Retuning language learning

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I’ve been trying to think of ways to retune my language learning. I feel I’ve made big strides forward but there is still a long way to go.

Language Helpers: Since going to Mongolia, I haven’t met anyone regularly for language study. Perhaps because I don’t want to waste time or get the wrong people, I redid my advertisement to include a price up front so I don’t have to negotiate that when we first meet. I also say I’m an American which might pique the interest of people who wouldn’t want to tutor a Japanese or Mongolian but would be interested in meeting an American. I also will put up the advertisements now so that I get people who are resident here and not at home for break. I’ll only advertise in the main city near the village I live, because at this stage in my language learning having Saturday not committed to Seoul helps me build my relationship circle.

Communities of Practice (Relationships): I really want to limit the amount of time I spend with other foreigners even though it might be easier to set up appointments with them and do things with them instead of hurting them or causing misunderstandings.

I want to grow in relationships with every one of the people at the small group at church and be able to be a good person in that group.

My Anki Deck


I’ve exported my Anki cards and uploaded them here. Its 4598 cards, gleaned from a very large variety of sources. I have all the slang from the well-known list thats been circulating the web. I also should have all the sentences from the 500 Korean Verbs and 500 Korean Adjectives, as well as loads of sentences from Daum dictionary. The sentences from Daum were usually connected to words I had come across in my reading or in talking with people. Unfortunately very few of the sentences are tagged. Also, although the vast majority of sentences have an English translation not all do– some I didn’t feel the need for any, some required few notes in Korean.

I’m sure with any collection of sentences this big there are also some mistakes. I noticed just recently as I was reviewing that I had typed in 는이 for 눈이 in a sentence about snow. If you do find any more mistakes I’d be grateful if you’d let me know.

I hope the file will prove a bit useful to some as we struggle onward together.

Keeping track of Korean study progress


I registered for the 한국어 능력 시험 18회 yesterday. I tried taking both 초급 and 중급 last year and passed 초급 failed 중급. . so this April I’ll try for 중급 again. Early this autumn I want to pass the advanced 고 급.

I’ve decided to start keeping track of my Korean daily study with a google excel spreadsheet.


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It’s very important I do Anki 1 hr every day. I’ll need more strategies to make that a possibility. I also want to do writing (a journal entry or essay) every day. I can either have it corrected by Sh* or get it corrected in Lang8.


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I’ve been really enjoying practicing lots of talking and speaking but I need to get more book work. This month I want to work consistently on Chinese characters as well.