Archana of 반짝반짝 tagged me. ^^ 고마웡~ㅋㅋ
What would you consider your native language?
English and Hindi – though I feel like instead of Hindi, it should be Punjabi oops.
What was your first language learning experiences?
French and German in Year 7…
What languages have you studied and why did you learn them?
French and German – these don’t really count as I studied them for 3 years in Secondary School… and so I don’t remember anything. Why? It was compulsory haha. I remember it being fun at the start.
Korean – I started learning a bit of basic Korean but I couldn’t study it much since I was in College, preparing for University. It was a bit of everything, I was (am) interested in the history etc and I wanted to try and learn a language. So I started properly studying it in Sept 2013. I studied level 3 and 4 at Sungkyunkwan University but then couldn’t study level 5 since I had a accident. I survived with my Korean at a little Korean hospital. Anyways, it’s great to be able to watch dramas (You from the Stars and Cheese in the Trap) variety shows (Where is My Friend’s Home and Abnormal Summit) without subs and realise how far you’ve come.
Japanese – I started learning Japanese this September. It’s fun! But kanji is difficult haha. Especially since handwriting has to be perfect. I needed to chose between Chinese and Japanese. Chinese is harder in a way – I couldn’t get my head around all the tones and pinyin etc.
How does your personality affect your language learning?
Hmm, it’s hard for me to focus at first but when I do it’s alright. My last level at SKKU went quite well. I was looking forward to level 5…
Since I’m more of a creative person, I’ve been writing some Korean on my Instagram which has become kind of a diary now – all the 추억들이 ㅜㅜ <3.
Do you prefer learning a language in a class or on your own?
Learning in a class and then learning it on my own. So both.
What are your favourite language learning materials?
I want to say novels but I honestly haven’t read that much (in Korean). When I did have plenty of time to read them, I was in a lot of pain so I couldn’t focus enough. I’m hoping try reading them during Easter break.^^
I’ve watched A LOT of Abnormal Summit and Where is My Friend’s Home. And unsubbed dramas too now.
How much time do you spend on language per day?
Hmm… I’m not sure… Every day is different :’D .
What are your short-term and long-term language goals?
Short-term: – Take the TOPIK test in Oct/Nov 2016 and get at least level 4.
– Remember Kanji/Hanja that I’ve learned ㅋㅋ.
Long-term: TOPIK level 6 etc.
What is your favourite language?
What is the next language you want to learn?
Everything and nothing more at the same time. Maybe Chinese/ Italian etc.
What advice would you give to new language learners?
Don’t give up! You’ll look back and laugh at when you were terrible at it.
How could I end this post without pictures?^^
Passing level 4 at SKKU! This was my second time doing Level 4. It was a mistake to start at Level 3. I regret not starting at Level 2.
When I first started learning Japanese: