I’ve been trying to memorize advanced level vocabulary for TOPIK since forever and I’m still not successful at it. I keep forgetting, those words will not stick in my brain. Maybe it’s the frequency thing because they don’t appear as often as basic/intermediate level words. Maybe I still need to review and fill the gaps in my knowledge about basic and intermediate level vocabulary and also grammar. I don’t know. I have no problem in understanding when I’m studying those words but I just can’t remember. But I’m not worried, yet, because I scheduled 3 years for advanced level, so there’s still time, and actually, I can make it 4 or even 10 more years if I need to because I’m self-learning.
Today I found a new way to study using Naver Translator (http://translate.naver.com) on my tablet and my vocabulary book: Korean Vocabulary Practice for Foreigners – Advanced Level – English version. When I started studying, I decided that I would learn 5 new adjectives. Just because.
This is how I studied today: I read a sample sentence carefully, learned new words from the sentence if any, and then, by translating the English translation, I reproduced the Korean sentence and typed it into Naver Translator.
What’s great with Naver Translator is it shows me where I misspell, it gives me Japanese translation and also meaning of each word, and it reads the sentence when I click the audio button so I can also practice listening (not perfect, but OK).
My stopwatch told me I studied for 1 hour and 30 minutes. That long. No wonder I was tired. So I guess remembering, translating, and writing Korean sentences takes longer than I expected (or typing with my index finger because I used tablet, not pen and paper). Anyway, I was happy that I found a way to use the textbook again. I mean, it’s a word book, it can feel like trying to memorize difficult words from a dictionary: boring and hard to do.
By the way, I think I know another reason why I’m not worried about lack of self-motivation: I have full control over my learning. I do something just because I want to do it. It’s that simple. But when I have goals and give myself internal pressure, I make it complicated for myself, and I stop wanting to sit and study. When I feel pressure, I start to hate studying, I feel like I want to “cheat”, and do as less as possible. I don’t know why. I don’t even have a teacher.
I won’t be able to blog because my family is going on a trip by car for a couple of days. My husband’s idea. I’m terrified just thinking about the traffic.
I wonder if there is a good Korean sentence to end this blog post… Let’s see… I think this will do: 한해 잘 마무리하시기 바랍니다. (I hope this passing year ends well for you (?). 一年を無事に締めくくられますように。). See you in 2015! ###