Hey, hey, hey…..its a hot and humid day. [lol].
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.
To The Beautiful You Trailer
I’ve also been using the language exchange apps:
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.
[source: LINE character “Frodo”]
I’ve been having this annoying migraine. So, my studying has gotten….okay.
[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!
[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.
Sik-K “What the Hell” [feat. Donut Man & ELO]
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!
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!
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.)
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.
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!