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안녕하세요?

저는 필리핀에서 온 디야라고 합니다. 나이는 팔십년생입니다. 나이는 만으로 스물 아홉살입니다. 한국식 나이로 벌써 서른살이 됐어요. 저는 한국인이 아니라서 다행이죠?

저는 필리핀 국립대학교에서 언어학을 전공하고 있는 복학생이에요.

한국드라마 보는 것을 정말 좋아하고 한국어, 한국 문화, 문학, 그리고 역사에도 관심이 많아요.

저는 여배우 김선아님의 열혈 팬이예요. 내 이름은 김삼순이라는 한국 드라마를 처음 볼때부터 지금까지 팬이 된지 거의 칠년이 됐어요. 왜냐하면 연기를 잘하는 것 뿐만아니라 연기가 감동적이기 때문입니다. 또한 재미있고 웃기고 귀엽고 예쁜 배우에요. 그리고 선아언니는 마음이 착하고 따뜻하고 팬들을 소중하게 생각해 주기 때문에 우리는 선아언니를 많이 사랑해요. 그런 배우가 또 어디 있겠어요? 그래서 선아언니를 위해 영원히 응원하겠어요.

선아언니 덕분에 한국어를 공부하기 시작했고 지금까지 계속 열심히 공부하고 있어요.

제 꿈이 원래 선아언니를 만나서 한국어로 얘기 하는 것이고 한국에서 한국어를 공부하며 살아 보고 싶은 것이었어요. 근데 그 꿈들이 다 이루어졌어요. 선아언니를 세번째 만나고 제 한국어 실력은 부족해도 선아언니와 한국어로 얘기 했어요. 그리고 작년 여름에 사십일 동안 한국에서 공부하면서 지내봤어요. 이제는 한국에 다시… 아니 자주 가고 싶고 선아언니도 또 만나고 한국어로 더 많은 얘기 나누고 싶은 것이 제 꿈이에요. 그리고 한국어 실력이 더 좋아졌으면 좋겠고 올해 빨리 졸업했으면도 좋겠어요.

여러분! 제 블로그를 반문해주셔서 감사하고 여러분과 만나서 반갑습니다. 잘 부탁드립니다.

[2013.01.28]

2010.08.10 한북 experience UP Diliman

Hi! I’m Dia. 29. I’m from the Philippines.

I’m a student (old returning) from the University of the Philippines, Diliman struggling to finish my degree in Linguistics.

My dream is to graduate soon; go to Korea go back to Korea (and attend Kim Sun-Ah’s birthday party, visit and take pictures of ALL the locations used on her dramas, meet my Korean friends, and study MA and/or more Korean language). Travel around Asia. Become fluent in Korean. And marry date a man like City Hall‘s Jo Guk Jang Dong Gun A Gentlemen’s Dignity‘s Kim Do Jin (minus the 17 year old son as much as possible) ♥

NO TO KOREAN?

Korean dramas started airing in our country last 2003 and became really popular by 2004. I have no interest in Korean language or culture – not even in Korean dramas (and K-pop was still unknown here at that time). And I don’t understand why a lot of people are getting hooked on Korean dramas. I was even annoyed to the extent of threatening my best friend that I would stop texting her if she keeps sending me messages sprinkled with saranghaeyos and annyeonghaseyos.

KOREAN DRAMA ADDICTION

It was 2006 when I saw my first ever Korean Drama – 내 이름은 김삼순 (My Name Is Kim Sam Soon). I happen to catch the first few episodes on local broadcast (which is probably equivalent to the first half of Episode 1). It was catchy and interesting and looks totally different from the other Korean dramas that I have heard of (back then dramas like Autumn In My Heart, Endless Love and Winter Sonata were the popular ones). However I still didn’t watch it for I thought it’s just going to be one of those ugly-duckling-turned-into-a-beautiful-swan fairy tale stories. Tell me about Betty La Fea! But was surprised when my mom told me that Sam-Soon didn’t really turn pretty and sexy at the end of the series.

Middle of 2006 when it was rebroadcast. Curious with my mom’s explanation of the ending, I decided to watch it. And was immediately hooked! When episode 7 was airing, I can’t contain my curiousness, thus I purchased a DVD copy right away. I watched it without any experience in watching a Korean drama. I’m not used to reading subtitles for 16 hours (more so, bad subtitles — yeah I got a bootleg DVD for MNIKSS *shies away* — but I bought the original afterwards, am I forgiven?). I have no idea how long it will run. I even have no idea how many episodes there are.

And this clueless little noob was left brawling her heart out towards the end of the series. In no time, my heart was totally captured by Sam Soon. I never thought I a drama would affect me that much.

My Name Is Kim Sam Soon offered a big door towards Korean drama series for me. Since then, I started accepting and embracing these wonderful 16 to 20-hour (and sometimes even more) experience.

I’m still not that big drama watcher because of my tight schedule, but I always have a drama to watch no matter what. And my to-watch list is growing way way faster than my bank account balance and credits gained in our university. I’ve finished quite a few (and haven’t finished a handful). I like some of them, I hate some. I’ve lived in soompi.com for years to satisfy this addiction. I’ve even became a fansubber – much to my own surprise. I may not be active in soompi and in fansubbing now but I guess, as long as there is a Korean drama out there, I will continue watching.

