May the Fourth be with you!
My time as a college undergraduate is pretty much over! I graduate this Sunday, but I’ve already moved most of my dorm stuff back home and am in summer mode.
April was a decent month studying-wise. I studied Korean 16 out of the 30 days, with an average of 26 minutes per day that I studied. Now that it’s summertime, I’m hoping to really buff up my studying and be more consistent on a daily basis.
Specifically, my goal this month is to really focus on reading. Reading is a great way to build up your vocabulary, whether it’s a foreign language or your mother tongue. I’d say that I have a better English vocabulary than most, and I blame it all on how I gobbled up books as a child (and still do, honestly).
I want to read at least a little bit every day this month (or almost every day – I’ve already missed a few days while packing up and moving back home). Right now I’m in the middle of a children’s book called 준비물 챙기기, which is roughly translated as “Preparing Supplies”. It’s what I would describe as a children’s fictional self-help book – it has three short stories about an elementary student named 연두/Yeondu and the travesties that befall her when she forgets to pack the art supplies or gym clothes she needs, etc. The storyline is pretty cute, and there are also lots of illustrations. I’m in the middle of the second story, and I’ll hopefully be finished by the end of the month.
My theory is that I can build up my vocabulary just like a normal kid would – starting with kids’ books, and working my way up. I tried reading the second Harry Potter book in 2015, but even that was way over my head. Of course, I’ve built up 2 years worth of vocabulary since then, and I’m hoping I can return to Harry Potter by the end of this year. In the meantime, I have 3 children’s books to plow through and hopefully pick up a lot of vocabulary.
Besides 준비물 챙기기, I also will hopefully read through several of Talk to Me in Korean’s Iyagis, and I also want to go through and read some Kpop lyrics, too. That way I’m not only buffing up my literature-based vocabulary, but am also able to work on my conversational Korean vocabulary as well.
Along with building vocabulary, I also am hoping to see a big improvement in my reading speed. Hopefully I’ll see some tangible progress in both of those areas by the end of the month. 🙂