Aigoo~

images[source: LINE character “Frodo”]

아이고~
I’ve been having this annoying migraine. So, my studying has gotten….okay.
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[Source: www.monsterlittle.com “Ziqi”]

Okaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. I fibbed. I hadn’t reviewed lessons 11-15. I’ve been tired and sleepy. The migraine meds aren’t really helping, but at least its keeping the pain at bay and putting me to sleep. So, since I’m wide awake right now. I guess, I can attempt to study, which could be a lost cause because all the kids are awake. There will be no silence!

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[Source: LINE character “James”]

an hour later….

Finally….quiet. They’re all asleep. Am I studying? No, but listening to Korean RnB. Does that count? No…okay…gonna go study now [lol] with Sik-K’s What the hell? playing in the background.

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Sik-K “What the Hell” [feat. Donut Man & ELO]

Mmmmbwa!💋

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안녕하세요!

Soooooooooooooooooooooooooo….

I’m proud of myself with my 한국어 studying and the progression that I’m making. 
[Although, trying to memorize the Korean characters on my keypad is hard, lol].

I gave myself a deadline to where I should [hopefully] be able to at least know enough words, phrases, writing and grammar to have a basic conversation with no problems. Especially if I stay on the route that I’m currently on, then I could possibly level up.

So, 6 months from now, I need to get myself in order and step up my studying game. 
[ah, so corny]. It does seem a bit hard when I have no one in front of me that I can quiz myself with or have conversations. The language exchange apps work, but time difference can be a bit of an issue. Like right now, its evening to night in Korea where as it morning to midday here.

I know that I can do this, opposed to healthy eating. lol. So, wish me luck!

Mmmbwa!💋

Lesson 1-5 [quick notes review]

It’s only Wednesday and this week is a bit of a drag….However, I have been studying. I finished lesson 1-5 of TTMIK and currently on lesson 6-10 review. [Yay me]. I’m trying to keep myself immersed around the language, but it’s becoming a bit hard due to the fact that my mood swings have been shifting a lot lately [I might start a different blog to chat about that….probably].

  • 존멋말 polite language 

  • 네 “yes” expresses agreement, can be used for more than just “yes”

  • 아니요 “no” expresses disagreement,denial

  •  안녕하세요 hello, how are you?, good evening, etc.

  • 안녕 well being, peace, health

  • 하세요 please do; you do, do you?

  • 감사합니다 thank you

  • 감사 appreciation, gratitude, thankfulness 

  • 합니다 I do, I am doing

  • 맞아요 that’s right

  • 안녕히계세요 goodbye “stay in peace”

    ~you’re leaving, the other person is staying

  • 안녕히가세요 goodbye “go in peace”

    ~you’re staying, the other person is leaving

    ~you’re both are leaving, no one is staying

  • 죄송합니다 I am sorry.; I apologize.

  • 죄송 apology, being sorry, feeling ashamed

    ~can’t be used to say “I’m sorry to hear that.”

    ~formal, polite, respectful

    ~can be used when passing through a crowd 

  • 저기요 excuse me

    ~used to get someone’s attention

  • 잠시만요/잠깐만요 just a second 

    ~can be used as “excuse me” when passing through a crowd

  • 이에요/예요 “to be” verb polite form [am/is/are]

    ~이에요 final consonant

    ~예요 vowel f[no final consonant]

 

 

Mmmmbwa!💋

Yay, me! 대박!

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I am super proud of myself. I studied with TTMIK today. My goal was to complete 5 lessons a day, if possible. I surely did. It was easy for me because I already knew the basic greetings, but I enjoyed it. I don’t know why I didn’t start with this material first. So, I’m on lesson 6 now! Yay me! The notes were easy to understand. I even came up with a way for me to remember the difference in goodbye [leaving] and goodbye [staying]. I always get those two mixed up. Here’s how I can now remember it:

안녕히세요 : 가  “ga” go [If the person is leaving, but you’re staying. “Go in peace.]

안녕히세요 : 계 “gye” stay [If the person is staying, but you’re leaving. “Stay in peace.]

I made it into a little song to help me know correct term, lol.

🎶 Go, go, ga se yo. Stay, stay, gye se yo.🎶 lol.

Also, I’ve learned 2 new words!

사전  dictionary and 맞아다 “that’s right!” 

Needless to say, I felt like the smexy Jang Hyuk’s character in Fated to You [a very good drama. I highly suggest people to watch it.].