I became a fan of some actors (like Go Hyun Jung, Song Yoon Ah, Shin Eun Kyung, Kim Hyang Ki, Park Yong-Ha, Cha Seung Won, Jang Dong Gun), writers (Kim Eun Sook, Kim Do Wo, No Ji Seol), directors (Kim Yoon Cheol, Shin Woo Cheol, Park Hyung Ki) and even a musical director (Noh Young Shim).

I also became a fan of obsessed with 김선아 (Kim Sun Ah).

KIM SUN AH OBSESSION

2010.06.13 1:12am The Sherwood Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan

2011.09.19 11:00pm Mactan International Airport, Cebu City, Philippines

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2012.07.19 MBC Studio Yangju-si Gyeonggi-do South Korea

Just like most of her fans, I became a fan of hers because of My Name Is Kim Sam Soon. The drama was really something very special to me. I fell in love with Kim Sam-Soon, and I can’t help but fall in love with the actor that gave life to her as well – Kim Sun-Ah.

The more I get to know her, the more I admire and love her. She’s good in what she do and she gave her all on each of her projects. She’s also very witty and funny, that’s why it’s always refreshing to watch her – seems like there’s no boring moment whenever I watch her. And maybe not everyone knows this, but she’s someone with a good and warm heart towards her fans. (sorry for sounding like an obsessed fan – I really am, anyway. hehehe)

And it was because of her that I started embracing the wonderful Korean culture.

I learned a lot about Korea and its culture because of her. I gained a lot of Korean friends because of her. I went back to school because of her too. I even had my first plane ride and overseas travel because of her.

And because of her I started learning Korean.

MY KOREAN LEARNING JOURNEY

My first journey to learning Korean was only through few phrases that I have unintentionally picked from My Name Is Kim Sam Soon (and most of them were 반말). The first sentence that I learned (outside the pre-requisite 안녕하세요 & 사랑해요) was가 지마!

I thought that it must be fun learning Korean, but I didn’t take it seriously. It was just a thought in passing. I then caught “Let’s Speak In Korean” on cable and somehow convinced myself that I could probably learn some Korean. But I swear I won’t study those difficult characters (한글)! And just after a few minutes on “Let’s Speak Korean” I realized that it’s impossible to learn Korean without learning 한글. “Forget it!” I said.

But it was because of Kim Sun Ah that I seriously considered studying Korean. I wanted to join her Fancafe. I don’t remember when it was exactly. All I can remember is that I did spend tons of scratch papers and wrote all those 한글 characters non-stop. I was like a kindergarten student learning how to write for the first time. I had a hard time on some vowels, but after about 6~8 hours, I managed to memorize all of them. It wasn’t that difficult at all.

March of 2007 when I finally managed to join Kim Sun Ah’s Fancafe. I was overwhelmed when I found lots of Korean fans talking about her no less and tons of Korean contents – fan accounts, announcements, and Kim Sun Ah’s messages. Wanting to join the fan discussions and understand everyone and everything I continued studying on my own by following lessons online (Some introduction, then Sogang Online Program) and through a beginner book (Ganada I) that I managed to salvage borrow from friends. I was more diligent with the first few lessons but after being able to read lyrics of songs and knowing how to write the most basic sentences, I had a hard time focusing – and I ended up not finishing any of the lessons and textbooks I was studying. Also, since I work full-time then, I only have very little time to study.

In 2008, in order to be allowed to join a free Korean language class in TESDA, me and my best friend pretended to show interest in working in factories in Korea.

2008.02.15: These bunch of ahjussis were my cool classmates

I learned a lot from our 80-hour session (It was a 4hr/day-5day/week-4weeks stint). My teacher is a Filipino. The first 3 days were boring because we were taught how to read and write. But after that the lessons became more and more difficult. Since we have exams, I was forced to study and memorize a lot of vocabulary words. Even if I’m sleep deprived (because I have a full time job at that time), I studied, studied and studied some more. From the second week onwards, we were memorizing like 30-50+ words a day (!!!) (and I have forgotten more than half of them afterwards). But sentence composition only goes as far as declarative sentences; past, present, future tenses; modifiers; and a quick look at imperatives. The good thing was we were taught both the -요 and -입니다 patterns and, what I consider really important – conjugation. We didn’t use any textbooks. But they provided us with a few handouts that are mostly wordlists (!).

After that I stopped studying again. I was too overwhelmed perhaps of being able to express myself at least in the simplest Korean sentence. I pick up my books/lessons once in a while. There were days when I read during breaks and while commuting. And there were days when I barely open my textbooks. Thus I wasn’t really able to finish any lessons/textbooks.

However, since I’m a big fan of Kim Sun Ah and I love watching dramas, even if I don’t do my lessons, I’m still always exposed to the language EVERYDAY. I read news about Kim Sun Ah, I read and write on her fancafe and chat with her Korean fans. My playlist is filled with Korean songs and almost everyday I also watch Korean dramas. Later on I even joined subbing teams, usually as a timer, and it did improve my Korean.

