Japanese has the same : “this one right here close to me”, “that one close to you”, and “that one over there far away from both  of us” and then they have a set to be used with nouns, where eg, you know what thing you are speaking of then you add the “noun” you are speaking of after the この、その、あの!!

I think having this was fun actually, because I already had the confusing experience with the Korean ones, I remember them from way back and these were confusing, at the time I printed a TTMIK lesson that was super detailed about it and read it everyday for a whole week, whenever I was talking about things I would remind myself that the thing in my hand is “이것” the thing by the car far away from my sister and I was “저것” and the thing in my sisters hand was “그것” now I don’t forget that.

Switched them for today (not that I have been doing that all these years omg no) now I am going to use the これ、それ、あれ、 この、その、あの (+ noun)

And question word : どれ、どの

With these I just equate them to Korean 누구/누구한테 they have different nuances but they seem to work well in my head so I will use them till I see any other ideas in my mind how to remember them.

Also remember that with questions words 「何 ・ どれ・どの」 the particle は is not used, instead  が is used! Pretty simple to remember.

The chapter I am on at the moment in Genki is actually my favourite, I am learning so much, and its just so much fun. I’ve learnt how to express more than just these “thing” words and “question” words. Saying something is the “same” too and much more. Now I just need vocabulary, but I did rush for that with Korean (I do love Korean grammar and all) I was always worried I would have sub-par vocabulary when I think grammar should have focus.

Both are important and deserve equal focus but for this I’m sticking to the textbook and Erin’s Challenge ONLY!!!

Nihongomori too. But for more observation and getting a “feel” of spoken language! 🙂

I won’t crowd my learning with a billion resources and land up getting lost and confused, feeling a little sad about everything. I like the way it’s going now and I will not change anything about it 🙂



My letters still look worse than a child’s I think (ofc I wouldn’t know because I have never seen a child’s writing but it’s a thought)

I really want different pens, I usually use Hitec-C Maica (.38mm) pens for my Korean because they work well but for Japanese (the Hiragana, the Katakana, the little Kanji that I write from Genki) it just looks ugly, I don’t like it, I bought Muji Gel Pens but they haven’t arrived yet, saw notes where someone used Muji Gel Ink pens and I know its the writer not the pen but I am willing to try.

(using a 0.5mm mechanical pencil for Japanese at the moment)

Today I am also finally hitting the K-drama scene again. It’s because of something bias related of course.

이종현 drama has begun, and it has a vampire-girl 🙂 how cool is that. I think he is a vampire too, I am not certain but I am watching episode one and two today — I am taking the major plunge and watching it without the English subtitle crutch ^^ let’s see how that goes. Last time I watched a drama unsubbed it was “alright” I only failed at about 15-20mins out of the full drama time of 58mins! ^^ Iknowitsucks

좋은 하루 보내세용!! 🙂

Hey guys ^^ well I was horrible with keeping up with updates from my February challenge (monthly goals is ma new thang) ~ and I did reasonably well in 19 days …not even a whole month.

So a whole month? That should really turn out well :3

Previous Goal = 54 pages of 세상에 너를 소리쳐! and sadly didn’t complete the 54 pages however I did complete *drum roll please* 37 pages. It’s  just 17 pages short of my goal. And I am truly proud I was able to do that much, I won’t bash my efforts. I will praise myself for even managing that. That book is NOT easy.


And honestly, as un-motivating as this is going to sound I will still say it to everyone who owns this book, unless you got die-hard spirit and know a billion knocks that you will recieve when reading this book won’t hurt how you view your learning journy then read it, but if you feel like you can’t handle the fact that it may feel like you know nothing but grammar, and resulting in you feeling like its a waste of your time learning and not LEARNING enough then please don’t read it. Go for something easier.

I’m tough. So I took it well ? I think. I will assume, I’m still here and waiting for another month to have a challenge ㅋㅋㅋ  so I must have taken it in my stride.

Doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it, actually the difficulty level actually makes me love what I achieved even more. And my reward? No. It wasn’t Korean, okay, a part of it was but that hasn’t arrived yet haha &  a Heart Rate Monitor. In pink.