Walking around the house so proud of myself, talking to myself, and getting excited when I got the answers in the workbook correct. My kids and nephews looked at me crazy. [lol]

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My goals is to be able to have at least basic conversation without overly thinking by December. Can I do it????? I’m gonna so try! Combining Level 1 lessons 1-5 workbook answers together, I only got 5 wrong. Totally not bad. But, I’m going to continue to study hard and pray that I visit Korea someday!

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Welp, I’m going to end my commentary annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd go watch some Kdramas because what else is there to do at 5:11 AMNOTHING!

Mmmmbwa!💋

Ugh….[bangs head on desk]

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I’m soooooooooooooooooooooooo mad at myself right now. I overthink. I over-study. For some odd ball ass reason, I tend to do things the hard way. Even though TTMIK (Talk To Me In Korean) is in my Resource area, I’ve never owned the workbook and study lessons until today….err, yesterday. I’ve always just watched their YouTube channel. Yes, they had PDF you could download, but I wanted the boooooooooooooook.

The reason I’m mad at me is because I went about this study thing, about 1/4th wrong. Now, I’m studying from a few of material that are so textbook, even Koreans don’t talk that way. I do, however, learn something from each material in way. Let dialogue is great in Colloquial Korean, Korean 1, College Korean 1. However, TTMIK, Korean 1, and Hyungseok Song [and etc.] explain the materials better and its easier for me to grasp. (The other books would still be used for reference points, dialogue, and vocab if needed.)

images (1) So, starting today (it’s 12:36 AM), I’m going to wipe the slate clean and start phresh! Instead of trying to cram everything into my head like I’m studying for Topik test, I’m just got to delegate each day! 3 days for conversation, 1 day for grammar, 2 days for vocab/flash cards. and 1 day for workbook studies. I think I can manage that. Whew. I think I can do this this. Nah, I know I can….try to. [lol]. Welp, I’m going to make myself a makeshift calendar or else this plan will go to bust.

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My goal is to be able to carry a basic conversation by the end of December. I feel like if I’m dedicated to it like I have been x 2, I’ll be able to accomplish this goal. So, wish 🤞🏽 me some luck!

Mmmmbwa! 💋

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson 1 “Greetings” 인사

[source: “Colloquial Korean for Beginners” and “College Korean 1”]

 ✏Vocabs [from Colloquial Korean]

  1. 안녕  peace
  2. 하다  to do
  3. 안녕하세요? How are you?
  4. 미스터  mister
  5. 미스  miss, ms.
  6. 예 yes
  7. 오래간만 long time
  8. 입니다 is, are
  9. 어떻게  how
  10. 지내다 get along
  11. 잘  well
  12. 요즈음 these days 

 

**NOTES**

*Addressing Korean Adults*
Koreans rarely addresses anyone by name without using an appropriate title. They use a job related title alone or with a last name, which a noun suffix “님” is attached, indicating respect shown to the person. When the job title isn’t clear, they simply use 선생님 [teacher].

When senior employees of an organization addresses a relatively new employee [high school/college grad] whose status [or age] is lower than his, English loan words 미스터  [mister] & 미스  [miss] can be used. This is widely practiced in modern firms in Korea.

*Other typical expressions*
Ways to respond to the expressions: 안녕하십니까? [How are you? (formal)]  or 요즈음 어떻게 지내세요? [How are you these days?]

  • 그지 그래요 so-so 
  • 좋아요  good
  • 잘 지냅니다 I’m doing alright
  • 바쁘게 지냅니다 I am busy.

 

*Useful Expressions* [from College Korean 1]

  1. 안녕하세요? How are you?
  2. 안녕하십니까? How are you? [formal]
  3. 안녕히가십시오  goodbye [person leaving]
  4. 안녕히계십시오  goodbye [person staying]
  5. 고맙습니다   thank you
  6. 감사합니다 thank you [formal]
  7. 천만에요 you’re welcome
  8. 잘문있어요? Do you have any questions?
  9. 네, 있어요. Yes, I do [I have]
  10. 아니요, 없어요.  No, I don’t have any.
  11. 이름이 무엇에요? What is your name?
  12. 다시 하세요. Please say it again.
  13. 따라하세요. Please repeat after me.
  14. 다 같이 하세요. Please say it all together.
  15. 크게 하세요. Please speak louder.
  16. 빨리하세요. Please speak faster.  
  17. 미안해요. I am sorry.
  18. 미안합니다. I am sorry. [formal]

*My lesson 1 “College Korean 1” vocab words is found in the word list.