In 2009 I found out that Kim Sun Ah knows me through her fancafe. And she said my Korean has improved (yey!) BUT I mix it with 반말 (darn!)! More than the joy of knowing that my existence is known to Kim Sun Ah, the embarrassment I felt had more impact on me. Thus from that day on, I picked up my textbooks once again and I decided to start studying Korean properly.

June of 2010, I returned to school and shifted to Linguistics (from Film and Audio Visual Communication). I took Korean 10-11 (lower beginner level – Sogang 1A, 1B) as a language elective. It was an hour and a half class, 4 times a week.

Korean 10-11 Class – University of the Philippines, Diliman (2010)

And on September 2010 I managed to get a Grade 2 on the 19th TOPIK.

The following semester I took Korean 12-13 (upper beginner level – Sogang 2A, 2B). It’s also an hour and a half, 4 times a week. And I learned a lot from our wonderful 선생님. She never spoke to us in English even if she is very fluent with it. It keeps us on the edge of our seats all the time.

Korean 12-13 Class – University of the Philippines, Diliman (2011)

Usually before the classes even begins, I read the entire textbook. So the classes were actually more of a review-and-practice for me. And in between I study on my own following Talk To Me In Korean and some textbooks.

I then joined my first speech contest because I want to improve on my speaking skills. And I did well. For the first 6 minutes. Then messed up big time. Nonetheless it was a fun experience.

After finishing all the Korean classes in our university last March 2011, I started self-studying again. I attempted to attend an experimental intermediate class by our lovely 선생님 last June 2011 (Korean 100 – Sogang 3A)  but wasn’t able to continue because it’s in conflict with my other classes.

Early 2012 my Korean were once again noticed by Kim Sun Ah. This time she said 한국말 잘해요! 박수. I know my Korea is still far from being good, but getting this comment from Kim Sun Ah, THE Kim Sun Ah, killed me 10x.

I joined another speech contest early that year and successfully bagged the 2nd prize while missing the Trip to Korea grand prize by a point. Yes. 1 point. I know I could’ve done better. But I have no regrets. I was actually surprised I won. No, I was surprised I was able to finish my speech on stage! 😄

Summer of 2012 I was able to participate in CNU’s International Summer Program in Gwangju, South Korea. It was a dream come true for me! I only stayed in Korea for 40 days and Korean language classes were only for beginners so I have no choice but to take classes conducted in English. The classes were past-paced since it’s summer semester and at the same time I was also busy preparing a snack event for the staff of Kim Sun Ah‘s drama I Do I Do (aka fangirling). Nonetheless my stay in Korea was not only a blast, it also pushed my Korean to the max! I never get to sit-down and open a page of my Korean textbooks. I never even get to read a paragraph from the novel I brought with me. But my Korean improved tremendously! I tried to use Korean as much as I can. I go out as much as I can. I talked to anyone (friends, school mates, friends of friends, ahjummas, ahjussis, taxi drivers, even bus drivers!) about anything. And I’m glad it worked for me!

2012.08.07 Kim Sam Soon steps, Namsan

2012.08.07 Kim Sam Soon steps, Namsan

When I returned from Korea I started preparing for Intermediate TOPIK and attended a once a week review session with out 선생님 for a month. We answered previous papers and our 선생님 discuss and explain difficult parts. It was still very difficult for me. So I was not surprised when I failed the 28th TOPIK. Nonetheless I was happy with the results and I am thankful for the many things I learned while preparing for it.

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Some months I study diligently, some months not so due to tremendous school work. But as always, I never stopped exposing myself to the language. From the moment I wrote my first Hangeul character until now, there’s always something Korean in my everyday life – be it hardcore textbook studying, TOPIK reviewing, novel reading, K-drama watching, fangirling, stalking keeping in touch with friends, anything! Thus, I didn’t forget what I’ve learned in the past and I still managed to learn a things here and there each day.

Now I’m trying to catch up on Talk To Me In Korean lessons. I’m also trying to review previous Intermediate TOPIK papers some more in preparation for the 32nd exam in October. I still learn Korean through Korean Drama scripts/transcripts and I still hope to finish my textbooks someday. And I’m also trying struggling to finish the novels that I have no matter how difficult they still are.

I still have a lot to learn. Sometimes it’s frustrating. But sometimes it’s rewarding too. But I will continue learning Korean. I can’t wait for the time when I can understand my novels completely; I can’t wait for the time when I can express myself comfortably without being frustrated (and without frustrating the other party); and I can’t wait for the time I can watch my dramas without any subtitles anymore.

Comments, corrections and criticism are more than welcome. I need it badly.

잘 부탁드립니다.

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  1. Pingback: 안녕하세요 « My Korean Corner

  2. Hi! Suscribed to your blog and added it to my blogroll ^^ It’s always great to meet another Korean learner v(^_^v)let’s do our best with Korean! 화이팅!!

  3. Thanks for subscribing me! It’s a pleasure to meet a fellow Korean learner (me, a totally beginner!)

    Take care and I’ll be popping by often!

  4. Hi~
    I am a Korea woman~
    I find here on the way that I am looking for ‘segret garden’ sub.
    you are very good at Korean~
    but there are a little mistake in your introduce part…
    could I revise it?

    안녕하세요.

    저는 디야라고합니다. 26살입니다. 필리핀 사람입니다. 만나서 반갑습니다.

