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.
Sorry, I disappeared off the radar for a bit there. Unfortunately, busy got even more busy and I’ve hardly been able to escape the office the last couple of weeks. Given the choice between writing a blog about studying Korean or actually studying it, I thought I’d better focus on the second option! That’s also the reason why there’s no video this week….
Also, last week I got a little behind for my usual schedule. I had to cancel one lesson because I was still at work, and then one of my teachers had to cancel as she was ill. So last week, I only did 2 hours. Luckily I have been ahead pretty much all the time so I’m on about 21 hours now, which means I should finish the challenge just ahead of schedule. I’m glad I front-loaded it a bit otherwise I would have been a bit worried about finishing!
My sentences are gradually getting a bit longer, and Rosa is making me practice different contexts with all the new vocab I am learning. I’ve started to introduce clauses such as for~, ~which, ~ that I had wanted to ~, because of ~ I will ~ etc. etc. They need more practice to get past two clauses but at least it is allowing me to vary my structures a little! I’ve even got to the stage of having multiple ways to say the same thing.
There are two bits that I’m still finding a little challenging at the moment. One is the formal language for seniors, which has different particles and verb endings (and even different verbs for some words!). Its just because I don’t hear it so naturally as the semi-formal tone that most beginners start with. The other bit that I am still slow to wrap my brain around is the way of transforming verbs into nouns / adjectives. The grammar is relatively simple but getting my brain to think in the right way before embarking on a sentence is still going to take a little while!
On an unrelated note, my enthusiasm for my terrible beginners Korean has led to me being categorised as a volunteer at the conversational meetup group I go to on Fridays. In practice, this just means being a spare pair of hands whenever they need me but it’s nice to have integrated so quickly into the community around language learning 🙂