Tag Archives: small talk

A miracle … she speaks

I had thought that I would start speaking Korean quickly. I was wrong. 10 months later, I have still been basically mute.  To write a sentence takes me 10 minutes.  To speak, a near impossibility.  I told my language exchange … Continue reading

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Just relax and talk. There is no grammar.

I stumbled on to this video, which after a short titles segment, has a man practicing his Korean with some Korean shopkeepers in USA.

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Korean is difficult language for English speaker, and vis versa

Go read Lingholic’s article What are the hardest languages to learn. I read it for comfort from time to time, when I am frustrated with the pace of my learning.

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Freaking out

I adore actor Takeru Satoh and the movie Rurouni Kenshin. Lyrics: “Don’t worry it’s safe right here in my arms. As the world falls apart around us. all we can do is hold on.” How is my first week of … 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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Joining groups, not learning

Can you sneak a bit more Korean into your life by joining a group? Montreal feels like my backyard, so let’s see if Korea in Montreal Facebook group has anything interesting.  It’s not learning, it’s just having fun. Also, TTMIK’s … Continue reading

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HelloTalk, a crash course

With a personal invite from HelloTalk, I could not resist registering and checking it out. Mindpasta is like Facebook, only better, creating a learning environment with games for interacting with people.  People post as they learn Korean and learn about … Continue reading

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Language Exchange videos

Why thank you, Youtube, for recommending a whole collection of language exchange videos.  As if I didn’t already have enough ways to fritter away my time!

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Busy Atom – Conjugating Verb “to like”

I am trying to figure out verbs, but it is slow going.

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ChinEasy and Self-Confidence to talk

While trying to look up in the index the word for “to move” 동 動, I realized that to learn Hanja, I am going to have to tackle the same issues I had learning Korean.  Namely, that I don’t have … Continue reading

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New opportunities from speaking Korean

Learning to speak another language brings opportunities. Let me share with you one story.

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I’m learning Korean but I don’t know that much yet so I don’t really know what you’re saying.

KTalk  – Learning how to make small talk, one day at a time. Day 12 – 내가 한국말 배우고 있지만 … 아직 많이 몰라서 무슨 말인지 잘 모르겠어요 I am learning Korean, but I don’t know much yet, so I … Continue reading

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KTalk #1 – 10

10 시 월 십 일 레녹스에 있는 테이블 식스 식당에서 나와 식사해주세요. 잘 먹겠습니다. Please join me for dinner at Table Six restaurant in Lennox. Day 9 시 월 구 일 ‪ 오늘은 한글날이에요~ 한국말 하실 줄 아세요? 한글 쓰기하세요? … Continue reading

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Direct invitation to talk

In Debra Fine’s book “The Fine Art of Small Talk,” she suggests starting a conversation with a direct invitation to talk, rather than an indirect statement. For example, “Beautiful day today” is an indirect invitation to start up a conversation. … Continue reading

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Speak in a week

Benny Lewis challenges language learners to start speaking from day 1.  Here at Speak in a Week people post their Day 1 videos. Inspiring.  But I am still quaking in my boots.  I am trying to work up the courage. It still … Continue reading

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