    저는 필리핀 국립 대학교에서 공부하고 있어요. 제 전공은 영화학인데 다음 학기에 언어학과로 바꿀거에요.

    저는 여배우 김선아 팬이에요. 왜냐하면 연기를 잘하고 재미있고 예쁘기 때문입니다. 김선아님은 세상에서 제일 좋아해요.

    제 취미는 한국 드라마를 보는 것이에요. 한국 드라마를 좋아해서 한국어를 배웠습니다. 사실은 김선아 팬카페에 가입하고 싶어서 배우기 시작했어요. 그리고 한국 친구들과 선아언니와 함께 이야기하고 싶어서 지금까지 한국어를 배우고 있어요.
    잘 부탁드립니다.

    If you feel embarrassed becase of me
    I’m sorry about that….
    I’m not good at English…but I just…. I am happy your korean interesting….so I write here…..

  5. 디야님 한국어 무척 잘하시네요. 네이버 실시간검색(검색어 최고의사랑)에서 디야님 트위터 봤어요. 한국인인 줄 알았어요. 한국어 자연스럽고 너 무 잘하세요. 좋은 일 가득하세요~.

    • 안녕하세요. 만나서 반가워요. ^^ 최고의 사랑을 좋아하시네요!
      아직 제가 한국어 실력이 부족해요… 제 블로그를 방문해 주셔서 감사드려요.

  6. Hello Lods (or Dia),

    What a journey, I’m so proud of you! You’ve gone a long way. As much as I admire you’re persistence… I became a little doubtful about myself, now I’m not sure if I can do this (gulp!). You’ve been studying Korean for years! And now studying even more. I’m really hoping I could do the same.

    Thanks for sharing!

    PS. You gave me an idea about TESDA. Hmmmm…

    • Thanks! But don’t let the “years” of my study fool you. Some of my friends and fellow bloggers are way better than I am now and they studied Korean for a shorter period of time. I’m all procrastination and laziness, playing around with Korean (like Dramas, songs, chatting with friends, reading) most of the time instead of studying it. But yeah, you can say I’m persistent. So don’t lose hope. You haven’t even started yet! 🙂

      Hmm… I guess I have to update this page soon… a few things have changed here and there… 🙂

  7. 저는 띱입니다. 베트남에서 왔습니다. 저도 한국어를 공부하고 있습니다. 저는 한국 영화를 많이 보기 때문에 좋아하졌습니다. 저는 한국에 사는지 6개월이 되었습니다. 회사가 소개로 한국에 오게 되었는데요. 한국에 처음이라서 실수를 많이 했어서 좀 창피했지만 다음에는 더 잘 합니다.

      • oh, now you live in Philippins, don’t you? I might be learn korean for a long time. your Korean’s very well. I’m pleasured to meet you. hope to see ypur reply soon.
        저는 내성적인이니까 친구가 많지 않아요, 새로 친구가 사귀는 되면 행복해요. 저는 한국어를 잘 못해서 더 열심히 배워야 해요.
        Cam on!

  8. Hi, I enjoyed your Korean message and I am a Korean who would like to practise English. If you know anyone who would like to swap English and Korean, do contact me.

    I live in England and have been here for around 10 years.

  9. Hi Dia! I hope you could help me through this. 🙂 i am going to korea this December, i’d like to know the schedule of Lee Dong Wook there. or if you could give me the right person to ask. or to whom i could ask if where can i message wookie. I just want to have one pic with him. Hope you can help me! 😀

    • Hi! Sorry for the late reply. I don’t know how to answer your question when I first read it since I’m not really a fan of Lee Dong Wook (sorry). But good thing, he transferred recently to the same management company that manages my Suna Unnie. As far as his/their December schedule is concerned, all I know is that they (Lee Dong Wook and Kim Sun Ah) are going to Singapore and Malaysia to promote Scent Of A Woman this December 5 – 6. Then Suna Unnie will have a mini concert on December 12th. Who know, maybe Lee Dong Wook will be there too. I will email you the address and directions to the office of their management company. You can visit it and leave your gifts/letters to Lee Dong Wook. But I’m not sure if you can meet him. Give it a shot. You’re in Korea anyway. I’m envious. I wish to go to Korea too. Good luck and enjoy your travel. When will you be in Korea?

  10. Dia, Nice site. I’ve been reading it the past couple of weekends. Alot of good information! Thanks for the comment on my site and through that I found another good korean language learner site….yours! Keep it up!

    • Wow! Thanks for reading. I hope you did skip my Kim Sun Ah fangirl posts though (they are plenty!). I’ve been reading your blog too! Let’s keep studying Korean! 고고씽~!!!!
      * I should edit this page ASAP… it’s no longer updated)

  11. Cool. So are you taking up Linggwistiks as a second degree? I was also planning too but I can’t leave work, so I just self-study, which is not that effective. Walang competition! HAHAHA. Hopefully could get a slot at the KCC this January if ever they plan on opening classes. Can’t go back to Diliman anymore, my schedule won’t permit. I just want to ask sana, where does one register for the TOPIK? I’m planning on sitting the lowest level this April sana.

