TOPIK practice

I decided to download the new TOPIK papers since I wanted to know the changes they made to it. Personally, I think they’re more dynamic than the previous format but that’s besides the point. Sadly, there’s no place I can take it where I live so I would need to go to the States to take it and for me it’s a waste of money so I’ve decided against it till I move for my Masters degree (which I don’t know yet where I will be going). I couldn’t take the one in April either while I was in Korea because the system is a bit confusing and by the time I sorted it out all Seoul testing sites were full (talk about bad luck =_=).

Anyways, I’ve been slacking off since my classes started in August, but I always try to study something new or review to keep my skills sharp lol. Today, I woke up wanting to do a TOPIK paper in the new format so I sat in the morning to do it. I didn’t review, check in dictionary words that I didn’t know or anything that is not allowed during the actual test (and like I said before I haven’t been studying much either). So after I started grading my answers, I was quite surprised! I got 96 points out of 100 in the listening section and 92 out of 100 in the reading section.

It actually made me think that a little bit of a year ago, I struggled getting past the middle of every section so I’m really happy about how far I’ve come in learning Korean. I also find the format a bit easier than the previous one (although I was kind of upset that they removed the writing section) because it’s pretty much the same kind of test I had to take for the mid-terms and final of Korean language at Ewha.

Now I’m wondering whether I should attempt doing the TOPIK II to see whether I can achieve 3rd level (I mean just practice). I think that I may take the TOPIK I next year just to get used to the setting (because for me it’s stress inducing so I need to get used to it).

Till next time ~

PS. I am still working on the KPOP thingie but it’s taking longer that expected.

How to conjugate into the basic past tense using the -요/-ㅂ니다 form

I’ve had this document written a really long time ago but I had completely forgotten about it…but here it is ^^.

A. The basic past tense in –요 form is formed by adding -었어요/았어요/했어요 to the verb stem.

The rules for the past are the same as those for conjugating into the present tense:

  1. Remove the –다 from the verb.
  2. If the last vowel is a an ㅗorㅏ you’ll add –았어요.
  3. For the rest of the vowels –었어요is used.

Ex. 가다→갔어요.

Ex. 좁다→좁았어요.

Ex. 크다→컸어요

Ex. 먹다→먹었어요

B. The basic past tense in-ㅂ/습니다 form is formed simply by only adding –습니다 to the -었/았/했. Everything else is the same as the –요 form.

Ex. 가다→갔습니다

Ex. 죽다→ 죽었습니다

Back to Korean~

I had been in a slump recently but that’s no longer the case. I think it took my Contrastive Phonology class to make it happen. My final research project is going to be about the difficulties of Korean students to learn English and master its pronunciation. In order to start writing I need to refresh all those phonological rules that I learnt early and now are just a natural part of me, and that’s how I’ve moved to more complicated things of Korean. I’m quite certain that it was what I needed to stop moping and actually start learning Korean again by myself. Right now, I’m just reviewing the basics (the 받침 more specifically) along with more advanced stuff. I’ve also started a new project for compiling common grammar in Kpop songs (that will not be forthcoming till a couple of weeks cause I have to seat down and create a criteria).

That’s it for now ^^

PS if anyone knows about compound verbs, please let me know of your resources to understand them.