Intermediate Korean TV 3 | 중급 한국어 TV 3

Hi everyone. Finally, I finished my Intermediate Korean 1 (3급) through Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines, also an accredited Sejong Hakdang Institute (세종학당) where I started my Korean studies way back in 2012. I finished the class after not continuing it before due to work schedule and stuff.

Unfortunately though…

I did not pass.

Which is still okay, since I expected it anyway. I’m actually very lazy when it comes to studying so I know this would happen. I’m lazy in a sense that I shy away from the textbook and whenever I’m studying about the current lessons, I would procrastinate and look up words, topics, or grammar patterns that appear until eventually I’m too far away from what I have to study at the moment. So that’s what happened, and since I think I already reached the point where I can already come up with more stricter study plans and habits, or at least get by without guidance from a proper teacher, I may have to just continue to study by myself through online materials, textbooks, immersion with locals and unorthodox methods. The foundation I got from Korean Cultural Center is definitely unbeatable. Even if most of the self-studying students are better than my level, I have no regrets that I was handled by one of the greatest teachers in KCC, 노옥진 선생님!!

Video Presentation for Graduation

So yesterday’s our graduation. The program includes the graduation of Basic Korean classes, Elementary Korean 1 and 2 classes, and the only Intermediate Korean class which was our class. Per usual, graduation day is the moment when everyone can showcase what they’ve learned for the whole term. Mornings are for language classes and afternoon comes cultural class presentations (K-Dance, K-Musical, Taekwondo, Traditional Music, etc.). The only way we can present how much we’ve learned about the language easily is through video presentations.

Ours is actually the third from the Intermediate Korean TV series which was started by my classmates from the Intermediate class that I was unable to finish. They have tackled about Korean proverbs way back, and since I had previous classmates who took the following Intermediate class, they followed and created the second episode of the series tackling about onomatopoeia and mimetic words (의성어, 의태어) for their graduation video.

This time, we talked about 성격 / Personality and shot the entire show through an iPhone. My classmate, James (second top student 추카추카!!) was in charge of the flow and the script. I edited the whole show, including the selection of music and some of the directing when I’m not editing simultaneously while they were shooting. I had no high hopes for the video since this was my first time to do a video as crazy as this (though in all honesty we had a higher edge than the lower classes since we have a better command of the language), but watching even the video presentations of Basic classes got me surprised. Everyone’s video had it’s certain charm and everyone really did their best.

IMG_9019.JPGBut of course, the Best Video Presentation award went to us!!  We won P5000 pesos worth (about 120,000 KRW) of gift certificates for a Korean restaurant and we planned to eat out with our 선생님 next year at 정월대보름. It was a very pleasant experience anyway, so even if I failed the class, I definitely have zero regrets! And I promise to study better from now on.

 

 

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Just A Brief Comeback v3.0

Please welcome me back, please? ㅋㅋ Also it’s my 24th (26th in Korea) birthday today!!!

Anyway, I opened this account since I’m in the process of…

DISCLAIMER before my DISCLAIMER: I usually post this kind of disclaimer lol.
DISCLAIMER: If I’m blurbing too much about stuff, skip until you see the headings in Bold.

I’m in the process of late night (or morning) studying since it’s already 7:57 AM now, and I’ve been reading since last night. I’m studying Korean formally again, FYI 여러분, and our current lesson is already at lesson 10 out of 15 in my Intermediate 1 / 3급 (from our book’s format WHICH I haven’t reviewed yet, and previously promised that I will review soon), which means that there would be a long exam with the scope from the first lesson up to present. There are long exams after every 5 lessons.

As expected from myself, I procrastinate a lot. In a good way though, or not. I study about something, and then skip and study something else up till I reach subjects that are totally unrelated to what I was originally studying anymore. So then I found a very amazing Korean textbook PDF resource online WHICH WAS TOTALLY MINDBLOWING, and I will probably share it soon. I actually read the book WHICH AGAIN, WAS A TEXTBOOK from the first pages up to about 130 pages, lol. I wouldn’t even read that much even if a novel is a quick read.

And then again… I looked for stuff regarding Korean pronunciation since it’s still bothering me a bit, when my book review for [TEXTBOOK] 외국인을 위한 한국어 발음 47 | 47 Korean Pronunciation for Foreigners Book 1 appeared on Google. Very nice job to me, lol. It’s been a long while since I’ve been here and my last post which was supposed to be a promise to recount my stories in Korea has long been overdue. I’ve been there last March and it’s already November so I probably have to work on that soon.

Unemployment and Intermediate 1

I left my second job after working there for 2 years and 4 months, and I’ve talked about that job during my Just A Brief Comeback v2.0 post, which is extremely funny to me right now as this is going to be another comeback post. The theme here in my blog is recurring. I would comeback and post about studying Intermediate again and again, and it has been tiring, to me as well. The thought of repeating Intermediate 1 again and again, that is. Not that I’m over it, but it’s more of like ‘지치다’? 아니면 ‘귀찮다’?. It seems like I’m a very unstable person with a lot of ups and downs when it comes to motivation and what I really want to do in life.

