Push It! Free Korean lessons via Skype

I’ve been busy these past few days, I wasn’t able to blog much.

I’ve been engrossed with “Secret Garden” that I managed to finish the entire series last weekend. 캬! Finally I managed to finish a series! Did I like it? That’s a question I still have to ask myself. And I’ll be blogging about that soon.

I also managed to finish writing my Korean speech. And I should begin practicing. I don’t really know how it’s going to be possible to memorize my speech when I only have a day and a month before the contest (also, my 선생님 have yet to edit it).

I want to write about a lot of things, but I don’t have time. But the reason why I’m blogging right now is to share with you a good news!

Do you guys know Hanglingo? It’s a language exchange website. There used to be a chatbox where users can chat freely. I usually go there to ask questions especially when I’m currently writing in Korean. I love it because you get to get a response from Korean native speakers / fellow learners real-time. However, the website was recently changed and the chatbox was removed (although the owner is thinking of putting it back – and I hope he will). With the sudden disappearance of the chatbox in hanlingo, I decided to look for an alternative website that offers the same thing. Luckily I found TT4YOU which is somehow very similar to Hanlingo.

I’m already happy to find an alternative to Hanlingo (though I still have to see if I will like the community there). I browsed the site a bit and was so happy when I found out that there’s someone offering Free Korean lessons via Skype!

I’m pretty familiar for online/phone lessons in English. I had a short stint as an English online tutor for Koreans last year. And I’m about to start another part-time job of online English tutoring to Japanese this time. I kept thinking how wonderful it would be if there’s also a Korean tutorial counterpart for Korean learners like us. It would definitely be wonderful!

And it seems like my wishes were heard. The Pegasus Society for Korean Studies would be conducting Korean online lesson via Skype. And the most exciting part – it’s FREE!

Actually, from what I’ve read, this is their second series already. Too bad I didn’t know about it before.

Nonetheless, I submitted my application. I’m thinking of joining the Push It! class (Higher elementary).

Here are the details:

Hello! 안녕하세요? ^^
The Pegasus Society for Korean Studies will begin its second series of Korean classes for FREE via the popular internet calling programme Skype.
The Pegasus Society has been teaching Korean to local and international students since July 2010. As well as teaching over Skype, we have also taught in a college, privately and via YouTube. We also organize regular meet-ups in Seoul for people to practice their Korean in a casual environment.
Do you have Skype? Do you have an interest in Korean? Do you have a mic? This is all you need!
We will be running three classes:-
Gogo (Beginner’sElementary Korean) (starts 27th of Feb. 2011, Sunday 8pm local Korean time)
Push It! (Higher ElementaryIntermediate Korean) (starts 14th of Feb. 2011, Monday 8pm local Korean time)
Wang (Higher IntermediateAdvanced Korean) (starts 13th of Feb. 2011, Sunday 10pm local Korean time)
Those wishing to join Gogo can do so automatically, however if this is your first time to study with Pegasus and you wish to join Push It! or Wang, you should complete a quick Fast Track Placement test which will assess whether you’re ready for either of the two classes ^^
Please browse our curriculum below and, after deciding which class is best for you, send the brief application below to tee.namja@hotmail.com

Application Form:-
Name:
Age:
Gender:
Nationality:
Desired class:
Skype ID: (also add the ID Uk2rok to be added to the class)
Level of Korean:
Level of English:
Other:
(Gogo and Push It! are taught in English, whereas Wang is taught in Korean)

