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Open Thread #1 Language Progress Report

yes, now Hangukdrama also includes an open thread category.

It’s largely open thread, so you can have your own discussion and reply to each other on this blog post.

But there will also be a theme each time, just for fun, and to generate something!

1. what have you been doing to learn Korean/Japanese?

2. any language-learning plans for the holiday season?

If you want me to blog about something, let me know. Sometimes I forgot requests, so please remind me again.

^^

Cheers!

Update: 

You don’t have to stick to a particular topic for each Open Thread post. The topics are just a guideline to get the ball rolling!

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76 Comments

  • Reply
    Carl
    5 December, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    For Korean, I’ve been trying to listen and watch a lot more Korean radio/TV shows. Then I’ve started to study Korean from my Korean textbook on my commute to and from work. And I’ve been able to have a lot of language exchanges with Koreans.

    I don’t have any particular plans for the holidays though.

    (BTW – I’m so envious of your skill. I started studying Korean about several months earlier than you and I’m still not able to hear Korean well. Anyway, I was just praising your skill and hard work – This can be disregarded)

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      5 December, 2012 at 9:55 PM

      hehe you can write about anything in an open thread XD Keep going and you will get there! ^^ I’ve been learning Japanese on and off for quite sometime but somehow I’m just not really improving D:

      Which TV shows are you watching now? 😀

      • Reply
        Carl
        17 December, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        (I feel kinda stupid replying to this so late but) Thanks for the encouragement. It has to be said over and over again, the fact that you’re studying Japanese and have done so well in Korean is really an inspiration for me to continue.

        As for TV shows I really like Running Man and Vampire Prosecutor. Running Man is just plain funny and Vampire Prosecutor is a different kind of Korean drama show.

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    Jason
    5 December, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    To learn Korean, I have been working through the Yonsei and Sogang textbooks (still on the first books for each, Yonsei 1 and Sogang 1A), as well as listening to TTMIK lessons and using a grammar book called Korean Grammar In Use Beginner. I also started using the Yonsei Reading 1 book.

    I also watch episodes of Running Man, Family Outing or other variety shows when ever I have time.

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      5 December, 2012 at 9:56 PM

      Quite a number of friends using Korean Grammar In Use Beginner! How you do find it?

      • Reply
        Jason
        6 December, 2012 at 4:25 AM

        I really like it. It gives short descriptions of the grammar point. If it’s similar to another grammar point, it explains the difference(s) clearly. Each section also has sample sentences, exercises and dialogs. There’s 1.5 hours of audio for the Beginner book and 2.3 hours of audio for the Intermediate book, so I can get a lot of listening practice with the dialogs.

        My favorite book so far is Yonsei (and the Reading book), but Korean Grammar In Use is a great resource to have as well.

      • Reply
        Nasia
        7 December, 2012 at 12:43 AM

        Hello : D May I ask you if Sogang workbook is good? And does include key answers? I don’t know which books are better : Sogang or Ehwa : )

  • Reply
    패잉이
    5 December, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    I’ve been watching Korean dramas and sometimes when there are tv shows or interviews that have my idols in it, i’ll try watching without sub. although I can barely understand their conversation but my purpose is to test myself on picking up the words I’ve learnt in class.

    I’m not sure if this is gonna work effectively but that’s what I could think of when I’m not in the environment (country) to learn it.. and… I don’t have any Korean friends. So I have no one to exchange conversations with them.

    🙂

    • Reply
      skrwitch
      5 December, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      Can you use Korean Grammar In Use by itself or do you have to buy another textbook for vocabulary?
      Thanks. :]

      • Reply
        piaochong
        5 December, 2012 at 7:21 PM

        It is just a grammar book with explanations, exercises and a key. You need a textbook to study and you can use the grammar to repeat it and get better explanations. The explanations are very good and clearly understandable. I have both, Korean Grammar in use Beginning and Intermediate and they are the best grammar books I have seen.

