어머!! 어떻게 ;)

안녕 ;)

Hey!! Long time since I posted ~ almost a week or more I dunno!!! :) it’s almost a week into June and I am doing my first June post now only :D sorry June is actually looking kinda…no seriously BUSY BUSY for me ):

So I got some news today ~ the twochois.com book arrived :D great I am so excited opened it up and have been looking at it for a while (about 30 minutes!!) and my first thought was “Shit this looks so freaking hard….Korean everywhere….아이고” those exact words and more!!! But hey I have been looking for more of a challenge in learning Korean and I am going to take that step in more ways than one actually ^^ but this way I guess it’s a push for me in the right direction ㅋㅋ my next post will be all about the book and it will have photos this one is more a general ~

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PS: remember I just told you my first thoughts?! Well then I thought ~ “Okay!!! You need to go backwards now….get the previous books in the series because this is INSANE!!!” yeah plus more ㅋㅋㅋ

New challenge I’m going to try something new, not sure if its going to work out but I applied sort of to be a translator on a fan site ^^ because I am a fan of that group/singer and I think it would be a lot of fun not sure….still thinking in my head if I even have the ability but still I went ahead and took the jump and sent in the application ^^;; now I have a few questions they have asked me and I will think about my answers, I’m not going to rush it just take it slow and answer well ㅎㅎㅎ then a sample translation of an article on the particular singer/group and if it’s satisfactory then it will also be my debut post on the site ^^ don’t know if it will happen ; will have to wait and see I guess but I always translate tweets and stuff for myself so I guess I could do this too :p

I’m gonna keep hush!hush! though ^^ don’t want to jinx anything ㅋㅋㅋ

New June Focus!!!
I have a new focus for the wonderfully busy month of June ;) it’s (drumroll!!) Grammar (; I wanna keep working more on grammar ; those ever complex sentence endings and stuff like that more than vocabulary ^^ I mean I will do vocabulary study as well but main focus will be grammar because I think it’s extremely important for me (: already have about 5 posts in my drafts on grammar points I have learned.

Okay that’s my two cents ;) hope everyone has a good day/ or night and don’t forget to study lots ^^ also thank you to everyone who reads my blog (even you anonymous readers) I appreciate it so much that others can enjoy my learning journey I know it’s not much but going forward I will get better and better in Korean ;) also thanks for the comments I am feeling 100% better now ㅋㅋ 감기가 다 나았어요!!! 너무 고맙습니다 <3

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[Review] Korean Grammar In Use : Intermediate

My first review ^^

I will be trying reviewing Korean Grammar In Use – Intermediate grammar book!

I’m really glad I bought this book (:

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First impressions! its not a very big book so carrying it around is not a big deal ^^ you can lag it around and study when you have some free time away from home or where ever (: and the paper is really good quality its like a smooth quality paper ~ glossy is the word I am looking for ….but because the paper is really pretty I can’t bring myself to write in the textbook ㅠㅠ I prefer to write in my notebook XD

/Structure of the book/

Chapter 1

  • Grammar point presentation
  • introduction (with short dialogues introducing the grammar point)
  • investigating the target grammar (different tenses and types of speech)
  • restrictions and/ or irregularities with the grammar point
  • a comparison using the grammar pattern being learnt
  • (Make a Dialogue) section to make a dialogue of your own!
  • practice in target grammar
  • double-check ( at the end of each chapter) for review of the grammar learnt and bonus is that the questions are in the form of the TOPIK test paper to help familiarize with TOPIK ^^ #awesome

And! that handy CD that brings the whole book together ^^ there is accompanying audio files for all the dialogues ^^

Grammar Explanations

This is my first ever Korean grammar book so what other explanations other grammar books have I don’t know ~ I only know this one (:

And when I first paged through the book it was the first thing I noted /explanations/
was that they were all in Korean :D /scary/  for me as a somewhat in-between levels I found that very intimidating at first but looking at it made that all go away because the explanations of grammar although are not in English/ or much of anything they are visual explanations which are better I think (: even for me who is pretty much a beginner when it comes to thinking :D

Dialogue 

the dialogues are awesome to me because they make learning less intimidating and bring the whole grammar lesson together ; then add the CD with the dialogue spoken and you get a trunk full of happiness when learning grammar ㅋㅋㅋand I like the “Make your own dialogue” section allows for thinking (:  and expansion with the topic (:

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the CD

Great!

What I like

How informative the book is ;so far I am on Chapter 4 and not once have I come across something that is explained in a way that makes me completely confused …and pushes me into an “omfg….this is insanely difficult” moment! none of that stuff which is awesome it gives you more motivation and confidence when the book itself is a simple layout :)

The supplementary CD ; it’s the perfect touch to this book because most times when your reading something your most likely repeating in your head to make it sink in?! but you’re not actually 100% certain of the pronunciation that your  making but with the CD you hear what they are saying and it brings the whole thing together (the grammar ; the  dialogue ) so when you get to the practice questions and “create a dialogue” section your pretty much set for the job ^^

What I don’t like

Sometime although the usage of visual explanations actually works best it can also be a huge downer when you would prefer to read it : so I don’t like how sometimes it can be vague when it comes to meanings ~ I’m not in the author’s head so when there is a slight difference of thought I feel like I have missed the point of the whole grammar point just because my thinking is different! But that’s a minor problem …actually not even a problem it’s just a thought (:

Book info

Price : 23,000₩

ISBN : 978-89-277-3078-1

Publisher : Darakwon

Bottom line

It’s a good book and even though it is labelled as an “Intermediate” book and it is Intermediate in my opinion but it is still usable for someone who is somewhat in beginner to intermediate transition mode (a.k.a me I dunno where I am :D) it has its challenges which are always a driving force to be better ; if you don’t have a challenge sometimes you can just give up on things but with this book its challenging enough and engaging that you never stop, I actually over read it the first few days but I loved it I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a push forward plus anyone studying for TOPIK ….which I am sadly not doing ㅠㅠ but one day (maybe even this year!!!!!) I will write it right now though I don’t feel like I can do it ^^

I have one question though ~ a lot of people mention the TOPIK 150 book does anyone know where I can get that book?!