So then after three years (I was studying the exact same thing, same period three years ago), I enrolled for Intermediate 1 for the third time. Second time was cancelled since the class didn’t reach the minimum number of students. Up till now this is a hard class to get since it’s not offered three times a year unlike Basic, and Elementary 1 and 2 and the number of eligible students who passed from lower levels should be sufficient first for our cultural center to be able to offer this class. Just in time though, Intermediate 2 was offered for the first time during the previous term. Only 1 student passed and it was my friend, lol. So that means I would be able to study Intermediate 2 soon if I pass now and if the class will be offered again.

Also, one of my classmates asked me if I’m the owner of this blog so I’m deeply moved, lol. I’ve really done a good job in that sense.

Improvements in the Language

My study habits from three years ago up till now never changed. The habit itself I mean, but not that I’ve studied continuously for the past three years. I’m talking more about the process and the methods. My colored pens from three years ago is still alive and I’m still using my color-coding approach when taking notes, which can be found here: No Classes | 수업 없는 주. Hangul typing skills are, if not close, tad better now. Reading, quite fast. 알아듣기는, TONS BETTER!!! I’ve stuck with the same teacher for three consecutive classes now and knowing the pace of her speaking and teaching, I am proud to say that I can understand about 90% of what she’s saying now compared before when I would just nod to anything she would talk about. As for writing, I’m still struggling sometimes. I’m at this stage where I can actually express myself a lot in writing but I avoid using words that are not yet taught just because nuances can still differ and I don’t actually want to appear to be too much of a ‘know-it-all’ so I keep my vocabulary and grammar patterns at bay. So in that sense, I still feel limited.

As for speaking, I would probably have to discuss this on my trip to Korea post, soon.

What I am up to currently… and what my current plans are

Bullet form, shall we? This is for my reference as well on what to do with this blog since I’m at the peak of studying again.

  • I have no plans to return to Korea as of yet since I’m jobless. I would have to start with my Korea Trip post first before that, right?
  • I started watching 언니들의 슬램덩크 just because I love 라미란 so much from when I watched 응답하라1988, also the song Shut Up where she appears as a member of the girl group 언니쓰. I found myself not relying on the subs too much anymore which is totally a good thing. That thought shocked me as well.
  • Also, I’ve rewatched [DRAMA] 화이트 크리스마스 | White Christmas (KBS2 | 2011) for the third time and I have to say it’s still one of the best dramas I have watched (excluding the last episode which was so full of loopholes and seemed forced). Wow, too many old blog post links in this one lol.
  • I plan to look for a job next year since working at this period is much of a waste. It’s going to be Christmas soon and I don’t want to miss any holidays.
  • I have to review 재미있는 한국어 3 which is loooooong overdue. Also *too ashamed about this* but I haven’t reviewed, or even thoroughly checked the contents of the book I have received from twoChois during the twoChois Lucky Draw!. They were very nice to send me a copy of a good book and here I am being so ungrateful. Sorry :(( I will make it up to you and make a very good and detailed review soon.
  • I still have to write two 500자 essay about Dating and Marriage *whut???* and Gifts, both part of the 재미있는 한국어 3 practical topics.
  • I recently passed 1000 followers on Sing! Smule application where I sing Korean songs about 99% of the time. Joined there for years now but I only used it from last April of this year just after I got back from Korea and it’s also one of my unorthodoxed approch in learning the language. I will go to this in detail soon, as well.

Changes

From when I was active back then, I realized that there are soooo many changes in WordPress I can’t seem to keep up anymore. Not just in WordPress but in the way blogs are written or presented or whatnot? Don’t know if it’s just me but I would have to catch up soon, you think?

As always, thank you so much for reading. Suggestions for content are very very much welcome. Help me revive my blog ㅎㅎ.

On K-Pop, INFINITE One Great Step in Manila and Books | 케이팝, 인피니트의 One Great Step in Manila와 책에 대한

DISCLAIMER: I haven’t watched any concert since last year. This one included.

K-Pop ‘Feels’

And then I just realized that I already started to detach myself away from K-Pop bitterness, except maybe if it’s about TOP or BIGBANG. I’m not a good spazzer myself. I tend to get super red or have those ‘feels’ (which is still an irritating word to me) whenever I watch something or listen to something, but I’m not someone who checks up on my idols, hoard pictures or read endless articles, because that’s just worthless. I became a fan of BIGBANG and 2NE1 because of the music. They’re not artists if not for the music, so I stayed true to the concept of K-Pop. Though K-Pop in a whole may already be interpreted as a lifestyle or a cult, I still think otherwise. It’s still about music.