        • Reply
          jaja
          5 December, 2012 at 11:28 PM

          I also have these 2 books. But still working on with the beginner one. And totally agree with piaochong –> “The explanations are very good and clearly understandable. ”

          However, my Korean is not really improving coz I’m too lazy to study T_T. I spent my time watching K-drama instead of studying. But I found it quite interesting whenever new words I just learnt in 2-3 days suddenly appears on K-show I like the most 🙂 Always make me think, I am destined to learn Korean. kkkk

          • alodia
            7 December, 2012 at 7:32 PM

            But watching K-dramas can be a form of studying too, right? 🙂 And I know what you mean when you say that words you just learn would “magically” appear on your dramas. It always happen on my k-dramas and is happening now on my Japanese dramas too. 🙂 Maybe because we learned the word, so we can now recognize them. But still, it’s 신기하다, right? 🙂

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      5 December, 2012 at 9:58 PM

      i think it will work. It forces you to listen to the convo more actively!

      • Reply
        alodia
        5 December, 2012 at 10:11 PM

        I am watching My Name Is Kim Sam Soon dubbed in Japanese without English/Korean subtitles – even if my Japanese is at a beginner’s level. And so far I’m enjoying it. As what Shanna said, it helps me focus more on the convo. Anyway, I know almost all the dialogues in Kim Sam Soon by heart after watching it a hundred times over the years! XD

    • Reply
      Nasia
      14 December, 2012 at 1:31 AM

      Thank you very much!The review was helpful!

  • Reply
    alodia
    5 December, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    1. what have you been doing to learn Korean/Japanese?
    Korean.
    Lately I’m trying to catch up with my Japanese so there’s not much Korean studying. Playlists have changed (from all Korean to all Japanese for the meantime) but my phone and Facebook are all in Korean. I still email/message/chat with Korean friends everyday. Read articles using FTLR(?). Review previous TOPIK intermediate papers. That’s it basically. 🙁
    Japanese.
    Have lots of improvement in the past few weeks. Following our textbook Genki 1&2. Using ANKI to help me remember vocabs (I have to! Even if I don’t want to). Listening to NHK’s lessons in Korean. Watching and rewatching Japanese dramas (and Korean dramas dubbed in Japanese) everyday.

    2. any language-learning plans for the holiday season?
    THESIS!!!! And other papers to write!
    nonetheless…
    Japanese.
    Get comfortable until Chapter 15 of Genki (so that I’ll not be lost in the class anymore after the holidays). Finish my individual project (which involves Japanese dramas, subbing and dramanotes) for the class.
    Korean.
    Get back on track on my TOPIK preparation – kinda behind with my ‘scheduled’ lessons. Sadly it seems like there’s no Korean drama for me this holiday. 🙁

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      5 December, 2012 at 10:02 PM

      woah you have been doing so much 😀 Have you decided on your thesis topic? 😀

      • Reply
        alodia
        5 December, 2012 at 10:21 PM

        eeek! That comment shouldn’t go here. My bad! XD anyway…

        I have no topic yet and I have to present a proposal tomorrow. I first proposed on Sign language planning and policy but it was rejected (which was a blessing in disguise since I don’t really want to go around interviewing people!). Professors prefer theoretical – which I hate and which I don’t understand too. I think I’ll end up doing some comparative analysis between Korean and my native language (since I know no other languages – which is a big disadvantage as far as our class/department is concerned OTL). So maybe I’ll come up with some comparisons or problems when it comes to translations. The thing is, I still can’t find THE problem. Trying to find out if I can find some issues about Causatives or WH movement or Function words or Quantifiers. Ack! I really don’t know! /wrist I’d rather study Korean/Japanese!

