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A guide on self studying Korean? :P

Feeling pretty tired these days and I just woke up not too long ago (omg it’s nearly 11am ㅠㅠ). I promise myself that I’ll make full use of my holiday and time at home to study Korean. So I shall be really hardcore and do a 11am-11pm Korean immersion/blogging. Obviously that will include reading Korean novels, maybe blogging, maybe doing an audio blog and maybe writing on the e-book.

Some of you guys may know about the plans I have for an e-book of some sorts. There’s so much I can write in there and you guys may have seen the earlier sample that I released on “Internship in Seoul”. I originally wanted to be an all-in-one HANGUKDRAMA book but it’s too much, so I split out one section and it’s going to be: How to self-study Korean. Stupid title really. I don’t want it to be a HOW TO book but for the lack of a better idea…

A lot of it is going to be my own experiences, tips and it will really cover most aspects of learning Korean 😀 From scratch, to beginner, intermediate and maybe advanced. I’ve finished writing the “from scratch” part and now writing the beginner part 😛

Should I release the sample?  ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

In any case, I have work out what can go in and what can’t. And I’ll probably email the publishers if I want to include photos of textbooks etc. I’m totally being paranoid and making sure every single content and photos (of Korea scenery so far) are my own. I guess books (no matter in what format/free or not) is different from a blog??! Right?? No idea ><;; Any advice on this will be much appreciated! Anyone in the publishing sector? 

The main reason I thought of a book is because I can’t expect people to comb through 800++ entries and erm my categorisation is not exactly the neatest OTL. And I want to put everything together and hopefully that will be helpful to all Korean learners ^^

In any case, I’ll just continue writing it in my free time! I need encouragement ㅎㅎㅎㅎ

Hopefully it will be released somehow. Sometime.

Will you be interested in reading? 

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41 Comments

  • Reply
    Joanna
    4 January, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    definitely looking forward to it!

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      hangukdrama
      6 January, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      Thanks Joanna!

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    Vanessa
    4 January, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    우와, didn’t know you’re writing an e-book! 전 너무 신나네요!!
    I’m sure me and a looot of other people are very excited to read it, so 샨나씨 화이팅!! hahahah 😀

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      hangukdrama
      6 January, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      thank you!!! 😀 😀

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    Kimmie
    4 January, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    힘내요!

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      hangukdrama
      6 January, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      고마워요!

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    P
    4 January, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Of course. As a fellow self-student of Korean, I definitely want to know what methods you’ve employed to get you at such an advanced stage. 힘내세요! 화이팅!

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      6 January, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      감사합니다!!!

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    Christian
    4 January, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    I look forward to reading it, you’re the ultimate self-study success story (tongue twister haha). But have you considered making it about self-studying language in general, instead of just Korean? I’d imagine the methods used to learn one language would apply to most others. That way the book could benefit more people.

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      hangukdrama
      6 January, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      ㅋㅋㅋ I did think of it. I try to keep my advice/tips general but sometimes I really have to go in detail for Korean. And somehow I feel that I shouldn’t give advice on self studying languages in general because I’m still not good in Japanese 😛 Feels like I’m not qualified to do that yet XD

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    Van
    4 January, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    I definitely would be happy to read it! You are a big inspiration to many people especially self study group of people. I think you have a lot of support of the people here, and you definitely have my support! I hope to see more than a sample in the near future 🙂 Good luck and 화이팅~^^

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      hangukdrama
      6 January, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      Thanks Van!! 😀

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    skrwitch
    4 January, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    I’m getting really excited now! You should write as I know loads of people will love it. :]

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      hangukdrama
      6 January, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      Thanks!! ^^ I hope to be able to finish it soon!

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    lilacism
    4 January, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Wow your really persistent on your korean studies. I keep on pushing myself and gladly I’m improving, but not at the speed I want to because school life is always interrupting.
    If you don’t want to name your e-book ‘How to smth smth…’, maybe you could describe it like ‘Advice from someone you self-studied/is self-studying korean’ or a little more sensational ‘(The) adventure of self-studying korean’.
    I guess it’s a work title so until you finish it their is still plenty of time thinking about the title or even after you completed it.
    And in the end what matters is the content not the title 😉
    I’m really looking forward to it!

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      hangukdrama
      6 January, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      hehe that’s a good idea! Thanks 😀 I’ll probably leave the title to the last. 😛 I’ve been writing a bit every now and then!

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    Karla
    4 January, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Wow your goal to release a How to self-study e-book is so cool!I really admire your writing and your perseverance in self-studying Korean.I’ve been learning a lot from you

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      hangukdrama
      6 January, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      Thanks Karla!! Always happy to see your comments! ^^

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    Chino
    4 January, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    I’m endorsing one ebook guide on Japanese in one of my websites right now. It’s exciting to know that you are thinking about making your own ebook for Korean. Keep up the good work and keep on inspiring the rest of us! Though I sure wish that I have a job/business that simply requires me to keep on learning languages!

