Who knew this series is already in its 5th post? Meaning that I’ve been working hard on TOPIK 😀
Keeping a record really helps. More motivation to learn Korean?
Today, I’m not exactly preparing for TOPIK because I’m using the book 국어능력시험순비서. So basically it’s like a preparation guide, not for TOPIK, but for TOKL. Some kind of Korean proficiency exam for Koreans. If you think TOPIK Level 6 is hard…. wait till you see this. Mind blown.
So why did I buy this book? No reason, I just love to challenge myself and love to remind myself that my Korean is still not good. hahaha. I’m one of those people that thrives on both compliments and criticisms. So I need some kind of motivation. And this kind of motivation is better than compliments sometimes.
Back to the topic. So I’m not exactly learning stuff tested in TOPIK today. I spent most of the day learning 고유어 (which I haven’t figure out how it fits into Korean language), proverbs and 5-6 character hanja proverbs. Not sure what they are called. The book says 한문 while another source said 고사성어.
I haven’t really figure out how they are actually used in real life. But I find them interesting. Even though I know Chinese, the hanja used here are used in a …. poetic (?) / ancient (?) way that sometimes it’s difficult for me to guess the meaning just by looking at the characters.
I bought this book back in … mmm. A year or two ago. At that point in time, I totally couldn’t understand anything and everything was like #($*)@#$) to me. Every time I picked up the book, it feels like I could understand it a little more. And this time, I am very surprised that I can actually work through it!!! 😀 A little challenging, but not impossible.
No idea what I did the last few months to warrant the improvement……. 😛
Who knows. Maybe 3 years down the road I may actually find this book very easy? HAHAHA.
Writing something simple in Korean now. But it’s not working out well. Maybe because I started writing it when I wasn’t in the right mood and now it turns out horrible? It’s like baking a cake when you are angry? hahaha I don’t know, I have never baked one.