Every minute matters

It’s important to learn how to deal with things and people in a level-headed manner, sans excessive emotion. And to learn to empty yourself of negative emotions after a rough patch.  Blogging has taken a backseat this month, as well as language learning. Been feeling lethargic and the lack of motivation in turns fuel more negativity and fatigue. Language learning has always been a form of therapy for me and I need to find some time for it every week. Incorporating #lunchtimestudy in my schedule seems to be helpful. I feel more refreshed after spending 20 mins or so reading and learning new words. It helps to take my mind...

[Korean Textbook Review] Hangeul Master

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“Learn Hangeul without buying other books!” “Secrets of Reading Korean Handwriting” “300 writing samples from Native Koreans” TTMIK shouldn’t be an unfamiliar name to any (serious) Korean learner and amongst their many published books, this book called Hangeul Master is focused on Hangeul, the Korean writing system. You may have heard many claims that Hangeul is a relatively easy writing system to learn; googling online tutorials will bring you to articles claiming that you can learn it in an hour, a day, two days etc. Then why spend money on a book to teach you Hangeul?!...

[Review] 서강 한국어 쓰기 4 Sogang Writing 4

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Uh. Finally got down to writing this review. Some of you may have already heard/seen me rave about this writing book from Sogang. And waiting impatiently for this review. To save you time, I can just review this book in one line: Why wait. Just buy. Really. Korean textbooks focused on writing are few, and so far this is best I’ve come across! Full review after the cut!...

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...