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How are you guys?!? This has been my day so far: work from 4am-12:30 >>> eat >>> shower >>> study. Well, study in theory. I sat down and realized I only got a few hours of sleep last night and I don’t think I could focus on studying no matter how much I want to. Do you ever have days like that?

Did I ever tell you guys that I’m finally out of the number section of my textbook? I mean I don’t have them all perfectly memorized and I’m probably gonna have to reference stuff for a while, but I’m finally on grammar!! 😁😁😁👍

Anyway, I hope you guys are having a good day and feel way less sleepy than I do right now. Haha.

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Hola! How are you today?

Man, I’m posting on here a lot lately, huh? I think I’ve posted more this week than I usually do in a whole month. It’s because I had, like four days in a row off of work, so I haven’t been so exhausted. Usually a full night of sleep doesn’t even make me feel better, so having more than one in a row has done a lot to help my will to study. 👍

As I’ve been using my TTMIK workbook I’ve run into my inability to mess up my books. I have such a hard time writing in books…. even when they’re made to be written in! Hahaha. I documented it a little bit on Instagram.

So. Many. Page. Flags.

It was kind of hard to close the book without folding any of the papers, and writing on the flags and putting them in was a major pain in the booty. And then I came across a crossword puzzle that made me ditch the page flags and switch to a pencil. LOOK!

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I did it! Yay! xD

That’s really all I wanted to say. Lmao. I need to take a shower because I have work tomorrow (bleck) and then maybe have a cup of tea… but after that it’s back to Korean Grammar in Use and NUMBERS. Sigh. I will get this eventually, guys. I know it.

Have a good day (:

이백삼십칠만…?

안녕하세요! Did someone mention my blog somewhere or something? I had a weird influx of visitors a few days ago. More than usual, at least. Haha. Thank you (:

I know you guys are probably tired of hearing me talk about my numbers struggles, but counting large numbers in the Korean way is weird. 😩 Like I don’t know how to Big Number at all. I always somehow slip back into the way an American would do it and I don’t even realize it’s happening. Like, I’ve read a lot of things explaining how and it’s not helping much. It helps while I’m actually reading (sometimes… Kinda), but I need my brain to just click already so I’ll understand without having to triple check why/how I did it wrong.

I spent so long (like two hours, with stretching breaks) trying to figure it out last night. Why is this so difficult for me? Holy moly! I was eventually like “GO AWAY, Korean Grammar in Use! BYE, NUMBERS!!” xD I feel so slow.

Anyway, I haven’t looked at Talk to Me in Korean for a while, so I’m going to wave to that today. I took a peek yesterday and I don’t remember anything from my recent studies with it (oops) so that’s going to be tough, but it’s okay. I’m excited to start using the workbook I bought.

OH! I almost forgot! So I love both TTMIK and KGiU but I still feel like I need something else…? I think I’m just the type of person who needs to reference multiple sources. Anyway, I was looking at legit textbooks and I still don’t know. I see a lot of people talking about Ewha. Do you guys like that one? I think I’ve asked that before, but oops.

How is your studying going? (:

I really love this song.

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Uuuuuugh. Someone give me permission to skip the number thing.

IMG_8121 I don’t wanna do it. Who needs to count anyway?! And also who needs to know dates and times and all that jazz? I’ll start living a simplistic life. Right. Yeah. 좋아

Sigh. Okay, yeah. I know I need all of the above. I just really want to move on in this book. And I think I might. I’ve been trying to remember numbers and days and stuff for so long, but I just can’t. It’s not sticking. Help meee! How did you guys remember?

Have a good day!! Here’s some music 😁

:/

My brother and I work at the same store and were hanging out while he was on his 15 minute break. I was super frustrated with my job and he was giving me advice (since he used to do the same thing), and we got onto the topic of being replaceable cogs in the machine. The end of the conversation went something like this:

Me: I’m just tired of being a minimum-wage nothing worker.

Him: Well, we need to go home and better ourselves instead of going home and watching Chromecast all night. I need to stop playing video games.

Me: I don’t actually watch TV that much.

Him: I know. I’m just saying.

Me: And I’m learning a language. Does that not count as bettering myself?

Him: Learning Korean doesn’t count unless you can do something with it. Like unless you’re going to be some weird Korean translator or something.

Me: Maybe I am! You don’t know! But you probably need a college degree for that and I’m too poor to go back to school because I’m a minimum-wage nothing worker.

