This is the post in which I should be telling you, it’s over. I’m no longer studying Korean. It’s time to shut down this blog.
I have no idea what idiomatic phrases or colloquial expressions are commonly used in Korean, much less slang.
When I read The White Book, I felt a kind of desolation. It wasn’t agony like Human Acts, but a quiet, persistent sadness.
After more than a year of attending advanced Korean classes and regularly writing and reviewing 500-800 character essays with my teacher, I’ve accumulated a few useful tips for improving long-form writing that I thought I’d share here. I’ll preface this by saying few people write well in any language, even among native speakers. I’m aContinue reading “Tips for improving Korean essay writing”
Confession time. I tend to get defensive when people ask me if I’m learning Korean because of K-pop. That’s because 1) K-pop was never a motivation for me to learn the language; it was a side-effect, and the better I got at Korean, the less I started to like idol music anyway. And 2) theContinue reading “Throwback to my K-pop listening days”
In all honesty, I never liked setting personal goals because why bother when there’s good chance that I’ll just fail and make myself feel bad? There are a few different things wrong with that attitude, yes, but one major reason for it is that my goals were always either 1) grossly unrealistic or 2) notContinue reading “2018 language goals”
It’s been a few years now since I stopped being excited about my birthday. Every year, the weight of my disappointment in myself grows heavier; all of my numerous, unrealized goals come rushing painfully back at me. Responsibilities grow, conflicts become more convoluted, and meanwhile it gets harder and harder to stay true to myContinue reading “Twenty-eight”
It’s so strange to realize that 성균관 유생들의 나날 was one of the first Korean novels I ever bought, at a time when it was still wayyyy too difficult for me to comprehend. Six years later (!!), I can finally read entire chapters without having to look up words and still understand what’s going on. Plus, I knowContinue reading “먹칠하다”
So after many months of not really studying Korean (despite what it looks like on my blog, I rarely pick up a textbook and study. Almost everything I write about comes from random one-off things I read in Korean.) I decided what I really needed was external motivation to take my skill to the next level. SO! IContinue reading “First ever Korean class”