LEARNING JOURNEY; My Korean Language Collection

Teehee, my current physical Korean language collection: small dictionary with grammar and phrases, TalkToMeInKorean lessons, Integrated Korean textbooks, TOPIK guide, TOPIK past papers and my notes.

I’m cheap, so I print/photocopy and bind instead. Maybe when I go to Seoul again, I’ll actually invest in buying some good textbooks. xD

Ah, I forgot about my Rosetta Stone Korean box that Dad got me, since it’s in Sis’ room. I have that too, lol.


LEARNING JOURNEY; First Beginner Korean Class Was Fun!

Today, we covered pronunciations of all the vowels. The teacher (Richard is his English name, lol) pronounced each vowel and we repeated after. You have no idea how sore our jaws/throats were after. xD

Also, he taught us some basic greeting words such as:

안녕하세요. (Hello.)
제 이름은 ___ 입니다. (My name is ___.)
만나서 반갑습니다. (Nice to meet you.)

Though this lesson was a lot easier for me since I’d already learnt the basics on my own and am already on Level 2 of TTMIK as well as Level 2 of Rosetta Stone Korean, it was really an advantage to have the teacher correct my pronunciation on the spot. Pronunciation is very important if you want to get the right point across, lol.

Richard also wants to give us a Korean name to motivate us, LOL. I don’t know how that’s supposed to motivate us, but okay. xD

Can’t wait till next week for lesson 2! Hopefully will get to learn some new things. ^^

Oh, he made us do little introductions like name, country (some weren’t local) and why we wanted to learn Korean, so he could know us better. I lamely said I wanted to learn Korean so I didn’t need subtitles, lol. It’s true in way, I guess, but actually, I wanted to learn it so I wouldn’t be one of those people who complain about not understanding what my idols were saying. :x Besides, I like a new challenge. :D

Irrelevant, but the teacher’s quite good looking, haha! My friend thinks he looks like Kim Won Joon.

I’m not sure about that though… lol. Maybe a little? Jawline’s different. xD

REVIEW; Rosetta Stone Korean




My dad emailed me saying there is this really good Rosetta Stone for Korean offer and I’m trying to decide if it’ll be worth it to buy it. It’s all five levels at a decent price. Should I?

My friend Marsha has it. She’ll tell you~ lol

This is what I told my friends just now: “It’s pretty okay, just that I think it would be better if you already have a slight grasp of the language because it really just throws you into it without teaching you how to read or write and there’s no English translations or dictionary or anything like that. They do read it out for you and provide pictures though, pretty much the same way you teach a baby.”

I will give my proper review of it when my head doesn’t want to split, lol. Overall, I’d say go for it. The (3 months free) online services are pretty awesome and I’m considering renewing the subscription when it expires in two weeks. I just tried it for the first time just now. Also, I didn’t know there’s 5 levels?? The one my dad got me only has 3.

PERSONAL; Headache~

Ugh, got a headache right after the Rosetta Stone Studio sessions and it still wouldn’t go away. I should go to sleep because I have a Korean class tomorrow, but my babies are on SSTP right now and amusing me. WHAT DO I DO. OTL

LEARNING JOURNEY; Rosetta Stone on Discount?!

…my dad would not want to know that Rosetta Stone is now having a 66% discount when he spent over $400 on the Korean one for me. OTL

^ That was in regards to Rosetta Stone, not my dad.

But why did he have to go buy it anyway?! I could’ve just torrented! …even if it’s without the headset and 3 months free online services thing. I’m really thankful, but /guilt-ridden forever.

I really have to master Korean now and make up for my guilt-ridden feelings.

LEARNING JOURNEY; Using Rosetta Stone

Dad got me Rosetta Stone Korean three months ago. I should’ve put more effort into studying. Now my three months of free online service (live online lessons, games and community) is expiring in two weeks and I still have the two levels to complete. OTL

I should make use of the live online lessons and schedule for them, but the timings are usually crappy. -_- I’m also shy to talk to a Korean in Korean even if s/he can’t see my face. :p