제이제이 프로젝트 (JJ Project) – 내일, 오늘 (Tomorrow, Today)

I realised that I’ve never really expressed my feelings about a single song on here before, but this song feels like my life’s theme song of the moment so I had to share.

I followed JJ Project when they first debuted and when they debuted as part of GOT7, I never thought they would ever come back as a unit again, but I guess never say never? I was so excited when they announced their comeback. 😭

Their new album sounds nothing like their debut album but in a good way. It is SO much better and I fell in love with it instantly. In it, my favourite song is 내일, 오늘 (Tomorrow, Today), which is such a meaningful song and I’ve had it on constant replay since the album was released. The lyrics speak volumes to anyone who has ever felt uncertain about their lives. It feels like the theme song of my life of late, especially now that I’ve reached my late 20s and feel thrown into another quarter-life crisis. 😭 In order to understand how I feel, let’s take a look at the lyrics. 💕

M2 has graciously decided to bring us the ‘ASMR Lyric Live’ series, and while I don’t like ASMR in general, Jinyoung’s version of the song sounded so emotional and heartfelt that it touched me even more. 😭 역시 “아프니까 청춘이다”? 😔

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Ollie’s Korean Lessons! 올리의 한국어 배우기 도전!

I’ve been enjoying watching Korean Englishman for quite a while now. Earlier this year, Josh and Ollie started a new series on their new channel, Jolly, called Ollie’s Korean Lessons! 올리의 한국어 배우기 도전! where Josh teaches Ollie some Korean using TTMIK♡’s workbooks, and it is absolutely hilarious!

It really reminds me of the beginnings of my own Korean language learning journey so I especially enjoy this series. Can’t wait for the next season!

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.

49th TOPIK Results – Level 5 Again

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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

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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. :)

Monthly Language Report Special: 특별한 MLR

Marsha’s Monthly Language Report: A Special MLR
Join in the language learning fun!

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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한국 사투리 Korean Dialects

Oops, this was in my drafts for a month, lol. But yes, I love Korean dialects. I showed this to my Busan friends and one said it was pretty legit. xD

Fellow Korean learners who like dialects too would enjoy this! It’s really interesting to see how they differ, especially Jeju’s. Most Koreans can’t even understand Jeju dialect!