9 In Korean learning journey (:/ TOPIK

Signed up for TOPIK for the 5th time 

Sudden realisation that 2018 marks the 10th year since I started learning Korean ???. Woah. 10 years. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the past 10 years of my life have been very much influenced by my rather random decision to pick up the language. Here’s hoping that the 10th year anniversary will be an exciting and fruitful one 🙂 

For a (good) start, I’ve signed up for TOPIK in April! I was very scared that I would miss the sign up deadline again and this time I got everyone around me to remind me lol! 

This would be the 5th time I’m taking the exam. First took it back in 2009 (passed TOPIK 4), 2012 (TOPIK 5), 2013 (TOPIK 6) and 2015 (TOPIK 6). It’s now time to renew the certification, which lasts 2 years. 

I think I should be able to pass level 6 again, but then again, it’s hard to say since I haven’t been using the language much these days. I would very much like to improve my writing scores, which have always been in the ~60s range. So that would be my goal this time round, to push it to the high 70s. 

The new year didn’t quite bring in the renewed motivation, so I’m still finding it hard to do anything productive after work. Weekends are slightlyyy better but my concentration just doesn’t last. 

I have a study partner now, so hopefully this means more motivation! ??

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    31 January, 2018 at 7:51 PM

    Good luck for exam.
    Are you able to translate documents / books in Korean
    to English and Chinese ?

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      1 February, 2018 at 10:22 PM

      Thanks. I guess it depends on the genre and topic.

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    1 February, 2018 at 9:29 PM

    so when are you going to stop taking the TOPIK tests? what is your goal? I don’t get it…

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      1 February, 2018 at 10:21 PM

      It’s just about maintaining the certification and while I’m at it, I’ll aim to do better each time.

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        2 February, 2018 at 2:59 AM

        I still don’t get why. When I read 10 years I just assumed you wouldn’t want to waste any time. You could use the time/money towards the topik test toward whatever Korean activity to improve your Korean (Korean book, drama, movie, visit whatever it is). also, if you want to get good at writing you have to write a lot as in you’ll do a lot of bad writing until you get good at it. that’s why I don’t get why you bother with the topik at this point.

        didn’t you mention you use Korean at your job?

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        2 February, 2018 at 5:46 PM

        What are the benefits to maintain?
        Besides geting a work permit in korea

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    2 February, 2018 at 8:55 AM

    Nice! I think I’m going to take it in May (or whenever the first North America exam of 2018 is… I should probably check that) and see if I can boost my numerical score.

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    13 February, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    거시기하게 앞으로 거시기하세요

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    3 April, 2018 at 5:01 AM

    Good luck! I’ll be taking TOPIK II for the first time this May in South Korea as well.

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