Monthly Archives: June 2014

Schedule

While on a trip to Korea Town a few days ago, my girlfriend and I were discussing the easiest way to learn. She believes that I need a set schedule everyday. I would agree. However, I’ve never been that organized with how I learn. I don’t even know how I learn. So I think that’s why I find myself so disorganized.

So in response to her advice, I want to gather resources that will give me a comprehensive style of learning. I thought about spending at least an hour a day on the main parts of Korean (writing, grammar, vocabulary, speaking, reading etc.)

Following this plan will require me to gather more resources considering I only have my Ewha textbook and workbook and my KGIU. Ewha is broken up into these sections but I doubt it’ll be enough. I really hope to find websites and/or ebooks that will help me to have a more complete understanding of Korean. I’ll update when I get my resources and schedule complete. Wish me luck! I think I’ll need it!! ㅎㅎㅎ

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Anniversary

I missed it by a couple of days but this month is the one year anniversary of my studying Korean. On June 13th I started my Korean learning journey. It’s kind of hard to believe! I feel like I haven’t made as much progress as I would have liked but I am aware of my limitations during the semester and lack of motivation laziness. Since the summer break has started for me, I have only studied about 3 times. But that’s mostly because I’ve been trying to catch up on reading. So I’ve been reading all day and watching the World Cup. Summer = distractions and it being too hot to even move.

Anyway, I just wanted to acknowledge the work I’ve been able to put into this and I’ll work harder to meet my goals. I also want to thank all of my followers for 1) taking the time to follow my blog 2) reading my posts (don’t know if any of you do, but it’s okay) 3) for offering suggestions and advice and finally, the most important thing, 4) for inspiring me. I thank you all ❤

I hope I can achieve some more of my goals this summer and I wish the same for you all as well ^^

-Noel

하루 일과

Just a short post about a new paragraph (if you can call it that) that I wrote. The assignment was to write about your daily schedule. I basically wrote about how I spent me days a few semesters ago, since it was more interesting. Anyway, this was from 이화 한국어 1-1 제5과. I found that writing this paragraph was a little easier vocabulary wise than the passage I wrote about 우리 집 I few months back. But it was harder grammar wise, mostly because I forgot am out of practice. If you have any corrections or suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it ^^

저는 오전 8시 30분에 일어납니다.  8시 40분에 샤워합니다. 9시에 학교에 갑니다. 9시 20분에 아침을 먹습니다. 보통 커피와 오트밀을 먹습니다. 그리고 9시 30분부터 3시까지 수업을 받습니다. 저는 전공이 인류학 있습니다. 저는 보통 1시에 점심을 먹습니다. 그 후에 다시 수업을 받습니다. 3시에 집에 갑니다. 4시 15분에 간식을 먹습니다. 8시까지 숙제합니다. 오후 인터넷과 텔레비전을 합니다. 11시에 접니다.

 

On to 제6과!!! I’m so excited to be near the end of this book

Back to Normal?

So I finally opened my Ewha Textbook again!! It’s been MONTHS. I just checked the date and it’s today is 6 months since I last did anything from this book ㅠㅠ What is wrong with me? 

From my last post, you guys know it hasn’t been easy to get back into study mode after trying to suppress the urge to soak up any Korean that I can… But after two weeks of doing nothing productive, I finally feel like things are back to normal. This might not even seem significant but to me it’s kinda a big deal. I always feel happier learning Korean, even if it’s at my own pace. 

Anyway, I’m currently nearing the end of Chapter 5 of Ewha 1-1. This chapter was all review because I’ve learned about daily schedules and stuff like that from TTMIK 🙂 I guess it’s a good thing that after such a long break I come back to a review chapter and not something that is terribly difficult. I totally need to order the next two or three book sets! This series is been really helpful so I think I’ll stick to it. 

Happy Wednesday!

-Noel

Drama Learning?

I’ll be honest and start this post by saying that I usually watch dramas for the hot actresses and actors… Sometimes plot… So I never really LEARN things from watching dramas. If anything I learn a few passing words ㅠㅠ

Since going on summer break, I’ve had alot of time. Usually I research random things instead of studying Korean. I think it’s because I’ve gotten into the habit of suppressing my motivation to learn Korean. ㅠㅠ During the semesters, I’m always worried about failing my classes if I get “distracted” by doing other things that aren’t a part of school work (Korean). It’s taken me a while to get back into the way I want things to be. But it’s slow-going. I don’t know if anyone else has had similar issues. If so, HELP! Anyway, I digress.

Back to the point. I thought that if I hear korean spoken I would be more motivated to start my studies again. I am. But I’ve been having trouble finding dramas to watch. I’m super picky with plots and actors.. So after looking for a few hours I settled on The Prime Minister and I. The plot kinda reminded me of The Sound Of Music, which I love!! I’m not a fan of Girls Generation so I thought I wouldn’t like Yoona. I was pleasantly surprised that I really enjoy her character and acting. I shouldn’t judge someone just because they are in a Kpop group.

I’m currently on Episode 2 and I plan on watching one episode a day, maybe more.. So while watching the first and second episode I learned 4 words/phrases. Which was surprising because I generally don’t pay attention. I learned:
어쩐지
절대로
걱정마
진실
The last two I knew how to say but I never knew how to spell and it took some work to find these words. It’s seems kinda pathetic now that I’m writing this…

But anyway, if you guys have any recommendations for dramas my boredom would appreciate it. Also, any suggestions to get motivation back after having to stifle it..

Hope everyone has a good Sunday!
-Noel ^^