My Week 4 Progress Learning Korean

July 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Jim in Language Challenge | Motivation - (Comments Off)

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.

and a bit…

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.

Amelia x

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italki Language Challenge: Week 4 Goal

June 28th, 2014 | Posted by Jim in Language Challenge | Motivation - (Comments Off)

WCLC-week-4-custom-thumbnailLindsaydoeslanguages is blogging about her World Cup Language Challenge and we’re reposting here to share with the entire italki Community. This blog post originally was posted on Lindsaydoeslanguages.com website.

Wow! Three weeks in already! Crazy stuff.

Why, hello! This week’s goal was to prepare a little something in Portuguese to practise and record on camera.

So after 11 lessons here it is! Almost half way through the Language Challenge now. Exciting stuff!

Oh, and by the way, italki are running a Cheer Contest to find out how different people cheer in different countries.

Take a look and maybe enter!

Also, be sure to check out my entry below feating a rather fluffy friend. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know who I’m talking about!

Next week I’ll be attempting to distinguish between Spanish and Portuguese in the song Danza Kuduro and for week 6, I’ll be doing my first ever live YouTube broadcast and commentating some of the World Cup! What have I let myself in for? Eek!

How are you getting on with the italki World Cup Language Challenge? Are your team still in the World Cup?

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My Week 3 Progress Learning Korean

June 25th, 2014 | Posted by Jim in Language Challenge | Motivation - (Comments Off)

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.

Hey guys, a bit late this week so I’m sorry! My boss is out of the office which means work has been crazier than usual and I’ve stayed up late to do this.

I’m still on target hours wise and still enjoying the lessons. My practice is gradually creeping up and I’m starting to speak to my Korean friends in basic sentences. I even went to watch the football match with them on Sunday, although unfortunately they lost relatively badly. My brain doesn’t always quite catch up with the speed of talking but when sentences are directed at me by people who know my level, I can usually get the gist of what is going on.

I think I need to work on my reading speed too. One of my teachers makes me read dialogues a couple of times to make my speaking more natural but as the grammar gets harder and the sentences get longer, my hangul reading doesn’t always keep up with the natural conversation flow. That, however, will come with time. I have to keep reminding myself I only started 2 months ago and I can’t learn everything at once!

The last week or so we have done a lot of grammar and vocab and I do think my brain may be getting a little saturated at present. I may ask to do some reviewing sometime soon just to make sure I’m not replacing old stuff with new all the time.

This week my video may not be quite so exciting as its more of a review but I was quite surprised with how much grammar I’ve picked up already. Its just connecting it from one topic to another that is key at the moment. Hopefully I’ll be back next week with a better dialogue!

I might be going to Moim tomorrow as well as Friday this week if I can leave work earlyish, which would mean I was practicing my Korean every day this week – dedication or what?!

Amelia x

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Throughout the 2014 italki World Cup Language Challenge we will be giving away prizes to challengers who promote us on social media!

We have  awarded our first prize to @amhumphries on Twitter, 250 USD in italki credits!!!  That’s enough to finish the Language Challenge for free!

For all those who did not win this time, do not be discouraged because there are other prizes for you. To win the next prize which will be 50 USD in italki credits we’ll need you to show a little World Cup enthusiasm! (click here for more details)!

Don’t forget to check out the 2014 italki World Cup Language Challenge Official Page.

We know you can do it! Keep it up!

If you ever have questions, or need any help contact us at support@italki.com

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Lindsaydoeslanguages is blogging about her World Cup Language Challenge and we’re reposting here to share with the entire italki Community. This blog post originally was posted on Lindsaydoeslanguages.com website.

Wow! Three weeks in already! Crazy stuff.

This week’s goal, as you may remember, was to learn the lyrics to Ai Se Eu Te Pego. Well, it turns out there’s actually not that many lyrics and I must have listened to it so much that I knew most of it! Not wanted to do something too easy (you gotta keep challenging yourself!) I decided to add another song in there to learn – Balada Boa by Gustavo Lima. The most arrogant song ever.

This week’s video was a lot of fun to film – because I had people with me! My friends Hannah and Gabi joined me to check I was saying everything right. Gabi is actually Brazilian and was staying with us over the weekend so that was pretty perfect! Thanks for helping Gabi and Hannah!

I had a great lesson this week with one of my tutors Fernanda and we talked all about the subjunctive! So for next weeks goal, I’ll be including lots of subjunctive in my video. Eeek.

Are you doing the italki World Cup Language Challenge? How is it going? I’d love to know in the comments!

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