Integrated Korean: Beginning 1 —
- Finished Lesson 6 – 나의 하루
2000 Essential Korean Words for Beginners —
- Finished Chapter 2 – 교육/Education and uploaded terms here
- Finished Chapter 3 – 건강/Health and uploaded terms here
- Finished up to lesson 4 and started lesson 5 in Chapter 4 – 식생활/Eating Habits
- Skimmed through College Korean, Elementary Korean, and Basic Korean textbooks
- Spoke with Korean language exchange partner again for the first time in weeks
This week I was faced with a lot of conflict in my Korean studies. One of the problems being my usual, “Should I make a flashcard for this word even though I already know it?” dilemma, and the other one having to do with my actual Korean textbooks.
Since you already know about my first problem, there’s no point in bringing it up again. I will say, though, that I usually just cave in and make a flashcard for the word anyways… Better to be safe than sorry, right??
Now, concerning the other dilemma… I mentioned last week that I was gonna post my schedule and study plan, right? Well, a few nights ago when I was studying from my Integrated Korean textbook, I realized that I was really just “learning” stuff I already knew. So that got me thinking… If I already know all this material, is it even worth finishing? Shouldn’t I just set it aside and use that time for something else that would improve my skills? I got curious, so I ended up looking through all the other beginner Korean textbooks that were online… and I found out that they all teach things I’ve learned through practice and conversation with natives. This intrigued me. I grabbed my Korean Grammar In Use textbook and looked through all the grammar it covered, and there was probably only a handful or two of grammar points I didn’t know or wasn’t too sure about. I was really surprised because, well… Maybe I’m better than I thought I was??? That’s news to me haha. Like seriously, when did that happen?! So, now I’m sitting here contemplating what to do.. Should I just put away my Integrated Korean textbook and workbook and move on? Or should I just finish it since there’s only like 2 chapters left in the textbook and
(quite) a few chapters left in the workbook? I’m not entirely sure yet… But anyways, that’s the reason why I haven’t posted anything yet. The plans I had made included these beginner textbooks that I really don’t have any use for anymore so… If I’m gonna skip them, I will have to revise my plans again.
Now, I’m not saying I’m completely out of the beginner level because lord knows how much I need to improve on vocabulary and speaking lol. I would say that I’m high beginner transitioning into intermediate haha. I think that’s fair.
Oh, and one last thing! I was quite surprised when I talked to my Korean language exchange partner today because I wasn’t resistant to speaking Korean for once lol. I was actually comfortable speaking it! I put in a bit more effort than I usually do, even though I still struggled. Of course, in the end, I transitioned into using only English again.. But hey, it’s a start~! I wish I had the confidence to speak Korean all the time without worrying about how good I am… But alas, I don’t think that’ll happen for a while ㅠ-ㅠ Oh well! Round 2 tomorrow! I will try again and keep at it!
I hope you all had a great week! Keep on trucking with your Korean studies and don’t lose hope~!
In the meantime, I shall decide on what course of action to take and let you all know of the outcome haha. Wish me luck!