Korean Learning Journey, Personal Life

When People Downplay Others’ Efforts

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.

Monthly Language Report, Personal Life

Monthly Language Report Special: 특별한 MLR

Marsha’s Monthly Language Report: A Special MLR
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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.

Subtitles are available in Korean and English.

마르샤의 언어 월보: 특별한 언어 월보
같이 재미있게 언어 공부를 합시다!

콘스턴스 언니랑 같이 녹음했던 특별한 인스타그램용 언어 월보!
이전에 인스타그램 포스팅에서 인스타그램 언어 월보를 시작하고 싶다고 했는데 첫번째꺼 완성! 두 사람의 얘기를 제한한 1분 안에 하려고 하니 힘들었지만 해냈어요! 하고 싶은 얘기들 다 못 했지만요. ㅎㅎ

한글과 영문 자막이 있습니다.

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Personal Life

Binge-watching Dramas & Language Learning

When do I not? Haha. But that’s not the point.

After weeks and weeks (more like months) of Korean dramas, I wanted a break from listening to Korean, so last week became Chinese drama week, and I just finished a Japanese drama.

I can multitask with Chinese and Korean dramas but with Japanese dramas… #constantlyreadingsubtitles >< Reminds me of when I first started watching Korean dramas and relied on subtitles to understand. Moments like this make me realise how far I’ve come.

I would love to pick up Japanese one day, but my Simplified Chinese reading and writing skills are weak (I need hanyu pinyin when typing Chinese) and Japanese uses kanji (Traditional Chinese characters), which makes it twice as bad. D:

I also want to learn sign language one day! Although there’s so many kinds, I have no idea where to start… but that’s another topic altogether! I digress.

Let’s stick to brushing up on my Chinese first, haha.

Speaking of which, there is one thing I really hate – people who presume you would be good at your mother tongue and mock you when you are not.

Yes, I’m of Chinese descent, but at school, I always excelled in English and struggled with Chinese. It is not a given for everyone to be good at their mother tongue because so many factors affect whether they would be good at it or not. #rantover

Korean Dramas, Personal Life

K-DRAMA; 용팔이 Yong Pal

Yong Pal

온종일 일하면서 용팔이 봤다 ㅎㅎ
Watched Yong Pal all day whilst doing some office work.

It’s interesting at the start, but I got bored in between…
Now the end is starting to get interesting again so I’m good. xD

DailyBap Rating (for now): 3.5/5

Just wanted to update a little since I’ve been so quiet on the blogging front.
Is anyone even reading anymore? No one ever comments!
Everyone only comes here for my Yonsei KLI Q&A, lol.

Okay, time for bed!

Monthly Language Report, Personal Life

Monthly Language Report #7: 새로운 시작

Marsha’s Monthly Language Report #7: New Start
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I keep saying that I would do monthly MLRs, but it has been hard.
This year, I’m really going to try and keep my word, whether by video or audio.

Subtitles are available in Korean, English and Chinese.

마르샤의 매월의 언어 리포트 #7: 새로운 시작
같이 재미있게 언어 공부를 합시다!

매번에 매월의 MLR를 찍을거라고 했는데 계속 실패 ㅠㅠ
그래서 올해는 꼭! 영상이 아니여도 녹음을 해서 올릴 생각입니다!

한글, 영문과 중문 자막이 있습니다.

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Korean Food, Korean Language Learners Meet Up, Singapore Travels

[23 Jan 2016] Korean Learners Meet Up

It feels like it has been a long time since I attended the meet up as I missed out on the Christmas one last year.

It was great meeting new and old faces. :) And even though it was burning hot, it was fun bringing tourists around too. A first in our meet ups! Haha. Till the next one!

My photos under the cut.

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Personal Life

PERSONAL; My Western and Lunar Birthdays

What a week of birthday celebrations!

I usually only celebrate my western birthday (5th October), but this year, I decided to celebrate my lunar birthday (八月廿五 or 8th August on the lunar calendar) too! It just so happens that this year, my two birthdays were only two days apart, 5th and 7th October respectively. :D

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