So….where do I start?
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 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.
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!