I would say that overall, my listening skills in Korean are pretty good. The past two years of my closest friends being Korean naturally boosted my listening skills, as I was surrounded by Korean for at least part of the day almost every day. I would listen to my friends gossip, banter, argue about a variety of things, and for the most part I would always know at least the general topic they were talking about, and often I would understand almost everything being said, minus a word here or there.Continue reading “High Pressure Listening Dysfunction: Daegu Edition”
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”
In typical blogger fashion (or is it just me?), I’ll start off this post by lamenting about the embarrassing 6-month long hiatus I’ve taken from updating my blog. Despite the fact that few people (if any) have even noticed my absence, I always feel obligated to address it.
While I’m sure you’re all dying to know what fun language-learning adventures I’ve experienced in the first half of 2018, those will have to wait until a later post. Today I’m going to talk about one of my new short-term goals: taking the 60th TOPIK this October. Continue reading “My New Korean Focus – Taking the TOPIK”
In the 7 months that I’ve been in my Applied Linguistics Master’s Program, I’ve learned a crazy amount of information about second language acquisition theory and practical learning and teaching applications of that knowledge. Some of this information was new to me, and some of it confirmed what I had already figured out via trial and error in my own language learning journey.
I finally feel ready to start compiling some of this information and presenting it here in the form of “pro tips”. Continue reading “Language Learning Pro Tip: Vocabulary Lists are Useless”
It’s already a week into the new year, but I’m just now getting around to posting my language learning goals for 2018. Even though I mentioned in my last post that my goals tend to change a lot throughout the year and that’s why I didn’t meet my original goals for 2017, I still enjoy the process of setting goals. It’s fun to have something to work towards throughout the year, and I enjoy looking back through old posts and seeing what goals were important to me in times past.
That said, here are my goals for the remaining 51 weeks of the year: Continue reading “Language Goals for 2018”