These days I’ve been using my account on Me2day once again, and I started my twitter account as well. I’m constantly surprised how useful both setups are conducive to language learning. For Twitter yesterday I found this site — Korean Tweeters — and promptly added some of the guys with the most followers.
Both sites contain loads of original (and close to spoken style) speech. As Goldfibre mentions in one of his tweets, you can use twitter to find example sentences for different grammatical endings. Searching for 더라 for instance leads to lots of example sentences to read or put in Anki.
There are other benefits as well:
You get to talk to native speakers. Me2Day has an extensive commenting system that allows others to reply to your tweets in a variety of ways.
You engage in extemproaneous conversations with native speakers.
Native speakers will correct your speech. . .and you can easily pattern your posts after good models.
Writing a sentence or two several times during the day is a lot easier then writing a diary. If you live in Korea you can even send messages and pictures from your phone.
My favorite part . . . you can find out what the current topic of conversations are. What’s even better you get to see what particular words and phrases are used in those situations. . .. A good example is yesterday when it was raining all over Korea. People talked about the difficulties of coming to work without an umbrella and having to borrow an umbrella from a friend or the perplexities of choosing a big umbrella or small umbrella when leaving the house. On snowy days this winter people talked about traffic, accidents, and how beautiful the snow looked.
One of my goals for April is to use these sites a lot more: reading a few pages of tweets or me2day notes a day and remembering to update regularly throughout the day.