Coffee filled…night

안녕 ♥

My previous post needed to be “replaced” :D having that as my most recent post just makes me sound like a very crazed and deranged person hahaha!!!

I’m still on the coffee though but not because I need to stay awake but because I am freezing cold at the moment D: it’s very cold here at the moment no rain or anything but the temperature is low ><

So I am sitting in my Study at my desk with a blanket on me just to keep warm enough but not too warm that I fall asleep. With my cup of coffee ^^ I can’t afford to fall asleep right now, I have an enormous amount to get done (working on a Character Sketch) and I have just until about 10am tomorrow morning ~ its 12am right now ㅋㅋㅋ don’t even ask me why it took me this long to actually get round to writing it!!! The answer is a simple one LOL you might figure it out ^^

Actually typing this post on my little “break” just need some rest time and thought of updating the blog haven’t had a coherent post in a long time I have either been too tired or simply a little high on caffeine and Action-RPG games to even type two sentences that make sense to a normal human being ^^ when I read some of that stuff I wonder to myself “wth where you doing Kay? Yikes.”  although so far I am certain I am making sense! Am I right? Hope so. Been writing a lot of literature which calls for perfect and mistake free grammar and wording, which means that it’s still in my system to type like I am writing something formal not like I am a 12-year-old texting her best-friend HAHA!!

Which is my usual modus-operandi when I am tired and its late at night :) I don’t know why I do that. Mentally I turn into a 12-year-old. Or am I already a 12-year-old mentally? I’m confusing myself with that one actually ^^

Okay. I have said enough on that…now let me say a few things before heading back to my school work!!! More like a mini-update than a few things to say OK.!!

Korean I feel like I am in the ‘right’ place with this very dear language!!! I have struggles as can be expected with the route of learning I have chosen (I will tell you more on that in a later post!!) but I can feel and see my progress and its making me smile from ear-to-ear with happiness ^^ I feel like shouting it from rooftops preferably in 한국어 ㅋㅋㅋ

Can I say I am proud of myself with out sounding like an ass? I’m not really sure. Although I am sure I can, because its not being rude or arrogant just being honest with everyone. :) You can give me an idea on that LOL

Chinese Ummh! This needs an update only for one reason. Call me stupid. Call me ambitious whatever but I have decided that even with my minimal knowledge of the Chinese language (and minimal it is!) I am going to buy a Chinese novel in Simplified Chinese obviously! I think its reasonable because I want to read something in Chinese and I know I can do this no matter how long it takes me I can do this on my own I am certain of it ^^ I have decided on the book already (its inexpensive too. at about 17$) its a popular one so maybe when I get it. Not sure when. Won’t chicken out though, but its will be a few weeks, maybe some of you readers here that have Chinese as a first/ near native language can help me out I would appreciate that very much ^^

K-Horror One more! Earlier this evening I watched a Korean horror movie called “Into the Mirror” and damn it was freaky hahaha! I’m serious. The plot was about this crazy woman who has been murdered by [Director CHOI] and stuffed into a mirror in the department store where she worked. Now all this time people think she has died in a fire a year prior to all this, the mysterious deaths, but her sister who is a mental patient and also creepily her twin insists that “my sister is still here” claiming she is in the “mirror” obviously no-one will believe her. Would you? Don’t think so. But the HEAD of Security (Woo Young-min) actually kind of does. He helps her out only to discover the end that this girl is not crazy. That is about all I can explain without sounding lost XD

I guess that-is-that :) I have now run out of coffee D: won’t get another because to be honest I am just too damn lazy to get it myself and my sister fell asleep about an hour ago does not seem humane or fair to wake her up just to make me a cup of coffee so- I go without it I can survive I think!

PS :- I am still a little scared of mirrors after that Horror movie to be honest :D it seems silly but I really feel weird ^^ my mind playing random tricks on me!! and I am alone in my study. Everyone is asleep. This does not help my situation (:

Everyone have a good day ^^ bye. A Thank-you to everyone that has liked my Facebook page now up to 221 likes :) so cool. 고마워요 친구들 ….사랑해용 ㅋㅋ ♥♥♥

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Linguistics

Today I woke up with one thing in my mind “focus” and I think I need a bit more of a core base on learning with a focus on linguistics ^.^ not just the way I do things but they way things are supposed to be done. Maybe meeting both sets of ideas in the middle will help me, I have read many times that there is no “right way” to learn a language but I know that there is a recommended way to learn a language :) and I want to know that way and see how it differs from my way ^^

