10 In Korean learning journey (:/ Open Thread

[OPEN THREAD] Little things that mean a lot

It’s really the little things in language learning that are so precious.

2 years ago or so, I started listening to Home Made 家族, a Japanese group. It was the first group I liked and I listened to it without knowing what they were singing.

Fast forward to now. I ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND.

Understanding the lyrics made me appreciate the song a lot more (:

Are there small things about learning a language that made you happy? Or maybe a time where you were glad you knew Korean(or another lang)?

I find recounting such small moments a big motivation to work harder (: if you are experiencing a bottleneck, think back to the small things that made you happy!

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    Ana
    13 February, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    I agree with you. The small things make you to go forward

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      Hangukdrama
      22 February, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      😀

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    Jodi
    13 February, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    A couple months ago when I was watching Boys Over Flowers(unsubbed), there was a small joke that 잔디 made it went something like this: (She wanted to apoligize for something she did, but didn’t like 준표 so she tried to make it as slick as possible) *holds out an apple* 사과받으세요.
    I laughed for 10 minutes straight. I know it’s not that funny, but the fact that I actually understood the wordplay was what really made laugh, especially since everything else they were saying sounded like gibberish to me. And I despite not liking Kpop I actually have two songs by Big Bang, Bad Boy and Haru Haru. They mean a lot to me, because I heard them when I was still learning hanguel and I kept watching the music video on repeat for about two weeks everyday after I came from school, because they’re so gorgeous. I grew to like those songs even though they arent my style, and now whenever I hear them it reminds me of how hopeful and excited I was to learn Korean.

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      Hangukdrama
      22 February, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      ahhh yes! I remember that scene hahhaha. I totally understand how those songs will remind you of your love for Korean. Same with me. There are some songs that reminds me of the time I first started learning Korean (: Mine was 와 줘 part 2 by se7en! He was the first artiste I liked!

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    Jonathan
    13 February, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    I think understanding that song is actually a big moment. A lot of small moments, such as learning a new word or grammar, contribute to being able to understand that song you couldn’t understand before. ^^

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      Hangukdrama
      22 February, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      hahahha that’s true!

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    philippinesaram
    14 February, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    For Korean, whenever I watch EXO Showtime unsubbed I can actually understand more or less 50% of what they are saying, they talk really fast so I can’t understand the other things. Also I got to watch the Taxi Talkshow (?) featuring Sam Hammington and I can understand the same degree.. for the songs also the same. I am having that sense of happiness whenever I had this experience. For Japanese, I’m more into Utada Hikaru and Nakata Yasutaka as well as Japanese songs of K-pop artists, and even though I just began self-studying Japanese, there are some words I understand as a whole, like I can fully understand Perfume’s Polyrhythm and Daijoubanai and the first verse in the chorus of Utada Hikaru’s Beautiful World. XD With all these things, I became more inspired and motivated to study both Korean and Japanese even more.

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      Hangukdrama
      22 February, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      That’s really good progress! (:

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    Choronghi
    14 February, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Did u follow up on your goal and write anything yet ?

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      Hangukdrama
      22 February, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      yep I did, but not much.. sadly.

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