Using my location marker (で) and my particle (を) in a sentence combined with two of the hardest (to write because of the strokes and sooooo many of them) Kanji I have come across 🙂

But yeah generally that’s what I did.

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MY STUDY ENVIRONMENT

I haven’t been posting anything in a while 민망해요 ㅠ.ㅠ

Korean or Japanese! 🙁 so I feel bad. But I think I have come to a place where I am managing the two in an “alright” manner. I have to put sufficient effort into both without overdoing it and just making it a waste. So I have a new system ….that wasn’t needed with just one language.

I study 30-1hr a day of each. Japanese is studied in the morning. It’s odd but I seem to digest Japanese better when I wake up and I’m having a cup of tea. It just seems to work for me, and what works need not be changed. Don’t fix what isn’t broke. 

Korean I study at lunch time, this isn’t new, I usually used to study at 1-2pm for Korean anyway. In the mornings too but that happened for review purposes now I review them both one after another. Order doesn’t matter.

I Got A Bedtime Book 🙂

I am not the kind of person who takes a book to her room to read before she goes to bed, no, I go to bed and I sleep. The only item I ever take with me to my bed before I sleep is my cellphone because it’s just messaging before you sleep. But my Dad is the kind of person who reads before going to sleep, so I just asked because I was bored, staring into space doing nothing so I asked :

“Why do you take a book to read before you sleep, only to have to carry it back so tedious isn’t it?”

“I don’t know. I retain information that way, and whatever I read I think about it and come up with ideas and sometimes they aren’t good and sometimes you realise they are just rubbish and useless”

Hmm!? I kinda thought maybe it would be good if I read a book before bed, and I actually enjoy it now, I have been reading a textbook, not seriously with notes but just like enjoying the content and surprisingly it is quite effective. So now I have bedtime books.

♠◊Progress Updates◊♠

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1. 한국어 

It’s very strange but I think I am using and improving my Korean more than I ever was (I mean ever) because lately I am actively using it in everything I do. For television shows (Japanese) I am understanding them through Korean, without them I find English dean’t carry the same nuance but I find the Korean subtitles to be more accurate and they just carry the message better. Sure I don’t watch it with super ease as if it were English but its close enough.

As I a result of that I am forced to learn new vocabulary both passively as actively. I don’t like running into confusion so I have taken it into my own hands and am learning more vocabulary actively which also counts in points to helping me write better.

I am speaking much much  more, in Korean. I have had the same language exchange partner for three years and she is great always helpful always makes me type in Korean (more like forces haha) but she is the reason that certain aspects of my Korean have greatly improved over the years and others because I am lazy are lacking but anyway she introduced me to a new language exchange partner and this one is focused heavily on speaking. I literally spoke about 2hours of Korean combined last week, and I know that’s not much but apart from in my head and when I see something and just record it on my phone in Korean for fun I barely speak. Nothing to be proud of haha but it’s true, I am not going to lie to you. But I realised how much fun talking is, I obviously talk a lot its very clear (but I’m still a little shy) so this talking idea is really fun to me. LOVE IT <3

To make up for my lack of active study last week I will just read a book today 🙂 it’s studying, because I have to look stuff up. Almost like a homemade graded reader (those are nice by the way I got a Yonsei one which is hard wow but it’s entertaining lots of interesting topics in it, will finish and review….really I will)

I will also be creating a page up top there in the bar thingy (I just mean next to the menus that lead to sub-pages of my blog) about all my textbooks. Actually I was asked to do this but in  hindsight it’s a very good idea and it will help me to keep track of things better. Still two books I have barely looked at. I try to give all of my books attention but my buying habits kinda dampen my efforts just a little bit. Hence the newly formed ban.

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2.日本語

Well, its pretty obvious I am focusing on this more than Korean (actively that is) but I think the fact that my Korean isn’t that bad allows me to have some leeway and just let it slide for just a week and then start with both again more actively. *don’t judge me*

But there is a lot of basics to understand with Japanese, I sort of feel like all the hard part of the language are the base understandings (the particles, the locations particles and when to use them in what situations) and etc the verbs which I am sort of cool with now but its those little things that weren’t too major with Korean but with Japanese they are important to understand at the beginning to have an easier learning journey ~ well as easy as it’s going to get alongside being challenging. And I like that.

