잘가요, 2010

December 31, 2010

안녕하세요! 오래만이죠? ^_^Y
미안해요! 일때문에 정말 바빴거든요!
이젠 크리스마스 지나서 좀 쉴 수 있을것 같은데요.

Unknowingly, Christmas has come and gone and I suppose many are on their way to some sort of countdown party or gathering. Well, I’m on my way home after an extremely long day at work, and I can’t wait to get home and hop right into bed and sleep because I am really, really really tired and I’m working the first shift tomorrow. =(

As you know, New Year Eve is always a time for reflections and although it’s really cliche, I believe it helps me to grow up in some way or another. Since this blog is dedicated to my Korean obsessions, I shall reflect on things only related to those obsessions!

Achievements
1) I was blessed with one, fruitful year of Korean lessons, which means I have gained another year of knowledge (regardless of “size” and “quantity”)! There is nothing more I can ask for.
2) Hence, I can remember more lyrics to my favourite K-Pop melodies than before.
3) 2AM 보았다.
4) TOPIK 보았다.
5) I set up this blog.

Believe it or not, I cannot think of any unpleasant memories linked to Korean. Everything that I did in the name of learning Korean has been a wonderful experience, from the lessons, to the friends I met in school. They are the best part of my life since I entered the workforce, the only thing that kept the falling sky from tumbling on me when I was going through some rough patches. If I really have to pick one, it would be moment I decided to discontinue my classes. As the saying goes, when there’s a will there’s a way. So I will get my lazy brains moving again once the whole festive period (I fervently hope workload will be significantly reduced) is over.

Resolutions
1) 꼭(!) 한국에 가보겠습니다!!!
2) 혼자서도 계속 열심히 공부할겠다!
3) 드라마를 많이 볼겠다.

I will try to make sure all these are not empty promises! I promise!

If you don’t find me too boring, if you find that I am helpful occasionally, do be generous with comments, encouragements or even just to nag at me to study.

I hope 2010 had been kind to everyone. 2011 can only get better!
잘가요, 2010.
나쁘지 않지만 2011 더 잘해 주세요.
2011에 꼭 행복하세요!
해피뉴이어! 새해 복 많이 받으세요!

PS: It took me 45 minutes to write this on a bus ride home! I am so not talented in writing!

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3 Promising Days

December 4, 2010

I’m going to sit for my Korean test on coming Tuesday.

I have missed 3 lessons, late for one and half the time, my brains weren’t really there where I was physically. I have 33 grammar rules, around 300 vocabulary, a short script and 2 essays to memorise/ practice. Not forgetting the homework debt I’ve owed. So I’m off work for the next 3 days, and I’m going to do nothing but study and study and study.

This is my last test with SKS for now. I really want to do well. OK. I should stop being so emo. Sorry.

Actually, I’m earnestly excited to have 3 days dedicated exclusively to studying Korean. I really haven’t been as diligent as I should be.

I’m now going to retreat into my cave and be a hermit.
I’ll return an improved person.
기다려보세요. =)

Back To Basics

November 15, 2010

It seems like a trend that if you are picking up Korean (Japanese) now, you’ll end up picking up Japanese (Korean) some time later in your life as well.

Yes, I’m now trying to pick up Japanese (although my Korean is still so far from fluency).

I’ve probably mentioned before that I’m in the service frontline. As such, I get to meet people from all over the world. I’m always praying for Korean guests who can’t speak English so I can practice my speaking but as fate would have it, my workplace is flooded with Japanese guests. Majority of these guests can’t speak English, so whenever they try to ask for directions, both them and I have lots of “???”s floating above our heads. I can’t understand what they are trying to ask, they don’t understand my directions. So, aiming to provide the best service (H-A-H-A), I decided to learn to pick up a few useful phrases.

I have always wanted to learn Japanese, but the passion for it just cannot be compared with Korean. I only want to learn how to speak, not to write (is that possible..?). There are just far too many scripts (Japanese) and too little brain cells (me). Whatever it is, learning to give directions is my topmost priority and I don’t have the time to learn the scripts and thus… *drum rolls* I’m learning through romanisations!

OK. I know it’s not the best way to learn any language, but it’s one that I’m most comfortable with. We have to live with the fact that we cannot have perfect pronunciation right from the beginning so romanisation is how we can at least kickstart something. For me, (close-enough) perfect pronunciation comes from a lot of listening, and even more imitation (I’m working on that for Korean).

I’m not exactly dreaming of perfect pronunciation now, I just hope that whatever I’m (trying to) remember and use will be of a help to my service and my customers.

Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

이것 저것

October 25, 2010

Forgive my silence after the initial (over) enthusiasm. Work has been crazy because of the severe shortage of manpower [I’ve gone 14 days straight without an offday and I have to hang on for 3 more days!!! =((]. I had to miss my lesson last week to cover for a colleague and now I have lots of self-study to do! To top it off, I have yet to complete my homework which was supposed to due last week…

Which made me think a lot. I concluded that it is time to discontinue my classes at SKS. So this term will be my last one with them. I have had classes for as long as I can remember (1.5 years) and… I am going to miss all the Tuesdays/ Thursdays rush.

아쉽지만 학교에 다니는 것이 벌써 힘든데. 아직도 학교에서 공부를 계속 하고 싶지만 더 이상 못할 가봐요. 앞으로 혼자서 공부해야 할 것 같아요. 잘할 수 있을까요…?

I managed to steal some time off to visit the library and borrow all the remaining KLEAR textbooks I’ve yet to lay my hands on (7 of them). I got a feeling they are going to be my best friends soon.

Until then, it’s time to finish up my homework (TWO 쓰기!!) and read up before tomorrow’s lessons, which I “die die also will go”!

PS: I am sooooo glad to announce that I have ordered my copy of 2AM’s SAINT O’CLOCK (special edition at that!) from GMarket! I.CAN’T.WAIT!!!