5 In Korean learning journey (:


After much tears and sniffing, I’ve finally finished 우리들의 행복한 시간, a novel that has much meaning to me. I’ve probably mentioned it before, but 우행시 holds a special place in my heart as it was the first Korean novel I was interested in. I first learnt about the novel as a chapter was used in the Yonsei Reading 6 book, which I used while attending the YISS a few years ago.

It didn’t make much of an impression on me back then, seeing how my Korean wasn’t at a standard where I could appreciate literary books. Understanding and making sense of the words took up all my efforts. Didn’t think much about the book until I watched the movie 우행시 one day and damn I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much in a single movie >.<;; And thus that cemented my love for the movie, the actors/actresses and the book.

The novel was given to me by a friend  and that made it extra meaningful (:

The first time I read it (3 years ago i think), it was awfully difficult. I had to pause and highlight almost every other word and the descriptive phrases used in novels were all alien to me. I barely made it past 60 pages or so before I soon left it aside (not deliberately). But I guessed I still put in a lot of effort into learning Korean in the meantime because in 2012 I was able to finish my first 2 Korean novels – the 전우치 novels.

Seriously, I am always amazed at my past self. While writing this, I was wondering when I finished my first Korean novel, so I went to google it (lol). So I ended up re-reading what I wrote then in Nov 2012 and I felt so…. impressed by my past self and ashamed of my current self. >< Where did all that passion and enthusiasm go to???

Human memories work in strange ways. With time, a happy moment then can seem “normal” now and suffering and pain can be neutralised. I always thought that I’m improving as a person with time but now looking at my past self (recorded down in writing) I feel so… D: D:

Okay back to the topic.

Decided to pick up 우행시 again a few weeks ago and started reading from the first page. For some reason, the book was such a breezy and easy read so I finished it without much effort o.O I MUST HAVE IMPROVED hahahhaha.

After finishing the book in the morning, I decided that I want to read non-fiction and so I took out my Korean history books again – the 4-volume 대한민국사 set. It has been a long time since I last read it and I arrogantly thought that it will be an easier read now.

Started from page 1 again and I found myself stumped at the words that I highlighted last time (words which I checked out then too). x.x Guess I’m still not that good? hahahahha

never mind, I’ll start again (:

back to the books.

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    15 March, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    maybe you should look into anki? at this point your korean levle is incresad by vocabulary right? i use anki and i honestly would probably know half the japanese vocabulary i know now if i didn’t use anki up to now and did the noteobok thing or collect the words on computer thing (I just hate wasted efforts personally). nowadays there’s wi-fi or if you have 3g or 4g you can do reviews during commute. that was one of my main reasons for wanting a smartphone, the other being the camera function so i can take pictures of pages with words i don’t know that i want to look up.

    for the card you don’t have to necessarily do the front: word, back: definition. there’s different formats . I do the MCD format which works great for japanese but not really for korean but then again my korean is shitty. you definitely do mcd format if your target language level is shitty.

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    7 April, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    I wish I could read Korean like you 🙁
    I heard that Korean fiction literature is so great.

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    16 June, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    I’m probably sifting through my sixth Korean novel now. I’ve realized it’s best to reread them if you want to retain new vocabulary and idioms. A bit annoying to see a known word of which you forgot the meaning. Hustle through it. May take a month or two.

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    23 October, 2015 at 6:33 AM

    Where can I get some korean books?

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      23 October, 2015 at 8:42 AM

      You can get them online. Try twochois.com or gmarket

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