42 In Korean learning journey (:

The 8 types of language learners

I’m writing this with Korean learners in mind and any resemblance to real life characters is purely coincidental.

A #notserious post.

1. The “you mean you dunno this” annoying type

Ever met someone who try to say something to you and when you go ???, they be like “what? You mean you dunno this? Oh man I’m better than you!” You remain politely puzzled and until you found out that you didn’t understand cos the person has bad pronunciation -.- and you have to bite back the retort.

Funny how some people just can’t see the possibility that the fault lies with them

(I’ve met many!)

2. The spoil market, overly humble type

The kind who keep on saying that they are terrible at the language and just when you believe them, you find out that they are actually fluent and competent. You are envious and annoyed at the same time. Because.. If they are terrible, then you wonder about what you are.

My yardstick is longer than yours.

3.The can read but cannot speak type

The ones who just won’t open their mouths. And you wonder why it’s so hard to verbalize it when they are perfectly capable of writing you an essay.

But you have to be in the situation yourself to know what it’s like. Speaking and reading are two different skillsets. I myself havent managed to hold a proper Japanese conversation.

4.The “I wanna learn enough to watch k dramas” type

They probably won’t be korean learners for very long. Once they realize that the statement entails being a very competent learner with a wide range of vocabulary and great listening skills, they would want out. But I guess there are exceptions.

5.The “fangirl” type

It’s all for the oppas :p nothing wrong though, fangirling is the single most powerful motivation to learn a language for a long time.

They are the ones with the most updated vocab/slangs.

On a side note, i dunno why people will write or tweet to their idols in 반말…..

6.The “buy and hoard textbooks” type

Everytime you see a new textbook, you will be tempted to get it. You feel that there will never be enough textbooks and you feel the need to get all of them in order not to miss out anything. You feel insecure when you feel like there are no more textbooks for your level. Then again, you buy a lot but dont finish using them.

7.The “stationery lover”

You need all your notebooks to be neat and pretty. You codecode your notes and will even rewrite them to make sure that they are neat and organised. You love shopping for new stationery and spend more time doing up your notes than learning the language.

8.The “I wish I can be better but Im still not putting in effort” type

This describes all of us to some degree.

which type of language learner are you? Or should I ask which is your dominant type?

Feel free to share more types (:

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42 Comments

  • Reply
    Liz
    19 November, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    This might be my first time commenting… Maybe? But I recognized myself in so many of those, and I’m putting off studying 😉

    I’m probably a little bit of 2, but also 3 (for Korean) so while I seriously think my speaking skills are terrible, I test well. I feel like regarding 2, some people are just being overly humble, but also the more you know, the more you know you don’t know.

    6… Yep. That’s me. It was worst in my early self study days because a) I didn’t know what I was looking for and b) I always wanted more examples and more practice. Now that my level is higher most of those are pretty useless, and many barely touched. 🙁

    And 7. Yeah that’s me too. I only rarely rewrite notes to make things neater, but I have notebooks specifically for home study notes, color coded and everything, and separate notes for in class scribles. Those are less beautiful.

    There’s also a counterpart to type 3, the gyopo who can speak, but can’t read, and is better at informal speech than formal speech. It also applies to the fan-girl types who learn colloquial speech, but don’t delve deeply enough to learn 반말 is actually kind of rude (except in appropriate situations)

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      Hangukdrama
      25 November, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      Hello! Thanks for commenting! haha yeah the counterpart! I forgot about it xD Yeah I agree with you on 2, the more we know, the more we feel we dont know :/

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    DailyBap
    19 November, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    I was always #7, I LOVE STATIONERY! xD Ahem… I started with #4/#5, but now I’m #8. Sigh. T_T;;

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      Hangukdrama
      25 November, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      we all turn to 8 D:

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    Ching
    19 November, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    The first type! Hahaha. I’ve met a few and it’s funny.

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      Hangukdrama
      25 November, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      ㅋㅋㅋ

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    Elley
    19 November, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    I’m so no.3 & 6!! Have really no one to practice speaking too… 🙁

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      Hangukdrama
      25 November, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      I rarely get to speak in Korean too

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    Aaron
    19 November, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Definitely #8 for me. Hahahaha!

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      Hangukdrama
      25 November, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      ㅋㅋㅋ

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    Jeannie
    19 November, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    I’m #6, #7 and #8.
    …probably #2 as well…very?

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      Hangukdrama
      25 November, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      ㅋㅋ stationery!!

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    heyfen
    19 November, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    I am #3 and #5.