    Thanks. 🙂

    • Nope, not second degree. Bachelor’s. You are from UP Diliman too? I visited your blog (and I love it! I love travelling – on budget. Thanks for sharing your travel experiences!). I kinda envy you for being dedicated in self-studying – I’m the lazy type. But I’m back to self-studying Korean now since I’ve finished all the Korean classes offered in UP. I’m trying to work harder this year. If only they have higher Korean classes in UP (at least on extramurals) or at KCC I’d love to join too. But for now I’ll just self-study.
      I’ll get back to you next week regarding TOPIK registration. I would like to take the one on April too, but we may be on field work then, so I’ll probably just take the October one.

      • Thanks sa blog visit, hehe. Waaah!!! I’m inggit. Gusto ko talaga mag BA Ling din because of the language component (Jap sana) but I could not commit to it anymore. Siguro if MA, possible, I think 39 units. Even with just 6 units per sem I could do it in 3 years, but no language component!!! BA Pol Sci ako before, so same college lang, hehe. I don’t know if taking the TOPIK is a good idea as a first language certification exam, but I’ll just do it anyway to know firsthand how they work.Will wait for your update. 🙂

  12. Oh my god, I didn’t know that there is the fan of 선아언니 in the Philippines!
    My English tutor is a filipino, so I feel familiar with your country 🙂
    Ah, I’m a Korean (of course I live here in Korea) studying English.
    Have you ever come to Korea before?

    • Hi! Yes I’m a fan of 선아언니! How about you? Wow, your tutor is a Filipino. Have you been here? I haven’t been to Korea. I’ve only met 선아언니 in Taiwan and here in the Philippines (Cebu). Nice to meet you! 🙂

  13. Hi ^^
    My name is Flavia from Chile( but im live in japan now), i find your blog, only because i try to find some quotes about kdrama, like you i love korean world !!!
    your blog is fantastic!!! i love it , very good and lovely ^^
    congrats =D

  14. annyeonghaseyo!

    i find out about your wordpress site from facebook. your site was being posted by TTMIK Pilipinas (one of the TTMIK site i am following to). anyways, i love learning hangug-eo to the highest level. My obsession on learning this language was because of K-POP also.I want to understand what they are talking about (not because of the subtitles) but because I understand them in their own native language. It all started because of them. And why every night I study through TTMIK and everyday coming to work (while riding a bus) I always listen to a Korean learning Iphone application so I can practice more and more and more. I came from Philippines also but I am living in Singapore now. It has been a month that I am learning the language through the TTMIK site and other free korean site. Unfortunately, I am learning it alone. And I don’t have friends here to guide me how to learn faster and use it effectively.

    I know you are self-studying Korean alone, but can you give me a tip to make it easier and faster to learn the language. I really want to watch movies without subtitles, to read Korean books and watch any Korean shows without the help of english subtitles.

    Gamsahabnida! Hope you can give a little tip on this!!!! ^_^ You’re help is highly appreciated.

    • Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog. Looks like you are really passionate in learning the language, listening to TTMIK every night. If you continue that, you can’t go wrong.
      Self-studying need not be a lonely feat. Find things that interest you / things you enjoy and learn from them. In my case it’s Korean drama and Kim Sun Ah.
      Tips, I don’t think I have any. I’m also always in the look out for ways and experimenting different methods on how to improve my learning. But in my opinion, language learning is not and will never be easy and there’s no fast lane to it. It’s a process, a journey. So don’t rush and enjoy the process instead and let it surprise you.
      I suggest though you read blogs of Korean learners. I strongly recommend selfstudykorean.com (a group of bloggers sharing their own journey to learning) and hangukdrama.wordpress.com. There’s a list of great blogs on my side menu under ☆ KOREAN LEARNERS ☆ and I visit/subscribe to them and I always pick up tips and inspiration and motivation.
      All the best! 화이팅!

  15. Hi, Dia!

    You mentioned that you’re a fellow “Iska” taking up BA Ling. Just wondering if we had the same Korean instructor, KC Rico? I also stumbled upon your blog entry wherein you “stalked” (for lack of a better term, :P) Kim Sun Ah in Cebu. You were with your friend who, if I’m not mistaken, works in KCC. I always see her back when I was still taking Korean 1 there.

    ^_^

    • Hi! Nice to meet another Iska here! Nope, KC is a good good good friend of mine and a fellow Ling major. We were classmates in one subject before she graduated. So you also took Korean classes in KCC? Yes, that’s Ate Wenna, another Iska. 😀

  16. I took Elementary Korean 1 (extramurals) under Ms. Rico last year, before she went back to Korea to study. I was fortunate enough to be given a slot in Korean 1 at KCC during the grueling enrollment period. Hehe. 😀 I wasn’t able to follow through since KCC offered only 1 or 2 classes (with unfavorable schedules) for Korean 2. Wait, am I ranting? 😛

    So, is KC a batchmate of yours? I think her SN is 2006(?). I’m also friends with another language instructor in Ling… but she teaches Jap.

    • Ah, extramurals! I once visited KC on one of her extramural classes last year but I’m not sure if it’s your class. Oh, I’ve heard about that grueling enrollment process at KCC. Nope you’re not ranting! 😀 And there’s nothing wrong in ranting anyway. 🙂 And nope, she’s not my batchmate. My student number is way ‘older’, but I entered linguistics later than her. So I’m her unnie (by age), but she’s my sunbae (in both ling and korean). Who’s that jap prof? I took japanese 10-11 before but my professors a male.

