Level 1: Done. Kinda

안녕하세요, 여러분!

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.

보고 싶어요 ♡♡


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.

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


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


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


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



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.


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.



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.


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. ^^