Mental note: later today, review over lesson 1 grammar notes and dialogues.

좋은아침! G’morning!

Hey, hey, hey! Hope you guys on the other side of that screen is having a good start on your morning! So, I’m up and ready to study, study, study [in my Rihanna’s voice]. The other day, I didn’t know what material I wanted to study from, so I closed my eyes and picked one [lol].

I chose….[drum roll]… “Colloquial Korean for Beginners.” It seems to be a bit outdated, but I actually liked the material because it reminded me of Korean I.

So, as I’m reviewing over everything, which I think is important to do, I’m listening to Kream’s song “Talking to the moon.” OMG. Beautiful song. Like totally should be used on Kdramas, if it hasn’t already.

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Kream “Talking to the Moon”

If you have never heard that song, I really suggest that you listen to it. Korean RnB is the stuff right now, lol. Well, for me…getttttting side tracked. Well, I have to get my kiddo ready for school and I’ll be baaaaack with my lessons and my vocab list.

Stay tuned..

mmmmbwa!💋

It’s Wednesday morning and what am I doing?

I haven’t went to bed yet, but I spent all morning studying, taking a break, studying, trying the Tandem: Language Exchange app, finishing up my “pronunciations rules,” and then mentally debating over which material that I’m going to either study or review.

I couldn’t make up my mind, so I headed over to Memrise and practiced on some flashcards. I could get the words, but I typed way to slow. I’m still trying to get used to the Korean keyboard conversion thingiemabobber…

I wanted to do a voice recording type of thing, but thought against it because I sound like a 12 y/o girl.

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I think I’m going to take a quick nap [or maybe a long one, lol.] I’ll start my lesson review before I go to work today…for sure. Yea, I’ll do that.  I’ll review on lesson 1 because I think its good to have something to study if you’re online or don’t really feel like carrying books around. Y’kno?

I’ll start either in my “Korean Level 1” by Language Education Institute Seoul National University [since I’ve done some of it already] or maybe “Colloquial Korean” by In-Seok Kim. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see..[dun dun dun].

mmmmbwa!💋

*KakaoTalk characters are properties of Kakao Talk. [And they’re so awesomely cute!]

Oops, forgot to do an intro…

안녕!

Hi! I’m Erica [에리카].
I forgot to do an intro, so here it goes… [check out the “My Purpose” page if you want to know why I started studying Korean.]

I’m from Tennessee.
I’m 31 yrs old.
Married with 2 kiddos.
I’m a 3rd deg. black belt and I teach Tae Kwon Do.

I enjoy writing (letters, stories, poetry, quotes), reading, cooking (I hope to own a bistro or a food truck someday), anything creative, learning something new.

I have a bucket list. I believe that everyone should experience something outside of their comfort zone. I can hold conversations in Spanish, curse in French, say hi in Japanese, and currently learning Korean!

I describe my personality as “simple, yet complex” to keep from going into lengthy details. I’m loyal to a fault, yet I trust no one.

Welp, thanks for reading.

mmmbwa!💋

😵

I can’t sleep.

Why? I’m reeking of excitement.
Maybe because I finished ep. 1 of “My Secret Romance.”
Ah~ Sung Hoon….[insert fluttery eyes].

Nah, I just can’t sleep.
So, here I am working on my blog, which I think will help me and hold me accountable for my Korean studying.

My biggest issue is being consistent. I’m always finding things to do. I would study, but I wouldn’t get online. So, I think if I study and then, post what I study online, I could retain it in my memory. And also, use it as a reference point.

Another thing that I do [I hope it doesn’t become an issue for me] is that I study out of 3 books. Why? Well, at first, I got confused as to why some sites would start a [romanization] with a k instead of g and vice versa. [I know that romanization shouldn’t be relied on….]. 2 books have vocabulary, grammar, and excerises for me to complete, and the other material is simply grammar.

[Side note: I don’t study out of them at the same time. Different times throughout the day.] 

My goal for later [today] is to clear my mind, refresh, and review over lesson 1 & 2. I’ll even keep track by making a page specifically for my vocab-word list.

Welp, that’s all for now. See ya later.

Mmmmbwa!💋