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.
italki World Cup Language Challenge Week 2
Okay, so we are now into the 3rd week of the italki World Cup Challenge so it’s time for an update on my week 2 progress.
Hours completed so far: 6hrs 15mins
Hours scheduled this week: 4hrs 30 mins
I’m meant to have done 6hrs so far so I’m still on track I am finding the lessons very useful and can feel myself gradually starting to pick up things even in this short period of time. I think it has been a great experience for me to see that I can have a stressful and tiring job but still put in the hours to learn a language properly if I have something motivating me to do it.
Obviously language learning has to be fun, especially as it is mainly a hobby for me, but it still requires a lot of dedication otherwise words are learnt and immediately forgotten – which is kind of a waste of time! I’m doing my lessons around 11pm on workdays due to the time difference but somehow it doesn’t feel like a chore, especially when I can see myself beginning to learn new grammar and vocab and it actually sticks.
I go to a language meetup once a week and although I’m still a little shy about talking in Korean myself unless pushed (the level of people’s English is much higher!), I could understand conversations around me this week. Even if I don’t know specific vocab, I could recognise enough basic grammar to get the gist – I think it surprised people!
The only thing I would say is that these lessons are cutting into my self-study time which means I don’t spend as much time going over grammar, and have to try and fit it in at the weekend. However, that is something you can always re-visit, and I hope that building it up through conversation will help me to contextualise in a way that a textbook doesn’t.
In the space of a few weeks, I have gone from having never heard of italki to recommending it to anyone I can. I’m most definitely a fan!