        Ah! And finally! I got a passing score in our quiz in our Japanese class! After getting zeros one after another finally got a decent score of 17/20. It was a fairly easy quiz, but still, it’s a score I’ll never ever have gotten last week. 🙂

    • Reply
      alodia
      5 December, 2012 at 10:09 PM

      I am watching My Name Is Kim Sam Soon dubbed in Japanese without English/Korean subtitles – even if my Japanese is at a beginner’s level. And so far I’m enjoying it. As what Shanna said, it helps me focus more on the convo. Anyway, I know almost all the dialogues in Kim Sam Soon by heart after watching it a hundred times over the years! XD

    • Reply
      amyhangukolic
      6 December, 2012 at 4:34 AM

      When you watching drama without subs, you concentrate 100% and half guessing the meaning? It’s really helps? I tried it once *too impatient to wait for subbing team* XD

  • Reply
    Elley
    5 December, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    I’ve been learning Korean through S.N.U textbooks, currently have book 2 – 5B. Only has a friend in Korea which I can only type in Korean with her. Other than that, I’m watching some K-dramas/shows to catch up with my listening practise. Though I can barely understands them.. Try reading (and guessing the words & meaning) from Korean articles, news & tweets help me to improve my understanding of Korean sentences & vocab as well.

    No holiday plan for me, all I aim is to study Korean everyday but I have work. So can only study when I’m home with my spare time.

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      5 December, 2012 at 10:03 PM

      oooo I still havent seen the SNU textbooks D: D: D: The upcoming season of dramas looks good. I’m already eyeing some of them!

      • Reply
        Elley
        6 December, 2012 at 10:37 AM

        Haha, the SNU book seems well to me so far.. Though the dialogs are a little short for book 2 & book 3.. But Book 3 onwards are all in Korea.. And book 4 have longer dialogs, so it’s cool.. love the way they put the grammar points & vocabulary too (for me)! Although the CD you need to buy separately.. And no answers to the questions in the textbook. 🙁

        And yeaa, many interesting drama coming soon! How i wish that we have 36 hours per day, so i can study korean more.. 😛

  • Reply
    skrwitch
    5 December, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    1. I have been using Anki and inputting sentences from my textbook “Integrated Korean:Beginning 1”. I have been reviewing every day so I don’t drop in level. I also write out the sentences and read about grammar (I don’t study grammar). I have read one chapter of a manhwa, but it’s far out of my grasp of understanding. Now I just read news articles when I have the time.

    2. An intense study for 2 weeks! 😀 All my presents are Korean this year so that’s good. 20 hours a day of Korean listening. Going to work through the textbook I’m getting intensely (haven’t decided yet). Watching loads of K-Drama and K-Movies. I just can’t wait!

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      5 December, 2012 at 10:04 PM

      wow nice that your presents are all Korean 😀 Looks like it will be a Korean filled holiday for you 😀

  • Reply
    amanda
    5 December, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    I use Minna no Nihongo for my japanese lessons. To help me remember my vocabulary, I use some note key rings I bought from Muji. For Grammar, I have a notebook where I revise grammar points covered in class by attempting to write my own sentences.
    For the holidays, I would probably try to self study future chapters as I think progress in my Japanese class has been really slow since I switched classes. (My previous class was closed due to a number of students leaving.)

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      5 December, 2012 at 10:05 PM

      I’ve seen Minna no nihongo but i dun really like it that much. Most japanese lessons use them though ><;;

      • Reply
        amanda
        6 December, 2012 at 1:54 AM

        yep, most classes seem to use minna no nihongo here. i’ve only tried one other textbook when i self-studied. it was called Japanese for Busy People, i think? i borrowed it from the library and totally hated it. there wasn’t any kanji in the book! isn’t kanji quite impt in japanese :/

  • Reply
    alan
    5 December, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    I’ve started learning Korean this August, in NUS. And it was good, we used 경희대 textbook. Not the best textbook I think, could be improved. Nevertheless the teachers in NUS were really good and they’ve encourage us to go further.

    First time commenting on your blog, and being a fellow Singaporean I really am inspired by your blog to go on and study Korean further. So I decided to do a little self-study this vacation after my last paper this week. Got 4 weeks to study Korean and improve on it. I thought the basic level in NUS was extremely manageable and I could go on to study more on my own before the next semester starts. Reading your reviews on the Ewha textbooks, I’ve placed my trust in you and placed my order on GMarket for the Ewha 1-2 textbook. It should come just in time after my last paper this week. Heh hopefully I can cover quite a number of stuffs this vacation 🙂

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      6 December, 2012 at 9:27 PM

      Hi Alan! Thanks for leaving a comment 😀 I have an old version of the 경희대 books too. I agree it’s not the best, but still pretty alright. Can be a little boring for self learners but still v informative and structured.

