It’s Aquarius season! Well, technically Aquarius season starts in January but my birthday is this month so that’s all that matters. 😛
Despite how busy I was, I managed to get in a decent amount of studying last month. And I put everything in a super awesome chart because I’m a nerd like that.
As you can see I spent most of my time on input (listening, reading) rather than output (writing, speaking). If it weren’t for my exchange partner I wouldn’t even be doing the little bit of speaking that I am now.
The Ewha textbook is still my favorite. I’ve planned out the chapters for the rest of this month and a little into March so I should be finished with it soon. I need to do a full review on it because it’s one of the best ones I’ve used.
My friend and I went to see WINNER in concert! And yes I’m 100% counting that as listening practice because all the songs are in Korean. The boys were amazing and I’m glad they enjoyed the snow because we sure as hell didn’t.
I follow Talk To Me In Korean on twitter and I see people mention the Iyagi series frequently. I listened to the first one and understood maybe two words total. Not very encouraging. But my listening comprehension isn’t going to get where it needs to be just by using my textbook. So my goal for this month is to do at least three Iyagi sessions and write sentences using the vocabulary.
And the absolute best of anything I’m doing, my language exchange partner and I meet weekly! My 언니 really pushes me as far as comprehension. She speaks about 90% of the time in Korean unless I’m really not understanding. Unfortunately, I’m still not the best when it comes to speaking (any language to be honest), and I often get choked up when I need to say what I’ve already figured out in my head. This month I want to increase the amount of time with her that I’m actually speaking Korean.
Also! I want to start recording myself in Korean. I’m just not sure about the delivery. Should it be on YouTube? Instastories? I’m still trying to figure that part out.
What I’m Reading
I finished Evil and The Mask! Working out whether I want to write out a quick review or do a video on it. My next book I’d like to read from a Puerto Rican author. Don’t ask why I chose that country next, I promise it’s random lol.
Where I’m Going
Lunar New Year is this month (on the 5th) and there are tons of events planned all around Chicago. I’m going to be attending as many as possible so keep an eye out on my Instagram!
A new year means new opportunities to improve my languages and add a couple new ones along the way. The past 6 months or so have been difficult because of life things, but I’m ready for the fresh start that only January can bring. I don’t want to do too much this first month and wear myself thin though, so my goals for January are going to be simple.
Before I get into what I’m doing this month I definitely want to recommend this post over at Hobby Help for anyone planning to take up Spanish this year! It’s super thorough and not only lists resources (most of them for free 99, my fave), but it also walks you through how to choose the best way to study for you.
What I’m Studying
I’m continuing my focus on Korean for January.
The first thing I’d like to do is start keeping better track
of the time I’m spending doing different tasks. I already block out my day for study
time but I want to be more specific about how that time is allocated. At the
very least I’ll be tracking how much time I spend on the big 4: Reading,
Writing, Listening, Speaking.
I’m breaking out my textbooks again and I imagine I’ll be starting up with my exchange partner again in the next couple weeks.
My local study buddy and I decided to start up our sessions again next week as well! Super excited to buckle down this year.
What I’m Reading
Back when I was super active on LiveJournal (leave me alone, I’m old remember) I was first introduced to the concept of reading around the world.
There are a few different ways people partake but the gist is that you read books written by people from different countries. They can either be translated into the language you speak or in their native language. They can also either be set in that country or written by someone who’s from the country. I’ve been wanting to do this for like a decade now so, no time like the present!
This month I’m going to cheat a little bit and reread a book I read a long while ago. It’s called Evil and the Mask by Japanese author Fuminori Nakamura. I vaguely remember really liking it but it’s been so long. Great place to jump off the challenge.
See? Short and sweet! What are your goals for this year?
Language goals for February. Yaaaaaay! Now that I’m settling back into my study rhythm I’m excited to progress.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted my goals. I’m glad to get back on track this year. This month I’m back to focusing on Korean exclusively because I want to test a new study schedule! So let’s get to it.
Language Study – Korean
I found a cute little web drama on youtube that I’ve been using to pick up some new vocabulary and grammar points. The best part is that it has Korean subtitles! I only do a sentence a day because I’m very much still a beginner. I want to make sure I fully understand the grammar concepts especially. I break study down into smaller activities:
Copy down the sentence (in hangeul)
Write down any vocabulary I don’t know and look up the definitions
Write down my best shot at a translation of the sentence
Write down translation of the sentence from a native speaker (I want to see how close I can get)
Write at least 5 sentences using the new vocabulary
I’m still debating whether or not to add a spoken component because I’m still shaky with my pronunciation.
I use the Naver Dictionary to look up the words. It’s an amazing resource for studying Korean. So amazing that there’ll be a guide up on it soon. 😉
I’m also diving back into my textbooks! I miss them. I know not everyone does well learning that way but it’s my preferred method. The attempted study schedule for the week is:
Monday – Friday: 이화 1-1 Textbook and workbook | Korean Grammar in Use: Beginnning (Use Pomodoro method to split time evenly between the two).
Sat: Korean Made Easy for Everyday Life
Sunday: Korean Made Easy: Vocabulary
In case you haven’t noticed I’m mad obsessed with Darakwon books. They’re so well written.
Last but not least I have a language exchange with my Korean teacher on Sunday afternoons. We’ve taken a new approach: I write “Diaries” and he translates them into Korean. It makes learning vocabulary and grammar much easier seeing as I already know what the topic is…because I wrote it!
What I’m Reading
Not sure if you all have heard of Gary Vaynerchuk but he’s a pretty awesome businessman and motivational speaker. The only problem is I can’t actually listen to him speak. Listening to him literally gives me anxiety, which sucks because he has such great advice. Lucky for me he had a new book, Crushing It, come out at the end of last month. So now I can absorb his wisdom without needing to decompress afterward. Wooo!
I’ve finished my language coaching class and my mock first session. A couple more weeks and I’ll be a certified Neurolanguage coach! *happy dance* It was a lot of hard work but also a great investment of my time and energy. I can’t wait to start applying some of the new skills I’ve picked up.
What about you guys? What are your goals for this month?