It’s not that I’m just a plain K-Pop fan, but I don’t follow it religiously. I don’t have to have every merchandise, or every album, but I have a simple, inner and deeper understanding about it. Though honestly, there’s not too much deepness about it, since I don’t even understand the words… but yeah. I call myself a silent fan because I far know my limitations about stuff. I don’t care about bulges or nipple slips because that’s just rude and highly inappropriate for me to buzz about.

K-Concerts

A lot of concerts have passed but I never bothered going any. This year opened up with a grand concert with Girls’ Generation, INFINITE, Tasty, EXO and U-KISS (and let’s include TAHITI that I don’t even know), and then comes another round from EXO with SHINee and Dal Shabet… but then I never bothered going. Though I love D.O. and all, and INFINITE, I just don’t have the funds for a good show. I may choose to buy the least pricey tickets, but what’s the point in watching then if it’s just like that?

Super Junior also arrived last week but I’m the least one to even care about it.

I bought general admission tickets for BIGBANG Alive Galaxy Tour in Manila just because I’m just rewatching it, so it’s still worth it, but then for this time, it’s INFINITE in their solo tour. Though it pains me a bit, because I half-swore before that from some time forward, I’m just gonna spend money for BIGBANG, 2NE1 or INFINITE and will never watch a show with mixed groups but just watch their solo materials, I failed to watch and stick to my promise. But then INFINITE concert just ended while I’m typing this and it’s sad.

I’m not crazy about not going there because as far as I can evaluate myself, I’m already detached about things like these. It would be a nice experience, though, but I’m not very bitter about it. I had a chance to watch it through my cousin since she got free tickets, but then I’m just half-decided about it, since I promised not-watching with a friend since we both can’t afford. If we can though, we’ll definitely watch together. Things happen. And besides, it’s still better to watch on a DVD. I thought the same way from a long time ago.

Korean class and Murakami

It’s about halfway. We’re currently at Chapter 8 out of 15, and lessons are… I can’t say getting harder, but getting more complicated and tiring. Sometimes, I want to give up for no reason, but then it’s not a very wise choice because things just happen and I might just be experiencing ‘cold feet’. Just these last weeks, I found another book that opens the bookworm inside me, again. It’s been days or weeks(?) since I last posted something here because I’ve been going on about my busy social life. Not that I’ve been drinking or living the life of a party (because I don’t do that), but I was just spending time discovering new tea or coffee places, going around every bookstore I can go to and just that, being introvert, being myself.

In those days that I haven’t posted something, I already finished Koushun Takami’s (I had to Google that since I have difficulties remembering Japanese names with the exception of Ayumi Hamasaki [not that I like her] and Haruki Murakami) Battle Royale. I’ve watched the film several times before, but then the red book cover caught my eye one time while looking for ‘A Game of Thrones’ and got the idea that I can’t find this book easily anywhere and it would be very stupid of me to not buy it. So I did. In 10 days, I finished the book and decided to pick up my third Murakami book (first was 1Q84 then Sputnik Sweetheart) ‘Kafka on the Shore’. I’ve been reading the book nonstop, just pausing from book exhaustion and sleepiness. I am a very weird person so taking in a Murakami, maybe even in his boldest, won’t exactly be a bother or sickening to my likeness. In fact, I really enjoy his novels, same way as I’m enjoying my Korean classes.

If I haven’t told through previous entries, we had a whole week break from Korean school, and it really was a lot of help to clear up my mind a little. I never noticed that my Korean class is subconsciously adding stress to my being. I myself don’t admit to it since I enjoy it, but then when it went away for some time, I felt like it was a very necessary breather. Not that I want to stop it already, but it’s just something that I never thought I needed. Earlier, I met my classmate for a simple homework date. We just had to take care of our assignments and essay writings since classes will be resuming tomorrow and it would be unwise for me to do it at the office, when in fact, I had a whole full week of study time.

I’m actually having dilemmas about this book because like 1Q84, this is just another Murakami-formulated book that as much as I want to stop reading and go on with my life, I also want the book to not end or just go on, but rereading would not be an option because you want the story to feel as if it’s completely new again. Thus, I haven’t had time to study vocabulary or just do practice with newly-learned grammar patterns.

I should just go with the flow, because life is just an up-down up-down hill and we never know what circumstances may bring. I’m turning 21 on the 21st and aside from not maturing quickly, God may just have too many upcoming plans for me.

Slump | 슬럼프

These are the things I don’t really want to post here but since this is also a part of my pseudo-Korean life, I shall not be scared to tell how I’m going through recently.

