Hi! I’m Shanna, a Singaporean in her twenties.
In addition to my native languages English and Mandarin Chinese, I am also learning Korean (7th year!) and Japanese (3rd year!). In 2013, I passed TOPIK Level 6 and JLPT N3 (165/180) and as of 2015, I am aiming for a N2 certificate.
I wasn’t really a language lover until I acted on a random decision to pick up Korean back in Jan 2008. It was a life-changing decision. Foreign language learning has brought SO much to my life. Doing an internship in Seoul, being a freelance Kor-Eng/Chi translator, meeting so many like-minded friends are just a few examples!
Hangukdrama is a space where I share my love for the languages I know, as well as tips / methods / resources for learning Korean and Japanese! I am a self-learner and I’m proud of it. I believe that self-studying can be even more rewarding and fun compared to classes and I have so much to say about the topic that I even wrote a short e-book on “How to Self Study Korean“.
Korean learning journey in a nutshell
2008 Everything started on 8 Jan 2008. Took beginner 1 & 2 classes at SKIS. Apr – decided to self study. Oct – passed KLPT Level 2
2009 Oct – KLPT Level 5 & TOPIK Level 4
2010 June – Advanced 2 Korean classes in 연세 summer school.
2011 Apr – Able to watch Korean dramas unsubbed. Spent a semester in 고려대 in fall
2012 May – Internship in Seoul. Jun – TOPIK Level 5. Dec – Able to finish full length Korean novels
2013 Passed TOPIK Level 6
2015 Passed TOPIK Level 6 yet again
Japanese learning journey in a nutshell
2009 – 2011 Took basic Japanese classes here and there. Never got to anything and forgot all the hiragana
2012 Jan – restarted Japanese ( self study). Apr – reading Japanese articles online. Dec – able to read short-length romance novels
2013 Jan – Able to read adult Japanese novels (白夜行 and ストロベリーナイト), passed JLPT N3 (165/180)
I am super grateful to meet so many wonderful people through this blog and I appreciate each and everyone who has motivated me, one way or another, in my language learning journey.
I ❤ reading comments and I do reply to every single one of them.
I love receiving emails too. Feel free to contact me. And I do reply. All emails can reach me at shanna [@] hangukdrama.com
If you are reading this, share something about yourself and your language learning journey too!
Contact me for enquires: shanna [@] hangukdrama.com