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Puberty. The awkward stage when you are no longer a child, but is not quite an adult either. And I would like to consider my Korean is at that stage right now.

It’s been a few months since I last watched a Korean drama. And it was so much fun watching one again (especially since it’s Secret Garden!). And I was surprised with myself that I can actually understand much much more this time. I still definitely can’t get by without the aid of the subtitles and it was just too weird and uneasy too. A sentence that I can understand completely will be followed by a sentence whose grammar pattern I understand but not the vocabs, then will immediately be followed by a sentence whose words I know, but will be completely lost with the grammar pattern used. And what’s annoying is when these sentences just keeps alternating.

It also makes my drama viewing longer this time. Sometimes when things are easier to understand I get carried away that I fixed my gaze on the actors and/or the scenes and I will get caught off-guard with a sentence that I do not understand and will just realized it when the subtitles has disappeared already, thus having to rewind the scene. And sometimes I hear something familiar (or something new) that I want to confirm (or learn), thus another rewind. And sometimes I have to pause it while I consult a dictionary.

Although I’m at an annoying stage, it was really fun. In fact sometimes I get teary-eyed if I was able to unexpectedly understand something completely. Call me nuts, but it’s true! I guess I’m just a little too overwhelmed sometimes.

I can’t wait for the time when I can watch dramas without any subtitles. I know it’s going to take a lot of time, patience and hardships but this has been, and always will be, one of my motivations in learning the language.



사춘기 – puberty

Study Plan 2011.01

Right now I attend my Korean 12-13 class (upper beginner) as part of my curriculum in the BA Linguistics program in my university. It’s a 90-minute class, 4 days a week conducted by an excellent Korean teacher. We have grammar lessons, listening and speaking practices in the classroom. Then we have assignments, quizzes and exams from time to time.

I, along with a good friend cum study buddy, have what we call “10 words a day“. It’s a Facebook group we created just for the two of us. We study scripts from the our favorite dramas (hers is 여우야 뭐하니, while mine’s 내 이름은 김삼순) and each of us post 5 new words everyday. We have to memorize these words, and after 10 days (100 words), we take a little “exam” just to make sure that we have memorized everything. Then we also discuss the words that are really difficult and try using them in sentence. We also memorize lines from the dramas.

I’m also currently reading “Using Korean: A Guide to Contemporary Usage” whenever I have free time (which is very rare!).

And as a complement, I talk to my Korean friends (and classmates in my Korean class) once in a while in the campus (or online), I browse in Suna Unnie’s fan cafe every night and I continuously watch Korean dramas. I also listen to Korean songs (or Korean dramas – yes!) during commute and whenever I open my laptop.

So far, that’s my current study schedule. 시간이 많이 있으면 좋갰어요. It would have been better if I have more time to study, but there are a lot of school work for this semester, I’m already going crazy! 미치겠다 정말!