These last couple of days I’ve been reading the writing section of TOPIK II (just reading, not trying to write myself) 35th, 36th, 37th, and 41st which are available for free download on the official website. From time to time, I felt depressed just by reading them. I don’t think I can write in Korean that well. So many Korean words I don’t know, so many grammars I can’t use well, so many expressions I can’t remember. Most of the time I can hardly hardly understand the questions, how can I write about them? When I do understand, I don’t know what to think about the topic. Oh no, it’s hopeless. I’m hopeless.
I have to tell myself,”Don’t worry, you’re learning. You can’t expect to be able to do everything now. But you will. In time. Just enjoy your study time now.”
It’s like fighting against myself and also comforting myself.
Anyway, I know, however I feel, internally, the fact is I still have a million things to learn.
The guidance to answer the writing section of TOPIK II has been published for download a long time ago, 2 years ago, to be exact, and I finally read it for the first time, just now. It’s all in Korean.
On the website, if you access 정보마당 (Information http://www.topik.go.kr/usr/cmm/subLocation.do?menuSeq=2110501), there is an article titled: (35회 이후) 한국어능력시험 쓰기 주관식 답안 작성 요령, that’s where you can download the guidance (쓰기 답안 작성 방법/how to answer the writing section) in pdf/docx/hwp. Maybe there is an English translation somewhere on the internet? I don’t know. But it seems really interesting. There are tips to write, how points are distributed, mistakes that will get your points deducted, etc. I really need to peruse it again later. But I haven’t. That’s because when I started reading the first page, I found a grammar I didn’t know so I decided to learn about the grammar instead.
A sample answer from the TOPIK writing guidance:
○월 ○일 ○시에 시간이 괜찮으신지요?
Is the time (hour, date) OK with you?
My notes, a summary from Korean Grammar for Foreign Learners:
Grammar no. 1219 -은지
-for adjectives, 이다, and 아니다
-to express doubt or question, or feeling of surprised/exclamation
-becomes polite if you add -요
이 물은 마셔도 괜찮은지요?
Is it OK if I drink this water? → Question
저 여자가 누구인지요?
Who is that woman? → Question
이 책이 얼마나 유익한지요!
How useful this book is! → Exclamation
I still have a long way to go. 아직 갈 길이 멀어요. ###