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!

Read more "Studying with Netflix"

My First Ever Korean Speech Contest

About a month ago, I signed up for the 2019 Korean Speech Contest in Malaysia. I honestly don’t know what I was thinking. – I’m not a fan of public speaking. I’ve always struggled with stage fright, and I hate the sound of my voice.

I’m writing this to document the experience while I still remember it, and to share it with other Korean learners in the community, in hopes that someone out there will find comfort in my story, knowing that they’re not alone.

Read more "My First Ever Korean Speech Contest"

Emotions, in 3 Languages

I’ve always found it curious how differently languages define emotions. Emotions, generally speaking, are universal – yet so many multilingual speakers would tell you that some are near impossible to translate.

Throughout my years of studying foreign languages, I have come across a lot of words that I find difficult to translate – at least, concisely. They range from abstract concepts to concrete objects, but none fascinates me like those pertaining to human emotions.

Read more "Emotions, in 3 Languages"

How I’m Studying Two Languages at the Same Time

I’m currently learning Korean and French. I started learning Korean in 2016, and French about 6 months ago. I’ve been trying to find a way to study both at the same time, but it wasn’t until very recently that I managed to make it work.  I actually tried to pick up French earlier last year, but I had to quit because I couldn’t come up with a sustainable way to keep studying it without losing my progress in Korean.

This time, however, I’ve managed to establish a routine that works. I’ve been using it for 3 months, and it works great so far! Here’s how I came up with it.

Read more "How I’m Studying Two Languages at the Same Time"

Thinking Out Loud in Korean

If you watch a lot of Korean content, you might have noticed that Koreans have the tendency to think out loud.

As I’ve explained in this article, they often express their thoughts or feelings as if they are quoting themselves. Instead of saying, “Watching him practice made me feel like I should work harder”, they might say “I saw him practice, and the thought ‘Ah, I should work harder’ popped into my head.”

Read more "Thinking Out Loud in Korean"