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. ❤