1st Blog Anniversary

Hey ^^ day before yesterday (29th June) was this blogs 1st anniversary and it seems I am not smart enough to schedule a post correctly haha! but anyway I am posting this today two days later :)

I opened this blog one year ago today and to me I just wanted to have a little place to keep a diary for myself to know what I did during my studies and didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I have come to enjoy it ^^ its different from what I though it would be actually! Didn’t think I would become attached to this blog like a “baby” or family xD you get me right? I hope you do! I’m no Robert Frosting I don’t have a way with words but I try my best to get my point across …as best I can ~

I have met many people online and learnt from them in ways I didn’t know I could ^^ I thank you all for that, its been a new experience this past year and I am going to continue until I no longer have anything more to say and how likely is that? I have lots to say 진짜요 ㅋㅋㅋ so basically I will continue with this blog forever I never will stop which I look forward to actually ^^ something to look back on and I am glad to have that …!!!!

Now lets look at what happened in that last year ^^ not much maybe more will happen this year ㅋㅋㅋ

  • Opened this blog ^^ does that count? I’m sure it does ㅋㅋ
  • Made Korean friends whom I email often ^^
  • Was in the Lexophiles TOP 100 LANGUAGE LOVERS competition ~ this was actually an honour and it motivated me a lot ^^
  • Balanced Korean more than I ever thought I could ^^ used it a lot …and love it more everyday (:

If I stated everything that happened and I felt and thought we could be here for hours ㅋㅋㅋbut I’m trying to say I have enjoyed this year and there are more to come I know that because I foresee billions of posts coming your way :p about everything and my future trip to Korean and…ummh China if I have my way ㅋㅋ I dunno there are many many things I want to do and to me everything is possible ^_^ nothing is ever impossible ~ the sky is the limit!!!

For this blog and for Korean studies there are many more years to come :)

기대 해주세요 ^.^

Here is a poem I hope shows how I feel (:

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfilment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

– Author Unknown

Everything said in this beautiful poem describes how I feel ^.^ in life and in studying Korean and about everything and everyone ~ when it comes to making mistakes I am thankful I can make them and see what I have done and use those very mistakes as lesson ^.^ when I have a challenge I never look at it with a glum face I look at it with a smile and I see it as a way to prove myself to no one other than myself ME not knowing something never gets me down because I think to myself “Ah! something I don’t know….another opportunity to learn something!” thankful for desires and wishes without them what would be the point of living a life when you want for nothing? When you want something you look forward to the day you have that something or you achieve what you have been working so hard for :) that’s what life is all about!

Bottom line. I’m always thankful for what life has, and what she throws my way and I never take it for granted! Always seeing what I can learn and how I can grow from any situation ^.^

Everyone have a great day ^.^ today sadly I am very very busy so I can’t study a lot DX but on Wednesday I know I will have more time since I have nothing to do on Wednesday ㅋㅋㅋand thank you again ^^ for a wonderful year and for more to come!!!

Chinese Character Practice – 你好!

Today I printed about 5 copies of Chinese character practice sheets focusing on 6 Chinese words, because now I kind of understand the Pinyin way better than I ever did and I don’t get that confused (just a little sometimes, I admit that!!!!)

Words in Focus

 

你好

什么

名字

张林

Those 5 words and 1 name I actually wrote all from my head, had some trouble with 名字 I wrote ‘孟子’ got a bit mixed up with the Pinyin ‘meng’ and ‘ming’ (:

Below for practice, I wrote these words and characters a few times in my NEW language notebook just for my Chinese (:

I know my writing is extremely untidy, big, and just very messy!!!! But its the first time I ever written in real Chinese characters so, I guess it was alright!!

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Every time (in the future) when I post a picture of the Green notebook think ‘Chinese time!!’ because its my Chinese notebook ^^ the first one, so I will call this notebook my ‘Firstborn’ ㅋㅋㅋ

In the corner can you see I wrote ‘Hello I’m Kay’ in Chinese characters :

你好 我叫 Kay!

#Practice Sheets

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and another :)

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I want to keep my Chinese learning journey highly documented to the tee so I can look back on it one day!!!

再见!! (See you again!!)

中文流行音乐

A girl self-studying Chinese should have some Chinese music or something to help her be exposed to the language :D and now I got my favourite Chinese music videos that I have been listening to over the last few days!!