    • So… I just found out that my Korean 10 teacher probably(?) had the same student number as me. I took the subject when I was in my last semester at UP and if I’m not mistaken, I think it was her first year of teaching. (Sorry, but it just blew my mind @_@…)

      • Hi! SHE? Then that would be my best bud, KC 선생님, right? She’s a genius! She’s in Korea right now taking her MA. I’m a 복학생 so most of my teachers are actually even younger than me @.@

  17. I remember having frequent “visitors” in our class last year, around Jan or Feb, if I’m not mistaken. I was actually one of those who enrolled while a storm was raging outside the KCC building. I believe classes were also suspended on that day! Arghh… the things I do for free classes. Hehe.

    I am also older than KC but I remember using “po” and “opo” when I talk with her. You know, she’s still THE teacher. 😀 My friend is Merriam Villegas who just graduated last year. She’s at Todai now.

    • Haha. I also use po and opo when talking to my professors even if they are younger than me. 🙂
      I forgot when did I visit KC’s class. What’s your name by the way, I’ll ask her about you when I see her.
      I know Mam Villegas, but I don’t think she knows me. 🙂

  18. My name? Uhmmm… KC and I were not close. But ok, it’s Nica. 😉 I don’t think she still remembers me, though we’re friends in FB hehe.

  19. wow you’re so lucky!! sun ah got to know you! whoa that was too nice of her. does she know all her fans? :)))

    • She may not know ALL her fans because that would be difficult. Hahaha. But she knows a number of her fans (maybe the active ones that she can often read in her fan cafe / websites / those who sends her letters and gifts) – to my surprise. But yeah, who knows. I didn’t know she knows me until we met. Her fans have told me she has a very good memory and knows most of her fans, not just by face, but by name too. I was a bit skeptical about it then because she’s a big star… until I myself witnessed it. 🙂

  20. Wow it must be good to be recognize by Kim Sun Ah. I see myself in you years ago. I got really addicted with Stairway to Heaven and Jewel in the Palace. I remember I always go to asianfanatics site to search for photos of Korean stars. Then after a few years i watched the tagalized version of Sassy girl and that’s the start. I started buying lots of Korean movies from the bangketas, watching korean music video, listening to kpop songs, etc. and I got addicted with So Nyeo Shi Dae a few years back. I think most of the people who wanted to study hangul, first started with watching k-dramas and movies. The quality of the k-entertainment is very good. especially their movies (unpredictable) and their historical dramas(Jewel and the Palace & Queen Seondeok, I swear the writers of those dramas are super duper awesome).

  21. Hi Dia, it’s me Kat from underneaththestarss I just wanna let you know I’ve moved to seoulcrystal.wordpress.com

    If you don’t mind changing the my link you have on your blog and following me there, please do. Thanks girl!

  22. Hi Dia!

    Congratulations on your scholarship! **inggit mode** Btw, are you, by chance, planning to purchase an electronic dictionary while staying there? 🙂

  23. i really like your blog I hope you don’t mind but I added you to my blogroll 🙂 I’m a total beginner but I hope I can learn from reading your blog 🙂

    Nice to meet you 🙂

  24. I’m loving your blog! I really like it 🙂 My name is Mikee, btw and just like you, I am another hardcore kdrama, kpop, or let me just say, everything-Korean lover. I’m so glad to have come across your blogsite. I’m gonna be visiting your blog often. I hope that’s alright 😉 Oh and I’m from the Philippines, too. 🙂

    • Of course that’s alright! Though I’m not actively writing recently because the semester’s ending and I’m dying here, drowning in school requirements!. Thanks for visiting!

  25. wow. after reading your ‘About Me’ page i am inspired to get my lazy self up and start learning korean diligently. im also a filipina 🙂 i started ‘wanting’ to learn the language since 2007 but i go on and off with self studying since i dont have anyone to practice with. i enrolled myself in UP’s extramural class module this year and thats when i realized that i have MORE to learn about the language. thank you for inspiring me to start again 🙂 aja!

    • I’m glad you are starting learning Korean again. 🙂
      Oh, who’s your 선생님 and what module are you taking?
      *quickly checks this ‘About Me’ page. scratches head. not updated. sorry. ㅠㅠ

      • i took module 1 under Mark 선생님. He was a good and nice teacher.. i enrolled in module 2 under another teacher but lost the momentum to study again so i dropped out (plus its a hassle going to UP from my house in Las Pinas). so now until i save up for my tuition to enroll in a korean class again ill study by my self diligently. and oh i just want to say that i LOVE your blog (been going through your posts since yesterday) ahaha

      • Hahaha! I know him! Prof sya sa dept namin pero never ko pa sya naging teacher (at never ko na sya magiging dahil 3 subjects na lang ako). But I always see him sa dept and we reviewed together for the previous TOPIK.
        Why don’t you enroll in KCC? At least it’s closer to Las Pinas.
        Thanks again for reading my blog (makes me wonder what were the stuff I posted before that you are reading ㅋㅋㅋ).