I have noticed that kanji is not something you can leave to “picking it up as you go along” no – sorry but with this I will write them down and study them like a  list of words. If I don’t like it after a while I will stop and think of something else (maybe a graded reader) but I don’t want to leave it to chance. Language learning is always an active activity but sometimes you can let it go and just “learn” with the way everything is. I don’t know, am I making sense? I hope so, but sometimes you have to focus on something and actively more than usual learn it. Drill it into your brain.

Drills still work. So use them. I know more Japanese vocabulary than Korean at this stage because I am literally making an effort to absorb things and not using the “pick it up as you go along” method. Everyone has what works for them, and oddly enough this seems to work very well with me.

My friend says its probably due to me having another language at a sort-of decent level to fall back on (more experience) but I don’t think that’s very true. I think I just am using different methods.

Who knows? ^^ I guess I will never know.

Haha.

#obligatory_notebook_snap

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IT’S CROOKED SORRY :(

 

This is my untidy baby writing. Makes me smile even though it doesn’t look very pretty. I was studying particles here.

MUJI! I got new pens, I use Hitec-C Maica for my Korean notes and general writing because those are my favourite pens but then I decided to try MUJI pens and omg they are amazing. More amazing than my Maica pens. And I love their simplistic and minimalistic design.

You would never guess that something so plain looking can be the best pen ever. For Kanji and etc

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PEN CRUSH <3

Look at them ♥ they are so cute too.

Before I break down into pens I love let’s end it here.

Have a good day everyone 🙂

Hellllllllllo ^^ its been so long since I did a book review! I was shocked to realise it was in 2013! Oh my goodness, I guess I took so long to review another book that I think I stopped thinking about it ._. which is a little sad. But, I have a book to review so I shall review the book I started to read last month, but due to becoming mildly obsessed with Japanese and writing Korean I stopped reading it 🙁

But I started reading it last week, and boy, its a good read! I am so serious. Enough yack and onto the review. ^^ Enjoy.

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A Geek in Korea is basically the ultimate illustrated in beautiful pictures guide to everything about Korea and when I say EVERYTHING I truly mean that. It has history, who Koreans are, the science to Kpop (which is my favourite chapter) a look at Korea’s internet mania, basically everything a Korean-learner or Korean-anything enthusiast would want to know.

It has everything and MORE that I want to know. I love Korea and Korean culture and language, as a learner we want to know more about the culture so we can better teach ourselves, and if you haven’t been to Korea you won’t know this stuff, but Daniel Tudor really went all in with this book. He literally just handed you gold in a book! Take it, treasure and study ~

With some beautiful pictures.

Although its a pretty book, its not all pretty, it does look at the  bad points of Korea, for example their suicide issue, which I think as foreigners or rather for me who is non-Asian, I don’t understand their mindset and why their suicide rates are so high but this book does look at those points in a broad sense for us all to understand it better.

Thinking about old Korea?

I have heard that in a lot of places around the world the Hallyu wave is a big thing (yes. it does not exist here) – and that’s great its good for Korean culture and music to be spread (drama, music, celebs, language) but I never see so much about old Korea, the hanboks, the architecture, the traditional homes (Hanok), Minhwa (folk paintings) all the stuff I really want to know before being hyper over a new boy band and a cool app. I was so glad when I was reading through the book and all this stuff was there. Feels complete.

Ever wonder about the different parts of Korea?

Okay, so I read a lot of random stuff on Korea, its my hobby honestly, and I have come across different misconceptions about Koreans and their “clubbing” culture and the no-go zones of Korea. Red-light district you name it, I’ve read it! But I had never heard of Traditional Korean Clubs!? WHAT? To me the idea is just so cool, and I like that even the weirdest things that are not typically explored are written in this book.

I just basically think this book is a super invaluable addition to anyone who wants to know more about Korea, and the way Korean culture ticks. Its amazing.

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Yes. There is apparently a SCIENCE to Kpop and just for this chapter I would buy the book ^^ you will be so surprised that this is truly a science. And a keenly developed one too <3 which is awesome actually. But creepy lol.

