Update On My First Week In Korea With A Video Of My Apartment

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Update On My First Week In Korea With A Video Of My Apartment

Gโ€™day from Korea! ๐Ÿ™‚

I thought Iโ€™d share a very quick โ€˜first week in Koreaโ€™ update with a video of my tiny apartment for anyone interested.

Iโ€™ve been here in Gumi, South Korea for a little over a week now adjusting to a new lifestyle, new apartment, new job and of course, a completely new language.

So far Iโ€™m loving it.

Itโ€™s been an intense yet very productive first week โ€“ even though Iโ€™ve been working normal 8 hour days since I arrived with limited opportunities to get out and explore, Iโ€™ve been able to experience and observe many elements of Korean culture and have been able to learn lots of the language already.

Iโ€™ve been spending two 15 minute study periods a day gradually working through two books โ€“ Teach Yourself Korean and Elementary Korean โ€“ while using the rest of my time to practice around the neighbourhood and at work.

Remember that itโ€™s very important to limit your time studying because the more you try to cram in, the less youโ€™ll retain.

One great thing about where Iโ€™m working is that Iโ€™m surrounded by native Koreans all day who are more than happy to help me (Iโ€™m constantly firing off questions while taking notes) and lots of children who as Iโ€™ve said before are often the best people to learn from.

Gumi, South Korea

Iโ€™ll be starting to post progress videos over the coming weeks so make sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel and keep checking back here as well.

Thanks everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

Video of my apartment in Gumi (๊ตฌ๋ฏธ), South Korea

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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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I'll be curious to see what you think of TY Korean. The TY series seem to vary so much from one language to another.

In any case, best of luck to you in Korea... have a blast!



Fantastic! Before you, I'd never heard anyone propose the concept that children were the best people to learn from, very cool...could you possibly get some video of you talking with some kids to demonstrate the concept? I think that would be awesome and really help you to illustrate what you're trying to say with regards to that, nothing works like a demonstration.

Best of luck to you and I look forward to your updates.




Happy Chuseok, Donovan!!



์•ˆ๋…•ํ•˜์„ธ์š”! Hi Donovan! I just randomly stumbled upon your blog and I'm glad I did! I live in Yangsan, just north of Busan, and I've been living in Korea for 2 years. I'm an organizer of Languagecast Busan, a casual weekly meeting of polyglots and eager language learners. :)

Hope you've checked out talktomeinkorean.com. There is a pretty strong community of youtubers here and between us all we speak quite a few languages! We'd love for you to connect with us during your stay here. My youtube channel is evannrachel!
๋งŒ๋‚˜์„œ ๋ฐ˜๊ฐ€์›Œ์š”!



์•ˆ๋…•ํ•˜์„ธ์š”? ์ œ๊ฐ€ ์•„๊นŒ ์˜์–ด๋กœ ๊ธ€์„ ์˜ฌ๋ ธ๋Š”๋ฐ ์ง€๊ธˆ๋ถ€ํ„ฐ ์žฌ๋ฏธ๋กœ ํ•œ๊ธ€๋กœ ์จ๋ณผ๊ป˜์š”ใ…‹ใ…‹ ์ €๋„ ํ˜ธ์ฃผ์‚ฌ๋žŒ์ธ๋ฐ ์ „๋‚จ๊ด‘์–‘์—์„œ์‚ด์•„์š”. ์ด๋ฆ„์€ ํฌ๋ ˆ์ต์ด๊ตฌ์š”. ๋‚˜์ค‘์— ํŽ˜์ด์Šค๋ถ์œผ๋กœ ์—ฐ๋ฝํ• ๊ป˜์š”. ํ•œ๊ตญ์—์„œ์˜ ์‚ถ์„ ๋‚ ๋งˆ๋‹ค ์žฌ๋ฐŒ๊ฒŒ... ^^

Richard Dillon

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Nice post, Donovan! You seem to be adjusting quite nicely in Gumi. I half expected your apartment to be a little bigger as you’re in a small town, or that maybe you’d have rented a traditional Korean house. At least you can practice your music and blog in peace! I’m not sure if I could live in such a compact space and I’m too afraid to try. I’ve been lucky though – when I lived in Egypt the rentals were phenomenal. I couldn’t believe the amount of space for the price. My colleagues and I lived like kings!



Hi Donovan!
I realize I am replying to an old post, and this may sound like a silly question: but I would just like to know how much stuff you brought with you to Korea. I see you've got books, clothes, even your fiddle. I am about to permanently move to Budapest in 3 months and I am already planning on taking a lot of stuff with me. My language books are a non-negotiable, of course (i have a lot, I'm afraid). 2 suitcases are probably not enough :D Thank you! :)



Good Post. You are amazing! Good Luck and thank you for your YouTube cannal

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