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A problem with making commitments on the internet is that once you don’t do it… it will get you! Right?

Last week, the first week of the vocabulary challenge, has been a nightmare for me. I’m currently still sick from what I hope to be a throat infection, (rather than something worse). My mom received bad news from the hospital for which I will have to go back home to figure stuff out. And even today, my bike got stolen from the station -_-”

Don’t mind me while I am delaying this challenge until further notice… :X

One of my biggest weaknesses, I feel, in Korean is my lack of vocabulary. (Aside my speaking intonation problems: 아니요… 질문을 아닙니다! ㅜㅜ). With my latest purchases from Twochois was “2000 essential Korean words for beginners”.

A big problem with learning languages is that it’s hard to see progress… right? You get discouraged more easily because it’s hard to notice if you are actually improving or not. While I can’t solve that particular problem, I could make a challenge for myself. Like a game, with a quantifiable outcome.

I will learn all 2000 words in this book, in 10 weeks. 

I have built 2 small applications I will use as my flashcard reviewing software. In addition, I will try to post near daily sentence writing posts with the words I have learned. And finally I will update my progress daily in the sidebar!

Wish me luck 😀

Yep, I’m still alive. Let’s continue… 😛

So last two iTalki lessons I got this pattern bashed into me… and it’s pretty great! I think it makes me sound so much smarter… ㅋㅋ Instead of asking, “Where is it?”, I can now say “Do you know where it is?”. Cool! :)

A/V – (으)ㄴ/는지
Right, so this pattern is a connective ending. It forms a bridge that corresponds with: who, what, where, when, how or whether. So far I’ve mostly used it with 알다 and 모르다, but according to Korean Grammar in Use it’s also used with 궁금하다, 질문하다, 조사하다, 알아보다, 생각나다, 말하다 and 가르치다.

Present tense Past tense
Action verb Descriptive verb Action verb & Descriptive verb
Verb stem + 는지 Verb stem + ㄴ/은지 Verb stem + 았/었는지

Examples:

Sentence
1 Aren’t you curious who my girlfriend is?
너는 제 여자친구가 누구인지 궁금하지 않아요?
2 Do you know where the bathroom is?
화장실이 어디에 있는지 아세요?
3 Please teach me how I can cook Bibimbap.
비빔밥을 어떻게 요리하는지 가르쳐 주세요