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The time of the semester……

It’s so funny, but I do notice a pattern. There are times when Korean books are harder to find in the libraries, I get more emails / enquires about learning Korean,  people comment a lot more. And strangely, these times all collide with holidays. It feels like there is a peak and off peak season for language learning ><;;

I’ve heard / read so many people telling me that they will use the holidays to do intensive language studying and they can’t wait for the holidays to start so that they can get started. Nothing wrong, I look forward to the holidays too. So that I definitely can spend more time on languages. But sometimes I wonder if languages should be something that is ‘reserved for the holidays’.

It’s now the time of the semester where all the students are getting super busy, yours truly included. I’ve been dealing with essays, my thesis and all kinds of crap. I do lament the lack of k-studying time and like many others, wished that there is 24 more hours a day. However, time management is very much up to us and I still try to do something Korean and Japanese everyday. Consistency and conscientiousness help a lot when it comes to language studying. It’s not about intensive studying in certain periods and absolutely nothing in other times.

Textbooks are not everything. Just spending an hour listening to a podcast while doing something helps. Watching an ep of your fav drama helps you to relax and learn the language at the same time. Read a news article if you are one of those that likes to be updated about the current affairs. Do something everyday.

It’s the time of the semester where everyone is getting unmotivated, depressed and what not. Me included. So let’s encourage each other 😀 Often, when we are in a funk, all we need is for someone to extend their hand, to offer some kind of inspiration, comfort, encouragement or simply understanding what we are going through. I do very well when I’m provoked or motivated ^^;;

Email me if you need to talk! seoulareyou@gmail.com

Let’s get through this time together and holidays will be here… soon 😀

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19 Comments

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    amyhangukolic
    5 October, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    I am trying to learn Korean everyday but during the exam time I need to drop everything because my conscience seems to tell me to read exam notes if I have the time for Korean learning that period. Definitely going to take Korean habit as everyday habit! ^^

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      hangukdrama
      5 October, 2012 at 8:16 PM

      hehe apparently my stubbornness wins over my conscience. I simply ignore my notes and study Korean during exam period… D:

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        amyhangukolic
        6 October, 2012 at 12:08 AM

        Haha… Your stubbornness paid off well since you acquire better Korean now! ^^

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    Kevin
    5 October, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    For me, this has become a habit: Wake up at 6am everyday without excuse and study korean for 2 hours or 3 if I have time. I already learned how to read simple sentences through this routine in my 5th day of Korean :). Plus this is healthy for your body if you don’t sleep too late.

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      hangukdrama
      5 October, 2012 at 8:15 PM

      woah that’s great! I used to sleep early and wake up early but .. I dunno what’s wrong with me these days. Sleeping at 2-3am and waking up at 10 ><;; Haywire. It's great that progressing so well!! 😀 😀

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    Karla
    5 October, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Shanna I am motivated by this post of yours!Virtual hug

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      hangukdrama
      5 October, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      thanks *hugs*

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    Anonymous
    5 October, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Wow it is nice of you to leave your email address for people! I really agree with you that learning a language needs consistency. I am suffering in uni too, just like everyone 🙂 There is always not enough time to do projects or study but there is always just enough time to study Japanese/Korean!

    All the best for the remaining weeks! 6-7 more weeks, hang in there!! 🙂

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      hangukdrama
      5 October, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      haha!! totally agree with you 😀 😀 i somehow always manage to find time for Korean and Japanese LOL. Hang in there too!!! 😀 We are halfway through ^^

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    alodia
    6 October, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    My problem these days is how to focus on my studies (finals and paper deadlines) when all I want to do is study Korean, talk/chat with Korean friends and watch Korean dramas all day long! OTL

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      hangukdrama
      7 October, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      hahaha totally. as i’m typing this i actually have a few essays to write but i’m studying japanese now…. D:

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    Anonymous
    6 October, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    I’ve been learning Korean for several years now and being in Korea, I thought I would be able to practice a lot more and use what I’ve learned through school and self teaching. However, being here makes me realize how little I actually know and can use in daily conversation. 🙁

    If it’s not too much trouble, I need a friend who I can practice Korean with, even if it’s just through email and such. 한국어로 같이 얘기해볼까요? I won’t bother you often since I’m also busy with school and such. ㅋㅋ

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      John Peter
      6 October, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      Mm, I forgot this was WordPress and not on Blogger so didn’t put my name info. haha

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      hangukdrama
      7 October, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      hello!!! 😀 네~ 언제든지 이메일이나 댓글을 주세용~! 근데 지금 서울이세요? ㅋ

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    John Peter
    8 October, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    안녕~~ 😀 네 교환학생으로 서울에 왔어요. ㅋㅋ 1년간쯤 서울에 있거든요 그래서 한국어 많이 연습하면 좋겠습니다 ㅋㅋ

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      hangukdrama
      8 October, 2012 at 8:37 PM

      ㅎㅎ 근데 교환학생이시면 한국 친구 많을텐데 >< ㅋㅋ

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        John Peter
        9 October, 2012 at 5:19 PM

        네 그럴 수도 있는데 많이 한국 친구들 만들 수 없거든요 아직ㅠㅠ 근데 언젠간 만들려고 해요 ㅋㅋㅋ
        그리고 한국친구 있지만 그들은 요즘 아주 바빠요 시험 땜에ㅜㅜ 그래서 난 한국어 많이 연습을 할 수 없어요. ㅡㅡ

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          hangukdrama
          9 October, 2012 at 5:28 PM

          ㅋㅋ 한국어를 공부한 지 얼마나 됐어요?

          • John Peter
            9 October, 2012 at 11:10 PM

            Mm, I first got interested in it my sophomore year of high school, which was maybe 6 years ago? That was when my friend taught me the Korean alphabet and basic phrases. But it wasn’t until I entered college that I took proper Korean classes at my uni. I actually completed up to the 302 level just last spring. ^^

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