Monthly Archives: March 2015

Internet Addiction

In a Business Insider article, it describes internet addiction in South Korea.  Competitive gaming—also known as eSports— has grown in popularity.  Online multiplayer battle games like League of Legends attract many players.  In a figure which shocked me, teens are … Continue reading

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Korean time

In class, we discussed how you would say 아침 (morning) for 7 am and 오전 (am) for 9 am and 오후 (pm) for 1 pm and 젼역(dinner) for 6 pm. v.meet만나다 몇 시에  그 남자 만나야 돼요?  What time do you … Continue reading

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Hanja for Cimi: Handwriting Chinese Letters

I’ve been quiet because of a self-imposed no-electronics week off, but I am cheating a little to write Cimi a post.  ^^ This week, I won’t present a new character, but just share my novice attempts to learn how to … Continue reading

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Brush Pens & Hanja

Language learning opens me up to topics I have never explored before.  Today, the simple act of wanting to be able to write hanja (Chinese characters) has led me to experiment with brush pens.

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Passion

Got the greatest compliment today.  Someone wished they had as much passion for study as I do.  나도 내가 하는 일에 열정 가져야지 julia 처럼!!  Compliment taught me the word for passion, ardor, fervor 열정. Be passionate! 배움에 대한 그녀의 열정은 … Continue reading

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FT Island’s Hangul Live Korean Lessons

The FT Island Hangul Live has finished now.  What fun these mini Korean lessons are.  See here if you missed any. My thanks to Cimi for hooking me up with FTIsland. FT Island’s Hangul Live Korean Lessons – Find all … Continue reading

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Dialogue-based education game for English conversation tutoring

Dialog-based Computer Assisted Language Learning System by Intelligent Software Lab., Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology. POSTECH Immersive English Study (Pomy) is developing a dialog-based language learning game. It aims to provide intelligent one-to-one English … Continue reading

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Grammar Games

Practicing grammar sounds like the dullest thing on earth.  I know that I have not managed to internalize all the grammar I have been taught, so I am seeking ways to get myself to put this grammar to use.  However, … Continue reading

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Language is a complex system

As a computer programmer, it is not surprising that I visualize language learning as a complex dynamic system.  I seek labels and patterns to pin down some of language’s behavior to simplify my model, while understanding it is constantly changing … Continue reading

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Focus deliberately to gain expertise

“If you’re not practicing deliberately – whether it’s a foreign language, a musical instrument or any other new skill – you might as well not practice at all” – Anders Ericsson,  psychologist and researcher on expertise If I had to pick … Continue reading

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Be social

Language learning. public speaking, and teaching are essentially practical skills.  You have to DO IT to get better at it.

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Interview with Will from HowToStudyKorean.com

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3 Months in Korea with no English

Enjoy this video about Scott Young spending 3 months in Korea with no English.

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Use language for real learning

“Ask any solider the difference between basic training and combat.  The same difference exists between language study and language use. ” – Barry Farber, “How to Learn Any Language” Try recalling the words you’ve learned most recently the next time … Continue reading

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Hanja for Cimi: 月 moon, month 월

月 moon, month 월 The traditional Chinese calendar is based on the lunar cycle, so the character 月 can translate to both “moon” and “month”.  The curve is because originally the picture was a crescent moon. In Korean, months are … Continue reading

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