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Online Korean Notebook – Springnote

I discovered Springnote a few days ago and I’m really very very excited about it! I’m pretty much technologically un-savvy, so I’m not sure if you all have already known about it! Basically, Springnote is something like an online notebook that you can create for multiple purposes. You can use it to manage a project, as a personal scheduler, personal diary etc. As for me, I’m going to use it as a tool to study foreign languages!

Some of you may know that I have a series of notebooks that I write in when I’m studying Korean. Most of the time, I prefer old fashioned notebooks where I will pen down everything but I can’t deny the advantages of an online notebook! I always come across new information/knowledge on the internet etc and most of the time, I do not have my notebooks with me. I may end up writing it on a scrap of paper but most of the time, I’ll just try to commit it to memory (and failing). With an online notebook, I can just type it out somewhere and it’s easy to organise everything too!

You can arrange your pages according to your preferences and adding/deleting items is so much more convenient compared to a traditional notebook. Currently, I have a page devoted to all the slangs/colloquial expressions that I come across. In that way, everything is organised. I’m also planning to add a page where I will jot down questions I have about Korean (: I used to have several pieces of paper/word docs with random questions – I can now keep everything neat and tidy in my notebook!


You can also create a group notebook where several contributors can add on to the content etc. The only gripe I have about Springnote is that it does not allow non-users to comment on the pages ): Springnote is currently available in Korean, Japanese and English (which I realised belatedly!), so don’t worry about not being able to navigate the pages!

Overall I think it’s a great way to organise your study!

I can’t decide whether the notebook should be personal or intended to share what I’ve learnt with others. (>,<) I’m writing in a mixed of Korean and English right now. Do let me know your opinions! ^^

p.s. Apologies for the lack of updates and replies. I upgraded my broadband plan and there was a disruption in service!

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    mishmash
    12 February, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    Lol. I just read about this today except that it was about apps on the ipad.

    • Reply
      isaberuchan
      12 February, 2011 at 1:06 AM

      Oh, there-s one for ipod touch too! I-m downloading it hehe

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    thdwlsdn
    14 February, 2011 at 8:11 AM

    I heard about this too and tried using it for a while, but I can’t help feeling like writing things down by hand helps me remember them more.

    Plus, if my internet ever goes down, I can still look at my notes – haha.

  • Reply
    Gaby
    15 February, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    Shana 씨 만나서 반가워요~
    저는 한국어 배우는 학생 가브리엘라예요. 파라과이 사람이에요.
    다음주에 한국에 갈거예요.
    I was listening to your interview on Talktomeinkorean.com and I have some questions for you.
    I’m a little nervous because I don’t know Korean as well as you and I will live there for some years. 🙂

    (I posted this on your YT channel as well. So, please reply me as soon as you can. Thank you!)

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      16 February, 2011 at 8:10 AM

      Hi Gaby! ^^

      feel free to ask me anything! don’t be too nervous, i’m sure you will have a great time living in korea~!

      you can send your questions to seoulareyou@gmail.com if you think they are too personal to post as comments ^^

      p.s. i’m not too familiar with YT yet, so i couldnt find your msg :S

  • Reply
    prashanth
    18 February, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    hi Shanna

    Thanks for sharing this info. I’m using below tools for my Korean learning, I hope they might be useful to you and others.

    A free mind mapping software (to know more abt mind maps,you can google it):
    http://freemind.sourceforge.net/

    A presentation tool :
    http://www.prezi.com

    Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010 List:
    http://c4lpt.co.uk/recommended/top100-2010.html

    안녕
    prash

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      21 February, 2011 at 9:13 AM

      Thanks for sharing!! Prezi looks really cool. Will try it out soon!

  • Reply
    p.sawyer
    3 March, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    Rahmah
    12 March, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    hello,
    i’m using springnote for my class project too. but i have a problem that i can’t seem to solve at the moment. i wonder if you can help me. i’m an english teacher in malaysia. my problem is my students’ names or id do not appear after they left a comment. what appears is the id that i’ve set earlier. i;ve followed all the instructions by emailing my students to join. but they told me they did not receive any email that invites them. as a result i don’t know who has left a comment as their names don’t appear. pls help. much appreciated.

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      hangukdrama
      12 March, 2011 at 11:38 PM

      do they already have an ID? if you are thinking of letting them write their opinions via comments, there is no need to for them to join the group. the group notebook is only for those that wants to enable various ppl to edit the notebook itself.

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        Rahmah
        14 March, 2011 at 8:38 PM

        1. thanks for ur reply. the ID i meant here is their emails. when my students leave a comment on a friend’s page, their names don’t appear in the comment box. hence, my students do not know who has commented. if they ask to join the group, their names will automatically appear. the problem is they didn;t receive the invitation despite the fact that i’ve sent them twice!

        2. i tried sending a question to the forum but it seems like it’s not managed anymore. can u tell me if this software is still popular?

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