I remember a audio blog on kc101 early on from Hyunwoo Sun’s first season of doing them over there about a whether you would consider yourself a nightowl or a morning person. There was a book according to the blog called “Morning Person” which was a big hit in Korea a few years back.
I’m thinking of this because I’ve made the decision I have to start getting up earlier. I’ve never considered myself a morning person and as my job in the computer industry that I have I can basically get to work when I get to work and of course I have to stay later but I’m more of a night person anyways so that’s not a big deal.
Why get up earlier though you ask? Well I have 3 major blocks of time that I’m after to use for Korean language learning.
Currently I’ve made it a habit to use my lunch time to read korean. At the moment I use the audio blogs which are at kc101.com for the builk of the reading material. I put the audio on my itouch and go through the blog which I’ve printed out into a parallel format of both the korean text and english text which I’ve posted earlier screenshots of this in earlier posts and listen to the audio while following the text at least once and then go on another 3-4 times just reading it without the audio.
From last weeks post a link I saw over at http://hangukdrama.wordpress.com/ for http://www.koreaembassy.org/ has over 400 posts of korean/english text on a variety of current affairs(well current as of a few years ago but good enough for my needs). I tried it out this past week and as a couple in the beginning were a tad boring I still figure I could try to shoot for one a day during lunch. That would take me into well over a year’s worth of articles to read during lunch also.
Talktomeinkorean.com is starting a series called ‘이야기’ which are audio/korean text of some conversations in simpler korean. There’s only 2 so far posted but I see myself starting to use these in the future. There’s no english translation with these so I may end of just reading them during lunch and then also playing with these at home with a dictionary. Haven’t decided on this one yet, but there’s my lunch time study activities.
So lunch is a major block of time that I use and then the next block of time is after work when I get home and sit down for evening activities. Lesson’s from kc101.com and talktomeinkorean.com comprise the learning portion. I found talktomeinkorean early on from a post that was on the front page of kc101.com forum briefs to the right that Hyunwoo Sun had left kc101.com and moved elsewhere. A quick search led me to talktomeinkorean.com and at the time there were only 3 lessons. I let the site slide for a bit and now they have over 25 lessons along with a bunch of other stuff for which I’m now way behind on studying. So at least one lesson from kc101 and then another from talktomeinkorean.com comprise the evening’s active learning portion of things.
Other resources that I have not got onto a regular schedule yet of using are in the works but nothing solid on how to use them yet. So after getting in at least 2 lessons in the evening and also that evening’s SRS reps I also then have been experimenting with a number of passive activites also. Watching korean movies/tv in the late evening seem to be the winner and then finally going to bed.
So I want to fit in another block of time and that time seems to have to be in the morning. Coming home and seeing a couple of hundred SRS reps waiting along with not even studying my new vocab for the day has had me drained in the evening with everything else I’m trying to get done. Soooo…..even though it’s hard for me to get the brain to start working in the morning I have to start using that block of time to get some SRS reps done and introduce my new vocabulary for the day.
This past week I’ve been experimenting with getting up a hour earlier, a half hour earlier, the one day I got up 2 hours earlier but that was too much. I sat at my computer and started dozing off in the morning that day. 45 minutes of time in the morning on the srs reps seems about right to knock off the reps I see in the morning and then also to go through the 25 new cards shown to me.
I get these new cards shown in the morning and then see them again in the evening so that has been working out so far getting into a pattern of reviews and learning new material with my srs decks.
45 minutes seems good but of course it’s not like I can immediately get up walk over to the computer and start going through the reps so this upcoming week a hour and 10 minutes earlier waking up will hopefully do the trick. Yeah I’m being that precise with the time in the morning! You know how each minute counts in the morning…LOL!
Get up, take a quick shower, drink the coffee while doing reps and then leave for work. That will give me another portion of time in my day to knock out some needed korean language learning activities. That’s the plan. We’ll see how it goes after a period of time.
I hope I don’t fall asleep again in front of my computer in the morning. I’ll have to tell the wife to make sure she buys the stronger brand of coffee.
Ah if only I was a 아침형 인간 maybe getting in another block of korean study time would be easier………..