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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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Oral Dialog Journals

It is often difficult for students to practice realistic oral communications with native speakers.  Face to face encounters with strangers can be intimidating.  Scheduling time can be problematic.  One solution is the oral dialog journal. Just as written dialog journals … 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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My First Book of Chinese Calligraphy

I bought “My First Book of Chinese Calligraphy”. It arrived today, and what an excellent book this is. It is full color glossy pages. The binding is rings, so that the pages will lie flat. It comes with a CD. … Continue reading

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This is my moment

“Things may be tough and you may be weary, but they will soon pass and you’ll have your moment.” A bit of encouragement (격려) from the Korean calligrapher KANG Byung-in. Oppa Ryan gave me link to Korean calligraphy examples.   … Continue reading

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一 Being afraid of a single line

I have not yet worked up the courage to try Hanja calligraphy.  I thought I would start with the number one 一.  It is just one line.  How hard could that be? Only, I simply do not know where to start. … 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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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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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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When giving feedback, never forget to make them laugh

Feedback from Chulmoon on my attempt at making a Korean sentence.   “Do you know verb conjugations in Korean?” That face.  Kills me!  Chulmoon always makes me laugh. He also threw in a discussion about adjectives: (밥을) 먹다 and (밥을) … Continue reading

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Cheerful letter from Language Exchange partner

My language exchange partner sent me a letter which contained so much Korean, that I wasn’t able to process it all right away.  So I am storing the letter in my blog, so I can return to reading it all … Continue reading

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Chatting with a Korean – Korean mentor on Kakaotalk

What is it like chatting with a Korean? Let me tell you about today’s chat, to give you an idea. One language exchange mentor will contact me on Kakaotalk when he has some free time. He is giving me a … Continue reading

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Character sketch, not learning

Write a Character Sketch — a description of a person’s internal as well as external attributes — of someone in your life. Include desires, motivations, quirks, habits. As an exercise to use the language you are learning, write a character … Continue reading

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Hanja character strokes

Hanja characters are written on a square grid.  The Han character is also called “square word”.  A practice sheet shows how the square is split into 4 quadrants. The Han character is made in a certain order with various horizontal lines, … Continue reading

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