I know I do a lot in trying to learn learning Korean but are they normal? That’s a point I don’t know ~ a few things I try to do when I am learning..don’t always get them done but its a healthy checklist I try to keep up with (:

This is an example using some things that happened last week ~

  • Listen.Read.Write : start off with listening to the dialog then read the dialog that I just heard with either a transcript I have printed or if its in book for just from the book underlining problem areas then I start writing the dialog down with any notes I have either below or on the side (in a margin maybe)
  • Use whatever I have learnt in an email to my Korean friend seeing to it that I am using it and understanding it ^.^
  • Find anything I have watched or heard in the last few days with what I have learnt in it ; for example last week learning grammar point –뿐이다 I was going to just search in Naver but before I had a chance my sister very conveniently asked me while she was listening to a 2PM song she has on repeat (she likes Nickhun) she said to me “What does that 하루 thing mean?” I just instantly remembered this 뿐이야 and so I quickly went with a pen and paper to her she played the song and I wrote down “하루 종일 니 생각 뿐이야” as I heard it and it was correct ^.^ then I told her what it meant ~ but I was thrilled at myself just for writing and knowing it by ear, looked it up in Naver and it was all correct xD
  • Apart from using it in conversations as much as I can ; because sometimes there is just nothing you want to say at that moment that needs what you know, I use it in my head a lot an example would be : 잠만 자고 싶을 뿐이에요! in a tone meaning “nothing ..I just wanna sleep I am too tired to do anything else ..but sleep” like that ~ ^^
  • Then continue expanding with what I know around things (news articles…tweets..me2day) that have grammar I know or am currently learning ^.^ which helps me improve in reading and understanding. Having a decent conversation on my own though is entirely different and  is developing slowly and I think I will be there in a few months (3 –4)

Like that! Is how I study as you can see there is no real “structure” just things I do that seem to help me make it through without yanking my hair out ^.^ it’s a a touch-and-go system xD if it wasn’t for pure love of Korean I probably would have called it quits a very long time ago but ~ as I adore Korea and everything Korean my heart keeps going and that’s mostly what gets me through tough spots ..the thought :

Korea is so wonderful and the beautiful sound of the Korean language

is possible if you keep studying…

That is my motivation most days xD ~ amazing isn’t it being driven by love of sound and love of language!! ^.^

So with that done I have a few books in mind to pick up as a second opinion on language learning :) and that should be great fun xD obviously I will post a review or overview of anything I read ~ I didn’t realise it but this post is a little longer than usual so I think I will stop it here for now :) it’s just I’m really in a good mood today …I have been in a “ !@#$%^&* I don’t care” mood for a few days now and I finally snapped out of it today lol!! Just in time too I have Biology and that mood is not good for learning ^^;;

Goal Get my confidence up! and I thank everyone for being super patient with me when I am confused ~ thank you 언니 <3

Expect soon Yonsei 4-1 Korean textbook review (2-3 weeks)

Everyone have a super day :p and eat lots of candy xD I love candy a lot ~

다녀왔습니다!!!!!! 정말 ㅋㅋㅋ

우와!!!!!!! Its been a long  long time since I even opened my Dashboard ^^ everything is so different WordPress really has a new look!!! Pretty one too, I prefer it to the old one :p

A lot has happened while I haven’t been posting :) I was in the Top 100 Language Lovers List 2013 although I ranked low it was the first year of my blog and the first time (obviously!!) I would have ever been on the list ^^ so I didn’t get a lot of votes because I don’t have 10,000 fans :D but I’m glad I was even nominated it means a lot to me and next year I will do better aiming for 10 (ambitious.!?) its good to be ambitious I think :)

So I wanna thank every one of you guys that voted for me :) 정말 감사합니다 ♥

And…..now I have returned and guy what in a few days (eight days 29.6.2013) will be the one year Anniversary that I opened and posted on this blog but its so strange because it looks like I opened my actual WordPress account last year June 19th and it counts that as my blog anniversary, what should I take as my anniversary date!

The date I opened the account? or  The date I first created the blog and posted? You can decide for me, please ;)

And because I feel that a new year deserves a new feel I will be playing with themes the whole day ^^ and also I will be trying to make a custom header but I have no skills in Photoshop or CorelDRAW so what I create could be a night mare ㅋㅋㅋ

:) Have a good day!

