Finally a post about Korean! It seems like I’ve stopped posting about Korean ever since I’m in Seoul. But enjoy the Korea posts while it last! D:
Time for some midway reflection. It’s hard to judge for myself, but I think my Korean has improved slightly. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not the kind of person who will give my 100% in things I do. I could have improved much more, but I refuse to work harder. OTL
I definitely think that my listening skills have shot up. ^^ Prior to this trip, I did have several chances of ‘long’ conversations with a few Korean friends. I did understand most of it, but I had to concentrate really hard and I got tired after awhile. I would switch off and nothing they say will reach me. But now, I realised I can hang out with a bunch of Koreans, participate in their conversations, listen to them etc without feeling tired at all. Hehe I can understand the normal conversations perfectly, and even when they start going into more difficult topics, I have no trouble too 😀 I had several ‘conversation-intensive’ outings where I joined a group of Korean working adults at a cafe etc, where there is endless talking. Me like.
I switch on the TV and I realised that I could understand with ease. I’m particularly good with those urm documentary-kind programmes. I don’t know if there’s a term but urmm those programmes where u have a narrator, and they go interview people and revolves around a theme. (okay, failed)
I’m a little weaker when it comes to variety shows and TV news though. I can understand them but I need a little more effort!
Writing. I don’t write much, except for my Korean blog and urm my Korean writing lessons in school. My friends tell me my writing is good, structure and content wise but I tend to not use the past tense and I still have some troubles with my particles. My Korean teacher reviewed my essay with me the other day. She asked if I write often since I have good, clear structure and content. And she commented that I must have good speaking skills since I tend to write in the ‘speaking style’. Oops I need to learn how to write formally. xD
Speaking. I don’t think I have improved THAT much. A little, but not that much. I can express myself in normal conversations perfectly (in terms of getting the message across), but I fail when it comes to the harder topics like economics, social welfare etc. D: I simply lack the vocabulary, speaking wise. I’ll do a lot better if you give me something to read. Will work on that when I go back to Singapore! heehee less and less people are picking up on the fact that I’m a foreigner 😀 😀 I can ‘cheat’ people for a longer period of time LOL
Reading~~ I haven’t been reading much. But I think my reading speed may have improved. Seeing how I can read the captions on TV. xD and subtitles in Korean~~