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?!