Won 3rd! ^^ I’m really happy~ Can you guess what I’ve won??
- A certificate from the Embassy of Republic of Korea
- a 8GB iTouch (!!!) – I was postively squealing when I tore open the wrappings. All my fav kpop songs and radio podcasts shall go in there!
- Korean restaurant vouchers (all participants received them)
All in all, this was a good experience that I’ll never forget. Self studying Korean seems to make me live in a ‘vacuum’ and I was really glad to interact with other Korean learners.
More importantly, I finally got to know the person behind a blog that I frequently visited. ^^ I think that really made my day. I learnt alot from him during the short conversation we had in between the 2 sessions. He told me how I could have made my speech much better and pointed out the glaring pronunciation mistake that I made.
I didn’t realise that I kept pronouncing 중 as 종!!! >< He correctly pointed out that I was probably influenced by the chinese word 中 which is what 중 meant in Korean. The mistake was made more obvious due to the fact that I had alot of 중 in my speech!! XD I probably should have put in more effort in making my speech more listener-friendly. I simply wanted to share my experience and I probably neglected the fact that it may sound alittle too mundane to the listeners, who probably couldn’t relate to how I felt. ^^
The most important thing is not the prizes, but the fact that I gained something valuable out of this experience.
Some self reflection…
I realised that I could have made much more progress with a good teacher and a conducive learning environment. Sometimes I wonder what my current achievement of TOPIK level 4 actually meant. Till now, I still can’t hold a proper conversation in Korean. Even though I keep telling my Korean friends not to be afraid of making mistakes when using English, I’m still very self-conscious and afraid of saying the wrong thing. This is something that I have to work harder in.
Perhaps the true test will come the day I finally go to Korea ^^ Hopefully, I’ll be able to improve my pronunciation there~
I have a sound recording of my speech during the contest. Should I post it up here? XD
p.s KLPT results will be out tomorrow.