Cha-ching :3 say whatttt???? 😀

totally irrelevant to this blog but I'm working out more these days. I'm apparently too fat for my height of 159cm *yeah I'm short* lol

totally irrelevant to this blog but I’m working out more these days. I’m apparently too fat for my height of 159cm *yeah I’m short* lol

Seemed like a fitting reward for myself ^^ and the two books I ordered online, and yes, I ordered another novel, really loving the “novels” these days I have ordered about 3 haha. I want to keep reading, and the challenge actually made me see reading as such an enjoyable activity. And I know u must be thinking how can I say I only saw that now, but what I mean is, reading Korean novels — and trying to understand them!

You know the process. The stages that take you from looking up every second word on page one to every 5/6 word on page 10. I love that. It’s so amazing.

I think this will be a good year for Korean and hopefully moi <3


I also have 24hours to finish these books. And I don’t have a problem with it, because I have been using them consistently since I said on Instagram that I needed to end my war with them. Yes, war, its been taking me a while and since they aren’t too hard for me I find it boring as hell to even get to the end.

But I have been pushing myself to do them when I get to bed, instead of just lying in bed staring at my ceiling and listening to a bunch of birds who make weird noises by my window wondering what their problem is, I decided I would just make notes and use these two. And I take about 1hr to fall asleep so I use them for about 25/30min a night.

Cool huh? I think its alright.

if u think I can find a better method of getting myself to use them then ⇩⇩comment below and let moi know⇩⇩ please. And methods for lazy people, because I am just too lazy, I know its tmi but I sometimes think of using them when I take a bath if it wasn’t for the risk of getting them wet. :/

Wanna see my rubbish notes? I will be too embarrassed to ever make such horrible notes again if I know just one person has seen them so here….look at my untidy notes. I will make better ones.  /hiding in shame/ 







March Language Goals

Time for the March language goals yay! ^^

– I plan to use my topik vocab book. It’s kinda fun and I am enjoy it, but its pretty thick so a whole months challenge shall be devoted to it. Luckily March is a real month so thankfully I have 31 days to work with it ^^ 

– read a little more. I will switch from the Big Bang book to something a little easier to accommodate the other stuff I will be doing. I haven’t decided to what yet though. It can’t be too time consuming. 

– talk more. I keep stressing on the writing but if I can talk then I can write, and I think I can grasp talking faster, I have been told I never shut up. hahaha. ^^ 

– buy one Japanese textbook. If some kind soul could link me to a good beginner textbook, I found Genki and plan on buying it maybe next week or something, I don’t know because I am also eyeing a few Korean things. 

– frequent updates. Recently because I was too tired most days to write posts and also wasn’t the happiest bunny I did stick to Instagram more than here which sucks but I will try to post updates here. And more stuff, other than “this is what I did today” haha. ^^ seems like a good plan? hey. 


This months challenge book. Also this is my version of Picture Art. I played with filters and grains and came to this.  I added some weird grainy thing, and it created those little bumps and grainy-ness (?) you see. Which I totally love. What do you think? :3

Good luck with this month everyone. 여러분 행운을 빌어고 좋은 월 보내세요.


Kirsten ✿

for me that is!

A couple of posts back I said I was going to be working hard, or rather observing well what made me learn best and it hasn’t been that long and I’ve already found it (:

I tried several options to see how they faired against each other and I arrived at one ^^ taking notes the old fashioned way this is after I tried

※ reading and listening, no note taking trying more to learn it in the way we all acquired our L1 languages.

※ reading online articles, looking up the words and then trying to use SRS cards to remember words and grammar learnt.

※ using dual-language articles (like the ones from Korea Herald) to learn intuitively >;< Those sadly crash-landed for me in many ways, I dont like soley reading based learning methods they suck and anyone who swears by them wow I'm a little jealous of you/ or I don't believe a word that comes out of your mouth. Actually I looked up many many different learning styles and tried almost 12! I a day and check how it helped with me remembering the following day and I only remembered what I leearnt when I used the original method I started with way back in 2011 ~ it works for me, was fun trying out new ways but no freaking way are they gonna work for me hehe 🙂 Alterations to Make!