  26. Great blog, although there are some glaring English mistakes (sorry! As someone with a university degree Dutch – English, I can’t help but see and wince at certain mistakes.) I’ve also been learning Korean, although it has only been a few months and I haven’t been able to study it a lot (I admit, I’m quite lazy.) I was a bit surprised with the time it took you to learn Hangul, though, is that a normal time? I learnt it in about half an hour, and I still haven’t forgotten a thing about it (to be fair, I also know Ancient Greek, therefore learning a different alphabet wasn’t exactly new to me.)

    Still, seeing how good you are in Korean now gives me high hopes for learning it myself. Good luck to you!

    • Thanks!
      Haha. English is not my native language and I often just post what’s on my mind without proofreading it anymore (too lazy to do so). Blogging in English is a good practice though. I don’t really study English anymore. 🙂 Feel free to give corrections, I’d gladly appreciate them. 🙂
      I don’t really know what’s a “normal” average time to learn Hangeul. It was my first time to learn a different alphabet and was already surprised that I learned it in one sitting. It only took you 30mins? You are awesome! I wish my memory’s as good as yours. 🙂 If you can learn Hangul in just half an hour, then you’ll learn a lot as time goes by. Have you just started? I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ll be better than me in a couple of months. 🙂 Good luck to you too! 🙂

    • Haha! I was actually reading your post and was surprised to find my blog’s name there! Thanks!! It’s flattering! 🙂 I’ll make a post the soonest! 🙂

  27. I admire your fortitude and enthusiasm for Korean very much!!!! I even admire you when you can interact with your idol- Kim Sun Ah ❤ ❤ ❤ Keep moving forward. I believe you can achieve your goals.
    Nice to meet you!! My name is Lan and I'm from Vietnam ^^

    • Thanks! I think it’s Kim Sun Ah who’s admirable and not me XD.
      Nice to meet you! I have a few friends from Vietnam and am looking forward to visit your country sometime in the future. 🙂

    • Meeting Kim Sun Ah, those moments were just really lucky moments. If you have a chance, visit Korea not because you want to see Kim Sun Ah. It’s a wonderful place. Then who knows, you might see her.

  28. hai, i am xopo17 (soompi id) , first, i am sorry if i am posting in wrong or rude way but i am really so hopeless right now.

    now, i am download all drama kim sun ah, but the old one, i mean under 2000 (year), one of its called Love Story 1999 SBS Drama .

    @alodia : from d-addicts, i awared that alodia has been posting in d-addicts , is the alodia in d-addicts is same with alodia in soompi? if yes, please help, if u still have the video , please consider to seeding again. there are 3 person who still stuck, but if u don’t have it anymore or its a different person / name id then i am sorry to bother, just ignore my post, its okay atleast i have tried 🙂

    i’ve already downloading it on d-addicts, but there is no seeder anymore. now i am stuck at 92,7 % for episode 1 only and for almost 4 month. and it doesn’t move around anymore for past one month. so i decided and courage myself to posting in here. Please if anyone in here already finished downloading that drama at past, please to seeding again. i really need this one coz i am the big fans of KSA, and on doramax or another website to download kdrama are not having this old drama.
    only on d-addicts, who still have it. this drama is really rare,

    the link is http://www.d-addicts.com/forum/viewtopic_82360.htm (episode 1 only)

    for the rest episode is on : http://www.d-addicts.com/forum/torrents.php?search=LOVE+STORY&type=&sub=View+all&sort=

    thanks all

    • Hi!
      I’m terribly sorry for the late reply! I was travelling in Korea last couple of months and haven’t got the time to go online. Really sorry, it was a perfect time to seed it since connection is awesome in Korea.
      Anyway, yes that’s me. And yes I have Episode 1. Are you still stuck? I got 2 problems though. 1. I have no internet at home and won’t have one until the end of next month perhaps (sorry!) and 2. I don’t know how to seed (a leecher is busted!). If you can teach me how to seed them, I’ll do it for you. I have utorrents installed on my android tab too and we have wifi in the office (i just don’t know if it’ll work for p2p). If seeding won’t work, I can upload it somewhere when I get my internet back (or maybe while in a friend’s house one of these days).

  29. Hello. I am Elena, a Korean tutor in Melbourne. Can you give me some recommendations about Korean grammar books for beginner and intermediate? Hopefully hear from you soon.

  30. Hi, I’m LK, or K for shorter. :p I was a silent reader when I first found your blog, but now that I’m back in K-studying, I think it’s proper to at least comment.. I’ll be re-reading your previous posts (so much for a stalker?) because I think your blog is one of the most motivational language learning blog, plus, you’re a Filipina too! I really think I’ll learn so much from you.:D

  31. Hi Dia 😀 I’am Rosalie, I’m from Philippines but now I’m leaving here at Italy, i’m a highshool student i’m turning 15 this september 4 . When i first watched “I do I do” in a Pinoy website where i can watched pinoy teleserye it was so fantastic and so i’ve search to google all of the episodes of i do i do and i was falling of KIM SU AH she’s really pretty and how she acts is making my feelings that , that day is im her number one fan 🙂 everyday i’ve watched all the episodes most of all in the ”KILIG MOMENTS” 😀 and you will not going to believe me all of her pictures i’ve download it to my phone and she’s my PHONE WALLPAPER and LOCKSCREEN wallpaper ❤ I'm just hoping that someday i will met her 🙂 How i wish she have skype or facebook or something my only wish at my BIRTHDAY is just to know her to tell her that i'm one of her biggest filipino fan 🙂 or even to talk to her maybe in the future i can have a conversation to her personally and i'm starting to study korean language even if it's also hard to study italian language but she's my inspiration 🙂 i always kiss her in the picture at my phone when im going to sleep and says GoodMorning when i wake up , she just inspired me :)) and i add you on your facebook account how i wish that KIM SUN ah has facebook or skype 🙂 well it's life maybe the other day you will reply me and tell me some goodnews 😀 hihihi. I just love her so much .