So if you haven’t guessed, my motivation is kind of low. I do realize my brother and I are being large parts self-pity. Oh well. That’s not what this post is about, really.

Our conversation got me thinking again about something that’s been nagging at me for a while. Is learning Korean worth it? I mean, it’s worth it because I like to do it and it makes me happy, but is it really bettering my life at all, or is it just a glorified hobby? Like a better sounding “video games”?

Because when I’m at work I have people around me speaking in Spanish and asking me if I speak Spanish all the time. I often have to fetch a coworker to help a guest whose language I don’t know and it makes me feel like maybe I should be learning that instead, because that would help in my life more than Korean. But I tried learning Spanish before. I didn’t hate it, but it didn’t bring me any happiness.

Sigh. I don’t know, my friends. I don’t want to stop learning Korean because it does bring me happiness… but I feel like I need to find a way to stop feeling guilty for “wasting” my time. And to stop thinking I’m wasting my time on something that’s perceived as mostly useless in my life. Of course I would like to be in a position someday where I CAN use Korean to further my life, but that’s looking ahead too far for me right now.

Anyway, this post is such a downer. I’m sorry. I hope you guys are doing well. <3

Weee!

안녕하세요오오오오오오!

I haven’t written in forever. I don’t even know where to start. Not much has been going on, actually. I haven’t been studying lately (big surprise!), so there’s nothing to update on. ㅠㅠ How boring. xD

I made 떡볶이 the other day!

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I never thought I was bad with spicy food, but the first taste had me crying… literally. Hahaha. I made it more mild, though, and it was good. I think it’s a little awkward because rice cake isn’t something we have in typical American cooking (and I’m not used to it), but it wasn’t bad at all. 👍👍

Also, this came in the mail today! Yaaaaaaaaay!

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I haven’t studied with it at all yet, but I was hoping to take a look through it quickly tonight before I go to bed. I have work in the morning, so I can’t do more than look, but after I get home tomorrow it’s going to be study time. Hopefully. Yeah. Woo! PUMP IT UP! (No really. I need motivation. Hahaha ㅜㅜ)

Anyway, I’ll try to study more and write more often!! Listen to some music by Jonghyun because it’s so good and I’m super proud of him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Korean Grammar (in Use! Kinda. Not yet.)

Hi hi hi hi hi!!

Sigh. I haven’t been studying lately because… well, I don’t actually know why. A mixture of things I guess. Not much has been going on in life either. Yesterday was my birthday and I’ve been working not a lot (I don’t want to see what my next paycheck is going to look like)… so yeah, I should be studying. I don’t know. I’m rambling. I just came on here for a quick thing!

Is there a difference between Korean Grammar in Use Beginning and Korean Grammar in Use Beginning to Early Intermediate? What is it? Because I can’t find any information and most other people seem to be just as confused as me. Let me know!

Anyway, Jonghyun finally came out with his solo debut!!! And if you haven’t noticed, I love Jonghyun. (All of SHINee, obv.) Oh my heart! Watch it. Love it. Have a good day!

It’s 2015!

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here, huh? Work has made me so tired I don’t have energy for anything. Sigh.

It’s not 2014 anymore! What?! Whaaaat? 아이구

I’m not sure how long I’ve been learning Korean, but it’s been a pretty long time and… And I actually don’t know very much because I’m such a bad studier. Oopsies.

So let’s make some 2015 hopes/wishes!:

  • Start making time to study
  • Finish all the Talk to Me in Korean grammar lessons
  • Find a study method that suits me well
  • Find someone to have Korean conversations with

So yeah! Those are the things I want to accomplish in 2015. Some of the goals are going to be harder than others. Right now the most important to me is making time and finding a study method that fits me. I think maybe I’m not making time because, while I do want to study, I’m kind of bored with what I’ve been doing. I’m hoping to work that out.

Anyway, I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself with “resolutions” and everything. That’s why I called them hopes and wishes instead. They’re not resolutions that HAVE to be done or I’m a failure… They’re guidelines to help me get where I want to be. I hope I have the strength to get it done. Fighting to myself and everyone else doing this crazy language thing! 💪👏👍

(I hope this post looks okay. I’m very tired and posting this on my phone. XD )

What do you mean by “wild”?

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:

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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:

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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.

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Instagram, anyone?

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.