Helloooo. How is everyone?! 😺
I was cruising through the library yesterday and, as usual, stopped in the language section to see if there was anything new. I happened to see one book called Wild Korean and was immediately excited. And then I saw the cover:
Like, what in the world? I know it’s called “Wild” Korean, but why is there Photoshopped wildlife on the cover? (😂) Whatever, I thought. But then I looked inside and saw this:
I remember thinking “Oh, this is some trashy book, huh?” I wasn’t going to get it, but I always feel the urge to at least look at any learning materials I come across. I looked inside when I got home and the information doesn’t look bad. And there’s exercises, so that’s cool. I still need to take a better look, though I don’t think this book is something I’ll be using. It definitely seems like a fun change of pace, just maybe not that one drawing. A few of the other photos were funny. (Can you sense my mixed feelings? XD)
Anyway, work is all over the place right now and I have a lot of books checked out from the library, so I don’t know how much studying I’ll be getting done through the rest of the holiday season. Wah!
Game plan for tonight:
- Peek through Wild Korean
- Translate and reply to Korean friend’s message
- Review some earlier grammar, etc.
It’s four in the morning and I had to stop eating my breakfast because the cream cheese I used was apparently bad even though it’s brand new. And I just tried to reply to a comment and I accidentally closed the text box, which deleted everything. I need to nip this negative thinking in the bud RIGHT NOW, or today is just going to be horrible.
Anyway, onto why I came here… Do any of you guys have Instagram for your language learning? I was thinking about making a non-real-life account so I’d have somewhere to post quick things that don’t necessarily need a whole blog post. Or on Twitter MAYBE. (Or maybe Tumblr? But most likely not because that’s like a whole different blog.) But yeah… most likely Instagram. I don’t want to make something new if no one else will be there, though. XD
Also, will a kind soul please tell me what this means?: “연락하지말자고?!” It came across in a conversation, but I don’t know. I’m lazy. Haha.
Some more J Rabbit for our happiness.
There is nothing like opening up a fresh, new notebook. NOTHING. I’m convinced.
After work I was cruising through the stationary aisle (😱 the dangerous stationary aisle!!) for some Frixion pens and noticed these notebooks were on sale. I thought maybe it would be cool for some Korean studying.
As it happens, I was thinking about starting to use a different resource for studying. I adore Talk to Me in Korean, but I feel like maybe it’s not working as well for me now as it was before. I don’t want to drop it completely, but I feel I need to bring something else into the mix. I have no idea what, but whatever. I still want to buy a textbook, so I’m saving my money for those ridiculous shipping prices from Korea. 😭 /dies a little inside/
How is everyone else doing? Well, I hope! ♡
Music for your ears. 😊
Here’s a peek at my work space from a couple days ago. Coffee and snacks that I’ve compiled from breaks at work included!
A few days ago I learned that energy drinks do absolutely nothing for me if I’m already tired. And man! I was tired. I usually never get enough sleep at night and thought about sleeping without studying, but nah. So I set up everything and started working. It was fine for a while, but before I knew it I was waking up 30 minutes later with drool on my face* and a red mark on my temple where it was lying against my hand-pillow. I got up and went to bed.
This is where work and Korean clash. I learn best at night time. I’ve ALWAYS been more productive at night. But I start work at 5:30 in the morning, so I can’t stay up late. Boo. Sometimes I’ll study in the time I have before work, but it’s not the same. Haha.
I’m gonna have to find a new way to study, huh? I don’t know how to be a day person! Oops.
*I never drool when I sleep for the night, but naps seem to always have it. I don’t even know. Don’t judge me!
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I’ve been awake for 18 hours, which doesn’t sound too bad, but I only got 4 or 5 hours of sleep last night AND I worked… so I’m pretty beat. Unfortunately, the energy drink isn’t helping very much. I’m not nodding off anymore, but I would definitely knock out if I were to lay down my head. Oh well!
I suppose I could just go to sleep, but I really want to do some studying tonight. I wasn’t able to study at all yesterday after work. (I work retail and it was Black Friday. Eek!) I don’t know if it will actually happen, but oh well.
I bought this whiteboard today after thinking about it for a while.
I’m so stoked to break it in. I didn’t realize how big it was until I brought it home and realized I have absolutely no place for it on my short/angled walls. Hahaha. Oops. Planning fail. I have a different whiteboard, but it’s smaller and I could easily make use of two. I mean… now I will make use of two. The big one, I think, will be the Korean study board. 👍
Anyway. I wanted to consult you guys about something.
Do any of you use textbooks to study? I’ve been thinking about buying one, but I’m not really sure what I want. I’ve had my eye on Korean Grammar in Use, but I want to know what everyone else says about it and other books they’ve used. There’s a lot… from Yonsei’s books, to the Ewha books, to Integrated Korean and Korean Grammar for International Learners. Elementary Korean… Active Korean… etc etc. What books have you used and what did you think about them? Help a sista out! Tell me about anything, not just what I’ve mentioned here. :D
I’m sleepy. You guys are awesome. Thank you for reading this post. Ya’ll make me want to get all mushy. XD
I’m typing this on my computer, guys! On my computer! Because I finally got some Korean keyboard stickers! Yay! 😁
Okay, sorry. I’ll reel it in. ㅋㅋ I’m just really excited that I can finally use Korean on my computer without having to type, delete, type, delete. As it happens, just saying hello took forever because I still have a very bad idea of where all the letters are on the keyboard. Boo. It’ll get easier, I assume.
