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하루에 한번쯤은 여유있는 시간을 가져야 돼!

맞는 말일세.

Sorry for the sageuk speak, I’m addicted.

Those who have been reading this blog will know that I’m totally, absolutely, in love with the Korean novel 전우치. Might not fit everyone’s tastes, but it does fit mine to a T.

Reading this novel makes me really really happy that I am learning Korean. It opened a whole new world for me. I wouldn’t have been able to read this fantastic novel if I don’t know the language!

And it’s not very often that you can come across a book or author that you really like.

I’m glad that I have found my favorite authors for each of the language that I know. 九把刀 for Chinese language books, Juliet Marillier for my favorite historical fantasy novels and now 권오단 for historical novels (역사소설).


Good books must share, so go read!

Back to the topic. No matter how busy I am, I will try to reserve some time to do what I like. Which is basically Korean.

So, while I was in school today, I took 20 mins during break time to read my favorite novel.

It may not seem like much, but add up all that 20mins and it will be a lot. It’s a good time for me to relax and stop thinking about all the crap in school and life and immerse myself in the world of Korean and 전우치.

A random question, but what do you think of non-native speakers teaching Korean?

Anyway, this is my favorite bag these days. Got it in 2010 but I only start to use it more often these days.

With the impending graduation comes a very important question, what am I going to do in the future? 

Anyone wants to hire me? ^^ ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

I will very much like to hold on to my stubbornness of doing things I really like. Please don’t make me throw away this stubbornness.

For now, I will stick to following my passions and see where it will lead me. 비싼 곳 for sure ㅠ


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  • Reply
    6 November, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    I have a bias towards language teachers with linguistics background, native speaker or not. XD
    Of course native speakers have the advantage of knowing everything about their language. You can ask ‘anything’ and they have answers for you right away. You can be sure they can point out ungrammatical/unacceptable/strange sentence constructions/choice of words/pronunciation. And would definitely have perfect pronunciation. The thing is we all know how difficult it is for native speakers to answer ‘why?’ because it’s always 그냥 haha. We have native speaker teachers in our department (linguistics) for different languages. Most students point out that it’s difficult on the classes under teachers without a linguistic background. But those native speaker teachers with linguistics background or at least even basic linguistics knowledge are the best teachers I think. Because they can explain things clearly.
    For non-native speakers, they may have certain weaknesses (ie pronunciation of a certain sound). Their native language may have influence to their second (or third) language. They may not have instant answers to questions, especially advanced questions. But I think since they also ‘learned’ the language they are teaching first, they can explain things better. They can even give tips and strategies and share their experience in learning it. They can also serve as an inspiration to the students that it’s possible to be fluent in the target language. Since they ‘learned’ it, they know what may or may not work. It’s also better if their native language is also the native language of the students since they can explain things further and compare and contrast the two languages (In our university textbooks are written in the target language and english, but there are things that can better be translated/explained in our native language – something that the native speakers can’t relate with). But we have non-native speaker teachers who are also not very effective (those with no linguistics background again – sorry). They tend to be bookish. Some of them, just because they are good in rote memorization when they were still studying, thinks it’ll work for everyone simply because it worked for them.
    So I guess, for me, the best teachers are native speakers with linguistics background and wide knowledge of the student’s native language (for beginners at least), followed by non-native speakers with linguistics background, non-native speakers w/o linguistics background, then native speakers without linguistics background. 🙂


    I also don’t know what to do after graduation OTL

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      7 November, 2012 at 11:08 PM

      Totally agreed!!! I also don’t agree that native speakers are necessary the best teachers. Especially if they have no experience of learning a foreign language or when they just take the 그냥 attitude haha. But we still subconsciously prefer native speakers for teachers mm

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    7 November, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    What’s your major? Just started with ttmik again, let’s see how Long I will keep up. Always seem to give up. Currently at level 2 but have to review more. Will maybe start to use a notebook as it Will make it easier and faster to look up things and less time consuming.

    Are you a fast language learner?

    Thank-you you!

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      7 November, 2012 at 11:03 PM

      Hello! I major in Linguistics! ^^ I find keeping a notebook helpful as it forces me to write things down and it helps me remember 😀

      Mmm I think I’m pretty fast when it comes to Korean XD

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    11 November, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Instead of teaching Korean to students,
    set up such as blog, f book, internet radio program
    introducing (or teaching) Korean drama, k-pop, fashion, food
    , social trends in Korea or anything that interests you most.
    That way you can bring more people in. That will open up more chances that you don’t expect.
    Or Find a job with Korean companies. There are many large, small companies in Korea wishing to market their products or services to Asia. you can get a good Job, cause you speak Chi/Eng/Kor. For Ex. mobile messenger Cacao Talk is sweeping Korea. You contact them that you want to bring that service in Singapore, Mal, Indone…..etc.
    I think there are so many opportunities out there for you if you are a bit aggressive.

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      11 November, 2012 at 10:05 PM

      hello!! Yeah I’ve been thinking about my options 😀 Thanks for the suggestions! It really made me think more 😀 Should not restrict myself to the few obvious choices. Thanks!!

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    9 December, 2012 at 12:10 PM


    Apart from teaching Korean in sg, have you ever considered teaching other subjects to Korean students who live and study in sg? That way, you can communicate and explain things in Korean to your students.

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