Instead of the usual ‘omg I realised I have no time to study Korean’ opening sentence that I’ve been using these days, I shall try to turn this into a more productive post and share how I try to keep myself immersed in Korean even though I have no time to study it proper. XD
1. Listen to Korean radio stations while studying
(I’ll be doing another detailed post on radio programmes)
Favourite: 메이비의 볼륨을 높여요
Personally, I find this the most effective method of all. Compared to listening to kpop, radio programmes are more interesting and you get to learn the correct intonation and pronunciation. Even though you may not be concentrating on the show to understand what’s going on, it helps you keep you ‘immersed in Korean’.
Nowadays I find myself gradually being able to understand the programme and yet make progress in my study ^^ Practice helps!! Another good point is that you won’t be tempted to ‘watch the programme’ unlike listening to variety shows. (I tried doing that and I end up watching them ㅠㅠ)
2. Build up on your vocabulary
This actually depends on your learning style. For those who like vocabulary lists, it’s great if you can carry them around with you and perhaps learn a few words or two in the bus or during your free periods. (never underestimate the power of accumulation). I have my own version of vocabulary lists (difficult words that I come across when reading articles), so sometimes I’ll bring them around with me to revise.
On a side note, I don’t like vocabulary lists categorized by subjects – eg. lists on occupations/colors etc. How about you??
Actually the whole point is to keep immersing yourself in Korean! If you totally have no time, just listen to kpop XD