My method of learning works week for me, I like notetaking all round from learning about chess to just reading a novel and wanting to keep track of characters! Its fun and these days although this is off topic I write notes on how to improve conversation (and learn how to converse its a subject xD fun one too!)

So notetaking for me is kinda 대박 and writing my Korean notes is no different and what makes it better is its not a total waste of my time, I really really LEARN 😉

So the things to change ~

1. When I write notes I’ve never been into this whole use what u just learnt immediately, I usually just leave it and when I feel like writing I use what I remember

That is no more! And as a ceremonial thing lets bold that “you must write something, to begin with simple/as complex as you can to practice the info you just learnt”

2) I have a seperate notebook for vocab and when I started writing this post I wanted to stop using it but I dont think I will because I really like it ㅋㅋ so that’s out of the books (urhm!)

3) weekly lang-8 like a good language learner hehehe and actually on Saturday I wrote a made-up dialogue between a down-and-out girl and another girl who owns a shop who ran into each other and posted it on lang-8 (of course I helped the people and others who corrected my journal)

4) changed my mind …again!!!

That’s my two cents for today x.x glad I’ve resolved this …I’ll be hardcore studying soon.

In the simplest sense, writing practice is the ultimate way to really learn new vocabulary and practice verb construction. It’s easy enough to memorize new nouns and verbs, but it’s quite another animal to use them fluidly in speech. Practicing new words in writing is a perfect way to engrain them in your mind and remember how to use them again. You will also understand how to integrate them into full sentences.

Credit to omniglot.com

I know I suck at writing in Korean, and hence the OCD in trying to fix that error ^^ trying is trying, but sometimes maybe just reading on how you can do something can help! Since my ideas may be crap and ineffective ;; nonetheless I found the passage above when I was looking on ‘writing information’ and I found it very interesting and I will talk about it today (: and try and fish out answers from myself hehe xD

In the first sentence of the passage it says In the simplest sense, writing practice is the ultimate way to really learn new vocabulary and practice verb construction.”  – I didn’t really believe this at first but slowly as time goes by I am seeing that it is in fact a very true statement. I know vocabulary and I know grammar and I know the ‘rules’ and everything else of sentence construction but because I rarely use it in my ‘practice’ I am always confused on these issues, so basically when I try and express myself in Korean I fall short, because I don’t write enough. Listening and Writing differ immensely I have noticed, I always thought that the one would help the other eg. Listening would help me to write. but it hasn’t and isn’t. Simple. I need to write more, which is what I am working on this February (expect lots of audio blogs in the coming days/weeks)

Second line in the passage is It’s easy enough to memorize new nouns and verbs, but it’s quite another animal to use them fluidly in speech.  – I don’t memorize anything!!! Too lazy plus I don’t think it works well with my learning style (whatever that is?) but I do have a major issue with turning what I know into speech, if I don’t try and write it down (which I am weak at as it is) then I will stutter and go over words and use the same ‘drilled into my head’ grammar pints I know off the tp of my head, which is a very tiny repertoire.

Third line in the passage is Practicing new words in writing is a perfect way to engrain them in your mind and remember how to use them again.” –  I know! I know! Reading it is like someone telling me the same thing over and over again haha. I know in order for vocabulary to be used from memory you need to write with it often in your own unique way of communication via writing, hmm easier said than done, huh? ㅋㅋㅋ

Fourth and final line is : “You will also understand how to integrate them into full sentences.”  –  This I know. Integrating into sentences I can do but it does require a little bit of mind power haha. xD. I can take it though its fun and entertaining to see my brain work hard 😀 although full sentences and long paragraphs are way off from each other in my opinion. I can write a billion sentences, but integrating them into a paragraph is hard since it makes it seem unnatural T_T

The end. Haha. This is just part one though ^^ I will post Part 2 soon enough which is more of a ‘Solutions’ to my questions and answers xD

안녕 ♡♥♡