 

Bye May. Hello June

Mood : Irritated because I have the flu!! Pain. Headache. Ah.

It’s almost June. Wow. This month for me went kind of fast (: it seems like just a few days ago that it was April. I did so much little I finally got round to actually studying Chinese not just saying I will do it and then getting freaked out at the pronunciation, or whatever excuse I had chosen to make (: and I’m glad I actually just started to study because now I really enjoy Chinese and I don’t think I am studying it for Korean anymore.

I’m studying Chinese for Chinese :) which is a lot better!!! Right? I now see the beauty of the language not the benefits it can give me which I never thought would happen. My Korean I think is picking up from its former disaster of me not studying a bit due to being busy or whatever the case was, but now I think I am were I left off and I will continue further non-stop because whenever something is wrong (stress, tired, sick…etc.) I feel like studying I have no idea why but it seems to help with getting new grammar and vocabulary in my head (:

So weird situations now make for the perfect study time for me :)

Example,

Last night/ or this morning at 00:47 AM I just woke up because this flu was really killing me and I just stayed up did some of my homework due Thursday and then continued studying Korean till 3:30 AM studying honestly made me feel ten times better than I was already feeling (that was like death all warmed up…btw!!) ㅋㅋㅋ

Just a few pictures of some notes I wrote early this morning!!

#KoreanNotebook

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I like drawing boxes now to cut off from other things in my notebook (:

 

These days I feel like drawing boxes around my notes (: for vocabulary and then write a Korean sample sentence outside the box next to the vocabulary word I think it looks a lot neater :)

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Writing full dialogue using whatever grammar or vocabulary I am learning ^^ its a good idea for on the go of note reading ….and I have a habit of taking my notes everywhere with me so if I am bored or have no interest in what’s happening around me I will just start reading notes or think of something to write in Korean (:

ㅋㅋㅋ :)

Looking forward to June now (: 뿅!!

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On a separate note! Have people lost all consideration for others? I say this not to be whiney or anything like that but it seems like some people really don’t see what they are doing, or simply don’t care!!!! The reason I have the flu is because of some people like this ): I was fine and not exposed to anything and stupidly decided to go with my Mum to pick her niece up (supposedly) to go to the hospital for visiting hours next thing I know I’m in a car with two very sick kids and they are coughing heaps on me, I regret going, but then it also made me think that we should have been called and notified “My kids have the flu so don’t come” because to me that seems like the right thing to do not make another child sick because you either don’t see what is happening or you simply don’t care!!! Whatever the case I honestly believe people should think more of what they are doing and about who and how it will affect. Tomorrow I have a 2 hour Biology lesson and I just hope I am all better otherwise I might have to miss which is really disappointing.

I guess my rant is over :)

미안해요!! :)

PS : need to sort out my categories they are getting a bit long-er than I thought they would :p

1st Chinese Learning update!!!

Hii!!! my first Chinese learning update :D

So I think I now have it down how to pronounce things in Chinese it does not seem that complex as it did to me about 3-4 weeks ago even tongue twister words like 再见 [zai2jian1] Chinese for ‘See you again’ (:

xuexiba (fellow Chinese learner)  ^^ advised me that it would be important to learn the Chinese stroke order because it would help in making my characters look more beautiful and help with the fluidity in writing *ehm* I am going to take your advice xuexiba because I really didn’t believe that stroke order was that important to take into account I just thought ‘If I can write it then that should be alright’ seems I was off track on that one …so thanks for the tip ^^

#Resource

Yikes. I thought looking for Korean resources was a pain in the !@#$%^&* I was very wrong Chinese is much  worse actually, so far I have only found one site that I find reliable and that teaches in a reasonable way compared to others out there with the very idiotic copy and paste names like ‘Learn Chinese Mandarin in 30 Days’ because it is way impossible to learn Chinese in 30 days!!!! The names of these sites scream SCAM very irritating when looking for sources for dictionary/ and learning ):

Best Chinese learning source *I’m using it”* is ChineseClass101

I think its also time I start looking about on online stores for some Chinese study textbooks ^^ I know that most times studying without a textbook can have more benefits for Chinese I want to have a different approach than to my Korean study and who knows maybe if its better I will switch to this method *whatever this method*

So if you guys *Chinese learners* out there know of any good Chinese learning textbooks leave a comment :)

Bye!!! 再见!!!

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!!)