As of lately, I’ve been struggling with speaking in Korean in front of a native Korean.
There are some days that I don’t want to study.
I try to find fun ways to keep the vocabulary words in my head, yet I struggle.
I’ve come and gone through some tutors.
Of course, they have their own lives, but maybe I’m a bit difficult to teach.
I usually pick up things really quick, especially if I like what I’m doing.
I’ve started back watching K-drama to improve on my listening skill.
It’s just unfortunate that I live in an area that has a low Asian residency, especially Koreans.
Anyhow, I’ve been listening to Taehyung croon his melodic Korean ballads. [He reminds me of Neo-soul artist, Maxwell]. It gets me in my feels and every time, I’m back to studying Korean, lol.
Lately, I’ve been studying Korean vocabulary words to increase my ability to have conversations with native Koreans. I feel comfortable with the grammar like I get it.
I’ve been trying, attempting, or whatever you want to call it, having conversations with myself in Korean. So far, not good, lol. It’s hard to have a conversation when your vocabulary is limited or if you mispronounce a word.
So, a buddy of mine suggested that I study 10 words every day for a week. Is it doable? Of course, it I just simply do it.
I do get a bit discouraged and when that happens, I tend to slack at studying. If foreigners that are learning English, can be steadfast and study hard, why can’t I? I need to disciplne myself into being more proactive with my studying.
I’m in-between tutoring right now, which sucks, to be honest. However, I chat with 2 of them on our scheduled dates. They’ve been so helpful. The others got busy with life, but hey, they still have their spots on my Skype list.
I had ordered myself a Korean keyboard sticker for my tablet to type in Korean faster. I still do the one-finger thing, lol. So, I have a lot to improve on. What about you other beginners?
When it comes to studying Korean, my weaknesses are listening and speaking.
I decided to work on that. Thankfully, I can pick up the Korean grammar format quite easily, yet I still struggle with speaking. I’m speaking at a slower pace than I would like. To help me with that, two of my new exchange partners recommended that I only speak in Korean when speaking to them. Problem? My vocabulary is so limited. I spent so much time on focusing on the grammar instead of increasing my vocabulary. Which makes it even harder to speak.
My goal is to work on that.
I’ve began writing in a diary to read it out loud as well as practicing speaking in Korean.
I’ve downloaded vocabulary lists and carry a small book with me to study my new words. 10 new words a week.
I struggle with the listening, not because of the accent, but because I’m hard of hearing. So, some sounds, I can’t decipher. However, my goal is that I will get there. I’m becoming a bit more confidence with writing, but if I keep up with the speaking, I’ll reach my goal.
As of lately, I’ve been staying on track with my Korean studing.
At first, I was all over the place and tried to crammed so much into my head.
A total fail.
In January, I saw a picture on pinterest where a young lady had made a language journal to help her keep track of her studies. She was studying 2 languages at the same time. I thought that it was quite interesting. The correct term for this style of journaling is called bullet journal. I didn’t even know that was a thing. I thought there was only one way. Apparently, not.
I actually like it.
I have my goals [year, monthly, weekly, and daily] mapped out. I have a mini-calendar to shade in, and a planner of what I’m doing for that day. To make it interesting and helpfuly for me, I have the days written in Korean.
I have little notes of things that I need to remember and work on.
It’s been very helpful.
I think I could do something of this sort to use for other purposes in my daily life.
Especially for my girls.
I’m going to make them one of their own.
If you haven’t tried this, I suggest you try it.
Bullet journaling can be creative, but so helpful.
A lot of things has been going on, but I’m still studying. The last time that I’ve written here, I had 2 tutors, but now I have 3. They are great and we’re becoming friends in all that jazz. I have an oppa! Okay, let me stop. He’s my oppa [big bro] because he’s older than me. However, I think its cool that I’m now allowed to take casually [polite] with him since we’ve become friends. At first, it was all formal polite, which was hard for me because Doo & I speak casually informal and Jin Ah & I speak casually formal because we’re the same age [but she’s a few months older than me].
I’m striving…I’m striving… well, I feel like I am, lol. I’m level 2 now on TTMIK curriculm. Yes!! My new goal is to at least get to the end of level 2 by December, and then by December of 2018, I could be level 6 [if I stay dedicated]. Then by 2019, I can take the TOPIK exam to see where I am at by Korean standards.
There are days that I stuggle with a vocab, verb change, writing sentences, and speaking. It even got to the point where I just wanted to give up. I was so frustrated. Oppa suggested that I take a 2 week break. Well, I’m stubborn. I took a week break to refresh myself, lol. As I’m studying this awesome language, I’m learning more things about myself. Of course, I’m severely kicking myself in the butt for not embracing this sooner [a lot sooner], but you’re never too old to learn. Recently, I found out that TTMIK is releasing a Hanja book [some Korean words still have Chinese characters] and I’m excited about it. It’s on my list to get.
Well, guys and gals, this is what I’ve been up to besides my day to day life.
