8 In Japanese learning journey (:/ Korean learning journey (:

Progress, procrastination and frustration

Progress in Japanese

hehe I’m super happy because I watched one whole episode of a Japanese drama and understood like almost everything!! 90%? Granted, the drama was Itazura na Kiss 2013, so the dialogue was pretty simple. But still a big achievement. I remember the first time I watched a Korean drama without subs was also because the subs haven’t come out and I couldn’t wait for it to come out 😛 When it comes to watching foreign language videos, I guess most of us are reliant of subs and it just feels really insecure and weird to watch it unsubbed. I’m not sure about you guys, but sometimes I need to be “forced” to watch something unsubbed!

It felt a little awkward at the beginning. It was as if I was trying too hard to listen and concentrate and I was acutely aware of the fact that THERE IS NO SUBS. Self-imposed stress. But later on I relax a little and by the end of the episode, I realized that I was so absorbed into the story (Naoki!!!) that I forgot about subs / no subs. 😀 Really happy that I could understand almost everything and there wasn’t any part where I couldn’t follow the story!


From now, I must learn to watch more things unsubbed. Cannot let my insecurity hinder my progress in language learning (:

Procrastination – Korean

Procrastination max. Due to legitimate reasons and other excuses, I haven’t been doing anything for Korean at all for the past week or so. I even refuse to study for TOPIK which is going to be held this coming Sunday. Let’s just hope that 5 years worth of Korean studying will help 😛


Anyone who has tried signing up for something on a Korean website or using their IT system will know that it’s AGGRAVATING TO THE MAX!!!!!!!!!! Super pissed off. Most of the sites are apple or foreigner unfriendly or BOTH and sadly, I belong to both the categories!! Like wtf. No use going to the school to use their comps since most school comps won’t allow users to download add-ons and most Korean websites will ask you to download gazillions of add-ons (exaggeration but you get my point) before allowing you to do something. Add on for payment, add on for viewer, add on for printing, add on for ______. Why is there one add on for each process?!!!

In the end, I have to spend thrice the time needed just to get something simple done. The other time I was trying damn hard to print my TOPIK cert online and it was pure torture. The site refused to accept my credit card for payment (even though they have a foreigner card option) and I had to download dunno how many add-ons before they allow me to print (the 2 free copies but I needed extra). -____- and yes I have to use a window comp AND internet explorer.

Can’t understand why such an advanced IT country can be so backwards at the same time.

Once there was both a pdf and hwp download option BUT the PDF download refuses to work (sigh) and I had to download the HWP viewer (!!!!) to print something. Sigh. I give up. Why am I even ranting?! WHYYYYYYYYY

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    15 April, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Korean web design is so terrible.
    I literally can’t even order anything, becuase even with my Korean check card, the add-on required for payment doesn’t work! (And when I was using G-market, I noticed it was actually 20,000 won cheaper when I was buying something on the Korean site versus the exact same thing in English because of some discount that was only on the Korean site at the time!) So I have a friend order things online for me if I need it.
    And as somebody who uses firefox, Korea needs to way get over the only using IE thing.

    As for watching things without subs. I actually try and do it a lot, but ugh, I can’t actually stick with a drama without subs. I will get through only one episode and then give up. But with subs, I’m more involved probably because I get 100% what’s going on.
    For example, I tried to force myself to watch this one drama (New Tales of Giseng) without subs because it wasn’t popular and so there were no subs, but I think I watched up to the third episode.. but it went like.. five times of watching first episode (until I was able to sit through the whole thing), one time for second episode, and I’ve probably watched the third episdode like 4 times and still not even actually sat through the whole thing!
    Although, I’m interested in 장욱정 that’s coming out now, so maybe I’ll be able to get through it without subs. (Dramafever has subs, but ugh, I can only watch that when I’m back in the US and not in Korea. Funny that I think I watched more drama back home than while I’m actually in Korea!)

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      20 April, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      yeahh check card is like useless online. Tried paying for something with my Korean card, but they asked for my social security number -.- Sometimes I think you have to force yourself to watch stuff unsubbed. Pick a drama which you aren’t so interested to know 100% and just watch it for learning purposes xD I actually love New tales of giseng!! <3 one of my favorite!

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    15 April, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Good luck on your test!

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      20 April, 2013 at 1:43 PM


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    15 April, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Wow congratulations on watching a Japanese drama unsubbed! That’s the dream (to watch anything unsubbed) haha 😀 I’m definitely reliant on subs even though, if I concentrate on the dialogue I can pick up more than I thought! It’s a nice feeling, and I definitely have to download the raw file to force myself to watch unsubbed haha.

    I think we max out on procrastinating quite often. I think we can never procrastination. It’s too hard. But I’m sure your hard work will pay off! Good luck 화이팅!! *thumbs up*

    OMG I TOTALLY KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN! Sorry for the all caps. But I really hate how Korean websites are strictly only for Koreans or someone that has a korean social security number. I don’t know how this helps them, and it’s even hard to make a foreigner account for NAVER if you don’t have a good knowledge of korean (i had to get a friend to do it for me). I wish they would open their sites to foreigners also. I also remember like cyworld only worked in Internet Explorer (omg the worst browser alive). I totally know how you feel though, it sucks.

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      20 April, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      Naver is considered easy for foreigners to sign up (out of all the sites I tried). Some are even more nightmarish!

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    16 April, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Regular reader of your blog. Reading about your Korean website frustration and laughing hard. It’s the same for me as well. I didn’t even know why I wasn’t allowed to print. or why there wasn’t a picture. I mean I understood the Korean on the site but they don’t help. It’s just major frustration.

    Good luck for your test!

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      20 April, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      totally know what you mean. I gave up on that site xD

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