      Hope you will find the 1-2 textbook useful! It might be a little easy after your NUS lessons ><;; Have fun learning!

  • Reply
    Karla
    5 December, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    I’m studying Korean
    -using Korean Grammar for International learners 5 pages/day
    -listening to TTMIK Iyagi on my way to school,during snack break,in the classroom while waiting for my professor,when I lie in bed ,while doing exercise ,while I take a bath LOL

    My holiday plans would be
    – still study Korean Grammar for International Learners
    -Read Korean Novels
    -still listen to TTMIK Iyagi
    if poosible the whole day

    • Reply
      Prashanth Akunuri
      5 December, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      Hey that’s great karla! and we meet again hehe! You are already reading Korean novels and I’m just starting with Korean children’s books! ㅠㅠ

  • Reply
    amyhangukolic
    5 December, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Try to translate a page of TTMIK iyagi lately (halfway though) feeling better lately to calm myself first when first looking at the full page of Korean. Excited when I found some words I accidentally encountered it before. Aiming to translate Ailee song when I am free. ^^

    Bought an Ehwa textbook (thanks to Shanna =] ) Waiting to scan the book when my brother bring it back from Singapore. Will start it when I am on holiday time. Now is in the assignment chaos period XD

    Wish everyone happy Korean learning!

    • Reply
      amyhangukolic
      5 December, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      and I just finished my TTMIK level 5 a few days ago!

      • Reply
        alodia
        5 December, 2012 at 10:56 PM

        i’m still on ttmik level 4. 🙁

        • Reply
          amyhangukolic
          6 December, 2012 at 4:27 AM

          but I think your Korean is much better than me =]
          Gotta try to study using other resources as well! ^^

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      6 December, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      hehe it feels like many of us now have Ewha textbooks hahahahaha 😀

  • Reply
    Prashanth Akunuri
    5 December, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    I’m still learning Korean and would like to start Japanese soon too, have been delaying it forever, hopefully will join for Japanese classes here at my place, but again I’m would be resuming my French learning.

    I joined for pegasus society’s online Korean course where they teach Korean for free. I’m sure you must be aware of Pegasus. I joined for intermediate but my level is not up to the intermediate and somewhere in between of Beginner’s and Intermediate.

    I’m also thinking to start watching a Korean drama, it has been like few months since I watched one. I started “Pasta” last night but I’m looking for a better video quality source than I have. (viki.com strangely isn’t working in my country-India)

    I have to also resume listening to TTMIK pod-casts and Iyagi! ㅠㅠ

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      6 December, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      wow it will be a challenge to juggle 3 languages. I’m already struggling with two >< Yep I did join the Pegasus advanced lessons for awhile. (: I'm probably going to watch School 2013! The upcoming drama season has quite a few that I'm interested in

  • Reply
    hangukdrama
    5 December, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    heehee I should contribute too! 😀 This is supposed to be OPEN thread but I find myself answering my own questions too -___-

    Was doing quite a bit for Korean by reading the 전우치 novel and reading up on modern Korean history. Then stopped for awhile and these few days I haven’t been doing much! Decided to switch to Japanese and I find myself not really knowing how to study Japanese and what to do. So I am just listening to some podcasts / radio shows and also reading some kpop articles on BIG BANG in Japanese! Maybe I’ll go watch Seungri host in Japanese. I love watching Korean stars who can speak Japanese 😀

    YES PLANS 😀 Plan to study hard for TOPIK 6. Brushing up the advanced grammar. Hopefully I can finish 전우치 2 and have a better understanding of modern Korean history! Find that soooo fascinating. And I think I’m going to read up more about the newspaper/tv industry in Korea. There’s quite a fascinating history there I think! (:

    Feel free to reply to anyone k! 😀 Everyone is friendly here (:

  • Reply
    Regan
    5 December, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    I’ve been studying Korean for just about 2 years now. I do the lessons on the TTMIK website regularly and practice sentence reps with Anki. I watch Korean dramas whenever I have time to help my listening comprehension, and just because I like them. Lately I’ve been trying to improve my reading skills by reading Korean drama comics becuase Shanna said she found them really helpful. (Thanks Shanna!) So far I’ve read “My Princess” and “You’re Beautiful”.

