One Year Anniversary!

So as of today it has officially been a year since I started studying Korean! It’s funny how just today last year, I remember being obsessed over memorising hangeul and perfecting the double and aspired consonants before moving on, but then decided to just dive right into the language. Yeah, I don’t count learning hangeul as learning Korean, because Korean is a language, and hanguel is an alphabet.
I never thought I would have gotten to this point, or even that I would stick to it this long! Even though I always told myself “one day your going to be able to understand this[referring to videos and articles in Korean]! It will probably take you about 5 years, but you can do this!” To be honest though, even as those words left my lips, it seemed to distant and unattainable, but even though I’m not at the 5 year mark(I hope I get there!), I am much farther then I expected. I am by no means fluent, nor am I close to that point, but I never imagined myself even daring to pick up a simple comic or watch a short clip in Korean and understand a good portion of it unaided. ^^
I’m actually currently working towards improving my listening skills, and reading as well! Ever since I started learning Korean, reading has been one of the only consistent motivations of my studies, so I’m hoping that soon I’ll be able to pick up a novel, and lose myself in the story. That may sound vague, but I find that sometimes, it’s better to be vague, because not everything goes as planned, and if you set your expectations too high, you will be disappointed. And disappointment is something I want to avoid, as it is a demotivater.
Anyway, If you’re reading this, I wish you luck with your learning, whether it be with a language, or even if you are very devoted to a non-language related hobby!

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Deleted Anki

I feel like this is a big ‘step’ in my Korean learning journey. I just deleted the app off of my phone. As it stands I have nearly 4500 cards in anki, about 4000 are pure words,another 200 are grammar patterns, and the rest are sentences. It sounds like a lot more than it feels. I have been using Anki for the past few months religiously, and although I feel like it has helped me a lot, my reviews have begun to roll over the hour mark! It’s very tiring, plus I have to stop at one point or another. Using flashcards to learn an entire language is absurd, and that is not what I intend to do. So I decided that now is a good time to start. I’ll still document new words that I come across, but I will only write them in my notebook(which I seldom used), and look over it a few minutes before going to bed, and a few minutes after waking up. I think that’s much more relaxing, and allows for more time spent with actual content, which is what really matters in the end.
So yeah, that was my little update.
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Reflecting

오랜만이죠? It’s been about 2 weeks since my last post—so much for posting regularly. This summer felt extremely long because I had so much fun and learned so much new things. I’ll admit I haven’t been entirely sticking to textbooks recently but I think that has made a huge impact on my grammar knowledge. There’s still lots for me to learn in terms of set expressions specific to the language and grammar but listening and especially reading no longer feels like a hunt for a new grammatical structures and concepts. Now I try to focus more or less on meaning and of course that means the continuation of the long mangled path of acquiring vocabulary and forgetting it maybe even 10 times or 20 times before finally internalizing most of its various usages. I guess this stage is called Intermediate? Whether it is or if I can still be called a beginner I no longer care because I can actually pickup native material(with scripts of course) and learn something from it without feeling like I’ve thrown myself in the deep-end of a pool, unable to float. Being able to listen and read things outside of textbooks is such a good feeling.

Since school has started I need to prioritize so I will be returning to my textbooks but “learning” the content will not be my focus. Textbooks are like Teachers, all they can do is introduce new information to you and/or point out things that they think you may have overlooked, but they cannot do your tests and assignments for you. In the case of language learning they cannot speak/write/comprehend everything for you, they are merely there for assistance.

Memrise Android app release!

**Hey guys, this is going to be a short post** I recently found out that the memrise  team finally released their app in the android market yesterday! I’m so excited because lately I’ve been using memrise an awful lot and my internet loves acting up. So now I can still use my courses without the dreadfully long loading screens that I get in the online version ♥ (PLEASE NOTE: My loading speeds have nothing to do with memrise, i just have a really bad connection).

If you haven’t already heard about it go check it out! It’s a wonderful language learning tool for vocabulary! I’m not sure whether or not they also have the iSO version out in iTunes yet because I don’t own any apple products but they included basic features of for the courses in the android version. Can’t wait for the future updates!