1. you are making mental calculations in Korean
I remember one of my lecturers saying that numbers are one of the most difficult things to learn in a foreign language. I don’t mean the ability to recite 1-100000, but the ability to calculate in the language. Therefore, we tend to do mental calculations in our strongest language.
Hence, it is a good gauge of how good you are in that language. I used to prefer counting in Mandarin when I was a kid, but now I can count comfortably in English and Mandarin.
As for Korean.. erm. that need abit more work! 😀
2. you understand jokes in Korean
Jokes are usually a play on language, and thus it is difficult, if not impossible, to understand them unless you have a good grasp of language. I’m just beginning to grasp some of the easier ones, but the more complicated ones still leave me completely flummoxed.
Here’s a few jokes to test yourself.
- 가장 달콤한 술은? – 입술
- 이자없이 꾸는 것은? – 꿈
LOL okay i shall stop 😛
3. You’re watching a Korean show but you didn’t realise that it is actually in Korean
This is when you’re so comfortable with it, everything seems natural. Speaking, writing, listening, reading. I’m nowhere near achieving all of them, but recently, I began to feel comfortable with listening to Korean. I get so engrossed in the show/clip, I didn’t realise that Korean is actually a foreign language for me. It just seem natural that I will understand the dialogue etc.
Of course, this doesn’t apply to all genres of shows. I’m more comfortable with those modern, everyday dialogue compared to those which need a specialised vocabulary. ^^ But still, it’s a start 😀
Please share your experiences too! ^^