Getting jobs and stuff

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!

I can’t think of a title

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I’m cooking dinner so I’m gonna post real quick while my food is cooking. (Or draft now and post later like a usually do. But that doesn’t matter. ㅋㅋ)

Just a couple minutes ago I was going through some vocab on this flashcards app I have on my phone. I STILL haven’t gotten serious and finished reviewing level one of TTMIK’s lessons, so I was using the decks I found with all the words from those lessons.

Anyway, ideally I would like to know all of them, so I’m dissatisfied with where I am right now. I feel like I need to do more than review flashcards. Tonight I’m going to go through all the PDFs for the lessons and write down the vocabulary and such on a piece of paper. Not for reference or anything, but just as an exercise to give myself another kinesthetic/visual bump and to help prepare me for the test they have for that level. I learn best when physically doing something, so I think it’ll help. It works better for me than flashcards anyway.

So yeah! I had something else to add, but I can’t remember what it was. Oh well.

Music! I don’t know how I missed it, but I didn’t know this song had a video! Yay! They’re so cute. (But where did that dubstep break come from? That’s not in the album version. Haha.)

I hope you’re all having a wonderful day/night. 😄

Verbing Around

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I was just at the library and spotted a book on the language shelf I hadn’t seen before.

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It turns out my library system just bought this book in July. I think I’m one of the first (if not the very first) people to check it out. It’s so new and nice.

I’m really really bad at remembering verbs. Like so bad. It took me the longest time to distinguish between 하다 and 가다, and the be honest, sometimes I still have to think about it. So I don’t know if a big book of verbs is a good or bad idea, but I thought it would be good to take a look.

Do you guys have any preferred techniques to study and remember verbs (and vocab)? I’m all ears. I love learning different ways people learn!

I hope you’re all having an awesome day! ^^

Romanization vs. 한글

Don’t freak out!

This isn’t going to be a post where I wonder which I should use or something. Actually, I’ve known from the very start–when I rushed to learn 한글–that I couldn’t deal with romanizations. I couldn’t and I still can’t.

Romanizations confuse me so much. I’m hopeless when it comes to Korean not written in its proper alphabet.

I noticed for a lot of Korean learners it goes something like this:

Read 한글 and then look at romanizations for clarification.

Not for meeee! For me:

Accidentally read romanizations and look to 한글 for clarification.

That’s a good thing though, yes? It’s how it’s always been for me. Is anyone else like this? I can’t be the only one who finds romanization hopelessly confusing.

As a side-note: I haven’t posted for a while! As I’ve said before, it’s because I haven’t really been studying for a while. Oops! I’ll get back into it tonight! ^^

Also, I was thinking about posting some music at the end of my blog posts just to let you guys know what I’m digging at any point in time. I thought about having separate posts for music, but I like the idea of incorporating it into the usual posts.
You have probably guessed I’m a SHINee fan, so I’m sure you’re unsurprised that the first song is the title track from 태민 solo debut! So proud!!!

I hope everyone is having a good day :D

FIGHTING!

Hello!

This isn’t what I was going to talk about originally, but oh my god it’s annoying. I really need to get some Korean stickers for my keyboard or something, because tapping and deleting is getting really annoying. I would like to know what I’m pressing before I press it, that way I don’t waste so much time on trial and error. It’s not my preferred way to learn to type.

ANYWAY

I haven’t done a hardcore study session in a pretty long time, but the past few days I haven’t studied at all. Not even a little. I was at my friend’s house and otherwise occupied, as you would expect. Because of this I don’t have anything to update on. I miss studying. D:

I have a question:
In Korean I hear “fighting!” all the time, but obviously it’s in Korean. I see it written as 화이팅 AND 파이팅. Is it one of those things that doesn’t have a set spelling/saying or what? I mean, I know I personally prefer 화이팅, but both seem like they’re pretty popular. Which do you prefer?

I hope you’re all having a great day! :)

Uh, okay?: Whining to people who don’t speak Korean

I don’t have any friends in my everyday life that are Korean or interested in Korea(n), so when I study around other people they have no knowledge of the language.

I talk a lot and I like to voice what I’m thinking, especially when I’m studying. Earlier today I was studying with my brother in the room and said something along the lines of:

Ugh, freaking vague Korean particles. This can be translated into the same thing in English, but in Korean it changes depending on if something is existing or just ‘taking place’. Which is dumb and vague and confusing. You know?

