Happy 1st Birthday

…to my blog! I started blogging about my Korean studies on February 20, 2011.  I’m not sure what’s more surprising – the fact that Korean is now, in all veracity, an irrevocably integral part of my daily life and existence (dramatic, but true) or the fact that I’ve somehow managed to harp on about how muchContinue reading “Happy 1st Birthday”

V + 자꾸나

Hwon and Woon are lost in the forest.  Night is upon them and a misty rain begins to fall. 제운은 아랑곳없이 눈을 감은 채 고개를 숙이고 주위의 움직임을 읽었다.  먼 곳을 보던 훤이 산자락에 있는 희미한 불빛을 발견하고 반갑게 말했다. “아!  잠시 저기서 비를 피하자꾸나.” -정을궐, 해를 품은 달 First off, here’s a structure mostContinue reading “V + 자꾸나”

V + 아/어/여 다오

Since I really love sageuks and “old” Korean, I think it would be fun to occasionally post some grammar points and vocabulary from the dramas and novels I’m currently reading.  I’m not sure how accurate some of these posts might be, so feel free to correct me if I get something wrong!  Most of thisContinue reading “V + 아/어/여 다오”

칠거지악

I can’t adequately express how much I’m loving 해를 품은 달 (The Moon That Embraces the Sun) these days.  It’s been a really, really long time since I’ve been this emotionally invested in a story of any kind and it feels refreshingly good.  Although I’d say I’m enjoying the novel a tiny smidgen more thanContinue reading “칠거지악”

타자연습

Thank goodness I learned touch typing back some ten years ago, otherwise high school and college would have been a very painful experience.  Much, in fact, like the experience I’m having typing in Korean right now. For the past year, I’ve been using the “soft” (i.e. onscreen) Korean keyboard that comes with the Microsoft Windows IMEContinue reading “타자연습”

Skype call in Korean

It’s been nearly two years since I first started learning Korean.  I’m not sure if I’ve spent this time effectively enough or if I even have anything to show for it – all I know is that I’ve enjoyed every single step I’ve taken to get to where I am today.  I’m really grateful forContinue reading “Skype call in Korean”

엿듣기

Where O where has the time gone?  In the one-and-a-half months that I’ve been at Stanford, I have come to terms with the harsh reality that graduate school leaves you little to no time for hobbies.  BUT.  I refuse to let that be an excuse for my lack of Korean studying.  If you’re passionate enoughContinue reading “엿듣기”

싱글벙글

It’s been a week since I’ve moved to California and (unsurprisingly) I haven’t had time to study Korean AT ALL.  We’ve been busy with three straight days of orientation from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and, in the meantime, I’ve been trying to adjust to living on my own for the first time ever.  This isContinue reading “싱글벙글”