고고 (Gogo), Push It! and 왕 (Wang) Class Curriculum Information 2011
Gogo :- Average class size:- 4-6 and a duration of 1 hour per class per week
Homework, assignments and examinations:- 3 pieces of homework oral presentation writing assignment listening examination reading examination oral examination
Paper One
• Basic introduction to the Korean language
• The alphabet and Romanization of Korean
Paper Two
• Greetings
• Discussing age
• Numbers
• 저나 pronouns
• Countries
• Talking about where one comes from
• Likes and dislikes
Paper Three
• Discussing 우리
• Basic family member names
• Basic adjectives
• An introduction to verbs
• Discussing the number of people in one’s family
• Present progressivecontinuous present (-고 있다)
• Honourable verbs
• Love and relationships-related vocabulary
• Expressions used with the first person pronoun (저나)
• The copula (있다없다)
Paper Four
• Restaurantfood-related vocabulary
• Using ‘please’ when asking for things
• 이가 particles
• Ordering things in the restaurant
• Saying that there is or is not something (use of copula)
• Further practice of numbers
• Expressions used in the restaurant
Paper Five
• Using the interrogative
• 반말 and 존댓말
• -씨 and using the –시셔세요 in honourable verbs
• The past tense
• The future tense
• Telling somebody to not do something (introduction to imperative)
• The affirmative
• The –고 ~ conjunction
• Using ‘but’ in the conjunctive form (-지만~)
• The –지지요! ending
• Occupationsjobs vocabulary
• Useful verbs
Paper Six
• Travel and means of travel vocabulary
• Revision of present progressive
• -에 and –으로 post-positions
• Introducing adverbs
• Talking about necessities
• Orientation vocabulary
• Further study of countries
• Post and pre-modification of nouns and pronouns
• The ~(으)면 좋겠다 structure
• Discussing Korean culture
• Question words
Paper Seven
• Clothing vocabulary
• ‘Wearing’ verb variations
• Basic colours
• Using the verb stem and 아어여 보다 (‘try~’)
• Pronouns and possession
• Shopping vocabulary and phrases
Paper Eight
• Extended study of Korean tenses and sentence forms
• Revision of 반말 and 존댓말
• Hometown and the home vocabulary
• Recommending
• The working life
• Telling the time
Paper Nine
• Love and dating vocabulary
• Discussing personality and characteristics
• Pronunciation
• Expressing one’s opinion
• Discussing one’s ‘ideal type’
• Song listening exercise
Paper Ten
• Basic anatomy vocabulary
• Expressing pain, injury, aches etc
• Health and lifestyle-related vocabulary
• Discussing what is good and bad about one’s lifestyle
• Discussing what is good for certain parts of the body or aspects of our health
• Suggesting solutions for an unhealthy lifestyle
• Healthy activities and choices
• Topic-relevant verb study
• Expressions used at the doctor’s
• Grammar points:- -(으)로, -마다, and (으)ㅁ

Push It! Average class size:- 2-3 students duration of 2 hours per class per fortnight
Homework, assignments and examinations:- reading and writing examination oral examination listening examination nine pieces of homework writing assignment

Paper One
• Re-cap of ‘elementary’ Korean
• Introduction to translation
Paper Two
• Unit words
• Combined revision of time and numbers
• Onomatopoeia
• Intermediate use of description (colours)
• Continued family study
• Academic studies
• Places and finding the way
• Further expression of opinion
Paper Three
• ‘Even if~’, ‘even though~’
• Comparative study of standard and honourable styles
• Discussing the weather
• Further study of adjectives and adverbs
• Plans and decisions
• -(으)려고 하다 – expressing one’s intention
• Natural disasters
• Travel
• Verb conjugation
• Animals and their habitats
• Cooking and cuisine
• Causative verbs
Paper Four
• ~더라고
• (으)ㄹ 정도로
• Imperativecommand endings
• Suggestive endings in 반말
• Proposal interrogative
• Propositions and directions
• Discussing taste
• Determiners
• Emotional expressions
• Discussing Korean culture
• Revision of the body and clothing
Paper Five
• ~(으)ㄴ는 김에
• ~잖아(요)
• ~면서 and ~는 사이에
• The use of –기
• ~(으)ㄹ 때마다
• Contracted tenses
• ~기만 하다
• 그 만~
Paper Six
• ~에 따르면, ~에 의하면
• ~던
• ~것으로 드러나다
• ~았었더라면, 았었으면 좋았을 텐데
• Houseworkchores
• Further study of verbs
• Further study of adjectives
• 곳, 데 and 장소
• ~쯤
Paper Seven
• 무렵
• ~고는 하다
• -은는 커녕, ~기는 커녕
• ~아어여 보니
• ~다시피
• Semantics
• Further study of adjectives and adverbs
• Further verb study
Paper Eight
• Dialogue practice
• Tourism
• (으)ㄴ는 것 같다
• (으)ㄴ는가 봐(요)
• (으)ㄴ는가(요), 나(요)?
• ~(으)려다가
• Speaking practice
• -니 반말 interrogative
• A대신에 B~
• Further expressive study
Paper Nine
• Voluntary work
• Improvisation
• Further translation practice
• Introduction to 한자
• Speaking and pronunciation practice (야말로)
• 그렇게이렇게
• ~는(으)ㄴ 데도
• ~느라(고)
• Reading comprehension
Paper Ten
• ‘왕’ class-style reading comprehension
• Song listening and translation exercise
• 마무리Course Review

