And I wonder…

After a 1.5 year semi haitus, I wonder how many of my readers are still studying Korean. Or have they moved on with their lives? And I wonder…


Video of the month: Smile Again by WINNER

Recently, I can just listen to this song over and over and over again. WINNER is the 2nd boyband that YG produced. They had to go through an arduous survival debut show to be crowned as the winner. Of course their group name is WINNER, simply because they won. They have not debuted but they are currently touring with their hyungs Big Bang. I really love the songs that they have written but Smile Again really captures my heart, especially when I was following the survival show W.I.N. (Who is next) closely. They were team A and lost the battles to their younger counterparts Team B before this song.

The leader is the charismatic Kang Seung Yoon who wrote this particular song with the 2 rappers. Take note, one of the rappers look like a combination of Big Bang’s G-Dragon and Taeyang!

I’m such a sucker for groups who write their own songs. Ok I guess I should stop raving about them. Enjoy!

My TOPIK resources

As I set my resolution on taking the TOPIK beginner in October next year, I started to look for resources online. I’m glad to announce that there’s so much materials online!  Here are some resources that I’ve found so far (this list is far from exhaustive and I’ll continue to add on whenever I find something noteworthy)

1) TopikGuide website
This website has tons of past papers for all levels. In addition, information, tips and guide for the exam. If I can say, one of the best sites I have found concerning topik.

2) Quizlet
This site and memrise is quite similar. It is a flash card site with ready Korean language sets of flash cards for you to learn from. They have quizzes that you can take to test yourself. Great free resource.

3) Memrise
This is my personal favorite when it comes to flash cards type of sites. Similar to quizlet, they have many ready made modules which you can join. The cool thing is, what you learn starts out as a seed and grows into a plant as you learn and revise. It reminds me of Harvest Moon and I like it. If you don’t study or revise, it withers. They have some science about the number of days needed before you can remember a certain word. Pretty cool! Do check this out.

4) TOPIK one app (Android)
This is a pretty nifty app I found. This app has 2 samples for each topik level. I like the immediate feedback if I got the answers right our wrong. The best part about it, it has a dictionary in the app! While doing the mock test, if you do not know the word, no sweat! Just click on the word and the dictionary will show you the meaning of it, English of course. If you like the app, you could purchase the paid app with much more test papers for you to attempt.

Here’s a sample for you.

Please comment if you find the resources useful or if you have other good resources to share! Thanks!

J is picking up Korean again!

“Big Bang, Big Bang, is back again one more time, say no way, no way…”

Haha sorry if you are confused by that. That song just rang in me when I was typing about my Korean comeback! Yes, J is back (almost)! I am finally picking up Korean again, formally. Next week I start lessons again, not at nex but another language school. This time I have a friend studying together with me! (Motivated)

I flunk the placement test of the language school but decided to advance and not back track. Taking the test after studying for 1 hour and considering my Korean haitus for 1.5 years. I thought the score was still relatively ok (48/100). I totally died at the 30? (Or 20?) marks essay section.

The 선생님 advised that I should study the particles. Other than that, my present and past tenses were still some what intact. Vocab was quite a hit and miss. Oh well, target for topik next year! Hope I can finally hit it.