So i've been learning Korean for nearly a year now and i'm having trouble keeping on top of it. I find myself learning in bursts, sometimes learning it for a few weeks and then finding myself not even touching my Korean folder for months or even learning Korean at all. I guess it's just because i'm studying the same way all the time (By printing a page, highlighting it and then writing a overlook/review in a notebook for future reference)
My method seems very continuous and boring, I want to be more dedicated to my Korean and since I have 4 weeks of school there is plenty of time to study. So i'm wondering if anyone has any fun/easy tips or ways of they learn Korean or languages in general.
What I do is I either take pictures or cut them out in newspapers or magazines associated with the word. I put my favorite Korean idols next to the picture and behind the flash card with the word. Fun and creative way to remember my words.
I know i'm not much of an authority here, but here goes. I went through, what you are going through. I'm actually a beginner in Korean. But I started over a year ago, then stopped because of University and committing to a work/ study balance.
Are you bored of studying? what's your goal? What made you want to start learning Korean? What do you want to learn in Korean?
I think the last question is the most important! I don't know what your learning, or your level. All i know is that if your not learning words you need, then your wasting your time. I mean, not in a bad way, its just it could be more productive if you focus on vocab, grammar and expressions that are going to be useful to you in everyday life.
So I would focus on the areas you want to learn. For me, i'm basically rejecting reading and writing. I know how to do it, sure i'm slow. But its more important to be able to listen and speak than anything else. IMO
Hope this helps. I mean, if your learning stuff that is relevant to you, either career wise or personal, then its always going to be interesting. ^^ good luck.
Thank you so much for your ideas! And if find ways of learning I will definatley share them with you.
It makes me feel better knowing that I'm not the only one experiencing this :) I've been studying for about two months and I've done the same thing: kept a notebook to study with and make flashcards of things I feel are really important. I also like to look up certain words or phrases in my favorite kpop songs (and those are the ones I know the best!). I agree with everyone else when they say that the conversational aspect is the most important and probably the best way to remember everything. If you aren't already, say everything you're studying out loud. Maybe even create your own conversation and say it to yourself in the mirror? Crazy, I know! But that's how I passed my Spanish speaking assesments in school.
I'd love to know if you find anything else helpful! :)
Talktomeinkorean.com has a variety of materials that you may find more interesting. Personally, it was impossible for me to learn Korean outside of Korea. I am not interested in Korean pop culture so it was difficult to find resources that interested me.
If you have a passion for learning Korea and visiting Korea, it is very easy. English teachers are in high demand there and the pay is great. All you need is a certificate such as a CELTA and then you can learn through immersion.