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Korean study tools: 3M Post-it Study Mate

When I say Korean study tools I mean both the tools that Koreans use for studying and tools for studying Korean language. Post-its are probably known in every country in the world but I have never seen this line of Study Mate Post-its before I stumbled across them in an online Korean bookstore where I… Continue reading Korean study tools: 3M Post-it Study Mate

Korean language resources

How to Estimate the Size of Your Korean Vocabulary

Here's the review of 3 different Korean vocabulary size tests. I used them for my first progress update where I decided to track my knowledge of Korean language as it (hopefully) grows over time. I used TOPIK mock exam to estimate my knowledge of grammar and reading, but I wasn't sure how to measure my… Continue reading How to Estimate the Size of Your Korean Vocabulary

Sungkyun Korean featured image for first impression
Self studying Korean

“Sungkyun Korean 1” Textbook First Impression | 성균 한국어 1 첫인상 리뷰

This is my first impression of 288 page Korean language textbook Sungkyun Korean 1 Vocabulary • Grammar which, as I mentioned in the previous post, I ordered for the most ridiculous reason. After I have used it for a while I will write a full review.   First, some technical details about the book Title:… Continue reading “Sungkyun Korean 1” Textbook First Impression | 성균 한국어 1 첫인상 리뷰

Sungkyunkwan campus Korean textbook for foreigners
Self studying Korean

I ordered new Korean textbook for beginners

I ordered a new Korean textbook. Based my choice on nothing other than the picture on the cover. I think this is the first time I bought something without researching it first. I'm usually petrified I'll make the wrong choice, but I also enjoy the process of choosing. Those two factors are reasons why I… Continue reading I ordered new Korean textbook for beginners

How to learn Korean pronunciation
Korean language resources

How to learn correct Korean pronunciation with these 3 tools

To learn correct Korean pronunciation: Learn the basic rules of Korean pronunciation (e.g. from a textbook that focuses just on pronunciation) Use Naver to learn the pronunciation of specific words (those which are not covered by basic rules) Use Korean Standard Pronunciation Converter to check the pronunciation of longer strings of Korean words and even whole… Continue reading How to learn correct Korean pronunciation with these 3 tools

How can you know when you're ready for the next Korean textbook when self-studyin
Self studying Korean

How do you know you’re done with a textbook when self-studying a language?

If you're self-studying a language how can you be sure you're ready to move on to the next level language textbook? When you're taking language classes your pace is dictated by the syllabus, by the teacher, by the level of other students, and by the number of classes per week. But what about when you're… Continue reading How do you know you’re done with a textbook when self-studying a language?

Korean morning glory mini notepad for vocabulary
Self studying Korean

I was wrong about “Korean word of the day”

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… Continue reading I was wrong about “Korean word of the day”