한국어 (Korean Language)

Why do most of the Korean drama series OST always sound so nice?

I used to just listen to them but not understand a word.

I still don’t understand the whole song but I understand a few words and there. But I’m starting to dig into it. Looking at lyrics, I don’t rely on romanization anymore, I want to train myself to read purely hangul (Korean characters).

I’m able to understand some words too when I watch Korean drama now. I have my little “a-ha!” moments and it feels great.

Really, I’m just loving the learning language more day by day. If you ask me why…I don’t have a specific reason. I just…you know..like it.

It keeps me occupied. Keeps my mind away from problems I don’t want to think about. I’m in deep shit now so when I just want to just not think about anything, I flip open my file and start working on my Korean lesson homework. I listen to songs. Actually I like doing homework now. I’m the kind who likes to study. As long as I have something to learn, I’m happy.

I have to stay back at night to attend a conference call tomorrow so I’m going to have a dinner with a friend, who’s working at the opposite office tower. After dinner, we are going to study Korean together. Then, I’ll head back to the office.

Because I’ve been writing about my Korean learning journey lately, I think it should have a category for it – Learning Korean.

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The Beginner

I have learnt that despite not having the perks that I think would make be happier, I am still happy.

I don’t know what it is that makes me go the extra mile and not feeling tired of it. I’m thinking…passion.

I wished I had more space and personal time with my busy schedule (it has been a crazy April and even crazier May) but I’m also grateful for being busy because it keeps me occupied, keeps me on track, always pushing myself to stick to the timelines because I cannot afford to procrastinate.

My bedtime stories are now Korean podcasts!! Sometimes I doze off without finish listening to them because I’m plain tired. The only time I have to do my revision is after work at night. Come every Friday, I would feel excited and worried because of my Korean class on Saturday. My teacher is a very nice person and during each lesson, you will feel her push. She pushes you to learn quickly, she pushes you to make sure you study at home. I have homework to be done and on top of that I try to read as much as I can. Sometimes I don’t feel I’ve revised enough which is why I feel worried before going to class on Saturday. However, it’s also this little dread feeling which is a feeling you’d normally feel as a beginner that adds spice to your life.

The intimidation, the panic and then subsequently overcoming it, knowing new words, learning to form sentences..and then you think you have learnt a lot but as you progress, you discover that there’s still so much to learn. The climb is sometimes so steep, it’s difficult. Even though I’ve known English for all my life, I’d always feel there’s always new words to learn so what more a new language? But through it all, I’m glad I made the decision to learn a new language.

You will sometime catch me pronouncing some random Korean words I see on food labels or menu, or song lyrics, or movie title, or just about any Korean words I come across and it puts a smile on my face.

I’m off to another podcast! I love you!

안엥하세요

I’m into my 5th Korean lesson and loving it! I’m able to write very slowly and read very slowly now. The only thing I need to do now is to spend some minimum time on weekday nights after work to revise because it’s getting tougher with each lesson. It keeps me busy really so I don’t have time to feel lonely or anything because you will find me reading online, flipping dictionary, checking out Korean apps on my iPhone, revising my past lessons, tuning into KBS World just to watch about anything that’s showing, trying to read/pronounce Korean words when I come across any…on the menu, signboards.

If you’ve learnt Chinese, Korean is not that difficult in comparison. In terms of Chinese words, it’s either you know it or you don’t because every word is unique and you got to memorise the words to recognise it. There’s really no formula of how the words are being formed. Korean is different in the sense that they are made up of a set of vowels and consonants so once you master those, you can pronounce words even though you  may not know what it means.

It puts a smile on my face whenever I come across Korean words that sounds like Chinese for example mountain is “san” in Chinese, it’s also “san” in Korean. They have a lot of loan words from English too like camera, banana, radio, juice, pronounced as ka-me-ra, pa-na-na, ra-di-o, ju-se.

Alright, time for revision!