There was a time in my life where I easily binge-watched entire dramas because I couldn’t get enough of the larger-than-life plot lines and characters. But life, as it does, gets in the way and over the past few years I’ve lost touch with the whole world of k-dramas. Which is such a shame, because I actually really love dramas! They’re fun, fantastical, romantic, unbelievable, hilarious, colorful, and endearing.
Hey guys, it’s Veronica.
I’ve been studying Korean off and on for a few years now so I thought it was time to take a look back at my journey and to also refocus my goals for the future. I’ll be sharing some information about why I first became interested in Korean, different methods I’ve used over the years, how I’m learning currently, and what I want to accomplish in the future. I won’t be sharing very many specific resources in this post as I plan to make more focused posts (and videos) about each category of learning materials like apps, books, websites, and more, so please keep an eye out for these topics in future posts. Until then, if you are interested in hearing how I got started and my journey thus far, please read on!
(I also made a video about my journey, so if you’re a TL;DR kind of person, you should scroll down to watch that instead of reading through the following novel. Haha!)
This is seriously shameful posting about my March set-up literally more than half way through the month ㅠㅠ but I’m trying to show a little follow-through and I told myself that if I was going to start posting videos on Youtube, I would do it right and have some “multi-platform marketing and engagement.” LOL. I still don’t get how to make friends on Twitter or Instagram and I already have this blog so, yeah, blog post it is!
HI IT’S BEEN SO FREAKING LONG OMGGGGGG
The last time I posted on this blog was when I was abroad in Taiwan and I stopped halfway through my trip…my bad…
In less than 24 hours I will be traveling to Taiwan, which means I really ought to be packing and prepping right now, but instead I’m doing everything I can to avoid doing what I have to. I’m excited for the trip, but part of me is even more excited for what will happen after the trip.
I just finished making a Cram deck for the Day 1 vocabulary words from TOPIK in 30 Days…and it took me over an hour and a half I think. I wasnt timing it but my body is sore now hahaha.
Just to give you an idea, each chapter has 33 base or root words, and some of the words have several stem or related words. So in total, I made 101 flashcards for all of the words.
Hopefully next time I can do this faster because as of now I’m still pretty slow at typing what I’m reading in Korean.
But yay! I’M FINISHED! And ready for the week ahead.
I’ve been living in South Korea for about 8 months now and I don’t really feel like I’ve been progressing as quickly as I should be. It’s been harder than I anticipated to learn and study Korean, since at work I mostly speak English (I’m an English teacher after all) and I hang out with English-speaking friends. But I had a kind of breaking point recently, and it was because of something seemingly simple.
I recently went shopping at YP Books and picked up a few more study materials.
Today something kind of surprising happened.
I was having generally bad day today. I’ve been feeling really stressed about a number of things and it’s just been building up. Just sitting at my desk thinking about it all made me feel like crying. I’m not sure why I feel so down like this but it just feels terrible.
But I tried doing things to make myself feel better. Talking to my sister usually cheers me up, but seeing the notification of her unread message just added to my stress instead of relieving it. I tried studying Korean, which usually can take my mind off of anything, but instead I felt overwhelmed by all the words I didn’t know. Then I listened to music- something that always cheers me up- but I just felt bored and frustrated because I couldn’t find the right song to match my mood.
I was somewhat dreading my first class of the day- how could I teach when I was feeling so terrible? I thought I was in for a long, miserable day. But something amazing happened instead. Whenever I walk into a classroom, I try to be as cheerful and alert as possible-teaching requires you to always be “on.” So I mustered what positivity I had left and came into class with a smile (and candy, the kids love candy) and my students shouted their usual “HELLO TEACHER,” and instantly every bad thought I had had all morning melted away. Being in front of my students, seeing them happy and excited to learn, watching them sing and play games together, in turn made me feel happy and excited. It was the first time I stopped and wondered to myself, “Wow, am I a teacher? Is this what it feels like?”
Sadly I only had two classes today, so the excitement was short-lived, but it gave me a little hope in the midst of a tough situation. I don’t feel fully back to normal, but I have a little hope that it will get better, and I feel kind of surprised that above everything else, it was teaching that lifted my spirits today.
Today during my desk hours at work, I used my extra time to focus on my Korean studies. I was finally able to finish the Talk To Me In Korean Level 1 Workbook! It’s a small milestone, but I feel pretty good about it. I listened to the level one dialogue test and tried to write it down as I listened. I of course made some errors, but for the most part I copied it correctly and I also was able to understand thd bulk of the conversation! I was worried that by working through the book so quickly and by not properly studying the material each day (I literally just listen to the lesson, read the pdf lesson simultaneously if Scribd isn’t acting funny, and answer the workbook questions quickly) that I wouldn’t really be retaining anything. But it seems like I’ve done well enough! I already have the Level 2 Workbook waiting in the wings, so I’ll be starting that one very soon, probably tomorrow.