30+ days into the new year

So started off good this year.  I started before the new year to attack talktomeinkorean.com and memrise again.  It’s wierd going back to square 1 again but at the same time how many things I have either missed studying or forgot or never looked at.  I think in the past I tried to use this site more on different lessons and both anki when I created my own decks and then memrise where I would pick and choose which lessons I would cover.  What a mess.

The guy that did the talktomeinkorean deck in memrise deserves a big Thanks!  What a lot of work he put into it.  A deck like would be great if the team at talktomeinkorean would help out to fix some of the mistakes and add voice to alot of parts of it that don’t have audio.  But in either case I find it extremely helpful.  I always like the concept of SRS and would do decks myself.  The one thing I noticed after a time of doing it myself is I would spend more time on creating the deck than actually using it.

Bad huh?  But the reality.  So there’s an entire deck for the talktomeinkorean series and I’m going to take full advantage of it.

I have I think settled on 2 new teachers in italki.  It takes some time for them to get used to a person like me that is not a beginner and where I stand in terms of korean but they are very nice and hopefully I make using italki much more useful than 2017.  It also adds up to alot of money paying for weekly lessons so have to better results than my 1st full year of using italki in 2017.

Dramafever has a new serious ‘I am not a Robot’.  It’s turning out to be the 1st drama of


2018 that I’ll end up watching all the way through.  The male star was from ‘God of Study’ which was a great comedy drama that I loved watching.

Olympics in Korea starting soon.  I’ll have to see how and where they broadcast it here in the states.  The wife and I talked about whether we would go over a year ago but as usual money came into play and we decided not to plan a trip to go plus changing jobs at the end of 2017 made planning to go to korea pushed to the end of line for now.  But now we have to relook at possible time to visit korea.  We’ll see later what we decide.


Site Change for 2018

So thought need to go through the different themes available and pick a new one for 2018.  Must have went through 10 or 15 of them and picked this one.  Just new I guess.  It would probably help to spend a day on a weekend customizing it and finding some new pictures to put on this site.

But this theme is a start to the new year.  I’ll have to look for new korean pictures from my archives to put on this theme in a few weeks.

2018 – Starts

So we start off the year in what I think is good form.  Have switched to a couple of new teachers on italki.  I started memrise again.  Watching a new korean drama “I’m not a Robot”.  Going back and forth with podcasts and what I would use to play them with.  My  old itouch and itunes is what I ended up choosing.

Then it was looking at what podcasts I should put on there.  Still searching but think I may have a couple that are worthwhile.  One thing that I have been doing almost every morning before I go to work is to do my repetitions on memrise.  I get to work very early and to do memrise at 5:30 am in the morning is a experience when I never really considered myself a morning person.  But seeing how 2017 went I know I didn’t make anywhere close to the progress I wanted so for 2018 we seem to be off to a good start.  Here’s to another year of learning korean.

2018 – Plans

So 2018 is soon approaching and I have started to look back for this year.  I feel I have some things good and of course some things not so good.  It was almost a solid year of lessons on italki but the last quarter everything has been in a midst of change.

Due to various reasons I lost both my teachers that I was with all year.  One teacher was possibly classified as the formal korean type of teacher and the other did her classes in 100% korean.  I also made a major change in jobs in August and am still adjusting to this multi-billion dollar company I now work for but I feel it’s been a change well worth going through this.

I have been ‘testing’ out some new italki teachers and possibly have 2 ‘replacements’.  One italki teacher is from Seoul area and has been teaching for a long time on italki.  The other is a younger teacher of Korean who started early last year on italki and I am trying out a couple of more lessons with her to make sure we can make it all the way through 2018 together but have a feeling she is good.

During trial lessons I again went through finding some teachers who start at the very top of the ‘formal’ level of korean which I find quickly turns my brain to mush and had some teachers not show up for scheduled class.  I want to make 2018 better than 2017 and finding teachers who are both serious and effective no matter what medium of teaching you are talking about… hard.

I have noticed that one bench mark I have been using as I try out these teachers is always in the back of my mind while class is going on and that is my experience with talktomeinkorean.com.  I find that this fantastic website is where I have learned so much and is such a standard when I compare other material against it.

I wish to make 2018 progress much more than I was able to in 2017.  Here’s to a new year of korean language learning!



Green Screens

It’s been what I’m probably calling a year of italki lessons.  It’s been good to keep me going through tough times.  I’ve switched jobs such a couple of month’s ago and I’m still ‘transitioning’ to the new stuff.

New insurance, new paperwork, new websites, etc…etc… But for the most part I’ve kept up the schedule of italki lessons.  I’m trying out some new italki teachers and reaching out to some that have fallen off with the schedule they provide(basically very little open slots from them) and planning for the next year of lessons.

One teacher I have tried with a few lessons and has exploded onto italki .  He started back in March of this year and is just a few lessons short of teaching already 1000 lessons.  Wow!  I finally had to try him out.  I’ve only had 3 lessons with him and should give him at least 10 lessons before saying anything but I needed to write something this month on my blog.  He uses a green screen and various pictures and videos to teach Korean.  Not earth shaking stuff but at the same time it’s something that really brighten’s up the lessons.  Using that type of green screen that is used in video production he’s trying to introduce that as a instruction tool while teaching korean.

In teaching a second language I think it helps activating the visual cortex inside your brain and trying to use a green screen and various pictures and videos while teaching helps out a lot.

He has built up a huge number of lessons taught and at this rate could surpass all the other teachers lessons in another years time.  I’ll personally see after another 10 lessons or so how it personally works for me but trying some new teacher’s is helping me get excited about another year of korean language lessons on italki.

Ajatt – Back?

Some sites I follow or visit occasionally like https://forum.koohii.com/ had a thread that ajatt.com is back but thread was ended as the admin’s didn’t want the drama of that crowd I guess.  Wierd looking at ajatt’s site again and seeing new posts but to have each one say they are password protected.

Ajatt meant alot to me way back for motivation to get things into gear but not sure if I would be interested in reading new ones.  Not even sure if that’s the original khatzumoto of the site or someone else.

I will probably peek back a few times here and there to see if he open’s up some new posts to read without whatever sponsership he or they are trying to get there to read new posts.

We’ll see.

September – New italki teachers?

So today starts one month after starting a new job.  Even though transitioning meant alot of daily changes and challanges I did not miss any italki lessons.  I look back at starting with italki in the fall of last year and think I might have to make some changes.  I settled in on 2 teachers and lately one of the teachers has moved, taken vacation, schedule problems and I need to make a determination if a change is needed.  Honestly I’m not sure if the method she has been using is effective at least for me at this stage.  I’m sitting here this evening as I purchase more italki credits and think I need to change things up a bit.

I’m going to try out some other teachers and see if I can find a possible replacement. Very lovely lady but now after a year of lessons I need to evaluate the results and think about another year.

It’s been great having online lessons with italki hands down.  No schedule issues, no traveling to a remote community college far away from me that might offer korean once a year on a tuesday night and offers no follow up classes after the introduction class, and skype quality most of the time is just fine…it’s been great!  Of course one of the key is finding a teacher that you click with and is good but there is enough of them to try out there.  But when your studying korean and can’t find alot of other ways to find classes italki rocks!

This sunday I have setup a lesson request with a new teacher to try things out.  I think I’m going to spend september trying a few different teachers and maybe make a change to the lineup.  I wish I had tried italki when they first started up as my other teacher who has been my main teacher has been with them for over 6 years.

Let’s see how the search goes this month.