During the first 1.5 years (or so) of learning Korean, I find that I concentrated more on grammar structures. I was absorbing quite a few new grammar points everyday and my vocabulary size is increasing slowly but steadily. I was using quite a few textbooks at one go during that point of time, and most of the vocabulary were around the same. The multiple exposure to the same few words helped me to remember them with ease.
And then there was a period of time where the struggle is to ‘integrate’ what I’ve learnt and start to read longer texts, with multiple grammar structures being used in a sentence.
Summer 2010 was the first vocabulary spurt for me, when I was suddenly overwhelmed with alot of new words which I’ve not seen before. During that 7 weeks or so, I think I was learning new words at 3 – 4 times the normal speed. But it never seemed enough. Vocabulary is one of those areas in language learning where the amount of effort you put in really shows. You can understand most of the grammar structures, but without a sizable vocabulary, it’s hard to read beyond a short passage.
I think I’m now at a 2nd vocabulary spurt, where I’m learning quite a number of new words and expressions everyday. I’m working through the Advanced II book now and all I’m doing is picking up new vocabulary and certain fixed expressions. I have no problems with the grammar points (at least in reading ^^).
I need to remind myself to work harder this summer! So that I won’t regret when summer ends. I have a horrible track record of always ending up doing B when I should be doing A. Like how I would study Korean during semester time and then doing other weird things during the hols.
4MEN is back with their new album and this is my fav song out of the album! All the songs are good though ^^