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A lazy apprach to Korean + Update

Despite my super positive approach to studying sometimes I do , too, feel super lazy. Recently it seems like I just cannot fall asleep before 4 a.m. , therefore my energies during the day are all over the place.
In addition to that, I recently finished the KGIU Beginner to Lower Intermediate book and it seems like I feel in pit of desperation. This pit is called ”I am not a beginner anymore but not yet intermediate” and is making me crazy just a little bit. This transition from beginner to intermediate happened incredibly natural when I first took up Japanese, I didn’t really feel the difficulty gap at all. On the other end though, the experience with Korean is significantly different. Not that it is a bad thing… I am just struggling a little. I am proud of the quick improvement with my Korean but I need just a little bit to consolidate my beginner skills to do the jump and immerse myself into 중급!

Given that, I decided that my ”break” would’ve been a massive dose of dramas and 예능 쇼.

So it has been for the past week. I am currently going on and off between Hello Counselor and Marriage, Not Dating. Even if I am currently on a break I cannot switch K-learner mode off, I must be always ready to capture new words, new grammar points and bits that I can understand. I still feel uncomfortable without subs but I try to switch them off every now and then and it is not that difficult compared what I thought, I still struggle though. I am considering to try the Korean sub option on Viki but there aren’t many dramas that I am interested to and have this option, unfortunately. Anyways,  I am trying to be as active as possible and it is working.IMG_0348

These are my notes for the past week, 9 pages, I am quite proud!
I haven’t memorized all of the words, rather I try to remember the context in which they were used and only after writing them down properly on my notebook. A little bit risky for a beginner but I see that words stick better this way rather than vocab lists or flash cards.


It’s mostly stuff I see written, little bits I am able to write down and random words I can pick up while watching.
Also, I love this little post it pack I used as a little notebook, I often bring it whenever I go to revise a little.

Another thing I’ve been doing because I am lazy and a fangirl is writing down drama quotes from hangeulquotes and see how much I can understand. Surprisingly, I could understand more than I expected, I am getting used to Korean syntax which can be quite tricky from time to time.

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So this is how I keep Korean rolling while I am technically on a ”break”. Well, break is a weird word to use let’s say ”not textbook studying”. It’s me bidding farewell to beginners’ club and starting to adventure into 중급. I think I’ll be consolidating what I learnt in beginner level for a little bit longer, I assume few more weeks before fully start intermediate.

These days 자우림 and 椎名林檎 have been keeping me company all day long.

Total Jam!!

I’ll be leaving here, thank you for reading and see you soon!

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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?

A little step forward in Korean

Hello!

Recently when talking about Korean I started to feel a little bit more confident. I am still a beginner but these days I am picking up a lot of new grammar and words in Korean. The “funny” thing is that I stopped to learn new grammar from the internet for about a week, just to take a pause and see how I can “use” what I learned during my first 2 months(and a half) of Korean. I don’t know why but I feel incredibly happy and “proud” of me right now^^` 

You know, that’s what actually makes me want to continue working hard… These little victories…

Now while watching dramas, it can actually become a study activity, and listening to K-songs too! 

You will probably laugh at me but the two songs that made me feel proud this week are:

  • The Three Bears’ Song

I strongly believe that when learning a new language we are all like kids and starting from nursery rhymes and children songs is a good idea. I love this song, it’s cute and funny, very easy to understand! 

  • 사랑밖에 난 몰라

 This song, it’s beautiful and the singer makes me cry every time I listen to it! What makes me surprised of it is that I can pretty much understand all the grammar in it… I think the grammar used is very basic and understandable… Just yesterday I was reading about 당신 and when I came across this song I was surprised how much the author uses it, it can be a very rude word and also a polite way of addressing someone? A little bit like お前 in Japanese, right? Maybe it is a bit old fashioned? Anyway I became addicted to this song, and also I learnt new vocabulary with that, it would be useful for when I will meet a beautiful Korean 남자^^“ ㅋㅋㅋㅋ