Amelia from the UK is currently taking the italki World Cup Language Challenge to learn Korean. She uploaded a Public Video Pledge and even started a personal blog site to help motivate her – Hallyu to 한국어. We were so impressed with her efforts that we asked if we could repost what she had written on her personal blog as she gives weekly updates on her progress. Check out her latest post – reposted with permission.
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So sorry I’m late yet again with this! I’m promise I’ll keep doing them until the end though!
I’m on 15 hrs 30mins so far, not including what I’ve already done this week so I’m pretty pleased. This week has been particularly busy as my boss is away and I am trying to move flats in August – I have spent all day wrangling with estate agents! I’m glad I’m enjoying Korean so much because studying seems like a relaxing break but I still have positive motivation to keep improving (even when the bags under my eyes are becoming permanently ingrained….). Having all the lessons planned through Italki is definitely the best way as it means I can listen to podcasts on the tube and do short essays in the evening but know exactly when the bulk of my learning will be. That really helps me to keep going when I feel stressed.
In week 4, I hit the mark of having been studying Korean for 2 months – that has gone so quickly! I completed my second “book” with Rosa too. Apparently there are 4 books in the elementary level (before the heady heights of intermediate!), which are essentially 10 mini chapters covering both grammar and vocab around a topic – I showed you one of the pages in last week’s video. I think these are from a language school in Korea. We have done the 20 topics in 11 hours (we skipped some early ones I already knew). Because we went through it quite fast, this is why I have been focusing on writing too. This week we decided to do 3 hours of reviewing before moving to book 3 so I may be short on video ideas for the next one!
In case anyone is interested here is the Korean for my writing task:
두달째 한국어를 공부하고있어요. 이번 주말은 바빴어요. 지난 주에 개가 죽어서 상심에빠진 어머니를 위로하기위해 고향집으로 갔어요. 고향은 멀고 숲들이 없어서 안 좋아요. 런던보다 고향은 한적해요. 토요일에 한국어 수업을 했어요. 지금까지 책 두권을 끝냈어요. 오후에 어머니께서 테니스를 보셨어요. 저는 테니스를 잘 못치지만 테니스를 보는것은 정말 좋아해요! 그리고 아홉시에 밥먹으러 식당에 갔어요. 일요일 아침에 여동생의 생일선물을 사기 위해서 쇼핑했어요. 비가 왔을때 우산이 없어서 기분이 나빴어요.한국어 수업도 했어요. 지금 이 글을 다 쓰고나서야 한국어 공부를 할 수 있을 거에요. 한국어를 공부 안하면, 저는 잘 못할고여요! 내일은 일해야돼요. 회사가 조용하면, 저는 행복하고 연습 할거에요.
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