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Getting My Enthusiasm Back

It is a particularly busy time for me, lately. It is weird because I am actually unemployed and semi bedridden for  an acute back pain that just doesn’t want to go away, but I am actually quite busy. Well, at least mentally busy, in a good way. Around a month ago, I quitted my job in the Uk and came back to Italy. I won’t go too much into detail but my physical condition isn’t good and I wasn’t too fond of the job, nothing particularly interesting. When I was in the UK I got back into studying Korean, mostly revising and watching LOTS of dramas in my free time getting used to the language again. The only problem was that I didn’t have much time to dedicate myself fully to studying or at least I did have free time but not enough mind space to do more than sitting through TTMIK podcasts and jot down notes.

The turning point was around threeish weeks ago, I’ve found myself in Italy with a lot of real free time and motivation from all over the place. Compared to 4 years ago, when I first started learning Korean, the interest has definitely increased, korean wave or not I’ve found more people to talk to and share the learning experience with. I created a study group on Facebook, the majority of the members are still beginners but I receive a lot of motivation and this makes studying more fun and interactive. Also I joined the BitesizeKorean chat in which I am not that active but it has been a solid reference point for learning and asking questions. But a part from the free time and sharing what kept me going and truly made me get my enthusiasm for language learning back was reading over and over Archana’s blog. I swear I read her posts like five times each? Given that she seems such a nice person and that we have an incredible similar taste in drama genre she made me remember how to actually enjoy the learning process. Not only I feel super motivated but I feel like things are getting inside my head more quickly and that I am actually making small progresses!
I feel that I made it to the point in which slightly less basic grammar points and vocabulary are naturally coming out in my sentences. I am currently (slowly) reading the online preview of 구르미 그린 달빛 and even if it is waaay far from my level I can enjoy the reading by understanding things from the context without checking the dictionary or the textbook every five seconds.
In my ‘About’ page (which needs an update ASAP) you can find written that language learning is my hobby, in the past two years it wasn’t like that anymore. I am not sure what happened to make me go stray from this passion of mine but it happened and being back on track feels a lot like finding myself again. I am enjoying it, even if sometimes it is hard and frustrating. I try to dedicate at least 20 minutes per day to Korean and to use it as much as I can.

I would’ve never imagined that I could feel this passionate about Korean like this again, so thanks Jeannie for suggesting Archana’s blog, it truly had an impact in the last few weeks of my life!

How is your studying journey going? Are you stuck? What makes you feel passioned about learning languages? What motivates you?

Some useful resources for Chinese

Wow…. me… actually writing a “useful” post…. so rare…

Hello everyone!

 大家好~!

Today I want to talk about Chinese, which I’ve never talked about before…Not that I have too much to say, I decided to do HSK 1or 2 and I am super anxious about it >w< Chinese is a wonderful language and I enjoy studying it a lot but an exam (even at a low level) needs dedication and time, which I don’t have. In the very first two HSK the biggest effort is memorizing the given vocabulary and knowing very basic grammar. I’ve memorized almost all the first 150 vocabs for the first exam and I know basic grammar, the exam is in June so I could also learn the level 2 one too, maybe…

Anyway if you are studying Chinese I have a list of sites that could help you with your learnig~~!! I hope you’ll like it!

 

Chinese Keyboard Traditional/Simplified Imput Here it is, my best friend! I don’t know you guys, but my PC is pretty old and doesn’t support all the east asian languages so for Chinese I have to use an online keyboard. You can find various good ones online, but I like this one for having both Simplified and Traditional Chinese. Personally I use Simplified Chinese more, but since I have friends from Taiwan and friends who learn Traditional Chinese it’s a very useful tool for me. 

Yes Chinese Pretty simple website for beginners! I mostly use it for vocabulary, I like it because it teaches you words not only with the translation but with sample sentence, putting the words in a context ^^

As for grammar I am using all Italian resources (If you are interested though click here, I am using this book right now and I think it’s pretty cool!) but  I have a grammar in English ⇒ Basic Chinese I haven’t read it all yet but for what I could see it is pretty far from basic^^ I suggest it, and also there are exercises if you want to practice!

Taiwanese Tv most of the times I can’t understand a single word of what they are saying but it’s a good exercise to practice listening and to enjoy foreign tv shows or dramas. Also in this site there is the Japanese and Korean tv

And here some of my favourite Chinese related Youtube channels:

Happy Chinese Series A funny sit-com of a foreign girl in China. It is mostly for advanced learners but thanks to the English sub you can try following the scenes. At the end of every episode there’s a short explenation of one Chinese expression, 你好 or 您好 for example!

Fiona Tian I learnt tones from her basicly ^^ I like how she explains!

learnchinesenow I love this channel. Interesting videos about china and Chinese: from basic vocabulary to poems and idioms *^*

Off the Great Wall Parodies about Chinese(Asian) culture, I think they are really funny. Also in their channer you can find useful information about Chinese language^^

 

I guess that’s all for today~~!! 

再见~ 

Do you have any good Chinese website or books to suggest?

 

 

 

Full Immersion~

Full Immersion~

여러분 안녕~
Sorry for my absence here… School is stressing me out, really! Mid-term tests are coming and I must study a lot… I have no time to study extra subjects and unfortunately I have no news or ideas at the moment^^`
Since I barely have time to live, I decided to start a “full immersion” into Korean, so I changed the language in my mobile phone, I want to get used to Korean and this is a very nice way to learn some vocabulary 😀
Plus, my mobile phone looks cute with Korean characters ♥
Ps. Yes, it’s Super Junior in the back ground~~

To be sick in..

Fever, sore throat.. Hey it’s the cold I just got! I am all day at home and fever makes me loose energy to do anything, literally. Anyway it won’t be just an autumn cold that brings me down!

Indeed, I decided  to learn some new words in Korean..

병이 났어요   病気になりました  I am ill

병= ilness, sickness

이=subject marker

났어요=past, polite form of 나다= to come out, to spring up, to occour

빨리 나으세요  早く良くになってください Get well soon

빨리= quickly, fast, rapidly

나으세요= polite, imperative form of 낫다=(as for ilness) to recover, to get well, to be cured

감기 조심하세요 風邪に気をつけてください Be careful not to catch a cold, Be careful of the cold

감기= cold, flu, influenza

조심= care, carefulness, precaution, caution

조심하세= polite, imperative form of 조심하다=take care, be careful, beware

I’ve found these words on the internet, then I used a dictionary to write down the meanings. I hope it can be useful~

I am off for a cup of hot tea, I hope I will feel better!

여러분,감기 조심해!


선생님이 됐어??

Nothing big.. Just a friend of mine asked me to teach him Korean and even if I am a beginner myself I thought “why not? Challenge Accepted!” and I started it!

Actually, through “teaching” I realised that I know more things that I thought… Usually, when you are already used to some expressions and meanings, making people understand them can be quite a challenge. For example the difference between 은/는 and 이/가, to me it is pretty clear but to explain it it’s another cup of tea.. And actually you have to adapt to the person that is in front of you, not everyone get things as you do, so it also requires a lot a bit of patience^^`

If you have or will have the possibility to do something like this, I highly suggest you to give this “teaching” thing a try! It really can help you reviewing and fixing topics. Also I guess you can call it “experience”, I don’t know how it works in your country but here it’s pretty common to give lesson to juniors when you are in high school, to get some pocket money. I want to try it out because I really need to get some money for the year abroad, if I pass the tests…

Have you ever tried teaching? How did it go? ~

I am off now, I have to finish French homework(助けてええええ!!) 

Bye bye~~`