There are many Korean Tumblr blogs (I’m on Tumblr too!), Twitter accounts, apps and widgets, even e-mail lists, which present learners with one Korean word of the day. The idea is simple: you subscribe or follow them, each day they publish one Korean word with translation, and you learn it.
I don’t think there’s anything particularly wrong with that but honestly I had always found it a boring and an incredibly slow way to learn. I changed my mind about both.
Well, sort of.
I need to find a way to keep progressing even with my extremely limited capacity. It’s great when I can learn 5 or 10 words in one day, but such days are becoming few and far between. But even on my worst days I should be able to memorize one Korean word. Some progress is better than no progress, even if that progress is very slow… very very slow. But hey, I haven’t vowed to learn no more than one word per day. On good days I can still learn more and speed it up.
So right now, one word per day it is.
Now about it being boring. Even though I always find learning Korean exciting, for some reason when I see one lonely word someone else picked I can’t bring myself to care. Luckily, that problem is easy to solve. I’ll pick my own words. Anything that piqued my interest that day.
For example, right now I was wondering how to say “flicker” because, well, look at the URL. So I added 깜박 to my Korean vocabulary notes. I also find it amusing because it kind of sounds like “come back”. Yes, I do keep coming back to Korean. My Korean learning has been flickering on and off for years. But there’s always a flicker of hope I will reach fluency some day. 깜박. Come back often and leave a comment! I want to chat and make new friends.
For my “Korean word of the day” project I picked a cute little Korean vocabulary notepad, called Kind Word Book (although the back says it’s called 친절한 단어장 which could also translate to a Friendly Word Book, as in Casper the Friendly Ghost because of all the little cute ghosts on it). I got that vocabulary notepad in my Korean stationery haul.
The front flap of the vocabulary notepad is made of two parts which helps you test yourself either starting from Korean and trying to think about the meaning in English, or starting from English word and trying to remember the Korean word for it.
So far I’ve been picking up one Korean word per day for 9 days straight.
Edit: You can go to my post about consistency in learning Korean, written several months after this one to see if I managed to keep it up regularly, and for how long.
Do you make use of those sites or apps offering Korean word of the day? Do you manage to do it every single day?