쓰기 thoughts

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For me, the biggest difficulty in mastering a foreign language is writing. Yes, speaking can be tough (being a at-the-moment thing) and terrifying (what if I embarrass myself?!) but most of the time it’s conversational, meaning that the grammar and vocabulary used are relatively simpler and shorter. When it comes to writing, it’s more formal, where higher-order (?) grammar are commonly used and there’s just SO many different styles of writing – diary / summary / essay / news articles etc. More often than not, writing is not a skill that is focused on when we learn foreign languages and I know many people around me who says “I just...

What lasts and what doesn’t

Passion does, feelings don’t. Feeling good about myself that I’m studying Korean for 2 days in a row. Alright, I know it’s not like a big thing BUT I have to concede that as I grow older, it just feels harder to take time out to do any kind of studying. Or maybe I should say motivation. Passion for the language is what drives me on, despite bouts of laziness and the general lethargy that I associate with sitting in front of the computer. Feelings on the other hand, can be so transient. I hardly develop positive feelings for anything or anyone. If I did, it will last on my...

Stuck at the 8th notebook

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I’ve been forever stuck at my 8th Korean notebook cos I’m lazy and don’t study 😡 For the first time in a long long time, I took out the notebook, dust it and opened it. It’s quite a good study day so far, probably because I’m actually motivated to study! Motivated by what… that would be for a future post. But my eyes are getting dry and I had to stop for awhile to TRY to put eyedrops. Yeah try. Because I never succeeded! I always have a phobia of putting anything into my eye, which explains why I would never try contact lenses because… I would just take the...

Mundane life, mundane thoughts

Hello! Sorry for being so MIA here recently. Life has been mundane and exciting at the same time that I have nothing to blog about. Does that even make sense? One thing for sure, I haven’t been studying. 😀 It’s actually quite liberating to step away from the books for awhile and do other stuff. It doesn’t mean that my languages aren’t improving though. In fact, I think my Korean improved quite a bit in the past month, simply because I USED the language a lot. This month consisted of a number of exciting and interesting Korean-related experiences. I went to Korea on an impromptu trip which required me to...

[Korean Studying Tool] KBS News (with subs/transcripts)

I don’t think this is a super recent new function, which just goes to show how long I haven’t “study” Korean! I’m very pleasantly surprised at how the KBS news site now has individual new clips with transcripts and also.. SUBTITLES. This is totally a godsend for Korean learners! News are often the hardest form of listening practice (personal opinion). Not only is the vocabulary used more difficult, the sentence structure can be more formal and even the intonation and tone is different from everyday conversations in dramas / variety shows. Having the transcript below the clip was great but still it was rather difficult to keep scrolling up and...

[Seoul 2016] Day out with the girls

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Yay finally starting to blog about the Seoul trip and hopefully I’ll not stop halfway like I did for Japan/Korea 2015, Japan 2014 etc HAHA. Decided not to do a day-to-day recount and maybe just focus on certain events / snippets! It’s mainly going to be photologs, so be ready for the photo spam! Met the girls (sans Edna) for lunch and it was awesome finally seeing them! I’ve already known most of them prior to this and the rest got to know each other via the Kakao chat group that I created last December hahaha. It’s just so awesome seeing how everyone is now connected via our love for...