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As an assignment for my Korean teacher I had to write a self introduction in Korean (of course). This took me way longer than I would like to admit, and I’m sure there is was a lot wrong with it. ㅠㅠ”

어서오세요! 이 블로그는 자기소개서 될 겁니다.
어서오세요! 이 블로그는 자기소개서입니다.

저는 조디입니다. 네덜란드 남자입니다.

저는 프로그밍하고 한국을 좋아합니다.
저는 프로그래밍하고 한국을 좋아합니다.

그럼 저는 공식적으로 언어를 10개 이상 소통할 수 있습니다!! 농담으로 해 본 소리입니다.
그리고 (그래서?) 저는 공식적으로 언어를 10개 이상 할 수 있습니다!! 농담으로 해 본 소리입니다.

2년 쯤 전에 한국말을 공부하기 시작했습니다. 금년에 한국에 다녀왔습니다.
2년 전쯤에 한국말을 공부하기 시작했습니다. 금년에 한국에 다녀왔습니다.

하지만 저희 한국말을 아직도 상당히 고약했습니다저는 다음 에 더 잘 하고 싶습니다.
하지만 제 한국말이 아직도 상당히 좋지 않았습니다. 다음 해에는 더 잘 하고 싶습니다.

저는 여기에서 약 진전하고 문제들을 쓸 겁니다.
(Completely wrong)

감사합니다!

조디

The final result:

어서오세요! 이 블로그는 자기소개서입니다.

저는 조디입니다. 네덜란드 남자입니다.

저는 프로그래밍하고 한국을 좋아합니다. 그리고 저는 공식적으로 언어를 10개 이상 할 수 있습니다!! 농담으로 해 본 소리입니다.

2년 전쯤에 한국말을 공부하기 시작했습니다. 금년에는 한국에 다녀왔습니다. 하지만 제 한국말이 아직도 상당히 좋지 않았습니다. 다음 해에는 더 잘 하고 싶습니다.

감사합니다!

조디

I post not nearly enough. But I’ve got something tiny to share again… I am currently developing some cool things, related to my passion for K-pop and learning Korean…

I could very well make it into a small educational game as well… Possibly something that could be worth checking out (soon^tm)! :)

I’ve always been a fan of italki and their service. I’ve used it for both professional and community tutoring and both times were good and fun. My first teacher was a professional teacher and her lessons were so informative and fun. It’s truly sad that she had to quit because of personal issues that I will not post here.

After this I got in touch with a community tutor, which was a lot more informal and unstructured. I asked for things, I got my answers. For me this is a little harder to do because my Korean studies have never been too structured in the first place. Something that I now regret when I decided to take the TOPIK.

I’m glad to say that just half an hour ago I finished my trial session with another professional teacher and she basically confirmed all my weaknesses in my Korean studies. Speaking and listening for me are by far the hardest and I feel confident that with her lessons I can improve again.

I’m excited to take lessons again! :)

So I haven’t really studied yet since I came back from Korea last week and my excuse is that I am catching up on all the dramas that I’ve missed out on last month. I remember putting on the pilot episode of Good Doctor on my iPad for the flight to Seoul but I never watched it. As I have nobody that actually shares my interest in Korean drama shows, which ultimately isn’t that weird, I’ll just leave it here.

Heartless City is going strong, I went up to the halfway point I believe and it’s been amazing. There are the Korean cliches, but this drama has some of the most unexpected plot twists probably in TV ever. It’s exciting, well produced and in my opinion a must watch for anyone. The reason however why I temporarily stopped at the halfway point is Good Doctor.

Good doctor is probably the biggest surprise for me this year. I’ve never been fond of medical dramas in particular. I imagined lots of crying and cliches. While this is partially true I can not help but empathize with and cheer for 박시온. The autistic aspect can be a little annoying at times but it makes sense.

The real reason why I am completely hooked however is 문채원. Wow, she can act! Her eyes tell entire tales and the smile she can put on could charm anyone. Cute, strong and determined. In my opinion a perfect combination for a character. It’s usual for the love interests to come forward slowly in Korean dramas but damn I’m aching badly for it!

There’s something about Good doctor that made me sit down for 4 hours, 3 days straight to watch it all through. The worst thing is that now I actually have to wait an entire week for more. UGH!

As a final note, I’ll just leave this here…

I’ve been thinking for some time now, how cool would it be if there was a Khan Academy for Korean?

For people that are not familiar with Khan Academy, it is a website that offers lessons and most importantly, interactive exercises, for a variety of topics in areas such as math and physics. It’s truly a wonderful way to learn as the exercises are generated to keep coming up with new questions.

Wouldn’t this be possible for Korean too? What if I made something like this? It could feature exercises such as reading time, writing dates, it could even do proper conjugation checking for verbs. I have so many ideas and no clue where to begin.

I would definitely say this is food for thought though.

On a side note, I’m back from Korea and am setting up a proper studying schedule. I will post more about it soon! :)