I’ve been neglecting this blog for longer than I like. Sometimes life happens and sometimes… well, I get lazy. I also haven’t really been doing much studying in the last couple of years due to doing a full-time double degree so there was not much to update about. But! I’m finally done with that now and have a bit more free time.
So… I will get back to updating this blog as often as I can as well as my other SNS channels (hello Instagram account that is still stuck in Korea, lol). I’m also thinking of starting YouTube again to really make myself practice. I always want to do a lot of things but, lol.
TOPIK Speaking Test
Anyway! I saw an interesting news article today, which was why I wanted to blog. After hearing about it so many years ago, it’s finally happening – TOPIK will be including a speaking test from 2023! It’s also interesting because the article mentioned NIIED‘s plans to change the current TOPIK physical paper format to Internet-based testing. I wonder how that’s going to work out. The article gives no information on how it will be held at overseas test locations yet. I guess we will have to wait and find out once they have figured it all out.
Today, I just want to rant a little about something. Maybe I’m being a little sensitive, but I’ve heard it enough to not want to continue tolerating it.
It’s when some Koreans compliment my Korean skills and other Korean learners respond with:
She studied in Korea before.
Like it explains how and why I became good enough to be complimented.
Also, sometimes Koreans ask me how I studied Korean or how I became good at Korean, and when I say I’ve self-studied and also studied for a while in Korea, majority of them automatically respond to the first half of my answer with “You must be really smart!” and the second half of my answer with “So that’s why you’re so good!”.
Whether they do it consciously, subconsciously or unconsciously, I feel like it really disrespects and downplays all of the efforts I put in before I went there to study as well as the effort I put in to maintain my language skills since coming home. Mind you, it was 4 years ago and I barely remember all the advanced vocabulary and grammar I learned there since they’re not used in daily life.
I’m not bragging about my skills or efforts, but I just want people to know that I didn’t get this far just because I studied for 9 months in Korea before.
[EDIT 21 December 2017]
Saw this comic and thought it so apt for this post.
Results of the 49th TOPIK were released at 3PM (KST) on Thursday, 22 Dec, but I was down for a whole week with a bad cold and wasn’t able to blog then.
Anyhow, here are my results! I’m revealing it in full again, because even though I didn’t get to study as much as I’d like (partly due to applying late and working at home on weekends) and wasn’t expecting much, I’m glad that I not only managed to maintain my standards without actively studying in the past two years, I also improved slightly, especially in the written section. I did put in a little more effort into writing, so I’m hoping that’s what did the trick. :p
I seriously thought I screwed it up after the exam ended, but phew! Though I’ve missed my Level 6 yet again, I’m okay because I know that I’m almost there!
I hope everyone got the results you were hoping for! And if you didn’t, it’s okay, don’t give up! Let’s work hard towards our goals together. :)
A special MLR collaboration with Constance for Instagram!
I mentioned in an earlier Instagram post that I might start an Instagram MLR thing going and here is the first one! :D It sure was hard fitting two people into the 1 minute limit, but we did it! Though at a cost of cutting out a lot of things we wanted to say, lol.