6 In Korean learning journey (:

A little apprehensive..

Actually I shouldn’t be blogging. Poring over Korean grammar notes now. But have to pen (type?) this down before the feeling’s gone.

Sometimes I wonder how my foundation for Korean is like. For writing I mean. The only feedback I get are from my Korean friends. And I think they are too nice and kind sometimes. They will probably overlook the mistakes and think that I’m good as long as I managed to get the meaning across.

There’s no strict teacher who will point out all my mistakes and tell me that I can’t even get the basic stuff correct. Encapsulated in my own little world, I don’t have classmates that I can learn from or have some healthy competition with 😉

Hence, I’m a little apprehensive in attending formal Korean classes again. Especially since it’s in Korea. Where I’m sure the standard is going to be much higher and where the teachers are more stringent. Where all my classmates are prob serious in learning the language.

It’s gonna be really exciting and I’m looking forward to it! But part of me is just a little worried.

I can’t hide my lack of ability and I know I’ll need some re-evaluation of myself. Things have to be re-learned and preconceptions have to be broken and reconstructed. It’s gonna be tough, but I’ll work hard.

Self-studying has a disadvantage. 대충한다. ㅋㅋ As long as I sorta get it, I move on. oops.

After this summer, I can no longer brag  say that I self study Korean. 😛

so much confession in this post 😉

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    27 May, 2010 at 4:24 AM

    hi, i read your blog! i know what you mean about “getting it” and moving on and then weeks later trying to remember something you breezed past. i can’t wait to get back to korea in a month and start taking formal lessons again. it’s harder, but it’s way better and there’s someone there who will be disappointed in you if you didn’t study enough…that’s motivation for me at least.^^

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      28 May, 2010 at 9:01 PM

      haha! so true~! that’s motivation for me too ^^ Where are you taking your Korean classes at?

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        28 May, 2010 at 9:16 PM

        i had found s private teacher who was fluent in english. i lived/will live in suwon and so it’s a bit far from all the classes being offered in seoul.

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        28 May, 2010 at 9:42 PM

        it’s good to have a private teacher! then you can bombard him/her with all your questions! it will be slightly harder in a big class.

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    5 February, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Hahaha! Bragging aside, I used to brag (read: love the reaction of people) that I self-study Korean too. I have never attended any formal lessons before. I guess I reached elementary 1 by myself. It was really nothing to be proud of since with the time I spent self-studying to reach elementary 1 (plus a few advanced stuff I picked up along the way, and little bit bigger lexicon than elementary 1) could have made me reach advanced level in formal classes already. But I can’t help but smile whenever I say that I just self-study whenever I’m asked how did I learn Korean. Was a bit down (hahaha!) just before I started attending formal university Korean classes. I won’t be able to brag/say that I self-study anymore. I would just be like everyone else in the class. Hahaha. That was just my narcissistic self. I wouldn’t exchange it for all the new (tons of new) things I learned from our classes. 🙂

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      6 February, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      we are really similar 😛 i can’t wait to get formal korean lessons again. now i understand why some people can be fluent within a year in korea. the amount of new knowledge i absorb everyday is huge and even within that 7 weeks, i could feel my korean improve by leaps and bounds

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