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Blah… 22/12/2010

Filed under: Fun with 한글,Passive Learning,Ramblings — Shannon @ 3:57 am
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Haven’t been practicing my Korean that much, with the holidays coming up and all. I still have a couple episodes of my 6-episode disc of “Be Strong, Geum-soon” to finish before I send it back to Netflix. The other discs in the series aren’t ready to be sent out yet, which is why I’m taking my time watching this one.

Bought a Korean-English dictionary from B&N yesterday and it sucks so bad. Its a pocket dictionary and most words I’ve looked up thus far are not in it. Plus, the Korean side is alphabetized by the romanizations and it makes it all the more difficult, since some most words in Korean are not so easy to sound out. I think I’m returning it tomorrow and ordering a decent one online.

Still struggling through that children’s book I borrowed from the library. I’m learning more about the word order and sentence structure while doing it though, so thats good.

It’s so difficult to cope with the fact that I will have a BASIC grip on the Korean language in 2-3 yrs, at best. I want to be fluent now :/ lol. At least its really fun to learn though and I have actual plans to visit and maybe work (as an English teacher) in Korea in the near future, which is exciting 🙂

안녕히 주무세요! (Good night!)


감사합니다! 20/12/2010

Filed under: Korean with Koreans,Ramblings — Shannon @ 11:27 pm
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Totally forgot! When I went into the Korean market, I talked to the lady in (my somewhat feeble) Korean! Well I said 안녕하세요 when I entered and after she gave me my change, I said 감사합니다. I think she was a little shocked that I spoke Korean, lol (she spoke perfect English, btw). Can’t wait to brush up on my other phrases for my next “Kancho” run 🙂


Listening Without Understanding 18/12/2010

Filed under: K-Dramas,Passive Learning,Ramblings — Shannon @ 10:54 pm
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I’m watching my first disc of “Be Strong, Geum-soon” and I’m watching it without the English subtitles.  Which means that other than a few greetings, I am understanding pretty much nothing lol. Its encouraging to me to think that  a lot of non-native English speakers actually learn English by watching soap operas in English; which I’m sure at first they don’t understand much. I think I might watch an entire episode, sans titles, and then re-watch it WITH English subtitles and then watch it again without subtitles. Then I will repeat that for each episode.

It sucks that I’m so impatient and that I feel like I should be fluent in a week because then I feel like a failure when I can’t correctly pronounce a word or understand a sentence. But as I’m watching this, I realize that I am understanding some other words and getting pretty excited 🙂 Plus, this looks like a fairly entertaining show thus far 🙂

Yay for passive learning! 😛


목요일 이다 16/12/2010

Filed under: Fun with 한글,Ramblings — Shannon @ 6:25 pm
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Sorry, just trying out my days-of-the-week vocab. Also, its fun to write in 한글 🙂 I seriously find myself looking for excuses to use it- I’ve always been fascinated by the way it looks.  It’s twice as fun now that I can actually write it lol.

So, I’m thinking that I need a dictionary and a book written in Korean. My local library has a children’s book called “The Rabbit’s Judgement” that is bilingual, so I think I am going to check that out today. It would be better of course if it were only in Korean but this will have to do for now.

I’m mainly using the methods praised by my favorite bloggers, like Khatzumoto ( – All Japanese All The Time- link to this site is on my Blog Roll ) and others (but I really only follow him 🙂 ) and I’m trying to learn the language in the most basic way possible- like a child. I highly suggest checking his site out, even if you aren’t learning Japanese, because much of the information is helpful for other languages as well. He taught himself Japanese in just 18 months with no classes or textbooks- just listening to Japanese media, watching Japanese shows and movies, reading as much Japanese material as he could get his hands on and practicing his Japanese with native speakers; so basically immersing himself in the Japanese culture. Now he is completely fluent and doing the same thing, but to learn Cantonese.

This isn’t supposed to be a plug of his site, lol- I just have so much respect for him and I think its really inspiring to think that I could be fluent in Korean in under 2 years 🙂

I’m watching the movies and K-dramas, I’m listening to the music (Big Bang and SuperJunior FTW!), and I’m practicing my writing (now I just need a native speaker to converse with…) and now its time to practice my reading and build my vocab 🙂

So anyway, back to my original point, I need to find a good English-Korean dictionary. The free ones online are useless and frustrating to use so I might need to pony up the money and invest in my own. My library doesn’t have Korean dictionaries so boo 😦 I’m definitely stopping by there today to check out some Korean (/English 😦 ) books though and get my 한글 on 😛


My Journey to Korean Language Fluency- Day 1 15/12/2010

Filed under: Ramblings — Shannon @ 6:56 am
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Ok well maybe that title is a bit misleading, as this isn’t really my first day, just my first day blogging as such. But all semantics aside, I will be using this blog to talk about my journey to achieve complete mastery of the beautiful Korean language, through online sites, watching many Korean movies and tv dramas, listening to Korean music and podcasts and reading as much Hangul as I can 🙂

Eventually this blog will be mostly in Korean. I can’t wait until that day 😛 As for now, its in English with bits of Korean scattered throughout.

Right before I started up this blog, at 2 am in the morning, I was about to watch an excellent Korean horror movie, called “Bunshinsaba” ( 분신사바 ) . I highly recommend this movie, as I do a bunch of other Korean horror movies. I’m a bit of a foreign movie buff lol. That shall be my next entry, I think- making a list of all the great Korean media that I am using to study Korean.

This is the poster for the movie 분신사밥

This is the poster for the movie 분신사밥

But right now, 분신사바 is calling me 🙂

안녕히가 세 요!


Trailer of Bunshinsaba, if interested :