왕 (Wang class) :- Average class size: 1-2 students (duration of 2-3 hours per class per fortnight)

Homework, assignments and examinations:- 9 pieces of homework writing assignment literature examination 1 analytical report 1 speech translation and dictation examination oral debate examination intensive listening examination
Paper One
• Advanced anatomy
• Disease, conditions and treatment
• Exercise and sport
• Physique
• Mental abilities and illnesses
• Health supplements and lifestyles
Paper Two
• Donation, voluntary and aid work
• The United Nations
• World charity organizations
• Local and neighbourly activities
• Disaster relief case study
Paper Three
• Languages of the world
• Globalisation
• Demographic studies
• Continental cultural distinctions
• The Internet
• Less and More Economically Developed Countries
• Comparison of modern youth by country

Paper Four
• The intricacy of colour
• Expressing specific feelings in specific situations and contexts
• Korean perception of the foreign world
• Etiquette, manners and modesty
• Abbreviations and expressions used in Korean entertainment media
• Blood type personality studies
• Aspects of Korean culture considered ‘traditional’
Paper Five
• Job types and career paths in modern Korea
• The typical officecompany hierarchical structure
• Traditional and modern ‘after-work’ culture
• Pre-university preparations and the education ‘fever’ in modern Korea
• University life
• The perfect jobschool interview
Paper Six
• Internet slang
• Single character expressions
• Offensive expressions and their origins
• Euphemisms and affectionate expressions
• Regional dialects and their differences
• Idioms
Paper Seven
• The cast and crew
• Traditional Korean art
• Modern literature
• Photography and urban expressive arts
• Martial arts
• Calligraphy and advanced study of 한자
• Music of the world
• Magic and fantasy
Paper Eight
• Korea: the Three Kingdoms Period
• Unified 신라
• The 조선 Dynasty
• The Japanese Occupation
• The Korean War
• Modern European History: The Industrial Revolution and the Enlightenment
• A summary of North American history
• The Ancient Egyptians
• Africa case studies
Paper Nine
• Sales and consumer trends
• Korea and the Asian Economic Crisis
• Korean products and brands
• Saving and banking
• Survey and analytical report on a chosen relevant topic
Paper Ten
• Traditional Korean games
• Board games and their rules
• Korea’s online game culture
• Popular music
• Modern film and acting
• Drinking games
• Popular hobbies and interests

From: TT4YOU Forums

Oh no! I’m running late for my Korean class today… *runs to take a shower*

8 thoughts on “Push It! Free Korean lessons via Skype

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    • If you have time to spare, join us! But maybe you are for the wang class? (or again, maybe i’m too overestimating myself and wrongly joined the push it class) The teacher (or should I say facilitator?) is a foreigner. He’s from the UK. But he majored (was majoring? hehe… is it obvious I was not listening closely during the introduction) in Korean Language and is in Korea right now. ^^

      • I applied for the skype thing class but unfortunately they’re full and they asked to wait until march 6.

  3. 안녕 sorry, i found now this site, but can i join now? i really want to speak korean, i’m just a beginner,but i know the basics🙂

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