Hello everybody! 🙂 It’s been a long while on the blog but I’m glad I managed to have a quiet and productive afternoon to myself and the languages. I often get asked how I manage to find time for language study all these years, as I transit from being a student to a working adult. It’s difficult, and most of the time I’m also struggling to find that balance between what I need to do and my hobbies. In the end, it boils down to priorities and to me, language study is a form of enjoyment and therapy and hence I take the effort to squeeze time out for it.
I don’t know if it sounds strange, but I’m most at ease when immersed in the world of languages :).
New books give me motivation and hence I’m always adding to my collection of unfinished books 😛 I try to read as widely as possible in Korean and hence I tend to buy the most random books in Korean. (Such as books on FinTech and law). The most recent addition to the collection is a textbook on Theories on Public Administration 😛 I just love the idea of challenging myself to difficult texts and recently, I’m quite into academic texts hahaha. I don’t speak Korean at all in my daily life, so I’m trying to maintain language proficiency by reading as and when I can. It’s difficult to set goals in the advanced level and sometimes I feel a little lost (and unmotivated) when progress is less obvious (compared to the beginner and intermediate level). That said, I’m working on a few things right now: (i) to highlight fewer words in texts; and (ii) to improve reading stamina and concentration.
I barely did anything for Japanese in the past year and I’m suffering the consequences ><. I can clearly feel that my Japanese reading ability has been negatively impacted so I’m working slowly and steadily to build it up again. I bought a couple of new books (motivation :P), which I’ll share again in a separate post. But I’m sooo happy that today, I managed to sit down and really learn a couple of grammar points. Can’t remember the last time I concentrated so well in a long while.
Sharing my staple grammar books for now!
- Kanzen Master (Grammar) N2 – Love this series!!
- Japanese Grammar Dictionary – Got the Korean version instead! I believe they have it in several languages
- Handbook on Japanese Grammar – It’s actually a book for people teaching Japanese to intermediate/advanced learners
The last book is a new (sort of) addition to the collection. I really like it as it goes into the nuances of the grammar point and how it differs from other similar grammar structures. While the one in the middle works more like a dictionary, with more sample sentences. Will blog about these two books next time! (Remind me)
It’s a good language-learning day :’)