My 11 Month Progress Video Learning The Korean Language

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My 11 Month Progress Video Learning The Korean Language

Yay! ๐Ÿ™‚

Last September I had a great idea to put together a progress video of me speaking Korean every month during my time in Korea.

As much as I enjoy sharing it with you, it was mainly meant to be a way for me personally to track my gradual improvement in the language โ€“ something for me to look back at later on.

It didnโ€™t quite work out the way Iโ€™d hoped (for reasons I outlined here) so thereโ€™s a bit of a gap sadly since the last video but Iโ€™ve finally got the renewed vigour and time that I need to get everything up to date.

Is my current level anything remarkable?

I donโ€™t believe so.

Despite an unexpectedly tough year I did stick with it and pushed myself quite hard. As was the case with Irish, I refrained from studying any grammar until only two months ago (in preparation for TOPIK).

As Iโ€™ve said before, you donโ€™t need to study grammar to learn to speak a foreign language and yea I make plenty of mistakes and Iโ€™m miles from perfect but thatโ€™s natural!

I canโ€™t stress this enough โ€“ recording your own progress will help you a lot

Even if you feel a bit silly doing it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Iโ€™m a big believer in the benefits of making progress videos like this one and I encourage you to do the same.

You donโ€™t have to make them public like I do but just do it for your own benefit.

Itโ€™s very easy to think weโ€™re not improving but when you listen to yourself speaking off-the-cuff (unprepared) like this at different stages, you can start to see how much better youโ€™re getting and the areas you need to work on.

Donโ€™t think about what youโ€™re going to say โ€“ just hit record and say the first thing that comes to mind and let it flow out naturally.

Youโ€™ll quickly see how much you know (or donโ€™t know) by doing this.

I can hear loads of things I need to improve on just by watching this video now but when Iโ€™m with native speakers I donโ€™t always have a chance to stop and take note of things like this.

Back to Korea (briefly)!

I want to bring this language up another notch before I move on to my next project (Iโ€™ll be back to regular italki lessons to help me improve in the coming weeks).

Originally I was going to be moving to one of my favourite countries in Europe to learn that language this month (Iโ€™ll share more on those plans soon on my Facebook page! :wink:) but Iโ€™m just a wee bit unsatisfied with my Korean skills as they are.

So back I go for a little while longer. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomorrow Iโ€™ll be hitting the road down the east coast of Australia all the way to Melbourne where Iโ€™m hoping to get plenty of language practise along the way with lots of interesting people.

Iโ€™ll update my Facebook and Twitter quite a bit too so if youโ€™re not already connected with me there, make sure you do!

UPDATE: I never made it back to Korea sadly (long story!). Instead I went to Russia and became fluent in Russian (see here).

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Donovan Nagel - B. Th, MA AppLing
I'm an Applied Linguistics graduate, teacher and translator with a passion for language learning (especially Arabic).
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Craig

Craig

์•„์•„ ๋„๋„ˆ๋ฒˆ์”จ... ๋น„๋””์˜ค๋ฅผ๋ณด๋‹ˆ๊นŒ์กฐ๊ธˆ์Šฌํผ์š”. 11๊ฐœ์›”์—๋งŒ๊ทธ๋ ‡๊ฒŒ๋ฐฐ์šด๊ฒŒ์ •๋ง์ž˜๋ฐฐ์šฐ์…จ๋Š”๋ฐ์กฐ๊ธˆ๋”์˜ค๋ž˜ํ•œ๊ตญ์—์„œ์‚ด๊ณ ์กฐ๊ธˆ๋”๋…ธ๋ ฅ์„ํ•˜์‹œ๋ฉด์ •๋ง์ž˜ํ•˜์‹ค๊ฒƒ๊ฐ™์œผ๋‹ˆ๊นŒ์š”. ํ•œ๊ตญ์–ด๋Š”๊ฒฐ๊ตญ์‹œ๊ฐ„์ด์ข€์ง€๋‚˜์•ผ๋งŒ๋ฐฐ์šธ์ˆ˜์žˆ๊ณ ๋งˆ์Šคํ„ฐํ• ๋ ค๋ฉดํ‰์ƒ๊ฐ€์•ผ๋˜๊ฑฐ๋“ ์š”^^ ์ €๊ฐ™์€๊ฒฝ์šฐ๋Š”ํ˜ธ์ฃผ์‚ฌ๋žŒ์œผ๋กœ์„œ์‹ญ๋…„๋„˜๊ฒŒํ•œ๊ตญ์–ด๋ฅผ๊ณต๋ถ€ํ–ˆ๋Š”๋ฐ์•„์ง๋ฉ€์—ˆ๋‹ค๊ณ ์ƒ๊ฐํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๋„๋„ˆ๋ฒˆ์”จ์˜ํ•œ๊ตญ์–ด์™€๋‹ค๋ฅธ๋‚˜๋ผ๋ง์–ดํ•™์—ฐ์ˆ˜์—๋Œ€์„ฑ๊ณต๋˜์‹œ๊ธธ! Iโ€™m the Australian guy who was in Gwangyang and was going to meet you in Gumi back then but didnโ€™t get around to it. ์ €๋„์ง€๊ธˆํ˜ธ์ฃผ์—์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ค‘๊ตญ์–ด์—ด๊ณต์ค‘์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์•ž์œผ๋กœ๋„ํ•œ๊ตญ์–ด๊ณต๋ถ€๋ฅผ์กฐ๊ธˆ์”ฉ๊ณ„์†ํ•˜์‹œ์ฃ . ํ™”์ดํŒ…! Craig.

