Learning a language is like…

27 October, 2010

So random. I was studying Korean and this thought flashed past my mind.

Learning a language is like building a house

Not sure if anyone has said that before, but this is how I feel. The foundations are the hardest to build but once you get the skeleton structure of the house out, things can much easier.

I won’t say that my ‘house’ is complete, but at least it’s good enough to live in comfortably now 😀 I’m in the process of adjusting / repairing things here and there. And filling it up with furniture.

hahaha. Enough of the imagery!

I’ve learnt most of the grammar structures and now I’m revising them one by one using my grammar dictionary (review to come soon!). I find that most of the explanations given in textbooks are pretty much very very concise and also, grammar points that have >1 meaning are sometimes introduced separately. Having a grammar book helps to make everything clearer.

It’s a process of rediscovery.

‘ah~~! I din’t know phrasing it this way will give it a different nuance.’

‘oh! I can’t use this with the tense markers~’

The problem with using so many textbooks is that I may have progress pretty far with one set and now I’m like trying to catch up with the other set. I’m already familiar with most of the vocabulary/grammar points, so working through it is a breeze.

Complete this sentence! ^^

Learning a language is …

13 Comments
    1. …building a jigsaw puzzle? 😀
      p.s. wooo, seems like long time since i’ve commented here XD nice to be back :DDD

      1. I think its like a jigsaw puzzle too. And to add a little to that. I feel like you have to start from the center which represents the most common words, phrases and grammars points. From the center you add pieces in a spiral until you fill up the whole picture. And occasionally you break out from the main picture to get at the four corners. Or you start building the picture in a place you haven’t touched before and work towards the center and connect the two sections. It’s kind of confusing. It would be better to draw it.

    1. Shanna, did you get a new grammar dictionary? Is it only in Korean (or Korean and Chinese)? I’m always on the look-out for a resource where I can easily look up unfamiliar grammatical forms. It can be rather tedious looking through several textbooks to find what I need.

        1. It’s much easier for me to have some English explanations, but can you tell me the title and maybe include a photo in a future review?
          Thanks!

    1. …is like finishing my painting. First off you have to sketch it all down (learning the basics) and you’ll make mistakes while drawing and erase it (like learning grammar, making mistakes in speaking or writing and you learn from it and realize how you have to use it). Sometimes you’ll get frustrated and get uninspired (same with language learning and you get unmotivated sometimes). When you’re already adding color to your drawing you get to see how it will look bit by bit. You get excited with the mix of colors (like discovering terms and idioms). When you get it done people will praise you for your work (like people telling you you’re korean is superb). Ahaha. I don’t know it kind of relates to my painting skills.

      It’s a never ending process actually. Everyday you discover something.

      Ohh. I’m inetersted in that new grammar book you’ve got.

    1. … slowly coming out of a fog. At first, for me at least, things are muddled and unclear (foggy). However, as I progress, things clear up and the fog becomes less dense. Things that couldn’t be seen or understood before are suddenly apparent.

    1. I can’t think of anything creative… hehehe
      But i like your analogy to building a house. Makes me imagine how much progress have i made in building my house… hmmm… it does look like a house. a shabby one. with really thin foundation and unstable flooring. i can find comfort in staying inside though. it does give me shade against the sun. but when it starts raining rainwater just drips everywhere and whenever the wind blows it feels like it’s going to collapse soon. but i’m holding on into it and trying to make the foundation stronger as i start fixing the roof perhaps. 😀 😀 😀

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