    • Nice to meet you! It’s always fun to meet other Kim Sun Ah fans. She has a facebook (www.facebook.com/OfficialKimSunA) and me2day (http://me2day.net/kimsuna1001). She personally writes and sometimes replies to her fans on both websites. She also has an official fan cafe (http://cafe.daum.net/foreversuna) and dc gallery (http://gall.dcinside.com/list.php?id=kimsuna) where she leaves messages occasionally and replies to her fans. Most of her messages are of course in Korean but some fans would sometimes translate it in English. Some fans, myself included, have received replies from her on these websites. So you can visit these sites and leave a comment. Just please don’t dare spam! Alright? 🙂

  32. Hi Dia! I’m Rosalie ,I’m 15 years old,i’m a Filipina but i leave here now at Italy, I add you on your facebook account 🙂 i hope you’ll accept it. I’m one of the biggest fan of Kim Sun Ah i really admire her 🙂 When i watched ”I do I do” it was a korean drama that everday i watched the episodes most of all the ” kilig moments ” 🙂 Kim sun ah is a really good actress she’s really beautiful 🙂 i download all of her pictures on my phone and she was my wallpaper and lockscreen, my italian classmates said that kim sun ah is really pretty 🙂 How i wish i can met her but it’s impossible but maybe somewhere, somehow, someday i will meet her in a good reason and in a perfect time 🙂 I’m not a fan who is always there beside her i’m just a simple but a biggest fan because i know being just a simple and admiring her by kissing her pictures on my phone, praying that ” please God i want to meet her even not in personal but i want to meet her on my dreams , please God” when i’m going to sleep and saying Good morning when i wake up i know it’s the best. ❤ 🙂 She's my inspiration 🙂 I'm turning sweet 16 this september 4 🙂 i just wish to have a simple fansign from her or a lil bit converstion if she have skype or facebook it's only my wish on my sweet 16 🙂 Thank's in advance hihiihih 🙂 I LOVE HER SO MUCH :*

  33. Haha, I feel that everyone remembers the first Korean website they signed up for. My first was 싸이월드 in 2007, then later 네이버 and 다음. I still remember how much I relied on soompi.com to get me through the process. If I remember correctly, from 네이버 or 다음 there was even a section where you had to verify a number that was delivered via voice message to your phone. I failed that so many times because I didn’t know phrases, much less numbers!

    Anyway, we’ve been learning for about the same time, but from the sound of it your Korean is so much better than mine! That goes to show just how hard you work and how important it for me to be more brave about speaking practice.

    • Oh! Those were the days! Dramas don’t get subbed as fast as they do now. No tutorials on how to sign up / register for this and that. Not too many fan translators. The days when we’re basically on our own. I am thankful though because if it was like how it is right now, I probably wouldn’t even bother learning Korean anymore and will just reply to other people’s translations and tutorials.

      Thanks! Though I also feel the same way towards others learning Korean. That they are all better than me. 🙂

  34. Dia-씨, 안녕하세요! ^.^

    I’m a newbie korean learner and so motivated by your blog to study hard.
    I went to KCC for basic korean and we had our graduation yesterday yay! Unfortunately, I can’t start my elem1 next term since I’ll start my hospital training. But I’m so hopeful to my ever medyo-consistent self-studying (thanks to TTMIK and other k-lang blog sites like yours).
    I hope I could understand, talk, and write like a pro..

    감사합니다 for this amazing blog !! 😀

    • Thanks for visiting my blog! Who’s your 선생님 at KCC? I’m a volunteer there and I feel bad not being able to help out at the graduation yesterday. My work schedule is craaazy!
      Keep studying even if you can’t enroll at KCC next term. 🙂

      • the best 선생님, 배선생님. I’ll visit there soon and hope I can see you there :).
        Can you give me an advice/tips regards to studying as a novice?
        감사합니다 😀

      • 와!!! 우리 배선생님!!!! You can’t go wrong with 배쌤!!! She was my 선생님 for my Korean 12-13 in UP and has always been there for me. She is THE BEST! Whenever I post and mention 선생님 i’m referring to her. 🙂
        Tips? I dunno… I guess just enjoy it! It’s what i’ve been doing for the past year. I’m just enjoying it. Just keep exposing yourself to the language by doing things you enjoy (say dramas, friends, kpop, etc). ^^

  35. No problem :3 that’s so true, I was on blogger before I came here. I’ve wanted a wordpress for awhile ;A; but always thought there weren’t free accounts. I’m glad there are 😀
    (sorry for the late reply >-< I just noticed I made a typo too lol)

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