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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!)

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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! 😛