Thanks for all the birthday wishes in the previous posts!! 😀
Been exceptionally busy and tired the past few weeks dealing with the thesis, but now it’s printed and ring-binded and waiting to be submitted! YAY.
Taking a night off to study Korean and reward myself! lol. So I’m working on the Ewha Korean textbook series that I’ve been raving about.
I’m reading the passages in there now and suddenly it struck me that… I don’t have any particular difficulty reading the stuff in there (6 unsure vocabulary in a full page passage) and I’m breezing through the grammar also. o.O It’s hard to put this into words but somehow I’m totally oblivious to the ‘Korean is a difficult language to learn’ or ‘language learning is difficult’ view.
If you put things into perspective, language learning is difficult. Think about it logically. Language learning consists of learning loads and loads of vocabulary, grammar structures, possibly a new writing system, a new way of thinking, new sets of sounds and pronunciation etc. But somehow I just don’t feel that way for Korean. Obviously I started out with no knowledge of the language, but somehow I just managed to work my way through slowly.
And it’s interesting that I know of textbook series like Ewha, Yonsei only two years into learning Korean. Before that I was learning from standalone books most of the time, except for Integrated Korean series, which I started using from their intermediate series too. I started out with level 6 for both Ewha and Yonsei. It feels a little bit strange that I’ve skipped all those previous levels 0.O
I found Yonsei 6 really challenging (but not impossible) back in 2010 and now that I’m using Ewha 6, it struck me as funny that I think of it as easy. o.O
I think I’ve grown immune to the amount of progress that I’ve made.
Am I even making sense anymore? I just think that I have a very different attitude towards Japanese and Korean. I’m totally cool with the fact that the first time I took TOPIK I got a level 4, and that most Korean textbooks are now manageable and easy to me. But I’ll think that OMG I CAN’T EVEN DO JLPT N5, how can I even possibly think of achieving a N2 or N1 in some undefined future and omg intermediate Japanese textbooks are so difficult and how can I ever think of going back this stage?!!
I see the difficulty of Japanese very clearly. Yet, I never felt the same way for Korean.
I’m now reading a passage on elections and about political apathy and the low voter turnout for youths. And I actually understand. And I’m like, yeah why won’t I understand. But if I start thinking about it, it’s a miracle that I’m actually reading about such a topic in KOREAN.
Do I sound like I’m praising myself? HAHA. I’m totally for the idea that you should be proud of what you do well. And freely admit that you suck at things that you are not good it.
Okay I don’t make sense anymore >.<
I think I just wanted to say that I still can’t believe that I have progressed so far.
And that mindset makes a difference!!!
Don’t think that Korean is difficult and it won’t be difficult 😀