5 years 1 month 4 days. That’s how long I’ve been learning Korean. Scary how time flies. As I’m typing this I’m in disbelief that I’ve dedicated 6 years of my life to Korean. ><;; And that I’ll continue to do so for the rest of my life makes me half apprehensive and half proud of myself lol.
I think I’ve improved a lot over the years. I like to think that I’m doing fine for a self learner and I’m actually pretty fast (in my tiny own world at least).
5 years ago Korean was just another foreign language to me.
4 years ago I got my TOPIK level 4 and wondered how I did it
3 years ago reading was still difficult and speaking was near impossible
2 years ago I could watch Korean dramas unsubbed and I can speak Korean
1 year ago I got my TOPIK level 5 and reading/listening is no longer a problem and I can get by pretending to be a Korean (or so the Koreans tell me)
Now I can read political news articles that just one year ago was near impossible. Created a new learning log page for Korean and I think I’m reading faster than ever. It’s amazing how reading got easier and easier but I have no idea what triggered the improvement lol.
But sadly, my speaking skill is not catching up.
I couldn’t speak before my first trip to Korea (even though by then I had TOPIK 4) but each time I travel there, my speaking skills improve exponentially. Thus I should go there more often or just live there. (okay wrong conclusion)
In any case, it’s obvious that my speaking skills don’t match up to my other skills. Let me clarify that I can speak and hold conversations etc ok. Just that I can’t hold very intellectual conversations yet. (I can survive in most contexts still ok! Especially if I don’t need to open my mouth and just need to understand) I DON’T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME I TALK MORE THAN 10 MINS IN KOREAN WTF. Yes it’s been ages since I used Korean. 0____0 or maybe I have a goldfish memory.
I need people to challenge my Korean skills. D: D:
Okay now I don’t know if I’m giving off the impression that my spoken Korean sucks or not. I’m still good ok? hahaha. Just that I think that I can / should be much better.
I’m still good… ok? hahaha
I need to improve.
I should go back to Korea.
sigh. The conclusion is the same.