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      6 December, 2012 at 9:32 PM

      Ahhh drama comics! Glad you found them useful!

  • Reply
    amanda
    6 December, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    I’ve already posted my entry up there^

    Just wanna say I think it’s super cool reading about how everyone studies languages ^^

    • Reply
      amyhangukolic
      6 December, 2012 at 4:28 AM

      Yup! It’s amazing everyone with the same interest gathers here. ^^

  • Reply
    Emmanuelle
    6 December, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    Interesting thread!
    I try to study Korean 1-2 hours a day after work (I try at least). Irealized that it’s best for me to work even a little every day tha for a long period of time once or twice a week.
    I’m working on Elementary Korean from Tuttle Press (I do ALL the exercices, from the work book too..), and I countercheck with Ewha Books too (I just bought the first book of this series and plan to buy the rest).
    I use Grammar in use (the first) too, love it and I plan to buy the next. (So many books to buy!!!!)
    And I watch TONS of dramas and listens to Korean songs (a LOT, my friends think I’m a freak! LOL)

    Thanks again for your blog, it’s a tremendous help!

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      6 December, 2012 at 9:34 PM

      BOOKS 😀 😀 I love buying books and I love reading them too! XD I usually read my Korean textbooks cover to cover, but somehow I don’t do the exercises. Unless they are simple exercises like cloze passage or matching words. ><;; I ignore those "complete the sentence" where they just throw you the front / back clause. Thanks for always reading the blog 😀 😀

  • Reply
    Dusky
    6 December, 2012 at 5:35 AM

    Right now I’m only using TTMIK. I would love to use some textbooks but their kind of expensive…Still extremely thankful for TTMIK though. If it wasn’t for TTMIK I would have given up wanting to learn Korean all together. ^^ So yeah, right now I plan to study a whole lot with TTMIK. I’m sure I’ll be able to add on to what I’m doing later. 🙂

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      6 December, 2012 at 9:36 PM

      TTMIK is awesome 😀 I think you will do fine if you supplement TTMIK with drama watching / reading online articles etc!

      • Reply
        Dusky
        6 December, 2012 at 11:00 PM

        Yes, I love TTMIK. 😀 Yeah, I’ve be thinking about rewatching Coffee Prince without subtitles. I don’t think I’ll understand most of it but it’s gotta help in some way. XD I didn’t think about reading online articles though. I’ll give that a try! Thanks. 🙂

  • Reply
    Liza
    6 December, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    1. what have you been doing to learn Korean

    Watch K-Drama and variety shows and also listen to K-Pop song. Since I working, I tried to at least memorize 20 words of vocabs and follow TTMIK lessons.but nowadays I really lazy to read it because I’m really tired and sleep after arrive in home.(I only reading book for TOPIK preparation). Now, listen to song try to catch the vocabs. Other than that, currently I’m opening my blog in korean(naver), me too day,kakao talk and also I follow alot of K-stars and try to figured it out about their tweet.(and it takes long time to translate their tweet into english..sighh)

    2. any language-learning plans for the holiday season?

    I only have weekends, so It kinda hard for me to study, since sometimes I hanging out with my friend, visiting my families members and I also tried to finish all my k-drama and variety shows..:)

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      6 December, 2012 at 9:37 PM

      Having a Korean blog is fun 😀 And the feeling of being able to understand your fav idol’s tweets is really satisfying (:

      • Reply
        alodia
        7 December, 2012 at 7:37 PM

        I just follow one celebrity on me2day and I hate the internet slang!!! ㅠㅠ But it’s a fun practice.

