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TOPIK 열공 # Day 2

Is this going to be a new series? lol I don’t know. I don’t have much luck with past series, they just die off…… 😛

In any case I’m studying TOPIK today, so I’ll do the same thing as I did yesterday. Something like a learning log? If you guys hate reading this, let me know k! I’ll make it private. I need somewhere to write this down.

New Grammar Points

~되: 대립적 사실

~하지 않을 리 만무하다: still trying to figure this out

~안하느니만 못하다고: no idea hahaha.

~(으)리(가) 만무하다: this is no way that…

~려거든: in order for 1st clause to happen, condition (2nd clause) must be fulfilled

~(으)ㄹ 바에야: rather the 2nd clause than 1st clause action. Used with 차라리

에) 집에 있을 바에야 차라리 밖에서 놀아요

Grammar Points that I’m unsure of 

~자니: (으)려고 하니

~다손: …다손치더라도

hehe now that I’m back in the mood for grammar learning, I’m SUPER HAPPY. lol. Spoken like a #languagenerd. hehe I used to loveeee learning grammar and for a period of time, I was super sad cos it seems like I’ve learnt everything (needed for daily life). hehehe. Now that I know that there are still tons of grammar points out there, I’m happy LOL.

Sometimes I wonder how you guys feel when I’m in my slightly crazed and obsessed mood ><;;

In any case, I’m working hard today too!

p.s. I’ll be updating this post throughout the day!


Just finished the 쓰기 section (without the essay hehe) of the 28th TOPIK! The 어휘 및 문법 + 쓰기 section is together in paper 1, and we are given 90 mins. Finished the vocab/grammar section in 16 min and took 14 min for the 쓰기 (minus essay), so that means I have 60 mins for the essay 😀 😀 lol. I don’t think I need that long -.- Maybe 15 min?  Read through the topic and it’s pretty doable!

Shall go grade myself..

The bulk of the 쓰기 section (60 marks) is for that 4 questions. Usually people say they hate the essay, but I hate that 3 questions that is like TEN MARKS EACH. I didn’t do that badly this time.. hehe. At least a 20 / 30 I would say? No idea.

In any case, for the remaining MCQ questions, I got 1 wrong, so that means 36/40.

Qn 31 – Qn 40: 1 wrong (9mins)

Shall go review now~~~


Phew! Just finished the 읽기 (Reading) section too!! I feel so hardworking today. Quite happy with my scores. 60 questions in total. Took 30 mins and got 3 wrong! So 90/100. 😀 😀

Qn 31 – Qn 40: 8 min (all correct)

Qn 41 – 50: 11 min (all correct)

Qn 51 – 60: 11 min (3 wrong)

mmm the back part is always the most difficult!

Shall go review now~~~ ㅎㅎ


As usual.. I like to take photos of my notebook hehehe



#filter hahahaha.


My handwriting is a lot nicer now (in notebook 8) compared to notebook 1! 😀

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    9 January, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    I can’t wait to have nicer handwriting…which will probably never actually come because I don’t think I have nice handwriting period. XD Personally, I love that you’re sharing this. I don’t think I can use this now, but maybe later down the road I can look back at this. Who knows, it may help? ^^ And seeing you excited about studying Korean makes me feel excited as well. ^^ I think it’s encouraging. Or am I just weird that way? Haha.

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      9 January, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      hehe maybe it won’t be nicer, but it will be more natural 😛 Thanks for understanding my excitement!! 😀 Always happy to see your comments!

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    9 January, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    I actually really like that you’re sharing this =P Actually it’s inspired me to be able to take TOPIK Beginners Level 1 by the end of the year ^^ Although I’m gonna have to prepare quite a lot, and to stop procrastinating so much (lately I’ve been improving a lot though =P )
    I know that you might be busy studying for TOPIK 6 and all, but do you have any tips for TOPIK Level 1? Like how was it for you, and how did you prepare for it?

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      9 January, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      Oh and I forgot to add something, is there an age requirement to take TOPIK? I’m 13 (almost 14 though) and I’m not sure if it’s something that’s only for like high schoolers and up or something like that.

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        9 January, 2013 at 6:17 PM

        mmm i haven’t taken the beginner TOPIK before, so I can’t really advise. But I always believe in consistent work, so as long as you have been understanding textbook materials and trying to read as much as possible, there shouldn’t be any problems! Doing one or two practice papers will help as it will help you get used to the format etc! Happy to hear that you are improving!! ^^

        I don’t think there’s an age restriction! ^^

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    9 January, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    A fried told me: 하지 않을 리 만무하다=~하지 않을 리 없다=~한게 분명하다. . . so I guess it means that something is clear, or self-evident? I want to look for some example sentences though.

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      10 January, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      ahhh that was what I thought too. Thanks for clarifying! 😀 Google it, I found quite a number of sentences!

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    9 January, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Your Korean handwriting is really very very nice. Wish you all the best.

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      10 January, 2013 at 2:26 PM


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    9 January, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    I like this new series.Please keep it coming

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      10 January, 2013 at 2:27 PM


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