유치원의 하루(A Day of Kindergarten)

I found this webtoon last week and I’m really enjoying it. It’s basically a comedic webtoon that revolves around things that kids do in Kindergarten. It’s a pretty easy read too, because most of the words are straight forward and there aren’t too many complex structures.

진짜 귀여워~

넘 귀여워~

It’s been my go-to source of entertainment whenever I’m bored or I just want a break from studying or homework.

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Trying to teach kids how to pronounce words correctly: 선생님: “선-생-님” 어린이: “샘-샘-님”

A couple months ago I think I mentioned that I was a bit obsessed with 창백한 말, but I fell off the bandwagon. I kind of got tired the story and so I’m looking for a new webtoon to replace it with an actual continuous plot. So if anyone has any recommendations for good webtoons I would be happy to check them out.

I know this was a pretty short post, but I’ll probably make another one this weekend if I can.

Finished my first “books”!

Hello, it’s been awhile. I am absolutely certiin that I  won’t be posting once every week now so I will stop saying that at the beginning of my posts. As you can see in the title I finished my first books in Korean! The reason I put the word ‘book’ in quotation is because typically when people think of books + in foreign language, they think of a thick novel. I didn’t finish twilight, I actually have that on hold, but I finished the 만화 version of 넌내반! ^-^ I’m so proud of myself! I ended up making about 750 anki cards from it, and it helped me get more aquainted with commonly used grammatical concepts such as the modifiers -을 것, 는 것, 은 것, that I had a lot of trouble with. I understand them much more now and I feel more confident when using them in sentences. 행복해요. 이따 돌아와서 다른글을 쓸거에요. :]

Book Haul~

Lately I have found it hard to get around to make a new post because I have been engrossed the drama “여왕의 교실” which I’ll probably finish watching later today, and on top of that I have begun reading Twilight! I only read 2 pages a day for intensive reading and as much as I feel like reading at the moment for extensive reading. Typically one page takes me 2 hours to read intensively and I know that sounds like a lot but what’s interesting is it takes me half that time to read the second page. I am only on page 20 and 26 but I can only imagine how much smoother things will become by the time I am halfway through the book. As you guys already know I have the first two books, but because I like having things ahead of time I went out of my way to get the other 2!

I didn’t expect Eclipse to be hardcover

Also I got two pictures of the cartoon version of Bella and Edward that came with Breaking Dawn!

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I’ve never owned  a complete series of books before so I’m really happy to have them all. As time goes on and I get deeper into the series I’ll also get deeper into these textbooks:

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I love College Korean! This is the book I leaned on whenever the explanations in Ewha Korean 1-2 failed me which started happening so often that I now only use the book for review of past materials I’ve already learned. Since I only had the pdf version and it was so helpful I decided to buy the physical copy along with the predecessor Intermediate College Korean.

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The cover is so pretty!

I don’t plan to read this book until I’ve finished the Twilight series but it’s always found some way to leap into my head and whisper “buy me—”. It wasn’t until I saw it on amazon for $11 plus $3 shipping that I decided to actually buy it. The shipping was the real eye catcher and since it was the only one left in stock I had to buy it! By the way all of the books I’ve introduced excluding Intermediate College Korean are used and all of them except Eclipse(which is in okay condition) are like brand new so that’s a plus.

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Now these…where do I start. I didn’t buy all of this—technically I didn’t buy anything, my older brother funded this entire haul—the notebook, pen and Highcut(Newspaper?) were gifts from Twochois! The gifts were more or less a surprise. It’s funny because the most I expected to receive was a pen or two, not a notebook and certainly not an Edition of HighCut. Although I don’t have an interest in celebrities it equals more reading material and is full of eye-catching photos. Everything was wrapped so carefully that I started to question my views of “good packaging”. Although I chose AirMail everything arrived 5 days after I ordered it, which is surprising because I live in the States. The two 만화 sets I ordered were 넌 내게 반했어 as well as 미남이시네요. The reason I bought them is because my friend told me that I would like the storylines and they’re much easier to read than a novel. I haven’t gotten too far into them because I want to see the actual dramas first but they seem interesting.

