Month: May 2014

Toktogi: A Korean-English pop-up dictionary

For a couple years, I was a faithful user of Naver’s English Dictionary extension for Chrome, which works by bringing up a side panel window with the definition of any Korean word that you double-click on.  It was nice, but I have a bad habit of highlighting and unnecessarily clicking on words while reading stuff online, so more often than not, I’d end up triggering the extension on an English word or a Korean word that I already knew.  That meant many instances of loading multiple windows, having to exit out of those windows, using up memory, and slowing down my internet speed.  Eventually I got to a point where I could understand 80% of the content I was reading on the internet (i.e. manhwa, celebrity interviews), so I deleted the extension and got by using context clues and the Daum dictionary webpage when needed. The problem is, I’ve basically reached a vocabulary plateau with Korean because I keep reading the same type of thing time and again.  So lately, I’ve been making an earnest effort to read more diverse content…. but …

Site name change + new blog

Gasp! Three years after publishing this blog, I’ve decided to make a minor change to the title.  It’s gone from 반짝반짝 to 반짝반짝 한국어.  I think I’ve subconsciously thought of my blog as the latter for a while now; it reflects the fact that it’s a blog about Korean (mostly) and that the journey has been a lustrous one (…mostly).  I think my happiest experiences in the recent years have had something to do with Korean so the title is fitting in that sense.  In retrospect, I kind of regret choosing a Korean word as my site name because it may make it more difficult for people to remember and/or type into a search engine, but I don’t want to change it at this point.  Plus I’ve noticed that a lot of Korean language learning blogs have popped into existence in the past couple years and it’s getting more difficult to tell them all apart!  A unique blog title does help in that case. Speaking of blogs, I started a new Weebly site to write more generally about other stuff in …

Adolescence Rediscovered

The older I get, the more juvenile my interests become.  At least by society’s standards. During high school, it was 일주일 내내 열공.  Zero time to do anything except homework and exam prep.  College (undergrad) was probably the peak of my  Korean-learning phase – as in, I was watching a lot of Korean dramas, listening/following K-pop, and reading a lot as well.  Now I’m in graduate school.  I’m in my twenties.  Busier than ever.  And yet, I find myself buying plushies online (no joke), squandering my money away on silly trinkets, and playing video games that I missed out on in my youth.  Yep. Aside from role-playing games – which I didn’t think I’d ever get into until recently – I’ve become a fan of visual novels.  As someone who is a traditionalist when it comes to reading (I prefer books), I’ve always pretentiously side-eyed visual novels and I still don’t not consider them a real form of literature, but I will acknowledge that they are super fun, especially when they’re interactive.  I’ve come to adore Ace Attorney, for example.  I don’t remember what I …