I’ve been trying to study with Yonsei Korean 5-1, the main textbook. I finished chapter 1 yesterday, and to be honest, I don’t think I have the willpower to continue to chapter 2.
My problem? Most of the tasks in chapter 1 (so readers can practice using the new vocabulary (27 words and 2 new grammars) are great for classroom activities but not suitable for self learners. For example: interview someone in Korean, or do these games with your classmates, tell your opinion about this in Korean, and the like. But because I am studying by myself, no Korean in sight, I can’t do the tasks. Wait, no, I think even if I attended a language school, I would hate these kind of classroom activities. There are no answer keys in the main textbook, the grammar explanation is minimal and hard to chew because it’s all in Korean, and while reading, I started to question: what is so great about Yonsei Korean textbook and why is everyone using it? I’d rather read High Cut tabloid because it’s just as hard for me, and at least I’d enjoy it.
For next chapters, I think I will study the conversation and audio, memorize the vocabulary and the grammar explanation, read the articles for reading practices… and ignore the rest… Well, at least the audio CDs are good. And now I know what’s in the Yonsei Korean book because I was curious about what I probably missed by not using it.
I haven’t touched the Yonsei Korean Workbook even though at a glance it seems good for self-studying. I’m just not in the right ‘mood’. Maybe later.
Thanks to the Yonsei 5-1 book, now I’ve happily returned to my old textbook that I never finished: “Korean Grammar Practice for Foreigners – Advanced Level – English version”, also published by Yonsei University. Now this book looks more interesting to me. Just new advanced level grammars without 쓸데없는 classroom activities. With this book, I studied only 2-3 grammars every day and I’ve been loving the time I spend with it.
The last grammar I learned today was -느니만큼.
I also read my Korean Grammar dictionary (written in Japanese) for more explanation and more examples.
It was grammar no. 25, so I still have 75 more grammars to learn.
I love learning Korean. Love. Love. Love.
“LOVE LOVE LOVE” by Roy Kim♪
By the way, my sister is visiting from Surabaya and she bought this Korean canned peach from the supermarket near my house in Bekasi. She’s not interested in learning Korean but she’s more adventurous than I am.
Now I will never forget this word: 복숭아.
I also finished a Korean children book, which was a very easy book, but I enjoyed reading it and memorized about 30 new words.
Anyway, I finally get on track studying advanced level. Just because it’s only a hobby for me, it doesn’t mean I’m not serious about mastering this language in the shortest time possible. 화이팅！###