As the title suggests, this is a language learning guide for introverts from a fellow introvert.
But before we start, let us first examine the definition of an introvert.
According to most psychology experts, introverts are people who prefer calm, minimally stimulating environments. They are more internally focused, and are more prone to overstimulation when exposed to external stimuli, including social interactions, for a prolonged period of time.
I started learning French in January 2019. Taking into account of the 3-month hiatus I took later that year, as of today, 13 September 2020, I’ve been studying French for about 1 year and 6 months.
This post outlines the major milestones of my journey so far, as well as the resources I’ve been using. I’m documenting all this mostly for my own sake – in case I need to revisit all this information some day – but also to provide some ideas for other aspiring francophones out there.
Reading is probably one of my favourite things to do in the world, and I try to read something in my target languages everyday, whether it’s an article, a chapter of my favourite webtoon, or if I happen to have a lot of free time that day, a book. It used to be a lot harder to find reading materials in Korean, but it’s 2020 and these days you can pretty much find anything you need on the internet.
Unless it’s Korean books – but we’ll get to that later.
Two weeks ago, I took the TOPIK II test for the first time. I had a year to prepare for it, so I got to experiment with all sorts of exercises – reading news, listening to radio, writing articles – with varying degrees of success. In this article, I’ll be talking about the ones that I found the most effective.
I also wrote an article on the test-taking strategies that I used during the exam, which you can read here.
Two days ago, I sat for the TOPIK II exam. It was my first time taking the test, so I was pretty nervous, but to my surprise, I was actually better prepared than I’d thought. I wish I had more time for the essay writing section, but other than that, I think it turned out pretty okay.
This article is a compilation of the techniques and strategies that I found effective, as well as things that I wish I’d done differently.
I was always either reading or writing, mostly stories and occasionally poetry. I had a little notebook that I carried around, and I would write down all these random sentences that popped into my head throughout the day. If I didn’t have it on me, I would write it down on my desk. I spent half of my waking hours thinking about new ways to word things, and my dream was to become a writer one day.