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Life is more than this

Hello everyone, I should probably stop starting every blog post with “hi it’s been a long time” or something along these lines. 😛 Please tell me that blogs are not dead and there are people who still read them. I love Instagram and other social media where short updates are the norm, but sometimes I just want to have a verbal diarrhoea of sorts, and pen down my incoherent thoughts. And a break from all those curated pics!

It’s August already and I always marvel at how time flies and how little (seemingly) I have accomplished – personal, career, languages and all. (And yet I have been so busy!)

On the longstanding question on whether I should do “something more” with my language skills, I have no answer to that. In fact, I learnt that the more I obsess over it, the unhappier I become and the less motivated I become. So the past year was spent embracing the fact that I have (so far) chosen a path where I don’t really get to use my language skills and the whole point of the decision was so that I can go beyond my comfort zone and gain new experiences. BUT. I also lament the fact that my language skills are getting worse due to the disuse. I can never be satisfied, can I?

Well, then it’s time to do something about it.

Recently, I’ve been pretty good with my routine of doing something related to Korean every day. 🙂 I’ve been reading articles on 경제 and 정치 and they are getting easier!

The next thing to do is to get back to blogging regularly. I know I no longer write informative posts, please bear with me! 🙂

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    2 August, 2018 at 12:52 AM

    Blogs are not dead 🙂 We are still here, reading your posts, so please keep writing them! (when you have the time, of course)

    P.S. I am in awe at the level of complexity your Korean vocabulary has reached

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    2 August, 2018 at 2:03 AM

    It’s great that you have been holding on this long – hope you do this for s long time to come 🙂

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    2 August, 2018 at 7:35 AM

    so you read newspaper articles online?? which ones do you prefer??

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    2 August, 2018 at 7:48 AM

    I tried reading newspaper articles in Korean since I found a site that also posts the japanese translation but I shortly gave up because I realized I hate reading the news in Korean because it’s so painful and inefficient and tiring without the Chinese characters. I remember I came across the word 화재 and nothing came to mind and i knew it wasn’t 화제 and at the end of the article i realized it was KASAI (fire catastrophe in Japanese) and did not feel like re-reading the article to truly understand it lol. The thing is before I read the article I have come across the word 화재 in korean before but because they wrote it in hangeul I had to conjure it out of thin air with the context which didn’t work since my familiarity with the word is still low. I just thought why don’t I just read this in japanese or english??? So I just stopped reading it but I do read articles in korean about topics that interest me like articles about produce 48 or korean celebs/scandals/what have you.

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    2 August, 2018 at 10:09 AM

    maybe my standards are low but I’m satisfied as long as my passive korean vocab is bigger than the previous year.

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      2 August, 2018 at 10:11 AM

      *bigger than it was the previous year**

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    3 August, 2018 at 6:18 PM

    I love reading your blog. 🙂 Reading about your progress motivates me to study Korean a little more. Your past posts on Korean learning materials have also been very helpful, and your updates make me feel like I have a companion on this language learning journey. ^^

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    15 August, 2018 at 6:33 AM

    I was so surprised because the example sentences made the grammar point seem so common and useful!

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    21 October, 2018 at 11:13 AM

    Thank you for your transparency! As a serious language learner, I have found myself feeling the same things. You put into words what is sometimes hard for me to communicate. Thank you for being vulnerable. It helps me realize that I am not alone! This has been so meaningful to me to read.

    By the way, I just found your blog today and am excited to read more. Also, for what it is worth, you do not have any pressure from me (and others, in my opinion) to do or not do anything that isn’t you. We support the decisions you need to make for you, your family, friends, and what matters most.

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