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You can never have too many drama recommendations? 🙂

I was surprised that I hadn’t watched most of them ._. but this is a fun guide just to have as a Kdrama girl/guy :3

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So of course I love this book, and I’m really happy I got a chance to read it, but I will just list some pros and cons! ^^

Pros :-

  • Beautifully illustrated ~ makes for a fun read if you are someone who is easily bored with large chunks of text.
  • Nice paper. I am a sucker for glossy paper and although this doesn’t have glossy paper its such nice paper, thick and sturdy
  • Paperback! Yes.
  • Very in-depth content.
  • Compact size

Cons :-

  • This isn’t really a con but there was only Romanization of Korean words used. If someone who can’t read Hangul wants to read the book then this feature is perfect.
  • Nothing else <3

I seriously recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about Korea. Its fun to read, and pretty much covers a variety of Korean culture issues, and the differences that we otherwise don’t notice. What essentially makes Korea the Korea we all want to know more about.

You can buy it here

I hope you enjoyed the review. And I will be reviewing more book in the future yay :3 hehe.

xoxo.

Hey guys ^^ hope everyone had a lovely day. I kinda studied.

Key word here being “kinda” because I really just revised and played more than actually studying ._. I feel so sick I didn’t have it in me to go hours and hours. So I will tell you about my day with Korean then ma surprise 🙂

The Done + the Not Done 

I wrote some neat notes

I read more than 5 pages of random Korean

I revised two grammar points

I used the topik vocabulary book, which a few people asked about so I will definitely write a review at the end of the month.

I bought a new book. Textbook this time and I don’t want it to arrive. It looks hard & I don’t think I can handle that but I have to for the sake of getting out of the “comfort zone” area!!! ^^;; I have to try and move forward. Like I said I am not content with what I am capable of.

I haven’t used Ewha yet. I will do that when I am going to bed.

Rain + Ewha 2-1 = I AM BORED. 

☮☮☮ BUT THE SUPER SURPRISE I HAD TODAY ☮☮☮

I got a package sent by Tuttle publishing with three books I had chosen a couple of weeks ago. Actually almost a month plus ago, but I wash;t expecting them I was totally caught off guard. But I have looked at them and they are sooooooo nice looking!!! ^_^

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Notice I didn’t pick one book for studying language. I thought I had enough of that and I wanted to know more ABOUT Korea as a country, their culture, and other interesting things I have always wanted to know. And this was a nice opportunity to read these books 🙂 which I think was a pretty good idea.

Only think I got that was sort of “study-like” is the Korean Folk Songs which looked cute and informative. <don’t you love the butterflies on the cover?>

I will of course review these books. 🙂

I haven’t thought of which one to start with though. But A Geek In Korea looks so good that I already read a few pages, and I want to continue with it, tonight. I will add it to my reading list, and find a time frame for it in my day. ?morning reading? or ?lunch time reading? 

Hehehe. Loving these :3

xoxo

Good morning ^^ !! I realise I haven’t updated on my reading journey and etc, everything really. New books and yeah, all of that stuff. My reading challenge is still going I’m a few pages behind because I recently got addicted to a forum. So i haven’t slept, people get dark circles when they don’t sleep (?) I didn’t get that, but used it in the title because its whats expected with stress and lack of sleep. 🙂

My sister got me to signup last year (December) for a Kpop forum or something (she forced me) but I didn’t use it, then she made a bet with me, and I hate losing so I took her up on it. And won. Now I’m free yay….

Hence I am behind on my reading (like 5 pages only ^^) and on my vocabulary textbook — TOPIK 어휘로 잡아라! (intermediate) — which I am enjoying, actually, its a vocab book but when I am looking at it, using it, and just seeing how it works for me as a language learner and etc. trying it out to see what I truly think when I get to the end of the book. It’s an experiment for me :3

Because of all this I haven’t been sleeping. Just two days I haven’t slept when I usually sleep. For the last few months I have been going to bed at a set time (21:45pm) ~ I basically have a bed time ♥

Today though I’m getting back to my books (duh. all of them.) and waiting patiently (not) for two new books that look absolutely amazing. My excitement level for books is like cray crazy!!!!!! ^^ and the two books I am waiting for will be my last for a while. I bought them on gmarket and told myself it would be the last till October *sobs*

More than one reason, I don’t want pressure to finish books I keep obsessively buying online. And I want to save money for something that costs 900$ and not buying books would help me with that. I spend like 200$ each time, if you count the price of the products (books), duty and shipping. Because I’m so damn far from the places I buy from :/

I also changed the blog layout….again. ^^;;

xoxo