I think for myself after my last trip to korea in 2009 is when things got interesting or should I say better in terms of learning a second language. If I’m going to do this it will have to be a self driven mission. Maybe there are good korean language learning classes out there but not by me. My second post on this site is about whether to learn 한자 or not. It’s about the only thing I believe I’ve been right about since my korean language learning journey started.
My goal is only one and that’s too learn korean and I feel there’s no benefit to spend so much effort to learn chinese characters. Studying word roots that talktomeinkorean.com is very valuable but with korean having the most advanced alphabet in the world according to the academic world I get the impression maybe it’s just people that have spent so much time learning 한자 is needed. For me that decision is the only one looking back that I feel comfortable in.
All other things have gone in cycles of trying this, trying that, modifying this, whatever. Learning how to learn a language and how to bypass alot of systems hype where they spend a ton of money on marketing but little on research. The battle between various groups on whether it’s better to listen for along time or it’s better to speak right away…..or even a system I read about in one forum that you can learn a language in a long weekend by doing certain techniques. But not a single proof of evidence of this person speaking a second language to back up claims and just alot of fighting back and forth make it difficult for a newbie to figure out what they need to do.
Actually some guidence from ajatt.com to pick some method and just do it helps out when I’m sitting there discouraged. But whatever the correct techniques are the next post will start looking back on 2012 and what I’ve learned.