Here we are, almost 3 weeks into the new year, and I’m just now getting around to posting my goals for the rest of the upcoming year. I’m finally emerging from the stressful, procrastination-driven thesis-writing vortex that I’ve been in for the past month (although it’s not quite over yet), and I can finally start focusing more on other things, like my language learning goals for the upcoming year.Continue reading “Goals for 2019”
2018’s been a crazy roller coaster year for me, but throughout it all I managed to learn a bit of Korean along the way. I thought I’d try something new this year and post about the biggest highlight and the biggest disappointment of 2018.Continue reading “The Biggest Highlight of 2018”
What a year! It’s hard to believe that another year has already flown by, but here we stand at the beginning of 2019. Before I set my goals for the upcoming year, it’s time to look back at my goals for the previous year and see how I managed to do. Continue reading “Progress Report: 2018 in Review”
I took the 60th TOPIK back in October, and it was quite the experience. I didn’t really spend very much time preparing (or really any time at all), so I walked into the test quite unprepared.
I tried to make up for this failure to prepare by telling myself that this would give me a more realistic picture of my current Korean ability, instead of an inflated score due to last-second cramming. As it turns out, it was very stupid to be unprepared, at least in one particular subject: the rules of the test itself. Continue reading “My First TOPIK Results!”
Three weeks ago, I finally fulfilled a long-time dream of mine — I took the TOPIK (the Test of Proficiency in Korean). And even though this post is a little delayed, I still wanted to share all the details about my TOPIK preparations and test experience. Continue reading “My First TOPIK Experience”
For as long as I’ve been learning Korean, I’ve had the goal of improving my Korean speaking skills. Unfortunately, even though I’ve made a considerable number of Korean friends and hang out with them pretty much every day, I’ve fallen into the dreadful habit of speaking 95% English to them and only rarely throwing a few Korean phrases into the mix. The main reason for this is that I’m shy by nature and I’m terrified of making mistakes in front of them. I realize it’s silly to be anxious and embarrassed of making mistakes in front of my friends, especially since they make mistakes in English all the time and it’s no big deal, but what can I say? It’s just an unfortunate character trait that I have to overcome.
Since I’m embarrassed in front of my friends, you can probably guess that I definitely don’t speak Korean to random strangers — at least, I didn’t use to. That’s changed a bit in the past few weeks. Continue reading “Korean Speaking Encounters — My New Part Time Job”
It’s incredible how time works. Sometimes a year can seem like the blink of an eye, and sometimes a year can seem like an absolute eternity. Most of the time it seems like a strange combination of both–an absolute eternity that somehow zooms past before you realize it.
Most of the summer I’ve spent apart from my friends, which has caused me to be in a weird nostalgic mood for several months. I keep thinking back to what my life was like before grad school started last August, and I honestly can’t imagine going back to that life. I’ve met so many people who have become so precious to me, and I can’t imagine returning to a time where I didn’t know them. Continue reading “Looking Back: A Life-Changing Year”