I’m back (and plans for this blog)

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여러분 안녕하세요. 진짜 오랜만이죠? 그동안 대학교 때문에 너무 바빠가지고 한국어 공부를 제대로 못 했어요.ㅠㅠ 그런데 앞으로 8개월동안 대학교에 안 나가요. 그래서 이젠 한국어 학습에 집중하고 열심히 공부할 거에요. 잘 부탁드려요.

I’m baaaaack~!!! So, although I never planned to take a hiatus at all, school happened and life happened while this blog wasted away at the bottom of my priority list. BUT, this is something I am REALLY passionate about and really want to keep up with!!

I would rate my current level of Korean at somewhere between high beginner and low intermediate. By the end of August, I would like to confidently call myself intermediate. The area I am most severely lacking in is definitely writing, while my strongest skill is listening (thank you countless hours of Korean music and drama).

Over the time I have been gone, I have kept up with some Korean study, although it was mostly passive and nothing significant.

  • I have consistently been watching Korean drama, and have started watching those that don’t require much technical vocabulary (as medical/law/historical dramas do) without subtitles. I can do this pretty comfortably; however, if subtitles are available I still give in to the temptation hence I try to watch the episodes as soon as they come out, before they have been subtitled.
    • Short Term Goal #1: No subtitles for any drama, unless historical
    • Reasoning: I have to get out of this comfort zone I’m in, and it’s not too difficult to infer things from context in medical/law situations. I can also look up episode recaps if any plot points completely go over my head so I don’t miss out on the drama. Expanding this goal to include historical drama may be reasonable in the future, but I have barely watched any even with subtitles as of now, therefore am too unfamiliar with the vocabulary and speech style to set any goals as of right now (plus it’s not one of my current interests).
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  • I’ve been doing courses on Memrise, since with every language I’ve studied in the past, I’ve been told vocabulary is my weakness. I’ve done the Integrated Korean Beginner 1, Beginner 2, Intermediate 1, and Intermediate 2 courses, and am currently working my way through the TOPIK Master Intermediate course (currently  at 494/1851 words learned).
    • Short Term Goal #2: Finish TOPIK Master Intermediate on Memrise
    • Reasoning: I know many say the best Memrise course is the one you make yourself, and I understand why and I’m sure that it is; however, when I tried this before for Japanese on Anki, I ended up inputting every single word I encountered and then getting tired of inputting more words than I was reviewing. Because of this, I think I should hold off on making my own Memrise course until I am familiar with the vocabulary words that come up in the most textbooks and the most common few thousand words in Korean, or I am targeting new vocabulary from a very focused topic (e.g. a book/article I’m reading, a song I’m listening to, or a particular field of study)
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  • I’ve written one or two entries on Lang-8. This is the by far the hardest exercise for me to do, because my writing skills are severely lacking compared to my other skills and I always find myself wanting to say so much more than I can. However, it is likely what I need the most and where I can benefit most greatly.
    • Short Term Goal #3: Write a Lang-8 entry 3 times a week
    • Reasoning: Writing is my poorest skill and the only way to really improve on it is through practice and feedback. It’s important to do regularly; just a few sentences per entry is fine!!! Improving in writing should also help my other skills as I get more comfortable with recalling and applying the vocabulary and grammar I have learnt and thus retain them better
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  • In terms of grammar, I maintain that TalkToMeInKorean’s lessons lessons are the best place (for me) to start because they are fun and relatively easy to get through. After that I plan to go through the Integrated Korean textbooks while solidifying the vocabulary learned from their Memrise courses, before moving on to the much-praised Korean Grammar in Use textbooks.
    • Short Term Goal #4: Finish TTMIK Grammar Lessons Levels 1-9
    • Reasoning: I got up to somewhere in Level 6 in the past, and really found the lessons informative and easy. I think it’s a good place to start to build my confidence and form a general foundation which can then be strengthened by information from textbooks that go more in-depth and built upon by resources aimed at higher-level learners
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  • I briefly listened to some podcasts (mainly Tablo’s Dreaming Radio) every day while taking the bus until Tablo stepped down from his position as host. I then stopped because all this Korean I didn’t understand was getting to be a little overwhelming.
    • Short Term Goal #5: Listen to one episode of a Korean podcast every day
    • Reasoning: Again, it’s time to completely step out of this comfort zone, and I need as much immersion as I can get while outside of Korea. I need to accept that I won’t always understand everything and work on picking out the general meaning of what I hear even without visual cues
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  • During my last two summer holidays, I checked out a few Korean children’s books from the international section of the local library. I only got through two short, very easy ones and  a few pages into an intermediate-level one before stopping because I felt overwhelmed, but I’d like to tackle reading again and see how I’ve improved. I also started reading an easy webtoon but just ended up never going back to it
    • Short Term Goal #6: Read one children’s book and 2 webtoon/manhwa chapters per week
    • Reasoning: Listening is great for picking up commonly used words and expressions, and reading provides the same thing in a different form. Words on paper can be broken down and analysed in detail. I can also learn about spelling and pick up differences between spoken and written Korean from books, and slang from webtoons/manhwa

 

Summary of Short Term Goals

  1. No subtitles for any drama, unless historical [listening]
  2. Finish TOPIK Master Intermediate on Memrise [vocabulary]
  3. Write a Lang-8 entry 3 times a week [writing]
  4. Finish TTMIK Grammar Lessons Levels 1-9 [grammar]
  5. Listen to one episode of a Korean podcast every day [listening]
  6. Read one children’s book or 3 webtoon chapters per week [reading]

These goals are to be accomplished by the end of May, when I will set new goals for the month of June. I have managed to address both vocabulary and grammar, as well as the areas of reading, writing, and listening.I’m not quite sure how to practice speaking (other than talking to myself, which I already do), but I will definitely come up with something for June.

