It’s several days into the New Year, and I’ve been thinking about just what exactly I want to accomplish in my language learning this year. It’ surprisingly difficult to set goals for such a long period of time, but I did end up deciding on several specific things that I do want to accomplish.
Finish my 재미있는 한국어 3 (Fun Fun Korean 3) textbook/workbook
I wrote a post back in August (here) where I talked about this textbook and a few of the reasons that I hated it. However, since I paid good money for it, I’ve been studying it on and off throughout winter break, and it’s actually growing on me. I still have 11 chapters left to finish of this book.
Decide on a new textbook series and buy a textbook
Despite the fact that the 재미있는 한국어 textbook is growing on me, I still probably won’t continue with that series, so I plan to research some of the other options and purchase a new textbook at the next level. This, of course, will depend on whether I accomplish my first goal and finish my current book.
Renew my 이야기 (Iyagi) studying on a regular basis
Last summer I started studying with Talk to Me in Korean’s 이야기/Iyagi series. The Iyagis are conversations between two people speaking solely in Korean, with PDF transcripts provided. I studied about 20 of these Iyagis thoroughly last summer, and I found them a great way to boost both my listening skills (which can be pretty weak) and my vocabulary (which is also weak). I’m hoping to study at least one Iyagi every 1-2 weeks this year.
Read through 3 Korean children’s books
When I was in Korea, I bought 3 children’s books at Kyobo Bookstore, but I’ve only read a third of one of the books so far. I’d like to finish reading through all 3 books this year and study all of the new vocabulary I come across.
Study at least 12 News in Korean articles
On the other end of the spectrum, I’d also like to build my more formal vocabulary. I’ve studied about 3-4 of the articles so far, but I haven’t been studying much with this book lately. My goal is to simply study at least one article per month this year.
Study Korean Grammar in Use – Intermediate
I haven’t done much with this book since I received it a year and a half ago, so I really want to make an effort to study more with this book this year. I don’t really have a specific goal for this one – I guess at least one grammar point per week would be nice.
Write more with Lang-8
Being a self-studier, I often focus a lot on listening and reading rather than speaking and writing. Aside from sending the occasional text in Korean, I don’t have many occasions that require writing in Korean. Thus my goal is to write at least 1 lang-8 post per month this year.
Occasionally review Mandarin and Japanese
Obviously most of my goals are Korean-centered, since that’s my primary focus of language learning, but I also don’t want to lose my Mandarin and Japanese knowledge. I most likely won’t be taking any Mandarin/Japanese courses this year, so I’d like to occasionally review vocabulary and the old dialogues in my textbooks to make sure my language skills don’t fade. Heck, maybe I’ll even review some Spanish from my high school days. Lord knows I’m rusty.
So those are my primary 8 goals for the coming year. It’ll be interesting to check back at the next New Year and see how I performed. Hopefully I’ll be impressed!