Hey everyone! So I've been at an intermediate level in Korean for a little while, but I'm always curious about how other language learners make that step from intermediate to advanced level in a language.
I've had about 30+ conversations in Korean so far and I listen to Korean media almost every day, but I still struggle making more complex sentences, expressing myself better, etc. There is so much vocabulary I have yet to learn, no matter how many words I manage to memorize on a daily basis. There are days when I can have comfortable conversations about a variety of topics, and other days when I can't understand words that I should know or be able to speak clearly. It becomes a bit discouraging sometimes.
In summary, I don't understand how intermediate language learners become so advanced in a language, and I would love to know your thoughts or personal experiences. Thanks a bunch!
I have always difficulty understanding what the native speakers say though I've been studying English for a long time.
So I just want you to watch some videos of some Korean learners, who are well known to speak Korean very well.
https://youtu.be/-5C-bXyzn5Y He is sometimes said to know more words than nomal Koreans. Hahahaha!
https://youtu.be/cJ4uIXIIy0M She is really famous in Korea. Hahahaha!
I hope these two videos will help you!
Sounds like you've hit "the wall". There's a point in learning a language where you do not see as rapid improvement as previously seen. That's normal, just keep at it. Test yourself in many different ways, do something totally different and get outside your comfort zone (safely of course), for lack of a better explanation, the experience can stimulate your brain a little differently and better prepare you for other situations.
There will be times where you feel no improvement at all, but the last thing you should do is get discouraged, and never compare yourself to others!!
I felt the same way. I felt like I'll be at an intermediate level of English forever and ever. That feeling lasted for 3-4 years. If you don't get discouraged or lazy as I did during that period, I can assure you that you'll definitely get to an advanced level. "Practice makes perfect" is an old saying and a cliche but it is the truth. Keep practicing and try to meet challenges. Try to meet and hang out with as many Korean as possible where you live. Or even better, buy a ticket to Korea and put yourself into a situation where you have to speak in Korean. 힘내요!
*ways that I study English: watch TV series/movies without subtitles (if you really can't hear certain words, then get a help from the subtitles), record yourself reading a book or an article (it's even better if there's a recording material of native speaker so that you can compare yourself and the native speaker), read a news article or books everyday and note vocabularies from those