Korean Reading Resources: A Personal Masterlist

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.

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How I Prepared for TOPIK II

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.

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Hacking TOPIK II

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.

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Studying with Netflix

For the past few weeks, I’ve been practicing my French listening skills with a French series on Netflix called Plan Cœur. I do this via an exercise where I listen to the same clip repeatedly – the same method I used with Korean and English. It is still to this day one of my favourite ways to improve listening skills, so I thought I’ll do a quick breakdown of the process and share it with you guys!

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A Review for Real-Life Conversations: Intermediate

As the title of the book suggests, this is an intermediate version of Real-Life Conversations: Beginner (click here to see the review for it). It follows a similar format – natural dialogues with audio clips, transcripts as well as exercises and explanations on grammar points.

I think this is probably my favourite book from Talk to Me in Korean. If I have to pick just one TTMIK book to keep, it’ll probably be this one.

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