안녕하세요. 알차나라고 합니다. Hello, world. This is Archana.
By day, I’m an instructional designer (formerly a marketer) at an enterprise software company in Silicon Valley. By night, I write all manner of silly things and study Korean (and a little Japanese) on the side.
I accidentally started teaching myself Korean around the end of December 2009. After watching a Korean horror movie (고死: 피의 중간고사) and my first Korean drama (uh, 꽃보다 남자), I fell in love with how spoken Korean sounds. I started looking up a few things here and there and eventually stumbled upon the Talk To Me In Korean podcast. That was the beginning.
This blog was inspired largely by some other great language-learning bloggers who I’ve had the pleasure to interact with over the years. I didn’t realize there were so many people out there with this passion! I’d love to be a part of the Korean language learning community and contribute in any way I can.
This blog is going to be filled with everything and anything about the languages that I’m studying and/or find interesting. Most likely, it’ll end up being a lot about Korean and occasionally about Japanese. A lot of my posts will also probably be about how I self-study languages, so hopefully that’ll give other self-learners ideas about how to study as well.
The title of my blog — 반짝반짝 한국어[panjjak panjjak hangugeo] — roughly translates to “shining Korean.” Of all the languages I’ve tried my hand at (and I’ve tried a lot), Korean shines the brightest in my life.
Well that’s about it. Thanks for stopping by! 👋🏽