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      hangukdrama
      6 January, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      I wish for the same!!!! I wish that I can just keep on blogging, learn languages, share my experiences or work in a language-related company.

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    Denice
    4 January, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Would be great to read this!!!

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      6 January, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      thanks!!

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    Liza
    5 January, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    will definitely be interested in reading your hardwork in order to help ourselves work hard on Korean. Thanks a zillion in advance.

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      6 January, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      Thanks Liza!! 😀

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    Brenda
    5 January, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    I think a lot of us would definitely would be interested in reading the ebook I would go so far as to say that I would buy it. So keep working on it I’m pretty sure it’s really good and in the end it will be a great help for all of us beginner self learners.

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      6 January, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      Thanks Brenda!! 😀

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    Koreanlearner
    5 January, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Congratulations on your e-book coming together!
    Please bear with the geekiness, but since you asked about ownership of contents: Text and pictures etc. are automatically covered by copyright unless it is specifically stated that they have another kind of ownership such as a creative commons licence (sometimes known as copyleft). You can use copyrighted material (e.g. copy less than a certain percentage of a book) without clashing with someone’s rights for as long as you give them credit for having created the material.
    The quick explanation of copyright (marked with the C we all know): nothing is allowed unless the rightsholder allows you to use something – there are a few exceptions.
    The creative commons (marked CC and four little pictures) everything is allowed unless the license specifically states that something is NOT allowed (shown with the little figures). This license is often used by people who just want their material to reach the rest of the world – be it music, books, video or something else. Getting a license is very easy and can be done online. Each creator can decide whether other people can earn a profit from their material, if the contents may be altered by other creators and so on, so you can “customise” your ownership by saying what others are not allowed to do with your work.
    It definitely is a lot easier if all the pictures are your own since a picture of a copyrighted work is considered a work in itself, but your publisher should be able to guide you because the details will depend on where you publish ^^
    Have you considered how you want the ownership of your own e-book to be? It sounds really exciting ^^

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      6 January, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      Thanks so much for sharing!!! I really didn’t know there’s so much to consider. ><;; I'll love to include photos of textbooks in the book too, but I'll check with the respective publishers. If it's too much trouble, I'll just keep the book to my own experiences / tips etc. Unless there's a publisher willing to help me, I'll probably keep it free too (avoid all the unnecessary trouble and also I hope it can reach more readers). ^^ Thanks again!!

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    Courtney
    6 January, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    I would love to buy and read your book Shanna. I do look at your older posts for advice, but it would be great to have your recommendations in a book format.

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      hangukdrama
      6 January, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Thanks Courtney! Your encouragement always keep me motivated 😀

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    Peter Rodda
    6 January, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I would love to read it! the sooner the better! I have just decided to get serious about learning Korean after living here for 5 months. I can get buy with a bit of basic korean, but I want to properly learn the language now

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      hangukdrama
      6 January, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      Thanks Peter, I hope to release it asap too!! Might consider releasing it in parts and then the final product (: Maybe that’ll be faster and more convenient for everyone! Will think about it. Meanwhile, I’m working hard on it! 😀

      Enjoy your time in Korea!!

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    xing
    6 January, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    please do! You know that i’m always secretly stalking your blog! 😛
    need these tips ^^

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      hangukdrama
      6 January, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      hehe 😛 thanks!!

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    iceprinxess
    7 January, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Currently starting to learn Korean and I think your self-study e-book is a great idea! Can’t wait for it. ^^

    P.S. Your blog is an inspiration for someone learning the language.

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      hangukdrama
      8 January, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      thanks so much!!

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    Keisha
    8 January, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    I saw yes to this! 😀 It’s always good to have different ways to study and to MAKE SURE you pick up learning material and learn. Sometimes the hardest part of self-study is actually picking up something and doing it instead of looking at it and saying, “I’m gonna do X… right after I finish this.” I’ve done that tooooo many times just to get nowhere. XD

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      hangukdrama
      8 January, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      agreed!! Procrastination. Bane of language learning.

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    alodia
    9 January, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Definitely! I usually avoid paid stuff online but I won’t even mind paying for it as soon as you release it! 🙂 화이팅!!!

    (*cough! I’m one of those who combed through all the pages of hangukdrama. I don’t even know how I did it then. XD)

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      9 January, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      aww thanks for saying that!! 😀 hehe I still remembered being a little surprised when I see your comments on my old posts 😛 😛

      • Reply
        alodia
        9 January, 2013 at 6:29 PM

        Because it’s worth it! 🙂

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