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Taking a Breather

I’ve been feeling a little burnt out from studying today. Although it’s only the first week back of the semester, I spent almost every day of the winter break studying Korean, and I think it’s just been too much. I spent almost 5 hours today going through flash cards, to the point that when I stopped my eyes were all out of focus, haha. I’m going to take the rest of the day off and try not to feel bad about it. There’s still 3 months and a bit until TOPIK!! I need to chill out.

I’m excited though because last night I found a Korean-English language exchange group in Toronto!! It’s called Say Kimchi and they meet every Sunday evening. It looks like a lot of fun, so I’m really looking forward to it. 🙂

That’s all for now!! Time to put a pause button on studying like crazy until at least tomorrow morning! ^^

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Blogging n00b

It’s been years since I’ve had a blog (well, I only ever had a livejournal… do livejournals count?) so I am a little rusty!! But I’ve been studying Korean pretty hardcore lately and I think it’d be cool to have a record of what I’m doing, not only for myself but maybe also for other people who are learning too. And I’d love to meet more people who are learning Korean!

I studied Korean for 4 years in university and did well marks-wise but never really felt confident speaking Korean, and basically graduated with a mostly academic and written-style knowledge of the language. I’m going to be starting my Master’s degree in Korean studies next fall, so I need to step up my vocab level so that I can read without having to constantly consult a dictionary. Right now my goal is to pass the 5th level TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) next spring!

Honestly, I never studied Korean as hard as I’m studying it now on my own. It seems like I was more suited for self-studying all along. I love studying Korean on my own because I can study whatever I’m interested in – also it’s a challenge, and I love a challenge!

I made a tumblr account (pineapplegame) to record the grammar structures I’ve been studying for the advanced TOPIK exam. I haven’t been updating it in the past couple weeks because right now I’m focusing on studying other things, but I will get back to it soon.

So yeah!  We shall see if I can keep this blog going!! 🙂