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Self-study Korean with Yonsei KLI on YouTube!

So I stumbled upon Yonsei KLI’s YouTube! I didn’t even know they had a YouTube, so I scrolled through and noticed it was only created at the end of 2015.

If you didn’t know, I studied in Yonsei KLI Level 4~6 in 2013, and I loved it!

으리 데이앤데이 이모티콘

I haven’t watched through all of them, but seeing as how slowly the teachers speak in the few I fast forwarded through, I think they are mainly teaching beginner Korean, including grammar points and vocabulary. I’m not sure why, but some have subtitles, while others don’t. Either way, it seems like a good resource for self-learners!

Here are some samples:

(The guy in the below video looks so familiar! I think I saw him around school before.)

The rest can be found on their YouTube here.

More Korean language learning resources can be found here.

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LEARNING JOURNEY; 34th TOPIK Results – I Got Level 5!

So the 34th TOPIK results were released at 3PM (KST) this afternoon. I checked my results on the dot and saw that I got Level 5! Whilst I expected just as much, it was still disappointing. I guess I always set my aims too high and get upset over not being able to achieve them. It could be a good and bad thing, I guess. Then again, it’s hard to judge one’s true language ability based on tests such as this. They are merely a rough gauge of one’s grasp of the language.

This is the first time I’m revealing my results in full, lol.

TOPIK 34

VOCABULARY/GRAMMAR
I’ve always been weak at vocabulary, and I don’t like memorising lists. They don’t help much either, only temporarily and I end up forgetting them. Most of the vocabulary I know are from coming across them often enough for me to memorise naturally. I also forgot quite a few new grammar that I learnt during my preparation, so that probably pulled me down.

WRITING
The open ended questions were like WTH. -_- I can never get the right answers for those (can anyone?!) and they’re worth 10 marks each! >_> The topic for the essay section was difficult, and I didn’t know what to write about, so I was pretty much writing crap. I didn’t even fill up half the page, lol. At this point, I immediately knew that I would only get a Level 5.

LISTENING
I’m surprised I did that well for Listening (thanks to watching too many dramas/variety shows), though I did feel that it wasn’t as difficult as the past papers that I practiced on.

READING
Since I don’t read much (lengthy texts scare me still), my reading speed is pretty slow, and I had trouble completing the Reading section on time. I ended up just randomly picking answers for 4 questions in the last few minutes. :x Even when I was practicing, time constraint was my biggest problem.

So there you have it. My breakdown of why my results are the way they are. I know my weaknesses and I’m working on changing that. In fact, instead of just listening to music when I travel around, I now read Korean books! I need to read more, since reading will help improve my reading speed, as well as vocabulary and grammar, which will in turn help with my writing. Chain reaction, really.

  

Since heavy texts scare me, I find it best to find something I’m interested in to start from, and it’s going well so far. I’m currently reading 낢이 사는 이야기 1 [시즌 2], a Korean comic book that initially started as a webcomic (what, I still learn words from it and it’s funny, lol), as well as BIGBANG’s 세상에 너를 소리쳐!. There are a lot of unknown words that come up, but I’ve decided not to focus too much on them for now, and to just comprehend as much as I can. I’m planning to slowly move on to other books, most probably novels first. If anyone has any recommendations, please let me know!

I’ll be working hard to get Level 6 in the next TOPIK. Everyone else planning to take the next TOPIK too, 화이팅!! ^^

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LEARNING JOURNEY; TOPIK 열공모드 쭉쭉

After going back and forth between the TOPIK papers and my grammar book, I finally decided (with agreement from my Korean friends) that it would be better to just focus on the TOPIK papers instead. Said Korean friends also helped out with some questions on both materials, though we barely got many done due to a lot of talking and joking, lol.

Anyhow, I finished up the vocabulary/grammar section and finally tried my first Advanced listening paper today. It was so fast and difficult; I completely blanked out at the last few questions because I didn’t understand a thing they were saying, but I scored 69 out of 100. Phew! I’m going to be spending the rest of my (last!) weekend doing as many papers as I can before the actual exam. Omg. T_T I can do this~~!

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LEARNING JOURNEY; TOPIK 열공모드

I’m about to go crazy. I downloaded the 25th TOPIK Advanced paper and tried doing the Vocabulary & Grammar section. I know I’m still really lacking in both, but it was harder than I thought it’d be. T_T;;

I’ve also started doing my Practice of Korean Grammar book. There are 320 grammar in it, but due to a lack of time, I’m basically going to focus more on those I have yet to learn, and skim through those I already know. Hopefully by the time I sit for the exam, I’ll be able to remember all that I need! It’s annoying how I have to learn all those grammar that aren’t even used in daily situations, since that makes it harder to remember their usage. There are also a lot of grammar with similar meanings! T_T

There’s still so much left to learn. T_T Nevertheless, I still have 2+ weeks left. I can do this. No slacking!

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KOREAN DIARY; 여러분 새해 복 많이 받으세요~~ ^^

2013 계획: 한국어 어휘를 늘리기~~

2년간 한국어를 독학해서 한국어능력시험에서 3급까지 합격했으니, 1년 안에 5급이나 6급까지 합격할 수 있도록 노력할 것이다.

화이팅!

Happy New Year, everyone~~^^

2013 Plan: Increase my Korean vocabulary~~

If I can get to TOPIK Level 3 with 2 years of self-study, I’ll work to get to Level 5/6 in one.

Fighting!

(Originally posted on Lang-8.)