[Korean Textbook Review] 똑똑한 만화 교과서 – 속담

Language learning (as with many other things) requires one to be creative about the resources that you use. If you are just relying on language classes or language textbooks aimed specifically to foreign language learners, then you might be missing out on a lot of other useful resources! When I was in Korea, I used to like going to the 국어 section for elementary / middle school students to find resources meant for native Korean students. These are wonderful resources and I’ve also written about why they are so good. When Weixin lent me these two books, I was like OMG SO COOL. Proverbs (속담) and 4-character idioms (사자성어/고사성어) are two...

Midnight 

Phew. 10 minutes to Sunday and I finally accomplished what I had aimed to do on Saturday. I’m trying not to think about the to-do list for tomorrow and instead, I’m hoping to get my to do list started. Although I’m actually out now getting supper.  The older I get, the more drawn I am to old things. I’m still very much a drama fan, but instead of catching the latest shows, I’ve been turning to re-watch old ones or start on shows I didn’t manage to watch 10 years ago lol.  So that’s how I end up watching “1% of anything” now. Nope not the 2016 version, it’s the...

It’s all about the moment

Once the moment has passed, it’s gone. For the past few months, I was convinced that I should put in my effort into something else during this year and perhaps I would have time for my hobbies when things “get on track”. But now I think that’s just a laughable thought and a poor decision. And that’s how hobbies die. It’s true that everyone is busy and there’s always more things to do compared to the time we have. Allocation of time is hence important, but no matter how tiny a fraction of time you have to dedicate to something, if you think it’s important, give it some attention and...

滴答滴答

微雨。是我最喜歡的天氣。 雨點打在窗戶邊,滴答滴答,為忙碌的生活節奏中,帶來一絲絲的規律,很順心。 望向窗外,享受著雨天獨有的氣息,提醒自己人生其實可以很簡單。複雜的卻是人心。 太過於投入,傷身傷神呀。...

[Textbook Review] Pathfinder in Korean (Beginning)

Many Korean learners would be familiar with the Ewha textbook series, but have anyone seen this one? It’s an old textbook published by Ewha in 1998 and they had a second edition published in 2009 (which is what I’m holding on to). Textbooks back in those days are quite different (and rather limited choices too). Some of the things I observed are (1) tendency to have minimal English explanations; (2) focus on classroom activities; (3) use of technical linguistic terms; (4) minimal grammar explanations (I assume that’s because it’s designed for classroom use and the teacher should do the explanations?); and (5) a tougher curriculum. The fifth point is harder...

Ebb and Flow

February past by in a blur. It was a busy and productive month but sometimes the hectic schedule made me feel even emptier inside. It has been quite some time since I last neglected my blog for so long, and by association, neglected the things that came to define me and my identity. I’ve written about the difficulties I have trying to balance the different aspects of life and sometimes I feel like I’m so caught up in some insignificant things that I wonder if it’s worth all the effort at the end of the day. While I’m totally grateful and appreciative of the opportunities I’m given and the chance to widen my...