A few days ago, I was scrolling through the apps in my phone and I remembered I hadn’t written anything in a while. Imagine my surprise when I realized my last post was actually from last year! I have been extremely busy with life, I guess.
After taking TOPIK last November, I realized I wanted to change my routine while I was living here in Korea. Usually, I would just work, go to my Gayageum class and study Korean. I almost never socialized with anyone besides my neighbors -other English teachers-. I also wished I could improve my Korean in a more organized manner and meet others with the same passion. Those became my New Year’s resolutions.
I registered at a language academy in January and I’ve been taking the classes since then. At first, I did the level 4 Korean class -for 3 months- and while I liked it, I found it to be quite easy so it didn’t require much effort on my part. But, after completing the first part of the course, the teacher recommended me to go to the level 5 class. Then I started level 5, but the class was already on the latter half of the book so I had a lot of catching up to do. I could follow the class, but the vocabulary was hard and abstract. Sometimes, I had problems understanding our task LOL. It also didn’t help that I was in the intermediate range while my classmates were already on the advanced one. It’s been a challenge, but I’m enjoying it so far and I actually feel like I have improved.
What I don’t enjoy is the only day I could go to Seoul to take the classes are on Saturdays during the afternoon. It’s a two hour ride by bus each way and then another 20 minutes in the subway. I already got used to traveling so much that I don’t feel it anymore.
I also joined an English club in a city near me. I’ve been attending since the beginning of March. At first, I wondered why I was joining a club for Koreans to speak and discuss things in English, but honestly I like the fact I have met good friends. It’s also nice to have actual conversations where I don’t have to simplify anything. The downside is I spend way less time speaking Korean in my daily life. I already feel my speaking ability is suffering.
I also got into my head it would be good to have something like the English Club, but for Korean language learners. Discuss different topics made by us, discussed exclusively in Korean and at the end to summarize our discussions. I might decide to actually organize it and see where it goes from there. I don’t know many language learners in my province so I might do it in Seoul since I have to go there every Saturday anyways. It would be a great opportunity to meet other learners here and learn from them as well. If someone thinks it’s a great idea, let’s discuss it!
I also registered again for TOPIK in July since when I tried to register for the one in April is was full in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province. My goal this time is to pass level 4, but we’ll see what happens LOL. I also have some writing templates for the short essay I used for the test (I made them myself using some books). I thought maybe I could share it so you could have an idea of how it should be written -more or less-. Hopefully, I will also have time to write a post of useful vocabulary for those questions.
Until next time~