What did I do right this year in learning korean? It was actually beginning of 2011 in post that I felt I needed to come to terms with Grammar. Even with koreanclass101.com Keith lessons in notes and even discussion would at times talk about the non-voiced descriptive third person voice (I’m just making that up – I think) which I’m never going to memorize.
Talktomeinkorean.com lessons are more about patterns and explanation but very light a grammar type terms which I think is the best route. Keeping a notebook with sentence patterns which I’ve posted about and showed examples has been working out well. Definitely ttmik explanations are the best and make bulk of my notes on a pattern.
Review is something I either did not do, did not do enough but what I’ve been trying to do is let Anki come up when it’s review time for sentence patterns. Since this is the only anki deck I keep working with and add stuff patterns too I think the reviews are much better this year. There may be more than one example sentence and when you grade yourself on one sentence pattern example and then other’s come up I’m not sure what the best way to grade each one is but I’m not sweating that too much. I try to study with my itouch with the anki deck and my hard copy notebook and review patterns as anki says they’re do. Probably needs some work way better than what I’ve done in the best to review information I’ve learned.
Going through material and making the most of it while discarding alot is something that’s taken me a long time to learn. This is where I think alot of beginning students falture because you go through a book and within a chapter or two your head hits the book and you don’t want to go back. Take for example ‘Elementary Korean’ which I have as a book end. I’m sure the guy who wrote it is well intentioned but when you’re going through a chapter and constant reference’s to things like ….this is the gang of seven or these verb’s are the l-doubling bases while these verb’s are the l-extending bases. Really??? I’m never going to memorize all these terms. Honestly I can barely describe any grammar like term in english let along these complex descriptions given by many author’s. But I have gone through this book and rather than listen to the author’s explanation get what I can or want out of it and discard terminology like l-doubling bases vs l-extending bases.
I’ve made a effort this past year to watch more korean drama’s or movies. I’m picky about what I’ve watched but I must say to previous years I’ve increased it alot. If they say you need to get used to the sound of the language I would say this year has been good for that.
I feel that I’m in that limbo between beginner and intermediate. I am so GLAD to be past certain beginner worries of say learning the korean alphabet , knowing alot of basic words and terms but breaking to the next level has been up to this point been a challange. Although I have most koreanclass101.com content already downloaded it’s hard to seperate the complete dump that one can do so I’ve signed up for one more year for ease of access to korean audio blogs. I just want more and talktomeinkorean.com iyagi are valuable but I’m making a big effort this year to read more of both companies audio posts. I’m thinking this will help me break into more a sound intermediate level learner.
The thought of late 2012 that maybe I should take the topik has been something I’ve thought maybe I should do for this year. Where do I stand on that examination? I’m not committed to that yet….I should if I’m going to try but in first month of this year I will make a decision on whether to pursue or not.
Hmmm….not alot of things that went right but some. Next post final closing items for my look back at 2012.