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January 18, 2015 | 10:14am
Mood: 괜찮다

First of all, midterm scores:
Grammar/Vocab: 28/30
Speaking: 27/30
Writing: 27/30
Reading: 22/30
First in my class, baby!

I fucked up reading because there wasn't enough time to go back and double check some of the questions. Kind of annoyed about that, but what are you gonna do?

I reached the tipping point in my Korean studies last week. I've been feeling exhausted all the time - literally all the time - and the thought of studying, or doing anything outside of studying, made me feel like I wanted to shoot myself in the face. So I thought: what can I change? I decided to drop the vocabulary memorizing using Anki because - while I've done it on a daily basis since September 2011 - it was sucking up too much time. I'm also at the point where the vocabulary that I'm learning is quite high level and memorizing without context simply isn't of any use (the multiple ways of saying "to develop" being one prime example). The day I stopped memorizing was a gold star day. I feel as if my skills have suddenly shot up and I'm not perpetually tired - and in fact I feel like doing Korean outside of class, too. I am pleased with my decision.

Speaking of classes, I hate my classmates and I am not happy with my new teachers. It's nothing but disrespect, a lack of participation (a few days ago 6/14 students showed up), and absolutely no speaking practice. How the hell are my speaking skills going to improve if I don't have a chance to speak in class?

Anyways, today is the TOPIK and I am ready. I'm going to do each section to the best of my ability and not be too concerned about getting a 5, because, frankly, I don't think it's possible. I will probably stop doing the listening section a bit early (possibly around question 35 or 40 out of 50) because that'll give me more time to focus on the writing section (where I will plausibly do better) and my listening skills are, uh... not good? At least, not good in terms of the miserable exam.

So. Next month we have a vacation - February 14-March 11, give or take a day or two - and while I'd like to just relax, I think I'm going to spend lots of time walking (exercise/practice for my dream of walking the Caminho de Santiago), listening to Korean podcasts, and reading Korean books. Honestly, I'd really like to just go travel, but not earning money stresses me out... plus there's the issue that we don't know when exactly we'll be able to get out alien registration cards back. Jeonju immigration is not good immigration.

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Adam

Re: hello my dear Adam!

from: aodh
date: January 20, 2015 08:00am (UTC)
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Hello~

A master's degree in Education would definitely help you get a job here, but (obviously) you don't need any education/teaching experience to get a job in Korea. I think it might give you a leg up in getting public school jobs, but you can always find a hagwon job if you so desire.

I'm not teaching anymore, I am studying Korean/preparing for my master's degree here. Teaching provided me with shelter and an income, so I can't complain, but I am a bit disillusioned with the education system (every education system, not just Korea's) and want to switch careers. Starting out in Korea, with a degree in education, you would probably start at 2.1 or 2.2 million won a month, which is more than enough to survive on (roughly 2000USD/month). I'd say, give it a try if you're up to it!

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Adam

Re: your experiences with Russian and/or other Slavic language?

from: aodh
date: January 25, 2015 08:09am (UTC)
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If you know Japanese, then Russian is not as difficult... Slavic languages have a lot in common with English. It's just a case of matching gender/number in each part of the sentence. I genuinely don't remember much about learning Russian (I started learning roughly 9 years ago now) so I can't be much help to you... but if you studied Spanish or any of the Romance languages then you shouldn't worry about it. It's not much more difficult.

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