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Today is one of those days when I feel like #hashtagging everything I write. Just to annoy you, and myself.

Back to the #title.

Yeah, that’s what you get when you are into learning foreign languages.

Come to think of it, most hobbies are expensive and language learning is one of them. It’s one of those hobbies where the cost is not upfront or outrightly clear to you. For example, if you decide to learn golf, it’s obvious that you will have to buy golf clubs, bag, club membership and whatever equipment you need. Same with photography. You need camera, tripod, film and you know you are probably going to get sucked into buying lenses and new camera bodies and different types of film.

But when it comes to language learning, it does seem like you don’t need to spend much (especially if you are planning to self study).

So many free online resources right?

But the costs creep up after a while.

You start wanting to buy textbooks. More textbooks. Many textbooks.

You want novels, Many novels. More novels.

You start getting into the culture.

You want to visit the country! ($$$)

You want to go for immersion / language programs ($$$$)

You get into the music. CDs ($), concert tickets ($$), merchandise ($)

You get into the dramas and the actors / actresses. Fanmeetings ($$)

You get into anime (for Japanese). Manga ($$). Merchandise ($$).

You get into the fashion #mode $$$

You get into the makeup. #ulzzangstyle $$$

As you get better in the language, you spend even more.

Remember the time when you couldn’t buy something online cos the site is in a #foreignlanguage?

No more worries.

You can now understand the website and navigate your way through smoothly.


This post is inspired by the fact that I just navigated and bought stuff off an online Japanese shopping site. -.-

Good job, me. I haven’t even tried buying something off online Korean sites (I used #Gmarket in English lol) and I just shopped in a language that I’m less familiar with.

Oh well, I guess the reason why I don’t shop at Korean sites is that I can’t (with all their ‘please enter your Korean mobile phone number’ and IE obsession).

I can’t decide if I should compliment myself that I can now shop on Japanese sites.

Okay, maybe I should wait for the goods to arrive before doing that.

Who knows if I clicked a wrong button or what.

Can’t stand myself.


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    27 January, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    #hilarious post 😀
    Loved it!!!

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    28 January, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Loved this post. Its so true too. You are right about hobbies being expensive. I sew and crochet too. And the amount you spend on patterns, yarns, fabrics etc. mounts up really fast. I would have spent much more on my Korean learning too except I am a bit skint right now. But my wishlist is long and healthy. 🙂

    On a different note, did you ever come across the website http://www.howtostudykorean.com while you were learning Korean. I came across it recently and it seems quite good, and free, a major bonus. I can’t find that many reviews about it though so was just wondering.

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    6 February, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    There is SO much truth in this post! I agree 110% with everything you mentioned. I remember starting out Japanese with a couple dictionaries and random books I never ended up using, and now it’s amassed to tons of novels, dictionaries, JLPT study books, kokugo books, etc etc. On top of all the anime, manga, and CDs I’ve purchased over the years.

    Language learning really sucks you into the culture, and as your admiration for it grows, the emptier your wallet becomes! #crying

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