It really does. I’ve been aggressively reading in Korean for the past few days, and already I can feel myself improving in a few areas. Firstly, my reading speed jumped a notch again. One year ago, I can only read one difficult news article a day because I simply take too long to plough through all the compound and long sentences peppered with hanja. Now, I can read several a day, although still not at the speed in which I read English. But it’s a lot of improvement already!! I’m actually reading very comfortably (:
My vocabulary has now expanded too!! It’s always expanding but I can feel a significant difference. How do I put it….? I think I’ve added a few new genres / areas to my reading proficiency. What is more surprising is that my speaking skills have improved too hehehe. More like the range of topics I can talk about. Seriously, you can’t expect to talk about something you have never read about, especially for foreign languages. Reading exposes you to the grammar structure / vocabulary used in that topic and obviously your general knowledge will improve too! So I was damn surprised at myself that I could actually say something about certain topics when normally I can’t! hehe so cool!
Obviously I’m still lacking in a lot of areas, but I’ll work hard!! Just wanted to share that amazing feeling 😀
But the direction I’m going to is quite…. mmm. I can actually confidently say I know a lot more about what’s going on in Korea compared to in Singapore. I watch Korean news, read Korean articles and generally have a better sense of what’s happening in Korea. -____- I am actually clueless about my own country (time is limited, I spend all my time on Korean). A stupid thing to do, since I’m ultimately in Singapore, not Korea. -____- Probably will fail in all those interviews etc that require me to talk about current affairs hahaha. I’m stubborn and stupid like this. I’m impressing Koreans with my general knowledge but I probably can’t impress any Singaporeans. I should learn to be more practical. FML.