November 15th, 2011

this is me

report cards, power point, delivery, sink problems

Today was a pretty busy day.

I almost completed my elementary school report cards; I have presentations in two classes to grade tomorrow and then I'll be able to finish up. I also wrote up my comments for my six year olds' report cards. I haven't been given the papers yet so I still need to physically write them, but at least the thinking part of the process is complete.

I also began my power point for my demo class. I'm not sure how much of this should be in the power point and how much I should teach. I have to figure out a few technical things in Open Office (how do you only let one line of text appear at a time? How do you put a timer/clock in? etc) but overall I have a decent start.

Also I just ordered delivery and was on the phone for 25 seconds. I have this shit down, you guys. Word. On the other hand, my sink is a piece of shit. Copy/pasted from Facebook: It's not so much that I dislike the way in which Korea constructs buildings - shoddily, that is. I just think that it can't be too difficult to construct a sink in such a way that it doesn't fall apart every time I wash my hands. #firstworldproblems? #problemswithmylandlord
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thoughts on studying.

Quick study entry:

I haven't done much in the way of studying this month, although I've kept up with my vocabulary reviews and I went ahead and memorized chapter 4 vocabulary a couple weeks ago. Yesterday I studied -을 줄 알아요 and -을 줄 몰라요 (to know how to do something/to not know how to do something). Today I learned -아야/어야 해요 (must/have to/should/ought to do something). Both topics make sense but I worry that I will forget them in practice. I need to sit down and do a thorough review of my textbooks. Maybe I should write up a new Anki deck and include grammatical examples? Hmm. I'll just try to do a bit more in my textbook every day. I should finish chapter 4 by the end of the week, then I'll start the vocabulary for chapter 5. Maybe one chapter a week is a reasonable goal? Hmm.

I think I'm going to try studying for the TOPIK exam. That's a standardized Korean test. I just watched this and I understood every bit of the grammar and vocabulary - all of which was, admittedly, basic - and I learned a bit (specifically, 과). I will try watching maybe one episode a day. Eventually I'll try taking the actual exam... I think I need a real goal to aim toward. My current method of studying is just meandering along until I get bored, which is useless and won't help me learn.