One answer: read more and read widely and read whenever you can
If you belong to a particular fandom, why wait for the “latest” news to be translated? Go to news.naver.com or simple type in your favorite star’s name in the Naver homepage and the latest news will be listed in the results.
I think one thing I love about languages is that there is no shortcuts (you can have talent but still..) and your proficiency will really reflect the amount of effort you put in. That suits the 노력파 in me. I’m someone that hates to lose out because of factors that I can’t control (eg. not having the luxury / financial resources to learn Korean in Korea) so I work doubly hard to overcome them.
In any case, READ. It’s tough at first and I went through the same period. I didn’t miraculously learn to read Korean in a day. I spent hours on ONE FREAKING ARTICLE, looking up each and every word that I don’t know, writing them down, reading a sentence over and over again.
I’m still not satisfied with my reading abilities, particularly when it comes to harder stuff. So I’m putting it thrice the effort to improve. I want to be able to read Korean as fast as I can read English. hehehe.
In any case, reading is awesome. You gain new knowledge, and you improve your Korean 😛
Have a good weekend people!
p.s. will reply to the comments soon. ><;; KEEP THEM COMING 😀
p.s.1. sorry to disappoint those who clicked on the article thinking that there will be some special tips/secrets