I also want to add some non-Korean language-related  content on here but that’s going to depend on how much time I have and what I feel like doing so I’ll keep my ideas to myself for now. Stay tuned!

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[TTMIK L1|Lesson 12-14]

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날짜: 2014년12월28일

출처: TTMIK Level 1

Wow so I wrote this post a year and a half ago but it’s just been chilling in my drafts… (if anyone’s wondering why the date posted and the date above are so wildly different)

Lesson 12:
맛: taste
맛있어요: It’s tasty/delicious (ma-shi-sseo-yo)
맛없어요: It tastes bad (ma-deob-seo-yo)
아무 맛 없어요: There’s no taste
잘 먹겠습니다: I will eat well, can be said to someone who is treating you
less formal version: 잘 먹을게(요)!
잘 먹었습니다: I ate well, Thank you for the food

Lesson 13/14:
~고 싶어요: I want to…
더: more
-더 먹고 싶어요: I want to eat more
뭐 하고 싶어요?: What do you want to do?

[TTMIK L1|Lesson 9-11]

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날짜: 2014년12월24일

출처: TTMIK Level 1

Lesson 9:
은/는: topic-marking particle
-let people know what you’re going to talk about
-“about…”
-“as for…”
-“unlike other things”
-“different from other things”
-mostly used for contrast, commonly dropped

이/가: subject-marking particle
-marks subject without emphasizing it too much (complex sentences)
-“nothing but”
-“none other than”
-answering questions
-expressing opinion
“뭐가 좋아요?”
“ABC가 좋아요.”
“ABC가 좋아요? XYZ가 좋아요!”
-clarifies meaning, used more commonly than 은/는

이 책 좋아요: This book is good
이 책은 좋아요: This book is good (as opposed to the other ones)
이 책이 좋아요: This book is good (none other than this book is good, in response to “Which book is good?”)

Lesson 10:
있어요: has/have, exists (있다)
없어요: don’t have/doesn’t have, doesn’t exist (없다)

재미있다: to be fun, interesting, amusing
재미없다: to be boring, dull, uninteresting
^fixed expressions => no space between 재미 and 있다/없다

Lesson 11:
~주세요: please give me…

장갑: gloves

[TTMIK L1|Lesson 6-8]

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날짜: 2014년5월21일

출처: TTMIK Level 1

Lesson 6/7:
이: this (close to speaker)
그: that (far from the speaker but close to the listener, or out of both people’s sight)
저: that (far away from both the speaker and the listener)
것: thing (can be added to 이/그/저 to form a pronoun, usually shortened to 거 in spoken language for ease of pronunciation)

사전: dictionary

Lesson 8:
아니에요: I am not, he/she/it is not, they/we are not [present tense]
아니다: to not be

Note: 아니에요 is also commonly used to say “you’re welcome” (although most textbooks would say it’s 천만에요)

[TTMIK L1|Lesson 1-5]

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날짜: 2014년5월18일

출처: TTMIK Level 1

저는 한국어 공부를 약 3년 전에 시작했습니다. 하지만, 대학교 공부 때문에 너무 바쁘게 됬고 지난 1년동안 연습 전혀 못 했어요. 그래서 제가 이미 배운 것을 하나부터 다 복습 하려고 결정을 했습니다.

I first started studying Korean about 3 years ago. However, I haven’t studied much during the past year or so because I was occupied with my university studies. Therefore, I have decided to review all my grammar right from the beginning, and am starting from the  first grammar lesson available at talktomeinkorean.com. Since this is a review, I’m only going to list out the most basic points to take away from each lesson (with minimal or no explanation provided). If anybody has any questions, corrections, or suggestions, please leave a comment.

차~ 복습을 시작하겠습니다!!!

Lesson 1
안녕하세요: Hello
감사합니다: Thank you

안녕: peace
감사: gratitude, appreciation
하다: to do

Lesson 2
네: Yes (agreement)
아니요: No (disagreement)
맞아요: That’s right

Hyunwoo and Kyeong-eun’s Advanced Sample Dialogue:
[현우오빠하고 경은언니의 샘플 대화]

HW: “안녕하세요 경은씨”
“Hello Kyeong-eun”
KE: “네 안녕하세요”
“Hello”
HW: “네 오늘 혹시 시간 있으세요?”
“Is there any chance you’re free today?”
KE: “네 있어요”
“Yes, I am”
HW: “제가 있다가 친구들하고 저녁을 먹을 건데 같이 가실래요?”
“I’m going to have dinner with my friends later, would you like to join us?”
KE: “네 좋아요. 근데 현우씨, 저 부탁이 있는데요… 사실은 제가 지갑을 안 가지고 와서 돈을 좀 내주시면 안돼요?”
“Yes, I would. But Hyunwoo, I have a favour to ask… I forgot to bring my wallet today so could pay for me?”
HW: “아… 아니요”
“Uh…… no”

Lesson 3
안녕히 가세요: Goodbye (said to someone who is leaving)
안녕히 계세요: Goodbye (said to someone who is staying)
가다: to go
계시다: to stay

Lesson 4
죄송합니다: Sorry (used when apologizing)
저기요: Excuse me (used to get someone’s attention)
잠시만요: Just a second (used when passing through a crowd)
잠깐만요: Just a second (used when passing through a crows)
어떡해요?: What should we/you do? (used in place of “I’m sorry to hear that”)

죄송: apology, being sorry, feeling ashamed

Lesson 5
이다: to be
~이에요: am/is/are (follows a word ending in a consonant) – present tense
~예요: am/is/are (follows a word ending in a consonant) – present tense
뭐예요?: What is it?

뭐: what