TOPIK Review & Placement Test Schedule

Well, I divided the post in two because otherwise it would be way too long. This one is my evening’s study schedule. I’m going to Ewha for next semester and I will be taking Korean. I’m quite sure I would place in 2nd level comfortably but I want the 3rd one ’cause I need to be that for a couple of reasons. Thus, that means that I need to study even more and start classes again with my tutor but mainly focusing on speaking. I also want to take the TOPIK while I’m in Korea since it’s not offered where I live so that means that I have to study even more and improve my writing skills.

Anyways, here it is:

Monday:

Grammar Review Sheet: 1 hour

Listening practice: 30mins

Memrise 2000 words for beginners: 30mins

Tuesday:

Grammar Review Sheet: 1 hour

Reading: 30mins

Writing: 30mins

Wednesday:

Grammar Review Sheet: 1 hour

Memrise 2000 words for beginners: 15mins

Listening: 15mins

Grammar oral practice: 30mins

Thursday:

Grammar Review Sheet: 1 hour

Writing practice: 30mins

Reading: 30mins

Friday:

Grammar Review Sheet: 1hour

Memrise 2000 words for beginners: 30mins

Listening: 30mins

Saturday:

Grammar Review Sheet: 1 hour

1st part of TOPIK mock test: 90mins

Sunday:

Grammar Review Sheet: 1 hour

2nd part of TOPIK mock test: 90mins

Korean Study Morning Schedule

Now that I’m finally on my break till March (hehehe, classes start at Ewha the 4th), I will be dedicating even more time to studying Korean…I think I will be breathing Korean because of all the things I’m doing all day has to do with it LOL. I’m dedicating two hours per morning, I wanted to do more but I noticed that the most I can manage is two as it’s the most time I can continuously cram in information. After that, it’s like I didn’t even study it. I’m also trying to do more practice on grammar because just studying it doesn’t go anywhere, especially when I’m trying to write because I can’t remember them. Likewise, I’m studying more vocabulary so I can write better and faster since writing is where I suck lol.

I decided to post here my morning studying schedule:

Monday:

Vocabulary review of Ewha Memrise: 15mins.

Vocabulary review of 2,000 Words for Beginners: 15mins

Integrated Korean: 1hour

Reading: 30mins

Tuesday:

Intermediate College Korean: 1hour

Grammar oral practice: 30mins

Vocabulary review of ICK Memrise: 15mins

Short Reading: 15mins

Wednesday:

Integrated Korean: 1hour

Vocabulary review of IK Memrise: 15mins

Vocabulary review of AK Memrise: 15mins

Writing: 30 mins

Thursday:

Intermediate College Korean: 1hour

Grammar: 30mins

Dialog writing: 30mins

 Friday:

Integrated Korean: 1hour

Vocabulary Review of ICK: 30mins

Oral grammar practice: 15mins

Reading: 15mins

Saturday:

Korean Grammar in Use: 30mins

Vocabulary review of Ewha Memrise: 15mins

Vocabulary review of 2,000 words for beginners: 15mins

Dialog writing: 30mins

Reading: 30mins

Sunday:

Intermediate College Korean: 1hour

Vocabulary review of AK Memrise: 15mins

Vocabulary review of IK Memrise: 15mins

Essay Writing: 30mins

30일간의 연인 소설 part 1

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I’ve started a Korean novel called  30일간의 연인. I had been looking for a while something I could read, even if I didn’t understand completely I could still get a general idea of what was happening. So while reading a couple of pages I thought it could actually be useful to post here grammar patterns and words that I keep seeing very frequently. For every few pages I read, I will do a new post and when I do finish a whole chapter, I will post a summary of it (completely in Korean too).

This one Covers the first 13 pages.

I. Most Frequently Seen Words

1. 바람- wish, wind (also depends on the verb and gram. structure).

2. 멎다- die down, stop.

3. 고백하다- to confess

4. 표정-expression, look

5. 기이하다- strange, odd, weird

6. 목소리- voice (lit. voice that comes from the throat)

7. 소리- sound

8. 자신- confidence, oneself (depends on the verb)

9. 사이- relationship

10. 평소처럼- As usual, like usual.

11. 놓다- To lay, to put, to place.

II. Grammatical Patterns Frequently used:

1.  V-(으)ㄹ까요: It’s used when the speaker wants to make a suggestion (and from what I’ve seen to wonder out loud). When the verb stem ends in a vowel or ㄹ, ㄹ까요 is used (i.e 음식을 만들까요?). If it ends in a consonant (으)ㄹ까요 is used instead (i.e. 어떤 책을 읽을까요?)

2. V-(으)면서: It indicates that the first and second action happens simultaneously. If ends in a vowel or ㄹ, -면서 is used (i.e 난 편지를 쓰면서 음악을 들어요).  If it ends in a consonant, -(으)면서 is used instead (i.e 바나나를 먹으면서 TV를 봐요). Note: subject must be the same.

3. V-(으)ㄴ 지: It expresses how much time has passed since some situation or action occurred.  If ends in a vowel or ㄹ, ㄴ 지 is used (i.e 한국어를 공부한 지 1년 6개월이 됐어요). If it ends in a consonant, -(으)ㄴ 지 is used instead (i.e 일본어 음악  들은 지 3년이 됐어요).

4. A/V-(으)ㄹ 뿐이다: It is used when there is only one available course of action or state of being. If ends in a vowel or ㄹ, -ㄹ 뿐이다 is used (i.e 난 너를 사랑할 뿐이에요).  If it ends in a consonant, -(으)ㄹ 뿐이다 is used instead (i.e 난 너를 사랑했을 뿐이에요).

5. V-(으)며: It’s an equivalent of V-(으)면서. If ends in a vowel or ㄹ, -며 is used (난 편지를 쓰며 음악을 들어요).  If it ends in a consonant, -(으)며 is used instead (i.e 바나나를 먹으며 TV를 봐요).

That’s pretty much it for now. I still don’t completely understand A/V-(으)ㄹ 뿐이다 but I get the gist of it. So far this novel is interesting and fairly easy to read and even though there’s so much I don’t know, I understand more or less what’s happening…I mostly understand the dialogues. Overall, I think it is a good idea for me to review grammar structures and learn new ones as well as vocabulary ^^.

I’m Back to Life!!~~

After so many months full of paperwork, essays and the like…. I’m returning to Korea as an exchange student at Ewha Womans University. All I have left to do is receiving the acceptance package on January and I will be done. I’m kinda excited but also scared LOL. It may be because my summer program was at Suwon and now I’m going to Seoul and it means starting again in a much bigger space. Even though It’s a welcome challenge and I hope I do well.

I still don’t know whether I’ll blog my experiences over there yet and if it will be in this blog or I’ll create a new one…still have time to decide. Now that my finals are over (*cough* almost *cough*), I’m thinking of reviewing some of the textbooks I own since I keep recommending them XD. Also, I’m planning to post here how me studying for the TOPIK goes. I’m a grammar junkie so I may as well start again on doing clarifications of usage, I’ll start small though because I’m still learning ^^.