I had a moment where I got upset with mysel and almost gave up on studying Hangul. I had to remind myself the purpose of wanting to re-learn Korean. I love the language, food, and culture. Even if, I never get to travel to Korea, at least I would have a little piece of its culture: the Korean language.
I am proud of myself because I’m almost done with LEVEL 1 of my TTMIK workbook. Yay, me! I still have some issues [not with the lessons] when it comes to my speaking the language or typing. I tend to be informal because I’m thinking American grammar format rather than Korean grammar format, which could be a problem for older Koreans. [They take their honorifics very seriously and I respect that.] I do forget that at times and often time, I feel like I’m learning two type of Korean languages…
Also, during my quest of soaking up some Korean knowledge. A person from my favorite app HelloTalk [I can’t remember who] posted their blog info for those who were studying or wanted to learn Korean. OMG! I loved the blog when I checked it out. It’s so organized. It has the different skill levels, grammar, reading, and etc. I was hooked. I love the reading because I read it out loud to practice my pronounciation [despite the fact that I read it super frickin’ slow]. I’ll add the link to my resource page, but its definitely a page to check out. The blog is called: Fun Korean [check it out!]
Now, if I could just find a site or an app that would help me pronounce Hangul better and faster, that would be awesome. If you know of any, pllllllleassseeee post it in the comment box below. Until next time….
I’ve used Memrise before like on the browser. However, a few days ago, I actually downloaded the app and I’m having it my way and lovin’ it! lol. Its helping me memrise new words and keeping it fresh in my head.
Also, I was on LINE early this morning; chatting a bit with my newest friend, Joon. Although we both struggle with each other’s language, we helped each other out and made it our goal to be able to hold a basic conversation without troubles in six months. We can do it. His English was really good. My Korean was really bad, lol.
I have confidence, though. Which is surprising because I’m not really a confident in my ability to do things. A sucky ideal, but….that’s the way my cookie crumbles. Anyways, I had fun on the voice call. Why does Korean males sound so soothing to listen to? lol.
Welp, I’m off to go study some phrases. Later alligator.
Recently, I’ve joined a site called Conversation Exchange where you can have dialogues [chats] and message those that are searching for either a penpal, language exchange partner, or a conversation partner. Although I practice my Korean lessons using all my other learning tools, I haven’t really been having conversations with any native Koreans. Well, verbal conversations. I think that its a good benefit to help study the language and making sure that you’re prouncing it correctly.
If there’s no Korean study group/meet ups in your area, this would be a great route to take. The two issues would be: 1) time difference and 2) skill level in said language. With the use of SKYPE, KakaoTalk, LINE, WeChat, HelloTalk and many others, there are ways to verbally communicate and sometimes visually communicate.
But, wait…there’s more.
My conversation partner, Kim, came up with an interesting idea and I’m kind of bummed that I didn’t think of it before [I kid….kind of. lol]. Instead of making lessons out of a workbook or of the sort, find an article or a book and try to translate it and read it to each other. [But, what if I don’t know the words or how to do the sentence structure? There are apps for that.] Whatever we get stuck on; need help; or have questions about, we can can help each other. Think about it. While doing this, you’ll increase your vocabulary, you’ll learn and understand the sentence structure, annnnnd it’ll help increase your speaking ability.
If if the person is experience with the language of their choice, I still think its a cool idea. However, people who are beginners/elementary level, I think this should be added to your language arsenal [if you’re not already doing this]. I recommend people to try it. Let me know if this has helped you in anyway or if there’s a different method that you’ve used.
I haven’t been posting due to being sick. Buh…..I’m feeling better now.
I have been studying my TTMIK lessons. However, lesson 13 & 14, I’m getting stuck on memorizing the vocab & grammar. I must study harder before trying to progress forward. I want to make sure that I have it allllllllllllllllllllllll~ Well, before December anyways.
Even when I’m not studying my TTMIK lessons, I try to keep some form of Korean studying around me whether its music, apps, or Kdramas. I’ve been listening to some K-Rap and Kpop [esp. Psy’s “I luv it” & “New Face”.
and I’ve been watching the K-drama “To the beautiful you.” [I’m currently on ep.10]. I don’t like watching the current dramas when everyone else is watching it. Don’t want any spoilers.
HelloTalk and Anygram are my favorite thus far. However, I’m on HT the most. You can always find someone to chat with on HT. I’m not on Anygram that much, but I do have interactions every now and then. I found another language exchange app that I thought was pretty cool. You can’t just sign up and log in to Tandem. They do some sort of check into you, which I like. My only issue is that its hard to chat with people. It never seem like anyone is online despite the green light saying that they are online.
However, I still think people should check it out. You may get a better luck than I did. Who knows? I do want to language exchange via Skype, but I haven’t had the time to do that or look into it yet. Well, its officially Sunday. I hope today won’t be a drag like my Saturday [besides watching Kdramas]. I’m going to try to study diligently. However, I do want to talk to Koreans and work on my dialoug. Any suggestions on apps/sites to use?
Welp, I shall lay down and stare up at nothing….maybe, lol.