Let's Study Korean!

If you have read my last blog post, you will know that I had a complete breakdown regarding my Korean language ability and desire to learn Korean. I have made a resolve to keep on trying. Yay for positivity!

 

In order to try and revive my Korean language use, I have decided to use several resources:

 

Lang-8

Lang-8 is a website that allows you to submit short, written entries in the language that you are learning/studying and have them edited by native speakers of that language. In return, you should edit others’ entries that are written in your own native language. Revisions for entries are usually quick if you’re learning a popular language. For instance, my first post (which was in Korean) was corrected in twenty minutes. My plan is to use Lang-8 at least three times a week.

If you want to get connected with me through Lang-8, here’s my profile: http://lang-8.com/1557632

 

Korean Webtoons

During the summer, I got really interested in Korean webtoons. They are similar to U.S. comics and Japanese manga, and new chapters are usually posted on a weekly basis. I will read at least a chapter a day until I catch up to the current chapters for each prospective webtoon.

I will be reading these webtoons:

윈드브레이커(Windbreaker)- A  story about high school students who race on bicycles http://comic.naver.com/webtoon/list.nhn?titleId=602910&weekday=mon

외모지상주의(Lookism)- A tale of how beauty plays a significant role in Korean culture http://comic.naver.com/webtoon/list.nhn?titleId=641253&weekday=fri

혼자를 기르는 법(How to grow alone)- I honestly have no idea what it’s about, a friend recommended it to me. I’m looking forward to reading it.  http://webtoon.daum.net/webtoon/view/selfgrow

 

Anki

Anki is a flash card tool that is downloadable onto computers. It has a pretty neat system that is supposed to help put information into long term memory. I used it previously to study vocabulary, and I suppose it’s time to start using it again. I plan to use this at least three times a week.

 

Clozemaster

A website that I found recently that is fill-in-the-blank practice available in many languages. I will use this once a week.

Here's the website: https://www.clozemaster.com/

 

HelloTalk

This is a mobile app for language exchange. I have been using it on and off since this past winter. I usually have a conversation in Korean with one person a day.

If you would like to help me practice my Korean through HelloTalk, my username is rockyjourneys. Here's the link to their website: https://www.hellotalk.com/

 

Language Exchange

I am fortunate to have a very sweet language exchange partner this semester, and I will meet with her once a week for more than an hour, half in English, half in Korean.

 

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It sounds like a lot, but I want to try out a variety of language learning tools until I find the best-fit method for my learning style. At the end of three weeks, I will post a review of these learning tools. In the meantime, I invite you to try them out with me! Many of these websites have a plethora of languages to practice in, so even if you’re not studying Korean, I’m nearly certain that you can find some use in a few of the sites/apps mentioned above.

Also, please let me know if there are any other useful sites/methods that you have used in your language learning! I’m always open to new ideas.

 

Author

Raquel “Rocky” Reinagel is a MA candidate and graduate assistant in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; former president of Hanwoori Hawaiʻi; and Co-President of the Second Language Studies Student Association (SLSSA) at UHM.