Overall I think all of this was more than worth it and I probably won’t to buy another book for a while

Children Songs

I know It’s probably been over a week but I’ve actually been really busy studying and being lazy(when not studying). I meant to post something on thursday but I didn’t again due to laziness and I wasn’t too sure what to write about. Actually thursday was my birthday and I got a lot of books! If I remember correctly I got 10 books(most of which are still on their way to my house right now haha). So until they’re all here, their identities shall remain a secret! On a side note, today I stumbled upon the most ADORABLE song ever! I found it when I got really frustrated with the dead sounding textbook dialogues I have been listening to for the past 2 months!

I’m so happy I found it, because it opened up an entirely new realm of material and revealed my secret infatuation with children media! From now on I’ll be listening to children songs and studying them for listening practice. 😀

Reading

One of my favorite things to do is to read so naturally I get frustrated because of my poor reading skills in Korean. Of course I do understand that I’m not that far into my studies(I know I am not a true beginner but neither am I at an intermediate level) however It would be nice to be able to understand the written language(as in novels and online articles). Although I can’t read anything as complex as a novel or the news I have found a happy medium! It’s a 만화 called “와라! 편의점”, that is pretty simple* but funny at the same time(or at least I think it’s funny). With the help of a dictionary and a trusted Korean friend I can understand the content without running to google translate for the English translation. I’m not sure if reading will have a direct impact on my writing skills(which suck horribly haha) but it gives me an extra tinged of enlightenment that I don’t get from reading in English. :]

* = by simple I mean the sentences doesn’t go on forever and the grammar is easy to extract from context.

Korean Books

I’m so happy right now because I just found out that my book came in the mail! I ordered Twilight and New Moon about a week ago and Twilight came today!CAM04273_201305302115127091002908077

I flipped through the book and im beginning to notice a pattern. Are ALL books in Korea printed on such fine paper?! I love to read books and I have read many books although I own only a fraction of them, but I have never in my entire life encountered such smooth, and exquisite paper before I began this journey. All jokes aside my Ewha books and new Twilight book put all the other books in my collection to shame!

Korean Rock

So for the past few days I have been searching far and wide for something new to freshen-up my routine because lets face it, all work and no play is BORING. That and I tend to get bored of doing the same thing for days on end. So I began my epic journey to find korean rock bands! As simple as it sounds it is not that easy at all :/. If there’s one thing I absolutely love about English is our rich variety of music whether you like pop, metal, or even post-hardcore there’s always a decent selection of almost any genre you can imagine(the same can also be said with books). Unfortunately in korean it seems that the heavier genres(like metalcore,metal, and post-hardcore) which I love are virtually nonexistent. To give you a more accurate picture of the kind of music I listen to some of my favorite bands are Dance Gavin Dance, My Chemical Romance, Underoath and Crown the Empire. Sure there is also rock which is okay only if it sounds more like MCR but its the softer kind, which I personally find boring. So here’s a list of bands I have found:

하클베리핀(Huckleberry Finn) – I love this band, especially their songs like “I know” and 까만 다이가. They’re definitely not a metalcore or post hardcore band, they have more of an alternative/indie rock sound(based off of their songs I’ve heard so far). One thing I know for sure is they definitely have some soft and slow songs.

피아(Pia) – I heard a lot of good things from them but I feel as though their music is too “relaxed” it literally makes me feel tired. To me their music sounds flat, nonetheless they do have some decent songs.

13 Steps – They’re pretty good for an underground band! Their head bang worthy, especially the song “No Hope”. Unfortunately all of their songs are in English, I still love them but ehhh it’s not the same as if they were more korean-oriented.

ㅠ.ㅠ   that’s all  I found that I liked. I wish there were more korean rock or post hardcore/metalcore. While searching I actually found an epic Taiwanese band named “Chthonic”. They make me want to start learning Thai and mandarin but I know I wouldn’t be able to juggle between learning 3 languages, so those 2 will have to wait.

Also I saw a korean movie the other day called “Please Teach Me English” even though I didn’t understand 95% of what was being said it was a very funny and sweet movie. I really enjoyed watching it, and im definitely going to watch it again when I learn more.