Bucket list of things

Hi peeps! How’s your Korean learning going? Well, I am kinda ashamed to admit I haven’t been doing any ground breaking new method (other than my regular reading books, watching shows and listening to songs, and pawing through the naver dict), but I am however proud to say that I think I found my passion for learning things in general! I’ve always been a fan of the idea of putting time into learning lifelong skills that will be useful in life – I haven’t strayed from this principle. In fact, I’ve dedicated even more time into really putting the things I’ve learnt to good use.

 

Hence, in the past few months, I’ve been just revamping my lifestyle, intensively absorbing and practising like a sponge :

1,2) Baking and Cooking

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Indonesian style Ondeh Ondeh

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Noodles, but I’m just really trying to perfect cooking of eggs.

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Apple muffins with random test flavours

3) Doing Calligraphy

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Yes, this is only pencil, but I can’t put up UNPERFECT THINGS! When I’m sure my inked copy will be fabulous, I’ll upload it then.

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Some black light UV Blackletter when I was too cheap poor to afford real good calligraphy markers and used my highlighter instead. Turned into some disco calligraphy party!

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Sorry for all these unedited unglam pics.. I dont have access to Photoshop now

Which makes me appreciate the good work people in the past have done to create beautiful, elegant writing that still stays true to form today. That’s legit awesome.

4) Watching a shit ton of wildlife/food/health/survival documentaries (I recently got addicted to Les Stroud’s Survivorman and Ray Mears’s Extreme Survival series, now I’ve learnt a bunch of survival skills! Not that you care, but if you’re also interested in the possibilities of perhaps one day being stranded in the wild, escaping ZOMBIES, this may come in handy.

I’ve a new-found appreciation of animals and their way of life, learnt some good principles from animals(!) about life, death, clean, good healthy food, making them allows me to know exactly what I’m putting into my body. Because of all these health documentaries, I’ve also got more information and understanding about eating disorders, the difficulty of people and fast food, obesity, health problems and I’ve bought myself a blender to do juicing and green smoothies now. (But of course, learn how to do it, and what vegs can benefit from boiling prior to blending for maximum benefits)

5) exercising – first rule of zombie apocalypse is to do cardio.

Just kidding. I get my exercise from the good people of FitnessBlender. They have really good stuff and knowledge about healthy living too.

6) and casually listening to korean songs and reading korean novels without pressuring myself to know everything, speaking of which.. have you guys heard Eddy Kim’s new mini album? It’s awesome!

These two in particular, have been on repeat nonstop.. which means:

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Sarah Andersen’s bloody hilarious and relatable comics are one of my latest gems. i can’t believe how much I love this. My other fav comic is Bill Amend’s Foxtrot and that’s like decades ago that I decided this was going to a comic strip artist I like.

(Sarah Andersen is a great student illustrator, but her page can be quite hard to find so here you go, MAGICAL LAND OF AWESOME COMICS)

Anyway………..

yup. That’s all the stuff I did.

 

Best blog post conclusion ever.

 

 

17 Things I learnt studying Korean the unorthodox way

I think I developed a strange routine of studying Korean via translating tweets, articles, posts, drama, variety shows, webtoons, reading tons and tons of colloquial ‘speech’ and then backtracking to search dictionaries for vocabs and grammar points then build my notebook of study notes. (I’ll write about my experience studying this way some time). Not the most legitimate way to learn, but learn I did. Kinda.

After 1 year of self study via translating, here’s what I learnt the hard way:

  1. When something you read doesn’t make sense even though you know the meaning of the words, read it in a different way. Or try again and again.
  2. Sometimes it’s not that the dictionary doesn’t have the word you are looking for, but you don’t have the dictionary form right
  3. When you’re starting a new language, the core foundation is crucial in determining whether you are able to take off and progress learning. Therefore, learn basics from textbooks first (esp grammar) before freestyling.
  4. When you can’t find what a word means, sometimes it’s a name, so use google.
  5. A wall of foreign text will always be intimidating. Chip it down into sentences or clauses and read from there.
  6. Naver-daum-google translate-google can get you through almost anything.
  7. The moment the material you’re studying becomes manageable, it’s time to challenge yourself with something harder.
  8. Slangs, modern acronyms will never be available in dictionaries. Exposure is the only way to learn them. Start with twitter.
  9. Nothing makes you learn faster than making mistakes and being corrected by people.
  10. Procrastination is normal.
  11. Once self studying becomes laborious, it marks the end of learning. Find creative ways to make it interesting.
  12. Korean language in a drama doesn’t necessarily mean it’s day to day colloquial korean.
  13. What you learn depends on what kind of material you surround yourself with. If you read Sports all the time, you’ll only know sports terms.
  14. It’s okay to get it wrong.
  15. you should never freestyle guess grammar. Always look it up.
  16. Sometimes, it’s better to read the korean explanation in dictionaries instead of english.
  17. Sometimes, people like to misspell a simple word and stack them up to sound ‘cuter’. Not as hard as you think.

(BTW, National day, Singapore!)