19 In Korean learning journey (:

Starting on a new Korean novel

Wasn’t planning to blog today but I need a break from my thoughts. Wanted to read something in Korean but wasn’t feeling in the mood for 전우치 and definitely not in the mood for history. So decided to pick this teen novel that I bought some time back.

The story is set in the time period right after the Japanese Occupation and I felt like I had a deeper understanding of the story because I knew the background of Korea’s history. Keenly felt the connections between language, history and culture.

I’m just a chapter in but already invested in the story. The book is easy to read (a teen novel) and the writing style is simple, yet it conveys a lot of emotions. I’ve no idea why but the Korean way of writing appeals to me a lot.

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#mandatory picture of my notebook lol

I’ve kinda put my color pens aside and these days I like to write entirely in pencil. What you are seeing how is the 사자성어 (4 character idioms) that I learnt yesterday. Learnt 20 yesterday and if I’m in the mood, another 20 tonight maybe?

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My pencil and my notebook. A happy afternoon.

 

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Going off to read chapter 2 now (: What have you guys been doing to learn Korean / Japanese?

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생각해 보니까 나는 정말 “한국어 밖에 아무것도 없는 여자”. 내 전부니까 더욱 소중하게 간직해야 한다.

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19 Comments

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    Anno
    18 January, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Oh! I read that book or most of it when in Korea. Pretty sad story but like you said quite interesting as well.

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      hangukdrama
      18 January, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      i was hoping for a light read ><;;

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    Lucie D
    18 January, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    I like the thought of crawling somewhere comfy and not having to think about or do anything except learn Korean and watch dramas and try to read the Korean novel. Anyway I started focusing on some grammar again and learning words through memrise that I read about in the comment section in your vocab list posts. Need to sit down and find some sample sentences for a couple of words. 😀

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      hangukdrama
      18 January, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      same! Hole up somewhere and just relax (: Sounds like a plan! the naver dictionary is always good for sample sentences. And sometimes using both the kr-kr dic and en-kr dic is good too, since they offer different sample sentences!

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    skrwitch
    18 January, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    The way you study looks so nice and fun! ^^ I wish I could study the way you do. It looks like a good book, of course I won’t be able to understand it.

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      hangukdrama
      20 January, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      it’s a sad story D: and getting sadder….

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    Piglet
    19 January, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    It must be great to be able to read a novel in Korean….hopefully I will be able to do that soon. I can only read novels in English, kind of sad, I know how to speak another language fluently as well, but reading and writing is……Reading in Korean or Japanese is very difficult for me at the moment, but if I keep at it one day I will be able to do so. I guess you could say reading and writing is my weak point and listening and speaking might be my stronger area. ^^ I really love reading your post I can feel your passion for learning Korean in every passage. Lol I feel like a blog stalker, everyday I come by here to see if there is any new post to read and to read some of the other comments left by other people.

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      hangukdrama
      20 January, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      Keep going! For me, reading and listening is my strongest area, followed by writing and speaking (: That’s the same for my non-existent Japanese proficiency too 😛 hehe thanks for always visiting the blog! 😛 I love reading all the comments and interacting with everyone here too!

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    Dusky
    19 January, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Sometimes teen novels are the best to read. They’re great for winding down before bed. Though I think if I started reading something in Korean before bed it would probably keep me up. XD Now that my puppy has settled down I think I might look for some Korean articles to read. I was originally going to go to TTMIK but then I found out their site was under maintenance. XD So I guess this is a perfect time to read (more like try to read XD) an article.

    Have I mentioned how pretty your handwriting is? Because it is very pretty! ^^

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      hangukdrama
      20 January, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      hehe I struggled a lot with the translation of 소년소설. On one hand, it can be translated to teen novel but somehow I feel that teen novel has the connotations of being a relaxing, light read. And this story is definitely not. It’s on the level of a easier to read fiction book, but nowhere light and relaxing.><;; hehe will it help if I start to recommend some articles to read? ^^

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        Dusky
        21 January, 2013 at 2:45 AM

        Yeah, that’s how I normally think of teen novels. Something that is light and relaxing or at least not as heavy on the tear-inducing scenes. >.< That’s very sweet of you! I would love to know them. I honestly don’t know where to start. ^^;; If you don’t mind that is. ^^

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    Autonomous Korean
    19 January, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Enjoy! I’ve actually refrained from trying to read a Korean novel since a failed attempt (바리데기 by 항석영) a few years ago. I tend to read more non-fiction than fiction, so I’ve read a lot since then, but I still feel a bit intimidated by Korean novels… reading The Hobbit in Korean now, but it’s not the same thing, and obviously much easier. Maybe I’ll try 바리데기 again…

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      hangukdrama
      20 January, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      ahh I don’t really know many Korean novels, aside from those really famous ones like 엄마를 부탁해 or the like. Shall google it!

      Actually me too. I like reading non-fiction a lot more. The main reason being they are easier to read. haha. And I always like informative books. But after trying to read a few Korean novels, I must say that I really enjoy them. I started off reading translated literature too, but found that I could barely stomach them. So nowadays I usually go for original Korean novels. Try 우리들의 행복한 시간. It’s not bad. But my favorite is still 전우치 by 권오단. 😀

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    Regan
    20 January, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    I just started trying to read 트와일라잇 in Korean. I know it’s a novel for young people, but I am finding it quite intimidating and not so easy to read (I have to look up a lot of words in the dictionary). Hopefully as I keep reading it will get easier. 🙂

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      hangukdrama
      20 January, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      hahahah i had the book 😀 It’s not bad 😛 But the phrasing can get a little awkward at times (being translated literature..) hehe have fun reading! I looked up TONS of words too when I first started!

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    Hui Fen
    21 January, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    I haven’t really tried reading any novels in Korean yet. I passed Level 2 for my TOPIK recently, so I’m working towards intermediate stuffs now. This book sounds great! Probably I can start reading some simple books. I’m really bad in reading lol, my worst component for TOPIK. I just bought Yonsei Reading Series Book 3 not long ago. I look forward to the day I can read more in Korean.

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      hangukdrama
      21 January, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      congrats for passing TOPIK! 😀 hehe 화이팅!!

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    ethel
    23 January, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    do u have any korean novels to recommend? like for my standard (topik 4??) hahaha. my jap friend reads the korean novels that were made into movies ie 늑대의유혹?? lol

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      hangukdrama
      23 January, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      ehhh i like 세상에 너를 소리쳐 (big bang autobiography hahaha). i’m reading 우리들의 행복한 시간 too.

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