’t depend on it. Don’t use it.
-Outdated books or resources: don’t use. Try to get over to something that is current, if you can. Or the latest edition available. [i.e. If you had to choose between a 1993 book vs a 2003 book in 2018, I would the 2003 book].
-Don’t think that only one type of textbook, brand, or resource is solely right. I think you can gain insight from other resources. Use what works for you.
-Don’t rely on just travel phrases. It’s good to have, but you’re not really learning anything besides that, in my opinion.
-Don’t use translators so heavily.

Every person that studies a language has their own do’s/don’ts tips that works for them. These are just a little tips that works for me. So, good luck to you on your language journey!!

Mmmmbwa!

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Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!

It’s been awhile….since I’ve blogged anything.
Am I still studying Korean?
Yes.
I’m not studying it in the ferocious way that I was studying it.
It wasn’t really helpful for me to study like that.

I’m focusing less on grammar [I still study it], but focus more on vocabulary, speaking comfortably, and listening. Because I live in a town where there isn’t any Korean speakers, its very important to seek out tutors or become friends with native speaker and speak in the language.

Often time, I find myself speaking in English or answering in English because I’m not comfortable in speaking/answering in Korean. Why? I don’t do it enough. I’ll talk about that in my next blog.

Until then….

Mmmmmbwa!