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.
If you have any tips, feel free to share!
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.
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]
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:
안녕히가세요 : 가 “ga” go [If the person is leaving, but you’re staying. “Go in peace.]
안녕히계세요 : 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]
[source: Fated to You]
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!
[source: Stickers by JotterSF]
Welp, I’m going to end my commentary annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd go watch some Kdramas because what else is there to do at 5:11 AM? NOTHING!
[source: “Colloquial Korean for Beginners” and “College Korean 1”]
✏Vocabs [from Colloquial Korean]
- 안녕 peace
- 하다 to do
- 안녕하세요? How are you?
- 미스터 mister
- 미스 miss, ms.
- 예 yes
- 오래간만 long time
- 입니다 is, are
- 어떻게 how
- 지내다 get along
- 잘 well
- 요즈음 these days
*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]
- 안녕하세요? How are you?
- 안녕하십니까? How are you? [formal]
- 안녕히가십시오 goodbye [person leaving]
- 안녕히계십시오 goodbye [person staying]
- 고맙습니다 thank you
- 감사합니다 thank you [formal]
- 천만에요 you’re welcome
- 잘문있어요? Do you have any questions?
- 네, 있어요. Yes, I do [I have]
- 아니요, 없어요. No, I don’t have any.
- 이름이 무엇에요? What is your name?
- 다시 하세요. Please say it again.
- 따라하세요. Please repeat after me.
- 다 같이 하세요. Please say it all together.
- 크게 하세요. Please speak louder.
- 빨리하세요. Please speak faster.
- 미안해요. I am sorry.
- 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.