Slow going. . . .

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I’ve been trying to get some good work done but haven’t been getting too much work done unfortunately. I tried today and yesterday working specially on pronunciation. Pronunciation these days includes working on two songs — the Iris 잊이 말아요, 죽아도 봇보네. I tried also to work on 아이유’s 잔소리 but I’m not sure I can easily sing along.

I had a nice several hour visit with H* in Korean which I enjoyed a lot.

Yesterday I had a good long conversation with a new friend I made on lang8, which was a lot of fun. I hope that we become good friends and have lots of long conversations, and that I can really be a good friend to her.

Psalms

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I’ve been working most of the morning and early afternoon on the Psalms in Korean. I’ve got now to Psalm 37:2 (at 14:37), and collecting lots of interesting words. I might finish my Psalm work right now though because I feel a bit overwhelmed. I have to do more that what I’m doing per day though to finish in one week. Maybe my goal is too unrealistic. I’ll keep trying to work on it. I think I started from Psalm 14 or so yesterday though so I’ve already made much more progress then I was able to do yesterday.

Language practice -> language fluency

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I’m trying to work on improving my Korean several different ways. I have two more weeks where I can study Korean pretty much full time and one week where I’ll only have two hours of teaching every day so I should be able to study a decent part of that time as well.

I had a lots of lots of language practice. This weekend I spent almost the whole time with H* hyeong and so was communicating the whole time pretty much in Korean with him, his friend from Daegu Ho*형 and then on Sunday with the Bible study group. At church and with the Bible study group I realized I was a lot more fluent. . . and I think it was because I had a whole Saturday to practice and get used to Korean.

I have to find a good way to balance Korean study with other things I do.

Last week I started to go to the main city nearby to study — it’s quite nice to study in a cafe and doesn’t feel as lonely as studying at home by oneself. The atmosphere is nice, and most of the places have internet so I can still do whatever studying being on the internet requires and keep in touch with people on facebook and ichat (which I’m not sure is the best way to concentrate, but oh well 😛 kk)

Goals for Week H
Finish the third volume of IQ84( till page 102)
Put all the sentences of 한국어 문법 연습 into Anki.
Write a lot of diary entries, summaries, and prayers for lang8.
Start reading news articles and writing summaries of them.
Star leraning songs.
Work on putting the movies into Anki
Finish reading the Psalms the way I’ve been doing it (시 18:15)

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.

Resolutions

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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.

Thoughts

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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.

Discouragement

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I’m pretty discouraged about my language study these days.I learned 영 and 아예 two days ago — 영 I heard first talking with Sl* when I went shopping with her and G* Hyeong at 이마트. 아예 I had heard from her and also I* Ssem, but I was only able to look it up in the dictionary then. When I looked up the words in 6000 Survival Vocabulary that I thought I would already have mastered a while ago, I found both words there.

I also haven’t been able to get language sessions for a while or read books regularly (although I have managed to have little bits of book reading). The EPIK training conference was a little bit an unusual distraction, but still I feel discouraged that I wasn’t able to keep up my 101 new sentences per day or my Anki reviews. I feel that is such a basic baseline I should make sure I meet every day.

I am reading some stuff from Greg Thompson for more ideas and to reevaluate my language study program.

I have to keep these words in mind: “A healthy language learner’s life will be filled with people. ” I really want to be involved in people, but I quite enjoy just reading and studying by myself so I find that reading those kind of articles and evaluating my sociable status is quite important for general health and for my language learning.

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