여러분 안녕하세요!

Hello, this is my first post on my very first blog(EVER). Since  this is my first post i’ll give an outline* of my daily language learning routine:

• Listen to dialogues over and over  from Lingq/Ewha korean/Intergrated korean(i’ll usually choose one and stick to that same dialogue for an entire week). I do this for 1 hour a day. 30 minutes in i begin to shadow untill i fully understand what is being said.

• Try to read a magazine or search for things in korean(even if i don’t understand 90% of the content)

• Take notes on things i think are important(new common verbs or words  i come across like “겠습니다”). When i say i take notes on them, all i do is write the word down on a sticky note and stick it in my notebook, because writing the word and saying it in my head will help me recognize it later for when i learn their specific usages. Okay, i’ll be honest, if the structure or word intriuges me i will lightly dabble it.

• Talk to myself in Korean. This may sound crazy but since i live in the U.S. its hard to talk to koreans because there aren’t any people in my area who even know that there is a south and north korea, let alone know that either country is vastly different. Also by the time im done with everything its about 8am in korea and im sure most people are busy with school or work during such hours.

• Try to think of new sentences and make stories out of them in Korean. This also supplements speaking to myself outloud because i can retain the information such as new vocabulary more effectively if i am using it.  However i assure you most of these sentences have gramatical errors because i love trying to experiement with what i know and what i have dabbled.

• Post my mini stories on Lang-8 to get corrections. I usually write these corrections down in my notebook and dont study them. The reason for this being, is that usually my main problem is grammar and vocabulary, and studying them in a lumpsum is counter productive for me. If i study grammar and vocabulary at the SAME TIME I will begin to stress about how much i don’t know so i put it away to review later, for when i learn these new grammatical structures or if its new vocabulary i don’t worry about it. I know i’ll eventually aquire new words through reading and all of my listening.

Thats pretty much what i do each day. Typically i’ll spend an hour and 30 minutes studying and 2 hours exposing myself to authentic content, if you dont count my shadowing/attentive listening sessions.  By the way none of this is in chronological order, except for the listenings.

*Please Note: This is a rough sketch of what i do, i usually switch it around often but, this list is the core of my learning.

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