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Language Exchange: Rice and Flowers

I would like to share a typical language exchange I had today with my friend Chulmoon, the organic rice farmer in South Korea. I come off a lot better in text messages that I have time to compose with a … Continue reading

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What’s your excuse?

What’s your excuse for not studying, making progress, and speaking your target language? Today, mine is that it is too hot.  Then I remember that my teacher Joonhee wrote “It’s toooooooo hot here in Korea. 너무 더워요.”  Summer and it’s … Continue reading

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Gentle corrections – language exchange

I am eternally grateful to the Koreans who help me with language exchange. Lately I just send photographs and text messages. See how gently Chulmoon corrects my errors.   I should have gotten this simple sentence correct, but I did … Continue reading

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Take Charge of your own Learning

Do you passively wait to be taught by a teacher or textbook?  Or do you actively seek out the knowledge you need to speak your target language? Active, engaged learners are far more successful than passive learners. I was a … Continue reading

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Busan Toastmasters

My friend from the Busan Toastmasters club share this video.  Can you imagine giving a speech in your target language? “Don’t study, but enjoy learning Korean as much as you can, which will help you keep that way longer.” – … Continue reading

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HelloTalk with TTMIK folks Friday 1 – 3 PM KST

Talk to Me In Korean staff are going to be online on the Hello Talk app this Friday, from 1PM to 3PM. That’s January 23, 2015 inKorean Standard Time (GMT + 9). You can join then during those hours and … Continue reading

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Poem: I try counting stars

Another poem from David. 바람이 서늘도 하여 뜰 앞에 나섰더니

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Why learn a language?

Language learning can do a lot for your well-being. Because it’s easy.  In this crazy, unpredictable world, what is simpler than doing flashcards? Because it’s a challenge.  Learning a new language is an intellectual stimulation. Because it builds confidence. In … Continue reading

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How Ryan from Mindpasta learns English – by making friends and helping others

Ryan is a native Korean who developed a place for people to meet and share about learning a language.  This unique community is like a family.  Everyone is very supportive. People can practice writing and reading Korean sentences while chatting … Continue reading

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#ADD1Challenge sign up soon

I think Brian is intentionally torturing me by sending those appetizing videos but not telling me how to sign up yet.  #ADD1Challenge signup will be open soon.

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Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA

http://youtu.be/aTitih8HBMQ I share this video so people can see what the Berkshires is like.  Nothing exciting, just 3 minutes driving down the main road thru town.  Williams College with its mix of old and new architecture is interesting.

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Culture Exchange: Nuts

Truly one of the joys of learning Korean is talking about every day things, but getting to see them in a new light. Chulmoon told me he was peeling ginkgo nuts.

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Pen Pal

Way back in February, 2014, I got a Korean pen pal.  OK, so I couldn’t actually write any Korean at the time, so I started writing Chulmoon in mostly English with a few Korean words stuck in here and there. … Continue reading

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Talk about the weather again

So how are my efforts at small talk going? Today I engaged in small talk with a Korean thru Kaokotalk.  We mostly talked about the weather, with me taking long breaks to look up words in the dictionary.  These are … Continue reading

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Importance of Community

Community is important.  It is far better to learn together than to go it alone.  The benefits are more than just individual items you learn.  You can draw energy and inspiration from others.  You can be introduced to ideas.  You … Continue reading

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