I have no idea what idiomatic phrases or colloquial expressions are commonly used in Korean, much less slang.
What can I say that hasn’t already been said? It is April 2020, and we are in the midst of a global pandemic.
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”
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 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”
Literal ‘did that just happen?!’ moment last week. A friend of mine reached out to me last week, saying a coworker of hers needed help placing an order for 떡 for her child’s 백일 from a Korean bakery in Santa Clara. I’m not sure what this person’s situation was–whether she was Korean(-American) or married to Korean(-American)–but IContinue reading “The most useful phrase to know in Korean (and any language)”
I almost didn’t even show up for the exam. Aside from a couple hours of reviewing grammar back in January, I didn’t prepare for TOPIK at all. I didn’t even spend time looking over old tests. But, as painful as I knew it was going to be, I knew there was still value in just takingContinue reading “What I learned from taking TOPIK II without studying”
Sometimes there’s nothing harder than being honest with yourself. As much as it pains me to say it, looking back on the past couple years or so, I’ve noticed my… 욕심..? for Korean deteriorating. I’m frustrated by my lack of improvement. I’m at a level where improvement doesn’t come in leaps and bounds anymore; it comes from dedicated,Continue reading “볼장 다 보다”
Stuff happened in 2014. So. Much. Stuff. When I think about growing up and taking on responsibilities and such, I think this is the year that I really threw myself into the ocean of adulthood and taught myself how to swim. It wasn’t easy. I’m fairly sure that I cried more this year than IContinue reading “2014: A Year of Change”