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Juggling work and Korean and Japanese

The sharp-eyed reader may have noticed a change in the blog’s tagline!

Well, this blog is still “all things Korean and Japanese” but I thought this new tagline is appropriate to the new tangent I’m exploring – learning languages while juggling a full time job that has nothing to do with those languages.

I had quite a bit of spare time as a student (I don’t study much oops) which I channeled to Korean and I assumed that time can always be made if you have enough discipline.

Come to think of it, it’s a pretty naive thought to assume that you just need discipline to sit down for a few hours after work or during weekends to study Korean.

Sometimes, those few hours or weekends just doesn’t exist. ><;;

So now I’m going to see if I can walk my talk (is that the right expression?). See if I can come up with a new learning style for working adults hahaha.

The first thing I can think of is ….

Stop playing mobile games

On-the-go traveling time is probably the only time you can enjoy an hour of free time or so. Use this time more productively to read a Korean article or listen to a podcast. A Korean article a day really makes a lot of difference!!

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    15 February, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Hi Shanna! I’m facing the same problem right now. I’ve graduated from the university this summer and right now I have a full time job. I come home at 9:30 every day and I have only one day-off. Even though in the morning I think about learning a language (I learn 3 languages) when I’m back home, in the evening I have no strength to do it. To tell the truth, it makes me feel really miserable. I’m trying to create a schedule but in vain. I’ll be looking forward to reading your ideas about “a new learning style for working adults” 😉

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    16 February, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    may i ask what that game is lol? there’s all these games i hear about that people get addicted on their smartphones. seeing as your korean level is high, it’s not really “studying” as it is enjoying whatever you enjoy in korean and looking up whatever you don’t understand or you don’t know. oh you know what i do is read jaapnese books, and take pictures of words i don’t know and then look them up later (whether it’s the next day or next month or like never lol) . maybe you could do that seeing as you have a smart phone that can take quality pictures. or you could just circle the words. I personally don’t like reading/looking ta the screen of smartphones because they tire my eyes out. i’d rather just close my eyes or something.

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    17 February, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    It can be really hard to find time for studying if you work full time, are married, and have a child. (I have no idea how people with more than one child manage.) I try to find time to study during my lunch break, but of course there are always distractions. But at home, after our son is in bed, my husband and are usually too tired to do anything much with our brains.

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      22 February, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      Yeah, these days I’m always eating and multi-tasking at the same time. Bad for my digestive system ><

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