This week is a bit of a weird week because I don’t have much of a progress gauge. I changed my routine and started using Memrise to increase my vocabulary. Two of them are based on textbooks I own, while a third is a set for all Talk To Me In Korean levels. I’m about halfway through the second level of TTMIK. I love TTMIK and all the resources they provide, but I feel like I’m burning out on the singular resource. Going through the Memrise lessons to get to new material isn’t helping. I probably need the review, but it’s tedious. The other two courses I picked are helpful, but the vocabulary at this point isn’t terribly practical.
The plan is to continue as I am for the next few weeks, and then to hire a teacher when I come back from my vacation. Much as I love self-study, I feel like I need the structure a teacher provides. If not structure, then at least regular and measurable practice. I already have someone picked out on italki. It’s just a matter of contacting her and scheduling. Only problem is getting over my anxiety about speaking.
I may do what Nick at 한한 잡지 suggested and do some freewriting in Korean on this blog. If I do, I think I’ll relegate it to a separate blogging day. Blogging three days a week is spreading myself a little thin, but worth it. Just have to manage my time once school starts up again in the fall.
Now for the actual updating part of this post.
Hard to measure for certain, but I feel like my reading speed has quickened a little bit. Certainly not enough to reach even an intermediate level, but I don’t focus on singular syllables at a time quite as much.
If there’s anything I can credit to studying with Memrise, it’s this. My typing is getting quicker with every set of drills, and my spelling is getting better with repeated presentations of each word or phrase. One notable accomplishment was spelling 처음 뵙겠습니다 right on the first attempt. Not the most common phrase, but certainly useful.
This one I slacked on a little too much. I listen to a lot of Korean music, but I didn’t listen to anything necessarily with the intent to study. I did listen to one broadcast of 푸른 밤 on MBC FM4U via my TuneIn app, and managed to pick up a few things from the interview with the guest. Just nothing I can really give context for.
I sounded out and repeated everything I learned from Memrise this week, but that’s been the extent of my practice. No video this week because of that, as well as time constraints at the time of writing this post. June 1st was my birthday, and I made plans with one of my cousins and a high school friend on two days back-to-back. It’s no excuse, but June is busy month this year.