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.

Discovering New Music, Korean Music

Discovering New Music #9

용준형 (YONG JUN HYUNG) – 지나친 사랑은 해로워 (Too Much Love Kills Me)

Junhyung!! The MV for this isn’t out yet on HIGHLIGHT‘s channel, but I’m glad I found this version. All that eye contact! 심쿵 ㅠㅠ

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Korean Dramas

K-DRAMA; 네일샵 파리스 Nail Shop Paris

네일샵 파리스 Nail Shop Paris

There are so many bad reviews for 네일샵 파리스 Nail Shop Paris but I decided to watch it anyway because of 송재림 Song Jae Rim as I’ve liked him since 꽃미남 라면가게 Flower Boy Ramen Shop. I know it’s an old drama, I’m still trying to catch up with all the old dramas I’ve planned but hadn’t had time to watch.

To be honest, I actually enjoyed the drama! I didn’t think I’d like it because I wasn’t sure about 박규리 Park Gyu Ri‘s acting, but I won’t say everyone’s acting is exactly good in this drama, hahaha. The storyline isn’t fantastic, but it’s really not that bad of a fluff drama, giving me all these feels. xD It ended with a twist that felt a little awkward though.

With all the stress lately, I like that I didn’t have to think much while watching the drama. I’m curious about what happened to 전지후 Jeon Ji Hu though. His last production was in 2014?! Where did he go?

Hangeulove Rating: 3.5/5

Discovering New Music, Korean Music

Discovering New Music #8

젝스키스 (Sechskies) – 커플 (Couple)

Sechskies again! Haha. I’m so glad that Sechskies is back. 😭💕 And they’ve just released a 10 year anniversary album too! This song is one of my most played.

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From DailyBap to Hangeulove After 7 Years

TLDR; DailyBap is moving to Hangeulove.
The popular posts can be found here: Yonsei KLI, D-4 Student Visa Application

In a blink of an eye, it has been 7 years since I first created DailyBap on Tumblr, where I posted daily photo edits with their related Korean words, which was how I came up with its name. I mainly did it to help myself remember Korean words easily, and was glad when fellow Korean learners told me that it was helping them too. :)

However, personal life and work took over, and I found it hard to continue posting daily, which was why I stopped. Then one day, I had this genius idea that I wanted to start blogging again and thought I could turn DailyBap into a Korean learning progress blog, which till this day, I still doubt ever actually became one. ><; Anyway, I moved all of my Tumblr posts here and started updating more regularly, especially through Instagram posts.

Late of 2016, I came to the realisation that my blog name was no longer relevant to what I post and I wanted a name that would more accurately reflect the current and future of this blog, so I cracked my head and came up with Hangeulove! Because, you know, I love 한글 (Hangeul). Creative, right? (sarcasm) 🙄

In January 2017, I updated all of my social media channels to reflect the new name, but this blog was the hardest to do, as you cannot simply change the URL, WordPress would instead create a new blog with the new name and ask you to redirect visitors over from the old blog. I thought long and hard about whether I wanted to actually change the name and lose all of the analytics this blog had gained, and after months, I have finally decided that this would be the right move. If not now, when?

With this, I want to thank everyone who has visited this blog in the past years, even if you did accidentally stumble upon it as you were searching for B.A.P (true story, started happening after B.A.P made their debut, lol 😂 sorry for the disappointment!), and for leaving rare comments that let me know I am not always just talking to myself. I hope to see everyone over at the new blog, Hangeulove! 💕

Discovering New Music, Korean Music

Discovering New Music #7

태연 (Taeyeon) – 11:11 (Acoustic Version)

Taeyeon is the only SNSD girl I completely adore. :’) This song is beautifully sad. The original is nice, but this acoustic version is even better. T_T

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