Wanting 曲婉婷 – 我的歌声里 (You Exist In My Song)

When I listen to this song I feel lighter ~ I don’t really know what it means but when people say that “Music is a universal language” I know what they mean when I listen to something and I don’t know what the hell they are really saying (:

I looked up the lyrics and read them and wrote the Pinyin down in my new Chinese notebook and it’s really a lovely song the words are so poetic [here]

Jay Chou周杰倫-Mine Mine﹝官方MV﹞

Oh! my! gosh! I just find this song so ~~~~ so~~~ cute :D its like a K-pop video but like not, do you get what I mean? it’s just lovely to watch (: I haven’t looked up the words to this song so what its saying is beyond me but I can roughly tell by the body language in the dance and the line “coz your mine mine baby” that it must be a love song?! Am I right?

周杰倫【傻笑 官方完整MV】Jay Chou “Smile”

Oh! first of all this song had made me both a Cindy Yen (not sure if its Yen or Chen?!) and forever Jay Chou fan!! and this song is just perfect it’s not too fast and stuff like that you can put your head down and listen to it for hours with Cindy Chen’s calming voice and Jay’s angelic voice :D and I love the way all Jay Chou songs have the unique feel to them like your not sure whats gonna happen and then all of a sudden you get a shock and your like ~ “this is not a typical Pop song….its a poem that makes such sense”

These are the lyrics (already in my notebook!!!) [here]

周杰倫【明明就 官方完整版MV】Jay Chou “Ming Ming Jiu”

This was the first Jay Chou song I listen to and I was reading the lyrics in Pinyin and the English and I found it such a gentle song (: it sounds pathetic of me to say that but I’m pretty emotional so when I read something that really touches my heart I want to know more and that let me to look for more and more Jay Chou songs and then now I have heard almost 30 of his songs :D

I understand that makes me sound obsessed (:

周杰倫【大笨鐘 官方完整版MV】Jay Chou “Big Ben”

Simple clear love song that makes you feel super happy :D and the “Notting Hill” touch I adore it ㅎㅎㅎ makes it so much more romantic like :D and the houses in the back being pink and then the lyrics at the bottom being pink made me totally fall in love with this song :D I have played it so many times >.> not as much as “Smile” though but almost :D

The lyrics here (again….they are in my notebook ^^) [here]

Oh I didn’t expect it to be this long :D but seems like I am really embracing theses C-pop songs :D I love them!!!! even though I barely understand them but I am picking up small words as I go along with the lyrics (: its so much fun doing this (:

Which song is your favourite?

它很难。learning Chinese

Oh! it really is difficult learning Chinese ㅠㅠ

Today just focused on learning a few phrases in Chinese some basic vocabulary words and tried to pronounce words but, eh, I think I need a bit more work on the pronunciation of Chinese words ^^ it really is one of the hardest languages ; but the more I learn the easier it will become (:

Next week for me is “Chinese learning week” I just made a week long dedication to study Chinese all of next week :D looking real forward to that (:

빙빙빙 my Chinese name is : 克里斯汀

Here are a few phrases I remember by heart ; will be studying more though ^^

 

Useful phrases

很高興見到你。 – Nice to meet you

你好。- Hello (the only word I know from memory)

嗨!- Hi (assuming this is just a slang term/ or borrowed English word)

早上好。- Good Morning

下午好。 – Good Afternoon

晚上好。- Good Evening

晚安。 – Good Night

你好嗎? – How are you?

That’s it ^^ all I know in Chinese, till next time on the subject of Chinese (:

 

 

Motivation like a Steam train

Sorry if I start to rant!

W.O.W!? today my motivation to study languages is like a steam train I just want to GO-GO-GO don’t want to stop actually ^^

Though today I would just focus on my Korean ; some things I can hopefully get done today ^^

 

Now for Chinese….I want to do something BUT I’m actually afraid of the Chinese accent, its a hard accent to imitate LOL!! but am I going to give up? Hello no! I’m going to learn some stuff in Chinese ; then read my introduction ~ it will be short though :D my first Chinese words, ha-ha!

Chinese things I would like to do today,

  • say a short introduction in Chinese
  • write a Lang-8 entry for Chinese
  • find some good online resources for Chinese learners
  • find a good Chinese dictionary (online or offline)
  • Any Chinese comics online to read! (kinda like Daum or Naver has for Korean!!!)
  • find some Chinese language exchange partners ^^

Ah! that’s a lot to do :D but I will get it done through-out the day! For Chinese, I still feel a bit weird because now I’m a beginner at a new language and that is always the most delicate part of the language learning journey, easy to get frustrated when things get tough. Keep fighting though :)

This will be fun ㅋㅋㅋ

Leave you with a snapshot of my new pens to write notes with ^^  0.03mm fine tip pens!!

#newpens

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used a #filter that’s why the color looks weird ^^