One of the main reasons why I didn’t get a better score in the advanced TOPIK last year (omg it’s 2013!) is because I’m terrible at advanced Korean grammar. And one main reason is because I feel utterly unmotivated to learn them.
Why, you ask?
Firstly, these grammar points are not used in normal writing. I supposed since they exist they are used for some purpose, but I seldom come across any grammar points that I don’t know while reading. I can even read historical novels and Korea history without coming across that many new grammar points. Maybe less than 5? I was super enthusiastic in learning grammar at one point in time because there’s just so much I don’t know when reading Korean articles (I remember saying in one entry a few years back that I LOVE studying grammar ^^;;) but now… meh.
And it’s even more annoying when even advanced textbooks don’t even introduce that many of them. Working on the Ewha Korean 6 now. They do introduce new grammar that I’m not so familiar with, but not that many that I haven’t seen before. But I look at my grammar dictionary and Practice of Korean grammar, and I’m like wtf.
Practice of Korean grammar consists of 160 grammar points and sadly to say, I’m at #85 at the moment. Like OMG. I don’t even want to count how many grammar points the grammar dictionary has. … around 600 (!!!) entries+sub-entries I think, if my non-existant mathematical skills is accurate… Okay I’m starting to doubt my calculations….
In any case, I’m super annoyed now because I have to learn all these advanced grammar to avoid failing TOPIK 6 this year. And the only way I can do that is to work through every single entry in the Practice of Korean grammar, together with the help of the grammar dictionary. And I HATE DOING THIS.
I FEEL LIKE I’M STUDYING VOCABULARY WITH A DICTIONARY LIKE WTF
But I’m super annoyed. The grammar points are not sticking to my brain because I just feel so weird learning about something that I don’t even see used in normal circumstances. I’m always proud of the fact that I can remember grammar points after learning about them once… so this is making me annoyed.
For the sake of TOPIK 6, I’ll continue to work at it. And better do this when it’s the holidays. Who knows if I will have any time later on?
Have you guys started preparing for TOPIK? For those who have passed elementary, the intermediate paper is likely to be a huge jump in standard and for those who have passed intermediate, the advanced paper IS a huge jump! ^^
thanks for all the encouragement and comments in the previous posts!!! This means a lot to me!
Sorry that I haven’t been replying to comments. Not feeling well today so I’m resting! ^^
p.s. Wrote this post yesterday! ^^