Eleanor

Eleanor

Hello there, itโ€™s good to learn that progress video of your regarding your Korean learning process. Itโ€™s a tough language and since 2008 Iโ€™ve started learning it but till now struggling to speak fluently, but Iโ€™m enjoying whatever Iโ€™ve learned so far. Hope youโ€™re also enjoying learning Korean as well.

JJJ

JJJ

Learning Korean is like climbing up the Mt. Everest!! Itโ€™s a very difficult language to go through and Iโ€™m having hard time in my third month of Korean language training. Although your progress is very impressive!!

@LITMK

@LITMK

Thanks for this post. It seems like a good idea to record yourself like this. I also find it difficult to remember the mistakes I make during a conversation. I remember at the time, and then as the conversation progresses, I may forget. I will give it a try.

Olivia

Olivia

Progress video of your Korean language speaking is truly amazing. Iโ€™ve heard that Korean language is very tough to learn and they have lot of words and grammatical ways as well. Iโ€™ve intention to learn Korean but always feeling scary about the situation I will go through during such process.

James Duffy

James Duffy

๋Œ€๋‹จํ•ด์š”! 11๊ฐœ์›” ๋ฐ–์— ๊ณต๋ถ€ ์•ˆํ–ˆ๋Š”๋ฐ ๊ทธ๋ ‡๊ฒŒ ์ž˜ํ•ด์š”~ ์•ž์œผ๋กœ ์นœ๊ตฌ๋“ค์ด ํ•œ๊ตญ์–ด ์–ด๋ ต๋‹ค๊ณ  ๋ถˆํ‰ํ• ๋•Œ ๊ทธ๋ƒฅ ๊ทธ ๋น„๋””์˜ค๋ฅผ ๋ณด๋‚ด์ค„๊ฑฐ์—์š” ใ…‹ใ…‹

์ €๋„ ํ•œ๊ตญ์–ด ๊ณต๋ถ€ํ•˜๋Š”๋ฐ ์ด์ œ 5๋…„ ๋์–ด์š”. ์ œ ์ƒ๊ฐ์—” ์ œ์ผ ์–ด๋ ค์šด ์ ์ด ์žฌ๋ฏธ์žˆ๋Š” ๋ฏธ๋””์–ด ๋ถ€์กฑํ•˜๋Š”๊ฑฐ์—์š”... ์ผ๋ณธ์–ด ๊ณต๋ถ€ํ•˜๋ ค๊ณ  ํ•˜๋ฉด ์žฌ๋ฐŒ๋Š” ์•„๋‹ˆ๋ฉ”์ด์…˜์ด๋‚˜ ์˜ํ™”๊ฐ€ ๋˜๊ฒŒ ๋งŽ์ง€๋งŒ ํ•œ๊ตญ์–ด ๋ฏธ๋””์–ด ์ข€... ์ € ํ•œ๊ตญ ๋“œ๋ผ๋งˆ ์‹ซ๊ฑฐ๋“ ์š” ใ…‹ใ…‹

์•”ํŠผ ์ง„ํ–‰์„ ๊ณต์œ ํ•ด์ค˜์„œ ๊ฐ์‚ฌํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๋‹ค์Œ ์–ธ์–ด ๋„์ „์ด ์ž˜ ๋˜๊ธธ ๋ฐ”๋ž˜์š”!

Lucian

Lucian

James, we donโ€™t know what you wrote! What language is this,korean?

Max Bronson

Max Bronson

์ด‰์•„ํ•ด์š” Donovan! Youโ€™re progress is pretty impressive. Hope you have a great time back in Aussie.

What was the thing about learning Korean that stands out as being extra difficult or interesting for you?

Donovan Nagel

Donovan Nagel

Thanks, Max! ^^

Definitely word order.

I think thatโ€™s hands down the most challenging thing for English speakers when learning a language like Korean. Other than that, I donโ€™t think itโ€™s a very difficult language.

How long have you been learning Korean yourself?

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