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Working, a party from work, as well as Christmas with the family. I’m still sick while catching up on school work. Those are my 5 excuses for not posting anything for nearly 2 weeks. I still felt that I should at least post once more this year, and what else to post about? I’ve never been big on doing new years resolutions because of the disappointment that I will probably have when I fail them anyway. Thinking about that more though, it is a key problem with my work ethic. Giving up before actually trying anything. I am currently building a 3D Rasterizer from scratch for school and I basically stopped building for 3 entire days because I got stuck. (Granted, I tried fixing it for 10+ hours). I still think it’s unacceptable and simply a waste.

Fixing my work ethic is an absolute must if I want to accomplish anything this year. I called 2013 “my year” with the advancements I made with my company in late 2012, but it all sort of fell apart. There were reasons obviously, and they are not completely invalid but it has affected me for too long in my opinion. Time to move on.

In 2014 I will…

… stick with my projects.

… finish all my school courses.

… take the TOPIK test.

… post on this blog at least once every 3 days.

… dedicate at least one hour to Korean, every day!

… start specializing myself in one area of programming and become an absolute guru in it.

… spend less money on stuff I don’t need.

PS:
I really enjoyed the SBS and MBC gayo this year! SBS even made a song, pretty good! :)

On the very right of this post I’ve had a “Upcoming posts” section for the longest time. I added it, and then ignored it? Now that doesn’t seem fair at all. First order of business: A/V-겠다

So far I’ve encountered two uses for this pattern but I think there is a few more, possibly if combined with other particles or patterns.

Use #1: Expressing the intention or will of the speaker.
This use roughly translates to “I will…”, “I am going to…” or “I plan to…”. This form is actually seen in some of the most commonly known idioms. See sentence 1 of the examples below!

Regular form Negated form
A/V + 겠다 A/V + (안 겠다) / (-지 않겠다)

An important thing to note for this use is that it can’t be used when the subject is in the third person.

Examples:

Sentence
1 I will eat well. / I will enjoy the food.
먹겠습니다
2 저는 내일부터 게임을 덜 하겠어요.
Starting tomorrow, I will play games less often.
3 오늘 밤에 한국 음식점에 갈 거예요. 그래서 요리하지 않겠어요.
I am going to a Korean restaurant tonight. So I will not cook today.

Use #2: Expressing a supposition or making a conjecture.
This use can for example be used to state assumptions or inferring things. It corresponds to “to look / seem like”, “to sound like” or “to appear like”. It can also be used in the past tense. As far as I can tell though, the past tense conjugation is not frequently used. (Google results counting, maybe it’s a colloquial thing.)

Present tense Past tense
A/V + 겠다 A/V + 았/었 + 겠다

Examples:

Sentence
1 That test seems really difficult.
그 시험이 아주 힘들겠어요.
2 The food on the restaurant menu looks good. Right?
외식메뉴에 음식이 맛있겠어요. 그렇죠?
3 She must have left.
그 여자는 떠났겠다.

A question on /r/korean today was about Korean subtitles for Korean shows. I have been looking for resources like this for quite some time. Aside from the occasional Korean DVD, Korean subtitles are severely lacking. I’m very pleased to say that I finally have found somewhere to go!

데프무비 (DeafMov) is a Korean community that creates Korean subtitles for movies, dramas and animations to help the hearing impaired. With possibly the most confusing sign-up process ever (which of course is completely in Korean), I managed to introduce myself as a Korean learner from the Netherlands that wanted to use their subtitles for learning.

While I was a little nervous about it because obviously I am not hearing impaired and fall outside of the target audience I got welcomed into their community!

As a test I grabbed the Korean subtitles for 굿닥터 #1 and I’m happy to say that it worked perfectly. I’m so happy!!! 

With my previous iTalki teacher a weekly assignment was to watch a drama and to do an interpretation exercise. Listen to the episode, pick 3 lines from it and try to write it down in Korean. Not only was this really fun, (watching dramas for homework, yes please!), it was a good way to practice listening. Back then I noticed getting better every week. Now I can do this all the time!

Yes! I love you reddit! I love you DeafMov! 😀

감사합니다!!!

Alright so I haven’t posted in nearly 2 weeks and I feel really bad about it. The truth is school work is piling up again because I’m still working too much to actually earn money for my expensive lifestyle (l0l, why are flight tickets to Korea so expensive?). That or maybe I should not have bought that PlayStation 4. You might have guessed it already, this blog post is not entirely about Korean.

Failing school by being intimidated.
Alright, so maybe I’m not working this much just because I want to earn money. The truth is that I’m failing school because for some unknown reason I have become intimidated by the programming assignments. Is this intimidation justified? Not at all. I finally proved that today.

What happened today you may ask? Well, I actually finished implementing Tf-Idf in C++ which, just 2 days ago, I considered to be too hard or too bothersome. Within effectively 5 to 10 hours I now have a fully operational solution which in my opinion is very elegant. Let me just say it right now. This project was easy, and I underestimated myself heavily.

Does this affect my Korean as well?
Unfortunately, I think so. I sucked at learning languages in high school. I was actually so bad that I had to study too many hours for a 55% passing grade. I was absolutely convinced that languages were not my thing and that I would not be able to learn any, ever. (Except of course English, because c’mon… I’m from the internet!)

The only thing I remember being good at in language learning was vocabulary. I was able to push words into my memory like no other. 50+ words a day without much hassle. In fact, I was able to do about 20 to 30 for Korean too when I finished learning Hangul. I remember using Memrise for this, back when it just launched.

Right now though, I’m not learning any vocabulary at all. I learn some new ones in my iTalki lessons which I hope will have stuck around until the next lesson. I’m forgetting words I knew before and so on. Am I underestimated myself again? Pretty sure I am.

What does this mean?
With the actual proof that I can do a good job if I just do it I have finally started up Memrise again. I also intend to create a special section here on the blog which will list all the words I know with some fancy filters such as word categories, date learned or just sorted by Jamo. Look forward to it!