그렇습니다 

I’ve heard comments about how some K-learners find the 습니다 form unfamiliar when they first come across it in their beginner k-study as they are more familiar with the 아/어요 form commonly used in dramas etc. Many are quite eager to skip the more formal form and go straight into what they see as “more relevant”. To be honest, when I first started to learn Korean 8 years ago, I kept wondering when I’ll go pass the 습니다 stage (which I then perceived as more textbook and rigid style) to the spoken colloquial Korean.  But now I think it makes a lot of sense to introduce the formal form first,...

Happy 8th anniversary 

No, I haven’t forgotten about all the book reviews I should be doing.  Actually it’s not that I haven’t been blogging. I did type out a few entries during commute time (whole entries) even, before deciding that I didn’t want to upload them and then proceed to wipe everything out. 😂 So work has been amazing so far (uhh is there such work?), well, insofar as I am pretty happy still.  So all’s good.  Just the other day, I was the moderator for a session at a tech event 🙂. Great experience, happy to connect with startups again and do a little part to promote Korean technology and products. Have...

Know a foreign language, know a country 

I meant to pick up a foreign language, but I didn’t quite expect to pick up knowledge of another country along the way.  Quite a fair bit in fact. I’m sometimes quite surprised by how much I actually know about Korea. Small things like the location of a particular corporation, the existence of a particular business association, the newest celebrity news etc.  Basically bits and pieces of knowledge that spans different areas such as politics, business, economy, real estate, technology, entertainment and culture.  It just feels amazing how learning a new language can lead to knowing more knowledge. I put in conscious effort to learn the language, but I’ve never...

Deadline and the obsession with time

Being too serious is really not good for your health. I’ve always been a very time conscious person so I stick to deadlines (like I’ll be dead if I don’t lol) and meeting times and all kinds of rules. Super rule-abiding yo.  This properly served me well enough as a student. Never late on assignments, never late for meetings with the profs, super on time with my fyp and very on the ball with handing in forms etc.  As a working adult, such a virtue is less appreciated (I think). 나만 힘들게 만들다. While it’s great to be a fast and efficient and dependent employee, it really sucks if you...

[Korean Textbook Reviews] Survival Korean

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I don’t like phrasebooks. And I still stand by that. But. Survival Korean, published by the TTMIK team, doesn’t feel like a phrasebook. I read it from cover to cover and thoroughly enjoyed it, not to mentioned learnt quite a number of things! I’m going to review this book from two perspectives: 1. A Korean learner using it as a guidebook of some sort 2. A traveler who doesn’t speak Korean or have minimal knowledge Basic introduction: This book is divided into several situational themes and in each theme, relevant phrases / words are introduced, with detailed cultural explanations, relevant sample sentences and sometimes, additional vocabulary are also introduced. For...

Snippets of my OL life

LOL what a title. Return of the #notsoserious posts. Friends who have met me recently commented that I’ve turned into a total OL (Office Lady) and I can’t deny that I’ve been dressing and (pretending to?) acting like one. But come weekends and you will see me in t-shirt, shorts and my favourite sneakers and backpack. And uncombed hair. 1, Gmarketing for my OL life So, to prepare myself to be a 稱職的 OL (woohoo I love codeswitching), I went to Gmarket the other day (yet again) to make full use of the 5,000won shipping deal (for selected countries) this month! ahahahaha. When I decided to get a neck strap card holder...