  • Reply
    alan
    6 December, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Anyway fellow Korean learners, I’m currently at the basic~intermediate level (in between, can’t really tell the line).
    I need to improve my reading skills as I’m taking too long to understand a text for comprehension questions…
    Any websites out there have got simple texts that I can read and understand? Can’t be too difficult cos my grasp of vocab and grammar is still at most basic-intermediate. Or anything to recommend?

    • Reply
      alodia
      6 December, 2012 at 5:51 PM

      If you don’t mind kiddie stuff, try the storybooks on 쥬니어네이버 http://www.jr.naver.com/ or some webtoons (I highly recommend Penguin Loves Mev: comic.naver.com/webtoon/detail.nhn?titleId=169080&no=6&weekday=wed ) ^^

      • Reply
        alodia
        6 December, 2012 at 7:17 PM

        Or try goggling for some blogs on a topic you are most interested in. 🙂
        When I was… uhm… trying to cure my 상사병 (!) i searched for 짝사랑 and I ended up reading blog entries after blog entries. Some are difficult but some writes fairly easy (or easy enough for my understanding – I’m also on the beginner~intermediate transition). Before I knew it I think my reading comprehension has improved a lot after reading those blogs. 🙂

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      hangukdrama
      6 December, 2012 at 9:38 PM

      I agree with Alodia! Googling for articles in a field that you are interested in helps! I started out with kpop articles and they are pretty easy to read and you will get the hang of them in a short while!

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    Choco Pie
    6 December, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    I never liked Korean dramas, but I read Shanna’s recommendation of Queen of Housewives and to my utter shock I loved it! I watched the whole thing on YouTube with subs and now I’m going through it more slowly without subs, rewinding a lot. I’m learning so much everyday, conversational Korean.

    Any other dramas similar to that one? I liked it because the characters are older, it is funny, no cuteness, no fatal diseases, no first love. I’m afraid I’ll never find another drama I like as much as that one.

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      6 December, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      soooo happy you love the drama too!!!! 😀 😀 Mmm there’s actually a “2nd part” to the drama (not related) called Queen of Reversals. I heard that it’s good too, although the front part may start a little slow. I find 49 days really good too! I think you will like it (:

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    Jewel
    6 December, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    currently on ttmik level 7 and going to print out iyagi scripts to study.i am also trying to work on my intermediate topik bk and reading through stuff in yonsei 5 bk.but can anyone tell me how to improve my spoken korean?

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      8 December, 2012 at 7:23 PM

      wow you area already at level 5 book! Congrats! Mmm one way I use is to talk to myself and make up dialogues XD

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    putra
    6 December, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    I watched some dramas and Korean variety shows. I am interested in learning grammar too, any recommendations for good grammar books? And where can I buy them? I live in Indonesia, maybe someone know any good store in Indonesia which sells Korean books? Thank you ^^

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      8 December, 2012 at 7:23 PM

      try buying on gmarket online!

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    blackbrich
    7 December, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Study has been basically nonexistant since school started in August. I do read through things and watch a lot of Dramas(Korean) and a little anime(Japanese).

    I also started Chinese recently for some odd reason… Probably another way to procrastinate on schoolwork.

    Also I finally gave Big Bang a listen after seeing many posts about them and I wish I had listened sooner. I dont even like most pop music(regardless of language)

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      8 December, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      yay! big bang is awesome 😀 any particular songs you like?

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    Buffy
    7 December, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    1. what have you been doing to learn Korean/Japanese?
    Hmm… well for Korean lately, I’ve just been listening to K-pop/K-Indie and watching Korean dramas.. I’m been trying to listen more to TTMIK but with so much homework and projects lately, it’s been almost impossible for me T_T
    But hopefully during winter break I’ll be able to do at least 3 lessons on TTMIK. And hopefully my Ehwa workbook will arrive by the end of December (thanks to Shanna ^^)
    As for Japanese, I’ve given up for now OTL haha I haven’t worked on it for like 7 months now maybe.. Memorizing hiragana isn’t hard, but it just requires so much more work than Korean. At least when you know Hangul, you can read it and from there on it’s just about understanding it. But with Japanese, if you don’t know one character, you’re kinda screwed. T_T Plus I just find Korean so much nicer, I love the Japanese language but Korean appeals to me the most =P

