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August 9, 2011 | 08:42pm
Mood: optimistic
Music: Gyroscope - Baby, I'm Getting Better

Minkyu and I made a deal last night: I am dissatisfied with my Korean abilities. He's unsatisfied with his English. It's proving to be somewhat detrimental to our relationship. Therefore we shall do the obvious-- study.

As far as I'm concerned, communication is key in a relationship. Yeah, this is my first relationship, but I think it's quite important in a cross-culture, multi-language relationship. Especially when neither of us are fluent or even comfortable in the other's first language.

한국만 공부해요. 그래서 민규는 영어 공부해요. I will study Korean and Minkyu will study English. The goal is to be able to speak to one another with ease. Then sometime in the future we will go to a Japanese hagwon and study Japanese together. Haha.

I'll never be a polyglot if I don't try. I know this entry is kind of dorky, but hey, I don't go on about my relationship that often, so I think it's okay if I talk about it just this once. (I also realize that I wrote about leaving Korea in my last entry. I'm incredibly indecisive. What can I say?)


Every day I will:
1) do one page (new grammatical point) in my Seogang textbook.
2) do the corresponding page in the workbook.
3) do one lesson on the TalkToMeInKorean website
4) memorize 5 new words, or 35 a week, from my 2000 Essential Korean Words book.

This will take me about 1 hour a day. That's not exactly time-consuming. Git er done!

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Amanda

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from: amandas2006
date: August 10, 2011 02:19pm (UTC)
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You can do it Adam! Think about how much time we had to spend to learn Russian vocab and grammar

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: August 12, 2011 03:26am (UTC)
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Thanks! Yeah, I need to study hardcore... eek.

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Katarzyna

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from: katenokmur
date: August 10, 2011 03:55pm (UTC)
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I think, the main thing in studying languages is to learn the everyday expressions and also gradually learn to read by reading. What do you like to read? If you can find some Korean books you'd be interested in reading - it’ll be helpful and useful :)

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Adam

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from: aodh
date: August 12, 2011 03:28am (UTC)
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This is good advice! I believe reading is incredibly important in learning a language, but it's hard to make myself go back to kids books... since that's the level I'm most capable of reading right now. :/ Soon enough... I just need patience.

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