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

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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 ^^

Language: Crash Course Psychology

Because I’m a science nerd and I love this channel on Youtube, I decided to upload this. It’s a video about language and what we know about how humans acquire it as infants. It’s really interesting (maybe just to me). I’ve always wondered how children communicate so well with the people around them. How is it even possible to learn a language at such a young age (does that sound mean?) How do children even know how to place words to make sentences. How do they remember vocabulary and grammar? (I’m so jealous of their “sponge” brains, they pick up so much!) It’s kind of hard to comprehend. Maybe it’s because I don’t have children and I’m not around children on a daily basis. But it’s so cool to think that I was once an infant learning a language without even trying. I think that’s why it’s even cooler that I’m learning a language when I’m well out of my “sponge” brain stage hahah
What I also fail to understand is how all the languages share certain common elements. How is that even possible? Language that was formed before colonization and globalization! There were parts of speech that were necessary to all humans no matter where they lived. Kinda crazy! Am I getting to scientific? Anyways, I hope those who watch this video enjoy it.

-Noel

Sample Sentences using 그래서

I wanted to make random sample sentences using 그래서 because my grammar and vocabulary are really lacking. I had to use the dictionary a lot >.< but I tried my best. I posted this on Lang-8 to try and get corrections. I know they might be really bad so I wrote what I was trying to say in English. I’m kinda nervous to post them but anyway here goes:

저는 아주 화가나 그래서 안 가고 싶어요.
I am very mad so I don’t want to go.

저는 고기를 안 좋아 그래서 채식의자예요.
I don’t like meat so I am a vegetarian.

어제방에 나는 잠을하지 않았어 그래서 이 아침에 늦게 일어났어요.
I didn’t sleep last night so I woke up late this morning.

 

I had a lot of fun doing this exercise so I might make it a regular occurrence. Recently, I’ve been really motivated, probably because the end of the semester is approaching. I only have 2 more weeks left! Let the countdown begin.

SPICA – 하늘에서 남자들이 비처럼 내려와 (It’s Raining Men)

[HOT] SPICA – Men came down from the sky like rai…: http://youtu.be/Ku-8ifqmCVQ

No words can describe how much I love SPICA. I’m a total fangirl..but an unashamed one!

One of my girlfriends friends told me that he doesn’t like anyone who fangirls over KPOP! HA!!! guess he doesn’t like me then. Oh well, still love SPICA ❤

Making Time

오랜만이예요!!!

Since starting my second semester as a Junior, I haven’t had much time to do anything but school work. Getting close to graduation means classes are more intense. I’m in a Human Osteology class and I have weekly quizzes on specific features of every bone!!! I really like the class and I feel like a professional but it’s alot of work. Also, I am in a Chemistry Class and the last time I took any Chemistry was 7 years ago (I feel so old)!!!!! So classes have been stressful and intense. But there is light at the end of this stress-filled, dismal, dark tunnel.

That light is Korean. Considering I haven’t opened my textbooks in 2 months, I’ve missed it incredibly.

I’m currently trying to get a schedule down where after class on Fridays I take a few hours or the rest of the day to devote to my Korean studying. It’s going to be challenging especially because midterms are coming up. I have my Osteology midterm on Monday!! Totally freaking out!!! But I think I’ll get at a decent grade.

Currently, I’m studying from Korean Grammar: In Use Beginning. I’m really enjoying it even though it’s all review so far. I like that somethings are review now as opposed to everything being new material. Makes me realize that my progression is not absent as I once thought.

Lastly, about 2 weeks ago I came across a college professor’s website. He teaches Korean Beginning and Intermediate at one of the city colleges in my area. He was kind enough to upload all of this powerpoints and homework assignments with answrers onto the site. I was over the moon happy about this because it’s the ONLY city college that teaches Korean. I’m in a city college but can’t make it to that campus weekly. But after finding all of his material, I feel like I’m actually taking a class with him. I’m going to try and follow the syllabus and incorporate everything into my schedule. Wish me luck because it’ll be a challenge. But you know what they say: It wouldn’t be difficult if it’s wasn’t worth it!!

I hope all of you are doing well, if not it’ll be better (take it from me). Hopefully I’ll be posting more often.

Until next time! ^-^

Koreans on Campus

For a while now I have known that there were a lot of Koreans around my college campus. I learned that my college has an exchange program with a Women’s University in South Korea (I forgot the name.) I always thought it was strange to see so many Korean girls and almost no Korean guys!! ㅎㅎㅎ

So yesterday, I was in all the right places at all the right times. Everywhere I went I was hearing girls speaking Korean. It was pretty cool, especially in the cafeteria where you can pick up words without looking creepy and nosy. There were even two girls talking about 김 연아 in my Chemistry class. I was so excited until I realized that I want to approach them and make friends. I’m naturally shy when I first meet people but I’m even more shy when it comes to Korean things.

I don’t know how to start a conversation or even if they will be interested in what I have to say. Will they think I’m just one of those people who like Asian guys? (even though I’m a lesbian) Would there be an issue because I’m a lesbian? I wouldn’t even know what to say. What if they don’t want to make friends with people who don’t know Korean well? Too many possibilities not enough courage to act!

So of course I was over thinking everything after class was over -.- But I honestly want to try and make friends in school, not just people who want to copy off of me. Have any of you had a conversation with people who were speaking Korean? What did you say? How did they react?

First Korean Paragraph!

우리 집은 삼층입니다. 지하이 있습니다. 1층에 거실과 부억과 욕실과 서재이 있습니다. 거실에 피아노가 있습니다. 서재에 책상과 컴퓨터가 있습니다. 2층에 침과 욕실이 있습니다. 그리고 다른 서재과 객실이 있습니다. 서재에 페인트가 있습니다. 집 앞에 정원이 있습니다. 정원에 꽃과 나무가 있습니다. 우리 집은 멋있습니다. 우리 집에 한번 놀러 오세요.

I wrote this paragraph as an exercise in my Ewha Korean Textbook. It seems really childish but I’m still at level 1-1 haha. Anyways, if you guys have any suggestions or corrections, I’d welcome that.

Happy Saturday!