2018 language goals

2018 language goals

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) not [...]

먹칠하다

먹칠하다

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 know [...]

The most useful phrase to know in Korean (and any language)

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 I [...]

볼장 다 보다

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, [...]

2014: A Year of Change

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 I [...]