    2. any language-learning plans for the holiday season?
    Well as I already stated above, I’m planning on doing for lessons with TTMIK and hopefully my Ehwa workbook will arrive and I’ll be able to work on that ^^
    And then of course, a holiday (or any day really) can’t be complete without watching Korean dramas 😀

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      8 December, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      I know what you mean with Japanese ><;; I'm still terrible at katakana D: Have fun learning Korean and watching dramas! (:

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    frans
    7 December, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    1. What have you been doing to learn Korean/Japanese?
    I started learning Jap for a few months only in 2009 cos I’ve liked manga since young. But in 2010 I stopped learning Jap cos was busy with some stuff then. Yet, in Aug 2010 when I was about to pick up Jap again, I “accidentally/thankfully” watched a Korean drama and fell in love with one of the actors – who’s actually an idol. Since then, my love for kpop and Korean just escalated at an unprecedented rate, and at a higher intensity than my Jap liking. The rest’s history hahaha.. 😛

    So I studied Jap from Minna No Nihongo. When I moved on to Korean, I had my first interaction with Hangeul and took my first Korean lessons in 1st sem of university.. Used my prof’s own published Textbook. By level 3, my prof never come out with new textbooks, so we used Yonsei 2급 교과서.

    2. Any language-learning plans for the holiday season?
    Yea, planning to self study (after being inspired by you when I chanced upon your blog during last sem’s exam period). Both Korean and Jap. I am wondering for Jap if Minna no Nihongo or Shin Bunka’s a better textbook.. 😛 아자 아자 화이팅! 頑張って!! keke 🙂

    • Reply
      alodia
      7 December, 2012 at 7:45 PM

      I know how you felt about Japanese!!!! King Sejong is indeed great, right? 🙂
      I’ve been trying to google some cheat sheets for studying Japanese grammar through Korean but I ended up reading blogs of people learning both languages and it’s interesting to see different opinions when they compare the two languages. I think the learning curve is steeper in beginner Japanese than beginner Korean. The Kana and the Kanji made me give up studying Japanese last year. I have no choice but to study Japanese in school again, but now I learned how to be more open-minded about it. It does take a lot more effort, but it’s not too bad after all… However there are still times when I just want to throw a tantrum (and throw my Japanese textbook while at it) and go running to King Sejong!

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        frans
        8 December, 2012 at 11:37 PM

        wow! your Korean seems to be really pro! 😀 how long have you studied Korean for? What about Jap? And yeah, its great that King Sejong came up with Hangeul, it makes writing a bit easier than Japanese hehe 🙂 But cos of it, there’s more overlaps in meanings for Korean words, if you know what I mean? 😛

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          alodia
          9 December, 2012 at 12:00 AM

          Ek! Far from it! Can survive conversation with loads of errors and can understand about 50% of easy (blog/diary style) articles and dramas but don’t think can even pass Level 3 TOPIK yet. Started studying Korean 5 years ago. Started self-studying for 3 years, attended Korean classes for a year and now back to self-studying. I studied – no scratch that! I ATTENDED beginner Japanese class for a semester last year. Did not learn a thing and ended up gaving it up. Found myself in an intermediate Japanese class 4 weeks ago. And because I was ‘the lost girl’ in class, I had to self study from square one – and that’s when it started being fun (though I’m still lost in class!). 🙂

          And yeah, I’ve read one of the arguments of a Japanese learner – that since there’s practically ‘no Hanja’ some similar sounding words can be confused with one another while in Japanese, there will always be a Kanji to distinguish them. 🙂

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      hangukdrama
      8 December, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      it’s so interesting how things are always so .. unexpected xD I didn’t expect myself to like Korean so much too!

      Mmm I’m not sure about Japanese textbooks. Personally I’m not a fan of minna no nihongo. Haven’t heard of the other one so I can’t comment ><;

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        frans
        8 December, 2012 at 11:38 PM

        haha its ok. thanks anyway! I just bought the Shin Bunka textbook online this afternoon anws lol. And keep the blog running! ^^

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