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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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Make Words Stick e-book

I have trouble with e-books.  I forget they exist.  I can’t see them well enough on my iPod or phone.  I haven’t yet gotten my nook e-reader or tablets working to use those for reading e-books.  So purchasing e-books with … Continue reading

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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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Clear vowel sounds

I’ve been thinking a lot about vowel sounds.  When Idahosa Ness’ free course on How to tune your vowels popped into my inbox, it seemed perfectly timed. I do not have vowels figured out.  You would think I would by … Continue reading

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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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Korean Digital Academy

A quick 3 minute video on how much I like my classes with Korean Digital Academy. A longer 9 minute video how I study with notepad and paper flashcards.  Rob Julien’s revamp that helped me switch from a lot of … Continue reading

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I’m not saying Korean is a hard language, but …

No worries.  I will figure out how to say ㄹ some day.  What a patient tutor I have who has been trying to coax ㄹout of me for 3 months now.  Haha.  I laugh at myself every day.

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Colors and vowel direction

I am struggling to keep vowels separate in my mind, to be able to tell sounds apart and remember spelling.  I am trying to come up with a system for my flashcards and memory. 오방색 Obangsaek is the 5 traditional … 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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the Hada Trick – Survival Korean

Novices just starting to learn Korean often will learn nouns but are confused by verb conjugation.  For me, that meant that I would start out sentences, but get to the end and have no verb. It turns out that some … Continue reading

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Reading aloud “The Giving Tree”

A painfully bad reading of The Giving Tree.  Don’t listen, it will make your ears bleed.  haha I have progressed far enough with the story in LingQ to eliminate all the blue unknown words.  Tutor helped by providing these words:  … 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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Regional dialects in New England and the Boston accent

With each new Korean I meet, I have the same discussion about my accent.  So this post will put some thoughts about that in one place.

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Pronunciation

At my request, I am starting my tutor sessions focused on pronunciation.  Others might say to just listen and practice speaking, and eventually it will sink it.  That might be true, but I am in silence most of the time. … Continue reading

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