    #3 I learn Korean partly due to the lack of translation available in my fanbase.
    #5 I am not very confident in speaking in Korean although I work in a Korean company, and therefore speaking in formal language is something that I have not mastered. However, I always reply the staffs in Korean and I have no problems understanding what they wrote.

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      Hangukdrama
      25 November, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      that’s great! Can practice during work!

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    Kai
    20 November, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    You forgot the Shanna stalker type.

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      Hangukdrama
      25 November, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      that one only you la ㅋ

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    Keisha
    20 November, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    Lmao, this is all so accurate. XD I have to admit to being a mix of the last three. I have many books I haven’t started or finished yet recently purchased more. I do hauls once a year when I have money. There are just so many nice books out. TToTT I love stationary so much. Japanese pens and the kuru toga pencil are so nice to write with. I use specific notebooks for Japanese and Korean too- tsubame note and campus note, respectively. I’m always scolding myself for not studying harder so I’ve given myself the challenge of doing at least 1000 hours of study from now until the last day of next year. So far, so good.

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      Hangukdrama
      25 November, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      woah that’s quite a challenge! Did you really keep track of the hours?

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    Tamara
    20 November, 2014 at 4:01 AM

    I’m more of a 3

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      Hangukdrama
      25 November, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      ^^

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    Jonathan
    20 November, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    3 and 4 (exception)

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      Hangukdrama
      25 November, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      ^^

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    Courtney
    20 November, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    Oh, I am so guilty of 3, 6, and 8. My excuse for 6 is that I can rarely see a book before I buy it (internet mail order), so I would buy books with great descriptions only to realize that half the content was for classroom activities. Thanks Shanna for your book reviews because I have been able to reduce my book hoarding because of them!

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      Hangukdrama
      25 November, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      I enjoy writing them too (:

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    Kirsten
    20 November, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Hahaha, I’m so many it’s unreal, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8!!!!!!!!!! I used to just be 8 at one stage then moved along and never dropped the old habits so developed into me being split-personality-learner 😀

    cool post <3

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      Hangukdrama
      25 November, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      haha that’s good. Most people move towards 8 instead of away from it lol

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    Arjun
    21 November, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Im more like a mixture of 3 and 6

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      Hangukdrama
      25 November, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      ^^

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    Van
    22 November, 2014 at 6:04 AM

    I’m a # 3/7/8 haha. Like someone said earlier you gotta put down the can speak but can’t write haha. That’s me in my parent’s language :S I think many like 교포 but like for all races but not all most have better speaking than writing.

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      Van
      22 November, 2014 at 6:19 AM

      Also Artbox was awesome in Korea. They need one in my city!

      • Reply
        Hangukdrama
        25 November, 2014 at 8:48 PM

        we have artbox here 😛

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    Myungsoo
    22 November, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    #1 bugs me the most! I get that everywhere!
    “EH! YOU LEARN KOREAN, RIGHT? Come I test you! What is ‘yi pao yao’?” -.-”

    #2 is everywhere! So many of them on Instagram!

    I am #3. Not that I cannot speak the language, I am just not confident enough.

    There are even more #4s that #2s. They will end up giving up because the language is too difficult and they blame their age. #whatever

    #5, #6, #7 and #8 describes me too well! hahhahaha

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      Hangukdrama
      25 November, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      hahahaha i had to think awhile about the yi pao yao part lol

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    ethel
    24 November, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    HAHA an extremely good summary of the different types of language learners! i think those who come to korea merely for kpop are in for a big disappointment though. they end up being the ones who stop learning korean really quick.

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      Hangukdrama
      25 November, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      hahaha is it? I thought the fandom will keep their interest there ><

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    Ivany78
    29 November, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Hi there,

    I am definitely #6 and it really gets to me. Some of the books that I bought I hardly read more than 20 pages. This is also not helping in my progress.

    I am self studying Japanese – reached an intermediate level short of being able to understand a drama fully but somehow seems stuck.

    Any advice ?

    Cheers,
    Ivan

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      Hangukdrama
      2 December, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      hello! mmm try reading Japanese novels!

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        ivany78
        2 December, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        Thanks! Any recommendation?

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          Hangukdrama
          2 December, 2014 at 4:39 PM

          My first novel was Strawberry Night by Honda Tetsuya. I tend to go for those darker themes like crime novels for Japanese so not sure if it’ll be to your taste!

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    Peiyi
    26 December, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    I am #9…. the korean bf’s gf 😉

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    Tigra
    13 April, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    I’m the 2/3/45/6

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    michelle
    13 August, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    I’m #3, 4, and 8 type. Since I have social anxiety when it comes to speaking in a foreign language, reading comes much more easier to me

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