[Book] Korean Grammar In Use : Intermediate

WOOOOHOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s here ^^ my Korean book is here!

Korean Grammar In Use : Intermediate
Korean Grammar In Use : Intermediate

Book finally arrived :D took it long enough lol, and so far I have only looked at it just a little 2hours and I am really happy with it and it comes with an mp3 CD which is awesome I have been wanting to work on my reading and pronunciation (: although pronunciation has improved a lot almost sound natural ….just not natural speed :p

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#sorry the pic is fuzzy I was shaking from excitement ^^

The mp3 CD has all the audio files for the book exercises ^^ which is cool because sometimes when you read something you never really know what the correct pronunciation is BUT with the audio CD it’s like having a Korean teacher at your side the whole time while reading the book (:

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This is the first chapter :D I’m going to start studying with this now ^^ then when I have looked at the book properly I will try to write a review ^^ an in-depth one :)

#happystudy everyone <3

[Korean Textbook] Integrated Korean Beginning 1

First of all :D this is my first Korean learning textbook so I’m really excited ^^

I can’t even express it all in words that’s how excited I am right now ^^

But anyway I ripped opened the package as soon as I saw it and there she was my Integrated Korean 1 ^^ first ever Korean book also :)

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So I’ve been paging through the book for the past hour I fell asleep I think from the excitement :D

And first thing I love the fact the that the book has a super awesome looking Korean-English glossary its amazing I don’t know that many Korean words so i think this will definitely grow my Korean vocabulary and the more grammar I continue to learn plus all these words will really help to improve my Korean ^^

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Then what I love about the introduction is how it practically explains alot about the Korean language and how it works cool ^^

It starts off with “What Kind of Language is Korean” and simply explains some basic facts about the Korean language who speaks it ; the different Korean dialects ; the differences between Korean and other languages ; honorifics ; vocabulary (and the borrowed words) and a whole lot more.

Sections

In each chapter of the book there are sections :

Conversation 1

Conversation 2

Narration

and ;

Korean culture

which is cool because I’m trying to learn more on Korean culture every time I can :) this will help me more ^^

Grammar Index

There is a grammar index which I think is cool just study it from there :D I have to write in a notebook though I cant bring myself to write in my Korean textbook ^^ its not right!

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Other things I like :

There is a pronunciation guide which looks awesome and since I need to work on my pronunciation I will be using that section of the book first and slowly improve on my pronunciation ^^

~Oh I just went on about my book didn’t I? I’m just so happy its finally here and :D lucky its a Friday night I got so much to work on tonight, not sure if I will even sleep.

Just study Korean all night ^^

One of my books or both have arrived :D happy happy!

I just got two slips from the postman :D so happy one is a package from USA and the other UK :D the two places I ordered from :D Integrated Korean from the UK and 세상에 너를 소리쳐 from the USA (I used HanBooks)

So I have to go and get them :D I’m so excited I’m borderline crazy hyper right now :D

I felt this deserved a whole post :D

So excited to see my purchases :D

These are actually my first Korean books I have ever bought :D so this is huge for me :D

omg that’s a lot of smiley faces ^^ I’m just so excited right now ^^

Bye ~

Korean Books

First post of November!

♥ Hip-hip hooray! ♥ [No one cares ok ha-ha I do]

Well anyway Korean books is the topic! I bought two [that i don’t know seem cursed since they are not getting here…] I bought a Korean study book and a Korean reading practice book, I got it after reading more than one post of how great the book is as a first Korean book….[drumroll please….] I bought 세상에 너를 소리쳐 and I think and I hope [yeah…crossing fingers like crazy] that it gets here in the next week or two [willing to be patient] so I can start looking at it [….ummh….I suck alright ….but a girls got to try and fly…so I’m jumping]and I love both reading and Big Bang and I want to practice looking at new Korean words […ones that my mind is forced to look at and understand] so I got it and I’m a fangirl ** so what ha-ha, I said it served a lot of purposes ^^

And the second book I bough is a book that when it gets here I might just write a whole post on how happy I am I finally got it because I ordered it in August …yes that’s right August! And I was stupid enough to get it sent with a shipping company, no clue why but I should have had it sent to me DIRECT! would have it by now I’m certain of that! But anyway the book is Integrated Korean Beginning 1 I ordered this thing way back when but I am still crossing fingers it comes in the next couple of days. But so far as I’ve been asking I should get it in a week or two :) and with the other book I bought that one from Hanbooks [click here] and it came with a tracking number so I’m actually stalking it often ha-ha! But I’m happy I am being ambitious and trying to broaden my Korean just not so sure if it will work out :D but I got to try and start somewhere to advance my Korean :)