His answer?

Uh, okay.

ㅋㅋㅋ Have you ever done this? I often do it to my family and they always reply with confusion or disinterest. Siiigh.

Laaaazy

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How is everyone?? It’s so hot over here. At midnight last night it was still in the 80s. Agh, I need winter.

I turn into such a lazybum when the summer comes around. It’s so hot I don’t want to do anything… including study. Well, sort of. I want to study, but you know how heat exhaustion is.

Some time ago I got this book from the library.

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I started reading it without taking notes just to sort of look through it and see if I like it. I like that it’s conversational but I was wondering if anyone else has used it?

I’m still going steady with TTMIK. I’m reviewing lesson one right now, which is so slow going. I’m not sure if I just want to stick with that for now or bring something else in too. Depending on what you guys say about this book I might try to get through it before I have to take it back to the library.

I also want to try Korean Grammar in Use, but the library doesn’t have it. Boo!

Anyway, I’ve been looking for some blogs by other Korean learners, so if you have one or know of any cool ones then let me know!! :D

I hope you’re all having a good day. ^^

D: D: D:

Hello people!

I hope you guys are doing well. I’m at my brother’s house right now because I was house/pet sitting for him while he and his family went camping.

I was going to use this opportunity to get some major studying in… but I didn’t do anything. Nothing. Not. One. Thing. This weekend was a fail of epic proportions as far as studying goes.

Let me introduce you to my Talk to Me in Korean notebook. Or, rather, the edge of it.

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All those page flags you see–and believe me, it looks like there’s less than there actually is–are marking notes I took but don’t remember. Or just things I feel like I could go over again. As I started getting to the end of Level 1 I realized my focus had started to slip. Oy!

I’m really super sleepy right now, but I’m definitely planning on reviewing a good chunk of this notebook tonight and seeing what I remember tomorrow. I can remember things when I read over them, but everything seems to slip my mind when I’m not looking right at it. Hmph.

I’m thinking about maybe watching a drama or something on Netflix later, as well… Because, I mean, come on. That’s totally studying! ㅋㅋㅋ)

It’s hot! D:

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Ah, I feel like I haven’t been doing much practicing lately. It’s been so hot here that I always start to study and get sleepy/fall asleep. Oy. Oh well.

I’m still working on remembering numbers. I recently started telling the time in Korean every time I look at the clock. It gets pretty frustrating to not know how to say the time immediately, but I think it’s helping me remember the numbers. I still have to use my fingers like every time, but recalling the names is definitely easier.

In others news: I finally started watching SHINee’s Hello Baby the other day. I’ve been putting it off for ages (because I didn’t want it to eventually be over), but I figured that’s ridiculous. I don’t really watch that much TV, let alone reality shows. I watch dramas often, but I didn’t know the wonder of variety shows beyond random YouTube clips I stumble across.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE POP-UP CAPTIONS!! So much.

I can’t tell you how helpful I’ve been finding Hello Baby. Honestly, I’ve only watched a couple episodes so far, but it’s so easy to pick up on vocab I know and identify what I don’t know. (Thank you, pop-up captions!) I use Naver Endic so much while watching the show. I’m sorta kicking myself, though, for being lazy and not keeping a list of the words and terms I found interesting.

SHINee Hello Baby

Anyway, nothing else has been interesting enough to blog about. I hope you all aren’t dying from heat stroke! <3

하나, 둘, 셋…

*waves*👋

The other day I downloaded an app called Better Every Time, which basically helps to keep track of and update about something you’re doing (with the intention of showing you that every day counts when you’re doing something). I decided I would use it to help me keep track of my progress counting in Korean. So far I’ve only added in one entry, but as time goes I think it will definitely help me keep perspective.

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Earlier while I was waiting for my food to cook I made this messy little index card chart of numbers so I’d have something small to reference. I only just realized I wrote 아흡 instead of 아홉. Oh well. I’ll fix it, but I wanted to make a cleaner card anyway since this one was meant to be quick rather than pretty.

Honestly, if I can remember the Native Korean system I won’t need a card anymore. I had 1-10 of the Sino-Korean system down very quickly. I just can’t seem to remember the other one, though. I get to 4 and then blank. I desperately need to work on forming bigger numbers as well, but I figure I should get confident with 1-10 before I move on.

Did you guys do or use anything special when you were learning numbers? Or are you currently learning too?