15 In Korean learning journey (:

Progress is slowest at the advanced stage

First of all, I really have to thank everyone for their comments / support / understanding in the previous post. It means a lot to me, and I’m really grateful. I have read every single email/comment and will take some time to reply them in the next few days! ^^

The first thing I did when I got home is to cry and got everything out of my system. But I’m totally fine right now, just that I still tire out easily. I’ve already got back to track and have made some plans that hopefully will turn out in the next few weeks or so!

Funny enough, I actually feel well enough that I’m studying Korean HAHAHA. Something that I haven’t been doing for months. Followed my own advice about reading widely and I’ve picked out a few technology-related articles to read. And it suddenly hit me all over again how I’m still really far from being good in Korean.

Barely halfway into the article, I’ve already checked the dictionary 8 times, although I’m happy to say reading has got even easier for me these days 😀 Must be the air in Korea ㅋㅋ

Advanced stage is really a tricky stage in language learning. It’s not about being complacent, but you are likely to find a lesser need / motivation to improve.

I’ve kinda gotten to the stage where I’m very much comfortable with using Korean in daily life, for daily conversations and in most aspects of my life. I can deal with administrative procedures, do banking, listen to classes etc in Korean and usually, I don’t feel that acute need to improve.

Completing TOPIK 6 has also erased another workable goal and I find myself comfortable enough that I stop thinking of improving. This is why I think the immediate stage is where you progress the fastest. You are in the groove of things and you are highly motivated to learn more and you are aware of where you are lacking.

hehe being advanced has its bad points too, you tend to lose that adrenaline rush lol. I admit that I have been shunning studying Korean for a long long time but I think I’m back again.

Taking a step back was a good thing, it allows me to enjoy learning instead of being trapped in that obsession to make Korean my life and career path. It’s one thing to try to force things and narrow your choices and another to pursue what you like.

As much as I hate to admit it, I think I was doing the former and that was probably the reason why I ended up feeling stress from Korean and stopped being able to enjoy it as much as I did.

Now, I’m remembering how much I really love learning Korean. ❤

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15 Comments

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    Clayton Wong
    12 September, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Could it be like any language that at the advance level proficiency improves most in a specific area? Like a lawyer becomes specialized in legal terms, your improvement will mostly improve in your area of expertise or your particular area of interest?

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      hangukdrama
      14 September, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      mmm yeah but I’m still not to that advanced stage yet 😛 That’s probably like high advanced

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    Wong
    12 September, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Glad to hear that, stay positive 🙂

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      hangukdrama
      14 September, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      Thanks!

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    Jade
    12 September, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Kudos!

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      hangukdrama
      14 September, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      😀

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    Loving Korean
    12 September, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    I’m glad to hear you’re doing better. And learning Korean again! 🙂

    I can see what you mean. Only language I ever reached advanced level with is English and at some point I just stopped studying it. I usually pick up more and more by reading. It feels like I’m not improving but when I see something I wrote a few years ago I get surprised what silly mistakes I made.

    I wonder what I will think if I read this comment few years from now ^^

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      hangukdrama
      14 September, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      heheh sometimes i read my own past Korean posts / listen to my own podcasts and I’ll be like cringing hahahaha. it’s a good sign. Sign of improvement!

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    Sherry
    12 September, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Glad you are back on track already! Sometimes crying help a lot..he he he…I will be visiting Seoul mid October, am still waiting for your salon post 😛

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      hangukdrama
      14 September, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      hehehe will get it out soon!!! Promise!! If I don’t, bug me 😛

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    Charles Vought
    13 September, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Wow topik level six that’s amazing!!

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    Charles Vought
    13 September, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Wow topik level six that’s amazing!!

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      hangukdrama
      14 September, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      hahahha thanks!

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    Lauren
    13 September, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    You say study korean but it really isn’t “studying” anymore right ?
    Like for me with my advanced japanese I do whatever interests in Japanese and learn whatever japanese I want to learn from it. Because my japanese level is high its easy to me to learn/remember things as well as filter out stuff that even most japanese people wouldn’t know as well as look up unknown stuff. Like for shows where people say something really funny but I couldn’t catch what they said or I Understood everything the person said but still don’t feel like I understood them like I didn’t understand th point of it etc etc I ask On chiebukuro etc etc

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      hangukdrama
      14 September, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      well. it’s more of like reading Korean articles and finding out things I still don’t know. No more of textbooks or grammar study! (:

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