12 In Korean learning journey (:

Learning advanced Korean grammar D:

One of the main reasons why I didn’t get a better score in the advanced TOPIK last year (omg it’s 2013!) is because I’m terrible at advanced Korean grammar. And one main reason is because I feel utterly unmotivated to learn them.

Why, you ask?

Firstly, these grammar points are not used in normal writing. I supposed since they exist they are used for some purpose, but I seldom come across any grammar points that I don’t know while reading. I can even read historical novels and Korea history without coming across that many new grammar points. Maybe less than 5? I was super enthusiastic in learning grammar at one point in time  because there’s just so much I don’t know when reading Korean articles (I remember saying in one entry a few years back that I LOVE studying grammar ^^;;) but now… meh.

And it’s even more annoying when even advanced textbooks don’t even introduce that many of them. Working on the Ewha Korean 6 now. They do introduce new grammar that I’m not so familiar with, but not that many that I haven’t seen before. But I look at my grammar dictionary and Practice of Korean grammar, and I’m like wtf.

Practice of Korean grammar consists of 160 grammar points and sadly to say, I’m at #85 at the moment. Like OMG. I don’t even want to count how many grammar points the grammar dictionary has. … around 600 (!!!) entries+sub-entries I think, if my non-existant mathematical skills is accurate… Okay I’m starting to doubt my calculations….

In any case, I’m super annoyed now because I have to learn all these advanced grammar to avoid failing TOPIK 6 this year. And the only way I can do that is to work through every single entry in the Practice of Korean grammar, together with the help of the grammar dictionary. And I HATE DOING THIS.



But I’m super annoyed. The grammar points are not sticking to my brain because I just feel so weird learning about something that I don’t even see used in normal circumstances. I’m always proud of the fact that I can remember grammar points after learning about them once… so this is making me annoyed.

For the sake of TOPIK 6, I’ll continue to work at it. And better do this when it’s the holidays. Who knows if I will have any time later on?

Have you guys started preparing for TOPIK? For those who have passed elementary, the intermediate paper is likely to be a huge jump in standard and for those who have passed intermediate, the advanced paper IS a huge jump! ^^

Start early!


thanks for all the encouragement and comments in the previous posts!!! This means a lot to me!

Sorry that I haven’t been replying to comments. Not feeling well today so I’m resting! ^^

p.s. Wrote this post yesterday! ^^

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    5 January, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Hi Shanna!I’ve been self-studying Koren for 2 years now.I aim to pass TOPIK Intermediate 3 this October(in the Philippines).Whenever I see a new post of yours it makes me giddy and motivated.
    These days I’m not that enthusiastic to study grammar because a week ago I met this pattern -ㄴ/는대서야.I was like wtf I couldn’t get it!lol.Do you recommend buying a text book which indicates the level of it(since if it has level then I would know that the grammar pattern being thought is in that specific level)? I suspect that grammar patter I met is in Advanced or Intermdiate xD

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      6 January, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Thanks Karla!! 😀 woah I think that’s an advanced grammar… To be honest, I don’t know what that means too hehehe.

      I don’t think it’s necessary to buy a book that has indicate what level a grammar structure is. hehe it doesn’t matter, since we have to learn everything in the end. It’ll be nice to know some ‘advanced’ grammar even as an intermediate student and by not knowing what ‘level’ it is, we will just study everything and not restrict ourselves. Which I think is important. Likewise, I never believe that there is such a thing called “advanced / intermediate” vocabulary! 😀

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    6 January, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    I’m in the same position >_< I started this tumblr to make sense of the grammar points: http://pineapplegame.tumblr.com/. Maybe it would help you a bit too?

    Do you think the Practice of Korean Grammar book is worth purchasing? I'm not sure where I'd get it because I'm in Canada, but if it explains advanced grammar structures it'd probably be worthwhile… right now I'm just trying to google stuff while using the grammar dictionary… but it's so frustrating!!

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      6 January, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      wow nice! 😀 Followed your tumblr! ^^ It’ll definitely be helpful!
      I think it’s worth purchasing! It explains the grammar structures well and there are quite a number of example sentences. I like how they have exercises (with answers). So it’s like having more example sentences lol. (:

      Nice to know another fellow advanced learner 😛

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        7 January, 2013 at 3:07 AM

        I gave in last night and purchased it! Now I’m so excited to get it. I think you may be the only person who would understand how I excited I get while waiting for Korean textbooks to come in the mail, haha!!

        Yeah! I’ve been doing some old TOPIK tests lately and man the listening part is kicking my ass, haha. Mostly because I have a bad habit of just 멍~ing out when I don’t know a lot of words in succession. I need to learn to focus! Anyway, good luck with your studying! 😀

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          8 January, 2013 at 4:39 PM

          hehe! hope you will like it 😀 😀 totally understand the excitement! Even clicking the order button makes me so happy! Just tried the 28th paper. I’m usually lazy at doing listening for TOPIK ㅠㅠㅠㅠ so i leave that for the last hahaha

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      6 January, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      I just noticed now I put thought instead of taught.lol

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        7 January, 2013 at 9:02 PM

        I also understand you.I’m waiting for my Yonsei Reading

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    8 January, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    I definitely want to try picking up a grammar dictionary soon. There’s a couple in the bookstore in Korea Town in NYC, but I didn’t really look through any of them. I may stop by this week and spazz at all the lovely books they have.

    I can’t wait for the end of January when I can order the books I’ve wanted for some time! >w< Getting the package is like getting a present sent to you even though you know what it is. XD

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      8 January, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      Crud, I keep forgetting to edit my URL to darkfire382 instead of darkfire-382. DX Whoops. Oh, I forgot to ask, are there any grammar dictionaries you would recommend for beginners or is it better to get the two you mentioned above when I’m intermediate? Almost all the really good grammar books are written in the language they’re about. DX

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        8 January, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        hehehe! I love how people here understand the excitement of getting books in the mail 😛 Mmm I haven’t really seen that many korean dictionaries but i like the two that i’m working on! And they aren’t that expensive compared to a few that I’ve seen! It’s challenging but seeing everything written in korean helps a lot. Grammar is best explained in that language itself ><;

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    Chea Chhaieang
    26 January, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Dear sir!
    I’m chhaieang I just want to know more about korean Grammer and how to speak good in korean.
    so please help to show me a bout this

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