For people who personally know me, they don’t really care about my difficulties in life because I’m naturally a ‘whiny’ person, but I just whine, not complain. Recently, I’m starting to complain, A LOT, and since my friends won’t take it seriously, they think I’m just making ‘arte arte’ (being highly vain, perfectionist, whiny, drama king, etc). It’s not good because I myself don’t like complaining, because complaining means to me like I should deserve better or I should not experience some things, but then thinking deeply about it, it’s too impossible, too selfish and too unfair if I complain.

But thinking about it then again, I should complain if I don’t get something I know I’m supposed to get. Figuratively, I should get a cup from Starbucks without considering the less fortunate people because unlike them, I studied and work hard so my capacity shifted from simple homemade instant coffee to something that I can buy from a coffee shop. It’s not like I’m gonna give money to them instead of giving myself the things I want. If I’m complaining because I’m getting little pay from my work without thinking about the less fortunate people, it’s because unlike them, they settled begging for money, while I, on the other hand, chose the path to success. Not that I’m selfish or a b*tch, but in reality, why would people buy Louis Vuitton, and why would others just buy from a thrift store? It’s simply because the former people can, and they worked hard for it while the latter stayed and settled for something less.

Why should I work hard if I don’t get something from it?

Recently, I’ve been more whiny and more complaining, some out of consequences, some out of choice, and a lot because ‘sh*t happens’.

Currently, I’m on my first job as a graphic artist, and I don’t get paid so well. It’s my choice though, because I had to cut short my working hours to make way for commute to my school. My work ends at 6 PM and when I first asked for permission, I said I’ll leave at 5 PM every school day, but then I sometimes leave at 4, or 4:30 PM, or whenever I want to go, because I seriously don’t like the office atmosphere anymore, and I’d rather study Korean for eight long hours rather than work at my current. Besides, if I leave at exact 5 PM, traffic would be absolute traffic and I would just be late, which…

Look at this, if I stay for 2 more hours at the office, where most of the times, I work quickly and finish every project by 3 PM, I could have done something more productive and more worthwhile elsewhere. If I leave at exact 5, I’m just gonna be late and even for just minutes, I can miss a lot of lessons already, lessons that are not in the book but more of Korean fragments, experiences, important stuff from my 선생님. If I’m late, then leaving work early would be just something of a waste. There are points, no? Some may perceive me as lazy-assed kid, some may perceive me as just dead-head-over-heels-in-love with Korean, but since I’m a person who stick strong to my principles, I don’t really care.

Just yesterday, we encountered the word ‘슬럼프’, just one of the numerous Konglish words, where people experience frustration, giving up tendencies, and just… ‘slump’.

She used the word though a situation which was directly meaningful and currently relevant to me. She said it was something like when you entered a company, at first you would be like, ‘네, 하겠습니다!’, ‘저요! 할 수 있습니다!’, and then there will come a time when you just want to leave, without reasons, something similar to the thought of falling out of love.

Right now, I just want to leave the company, which is super risky. Why? (1) I don’t want my resume to have a broken timeline, if I want to apply in another company, I should still have my work and leave when I’m sure that I passed the other. (2) I have no other source of money. I don’t want to burden my parents anymore, since I have all my pay for myself (for now), it’s unfair for me to get back and get help from them, except of course when necessary. This complicated situation of me leaving the office is just something I’m thinking about, not a matter of life and death. (3) How can I be able to study Korean and lunch/dinner-study with my friends. They’ll be ‘한국 식당에 가자!’, and I would just reason out and be like ‘너무 바빠서 가지 못해~’, which is super pitiful for myself.

I have this crazy idea of working as a Starbucks barista. Here, when I talk about it with my friends, they think my idea is super ‘crazy’ since people here tend to be judgmental sometimes. Well I understand them, because I graduated a bachelor’s but then why would I spend time making drinks and getting scolded for mistakes, mopping floors and wiping tables. It’s not that I want to be a barista for a living. I am certain that my pay won’t be twice as good, but I’m in this moment when I just want to do something that I can enjoy, not something I can get fortune from. It’s like a small dream, like when there would just be an opportunity for me to step inside the counter, I could actually prepare my favorite drink for myself, without guidance and instructions. It’s something that I want to do, and would want to do in the future. If in the future I get lucky and get the opportunity to open my own cafe, it would be a super plus.

그리고, if I plan to work in Korea after about two years, if I can’t pass as an English instructor, or can’t find a job as a graphic artist, it would be okay for me to experience being a coffee shop barista as 아르바이트.

Simply put, my life is on a slump right now. I want a week, no, a month of full rest where I can just re-watch all my favorite music videos and variety shows. Re-watch Beyoncé concerts, re-read Harry Potter and start with ‘A Game of Thrones’ without distractions, self-study Korean fully without other things to think about, run or jog on mornings… but then again. Life goes on, and giving up is just not an option.

I hope everything goes well for me, and I hope I can successfully jump through this hurdle in my life, because I just need God, friends, and all the strong parts of myself right now.