So yeah, I got these stickers on eBay for, like, two dollars. Another blogger tipped me off to them and I have to say: so far I’m pretty much satisfied. Hopefully they stick really well and I can use them for a long time.
Anyway, that’s basically all I had to say. I’ve been studying a lot lately… like more than a couple hours a night, so that’s fun. I’m afraid of burnout, though, so I think I might slow it down a little. Last night while I was studying, my mind was wandering, so today I’m going to review all of the stuff I did. Here’s to hoping I remember more than I think I do! XD
How are you guys?!?
The other day I was talking about listening to the 100% Korean dialog at the end of Talk to Me in Korean’s Level 1 grammar lessons… Right, right? Remember??
Anyway! I did it and it was awful. I listened to it once and was completely lost. I wasn’t able to pick up anything but 안녕하세요, 감사합니다, 잘 먹겠습니다, and a couple other random words like 맥주. Basically, all the main things. Obviously, I need to work on my listening.
After I listened to the dialog I printed the script and translated it, which took me a while. Listening to the dialog, translating it, correcting my translations, and reviewing took me, like, two hours. Two hours well spent, I’d say.
At some point I want to go over the dialog in more detail and really make sure I understand all the grammar and whatnot, but that can wait. I’m anxious to start on Level 2. I think I’ll do one or two lessons tonight. Yay!
Anyway, yeah. I’m so excited to be studying again. Hopefully I can keep this up. :D
P.S. On this Tumblr the girl says she downloaded an app called 스터디 헬퍼 / Study Helper, but I can’t find it in the App Store. I guess it probably doesn’t exist. Do any of you know of an app that’s the same or similar? /fingers crossed/ I would love to have a study timerish thing.
How is everyone?! So I haven’t written in a really long time… Oops. I’m sorry, I’m sorry! I miss this blog a lot and I miss talking to you even more. :*
Every time I come on here and post I say that I’m going to do some hardcore studying and advance X amount and do this, that, etc etc. I’m here to tell you right now: that basically never happens. I’m always exposed to Korean (and reading 한글) because I love Korean pop culture, but that doesn’t count as studying. ㅋㅋ
Honestly, work has me pretty bushed. I don’t actually work that much during the week, but I find myself constantly tired anyway. In my free time I stare off into space more than I do anything productive. Alas. Is this considered a slump? I’m not really sure… Because I still have the desire to learn, but not usually the energy/motivation.
The last few days I’ve been reading over all the Level 1 TTMIK lessons again. Yes, AGAIN. I wasn’t sure I remembered everything–I didn’t–and figured it would help me remember all the vocabulary I’m having trouble with too. The dumb vocab though. I’m having such a hard time remembering it. I figure I might as well push forward anyway and remember it as I go. I really hope this won’t turn out to be a bad decision! Hahaha.
I was going to write this post after I do the Level 1 review conversation thing TTMIK has, but I changed my mind when I glanced the first few lessons of Level 2. I’m so excited to learn new things! Yes yes yes! But frankly I’m a little concerned about how well I’ll do with the review conversation. I foresee that being tough, but I’m so stoked to be doing stuff again that it’s okay! I know more now than when I first started. This is a good thing!
Slow and steady isn’t bad, yeah? Just keep swimming!
P.S. I got this in the mail today. Yay.
I haven’t written in a really long time. I’m not really sure why. I was sort of sucked into a TV a hole. Watching TV is really time-consuming. I haven’t had cable for over ten years, so I didn’t really notice it. I’m watching dramas now and it just takes so much of my time. I love it though.
Also I’m going to be starting my new job soon, so I probably won’t have a lot of time to study Korean. 😢 I’m seriously worried that I’m going to get so busy and tired that I completely drop Korean. I’m trying to trust myself not to do that, but it’s so hard to motivate yourself when you have no energy. Send me good vibes, please!!
In other news, I’m never neglecting vocabulary again. Because evidentially I’m awful at learning words in bulk. I’m still working on remembering TTMIK Level 1 words. Like, what?
Anyway, I hope everyone is having a splendid day!! Here’s some music.
안녕하세요! Is everyone doing well? I hope so.
This post isn’t going to contain very much in the way of study updates. I literally haven’t practiced Korean in weeks. The past couple months I’ve been working hard to find a job and was finally hired at Target yesterday. It’s conditional hiring based on my drug test results, but I’m not worried at all considering the fact I’ve never done drugs in my life. So that’s good. ㅋㅋㅋ (The experience of getting tested was so awkward and weird, though. Like ugh.)
Now I’m just waiting to get a call about orientation, so I basically have a bunch of free time. I’ve found so far all I want to do is listen to music (see below for one selection XD) and watch TV (My Love From Another Star right now). I’m hoping I can motivate myself to get back into the studying groove. It’s hard to get into a habit. Man!
Anyway, I don’t have much else to say. I’ve been doing the normal swooning over celebrities and whatnot and listening to music, etc etc. I’m so obsessed with Teen Top’s newest single. It’s basically all I want to listen to. Sigh. Enjoy!