This is a page taken of a book published by Yonsei University: Korean Vocabulary Practice for Foreigners – Advanced Level – English Version.
I bought this book in December last year because I wanted to know what “advanced-level words” are, and I thought I needed to know those words in order to pass the advanced level of TOPIK.
But when I tried reading it, I had this reaction: “It feels like I’m memorizing a dictionary! Argh!”
Now I’ve found out that this problem can be solved easily by using self-talk method. So I can read it while explaining it to myself and by having a conversation with myself.
As an example here, let’s say I want to memorize the word “지름길”, which means “shortcut”.
There is pronunciation guide in hangul.
So 지름길 is not [ji-reum-gil], it’s [ji-reum-kkil]. Interesting.
There are 2 related expressions, with English translation. So now I know how to say “to take a shortcut” and “to use a shortcut to go” in Korean. Can I say it without looking? Yes, I can. Moving on.
Next, we have a sentence. So I examine the sentence carefully. I look up words that I don’t know. I imagine the situation where I can use the sentence. And then I try to reproduce the Korean sentence (just orally because I don’t like writing). I correct myself until I get it right.
Now I can say “We missed the shortcut and instead took a different path” in Korean. > 우리는 가까운 지름길을 놔두고 다른길로 돌아갔어요.
I say it out loud 2-3 times, imagining I’m telling it to a Korean.
Wow, I’m so good at this. Look at me, I’m speaking Korean! I sound exactly like a Korean!
See? You can have fun even though you’re learning on your own.
But I won’t use this book just yet, I’m still about to read the Intermediate level – Japanese version that I bought at twoChois last week. ###
- Talk To Yourself In Korean (TTYIK) (koreanvitamin.wordpress.com)