I’ve just returned home from a 10-day driving trip. I’m dead tired.
I and my family live in a town in West Java. We went to Surabaya, East Java, by car. We slept in hotel every night, we played water at the beach every day, we visited a zoo, watched a dolphin show, rode on camels and horses, and visited relatives’ homes along the way. We had great times.
But at first I didn’t want to go. A day before our departure, I told my husband I wanted to stay at home. But he said he would buy me a new smartphone so I didn’t have to part with my beloved: the internet. We went to the mall that night and he bought me my first smartphone: an LG Optimus, LG-P713. It cost him 2,499,000 rupiah. 高い～ 自分では買わないな。パパ、ありがとう。
I didn’t do any research before we decided to get this cell phone, but now I can see that it’s a perfect tool for Korean immersion without living in Korea. Why? Because…
1. I can change the entire language of the phone to Korean.
Not all cell phone has this feature.
2. I can write hangul with my finger on the screen with the built-in LG keyboard. So I can practice writing hangul, type faster, and I don’t have to remember the hangul keyboard layout.
I installed Google Hangul Keyboard but uninstalled it, because with the writing panel, the LG keyboard is much better. (Make sure you’ve turned on 필기 입력)
But because I also type in Japanese, I have to keep changing the keyboard setting from Korean to Google Japanese Input, which is troublesome.
Because with my laptop, I only use one keyboard for both Korean and Japanese (with Google Japanese Input). Not only for Japanese, I type in romanization for Korean also. Typing in romanization is great because that way I never misspell hangul even when I was still a beginner.
I can tap hangul letters with the LG phone if I want to, though.
3. It works as an electronic dictionary. I always wanted a 전자 사전!
4. It works as a portable audio player for Korean podcasts and K-pop songs. More Korean immersion.
5. I can read Korean e-books on my smartphone. I downloaded an app called Ridibook (I think I can buy Korean e-books with it but I haven’t tried), Naver Webtoon, and I can read K-Wave magazine pdf files with my smartphone.
6. I can listen to Korean radio and TV broadcasts for free. Arirang, MBC, SBS, KBS, SayCast. There are apps for that!
7. I can review words more often with flash card apps. There’s one built-in with the dictionary I dowloaded, and also with Daum and Naver online dictionaries.
8. There’s a voice recorder to listen to myself speaking Korean. (I haven’t tried it, but I will).
9. There’s a built-in timer to time and record my speed when reading Korean. (I will try this type of reading exercise soon. It’s from a new textbook).
10. I can download a lot of language learning apps. I downloaded a free app: EBS 여행영어 to learn Korean expressions.
It’s my first smartphone so I can’t compare with smartphones from Samsung or other companies, but I’m glad I got an LG. ###