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Unexpected Korean

These past few weeks have been horrible in terms of my Korean studies. I haven’t had the time or energy to even think about opening my textbooks. Then the semester started on the 28th, so trying to juggle the semester and work has been very anxiety inducing. I haven’t had a full week of it, yet I’m still trying to put it all together in my head. When will I dedicate time to do homework? When will I have time to have a break? Will my performance as a student and an employee suffer?

It’s all very confusing and just thinking about it is upsetting. But I’m trying to take one thing at a time and not get ahead of myself, as I often do. I tend to create problems before they actually arise. Anyway, this post is not going in the direction I thought it would….

Yesterday, I went to the movies with a coworker. I’m glad we are becoming friends because for a while I wasn’t up to making any friends. I found out that she’s into Kpop and Jpop. So we were totally fangirling over 소녀시대 and F(x), which was very exciting. We both don’t know anyone else who likes Korean music, so we have that connection

When we went to watch the movie, “Lucy”, we fangirled over Scarlett Johansson! ㅋㅋㅋ The movie was about a woman named Lucy who unlocks the full potential of her brain because she was exposed to a synthetic drug. She was so badass. Anyway, the bad guys who were after her and the drugs were Korean. They spoke Korean in the movie and most of it was translated through a translator or subtitles. I did not know that there was going to be a Korean element in this movie. But I was really freaking out because I could understand around 40-50% of it! I was picking out certain words and then inferred the rest based on the context. Alot of the words were commands and threats so it wasn’t incredibly difficult. I don’t think I learned any new words because it was very fast and obviously I couldn’t pause the movie. But I’m still proud of myself for being able to pick out words that I have encountered before.

Even slow progress is progress, right?

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

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

Little Update

Lately I’ve been feeling like there’s not enough Korean in my life. (Korean = Happiness) So I’ve been trying to squeeze in anything that I can.  I downloaded a bunch of e-books and PDFs, hoping to get SOMEthing from them. Also, today on the walk home from the bus, I counted the number of telephone poles I passed, just to review numbers. 십칠있어요.  It was a fun exercise but I do need to work on a more natural flow.

Besides trying to stay sane, there is a girl in one of my classes that also learned Korean.  She isn’t Korean, she just listens to Kpop and likes the language etc.  She really helps me learn new words and get more comfortable with speaking in Korean.  I tend to answer Korean questions in English (not cool)! But the only problem is that she never learned from a book and I’m not sure how to talk to her about grammar or anything else that I consider “Formal”.  I tend to stay away from topics like that but I’m working on being more open in social situations…

Anyhow, short and kinda pointless update because not much has been going on.  Hope everyone else is having better luck managing Korean learning than I am.