I've been learning the korean language for almost 3 years now. I still pretty much suck. I haven't studied it formally but just through interacting with native speakers. Trying to shoot the shit with them over drinks, or chat with taxi drivers and that kind of thing.
I'm at the stage where I understand most of the basic grammar, and have a reasonable vocabulary of possibly a thousand or so words that I can use and maybe another 1 or 2 thousand I'm familiar with when I hear them. I tend to pick up a few new words every week even if I'm not studying, just through repeatedly hearing them. It's the same with new grammar points, I'll learn a new one maybe once every few weeks. Just by hearing it and looking it up, and they seem to stick pretty easily
Nevertheless, I'm still pretty unsatisified with my progress. I have to think a lot when I speak, composing most of the sentence in my head before openening my mouth. Listening to new and exotic utterances is still supremely difficult for me. For that reason, I find reading and writing, eg. over text-messaging apps, much easier.
Right now I'm trying to do repeated listening to improve my listening comprehension, and hopefully that will improve my speaking too. I've found a series of short (2-3mins per episode) web dramas which I enjoy listening to. But are quite challenging, as they make no concessions for language learners. There are, however, korean and english subtitles, which helps a lot.
I am working on creating companion pieces to these dramas, with annotations explaining any unusual vocabulary, grammar points, usages thereof, or ways of speaking (from the perspective of an intermediate learner).
If you find any errors in transcriptions, or annotations, or if you just enjoy these and find them useful. Please do let me know at (gianni at scaramanga dot co dot uk).
These are not annotated or finished yet
In no particular order. For this, but also for their continual patience and help with all matters korean.
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