I have to be honest. I have been struggling with this whole language learning thing. I watched a video without subtitles and when I say I was lost, I was lost!
Now at this point I have completed all the Korean books in Living Language. I have completed Advanced and I am just finishing reviewing what I learnt to cement it in my mind. So I should be good right?
I guess not.
Now I have definitely improved but at the same time I feel like I’m stuck. It’s like there’s a ceiling and I’m touching it and I just need something to finally push me through. My mom thinks that actually going to Korea would be that thing that pushes me through and I agree honestly.
There’s only so much that you can do when learning on your own and I have been learning on my own for 80% of my Korean learning. It’s difficult especially when you have no one to talk to, to practise with.
So then it made me think about how I learn and what’s the best way to get it all to sink in and to stay in.
Keeping it fresh in your mind is one thing and I’ve noticed now that I’ve started watching Korean programmes again I have starting improving at a faster rate again. There’s something about actually hearing native speakers conversing and immersing yourself in that. When not able to go to the country watching shows from that country is the second best thing, also listening to songs from that country.
I’ve also started using Duolingo again. It has vocabulary that my books did not have and I get to practise what I’ve learnt and the nature of Duolingo forces you to review to keep it fresh in your mind.
Also I need to stop being hard on myself. Sure I’m not fluent but I am much better off than I was a year ago and I need to remember that the next time I feel down.
Half of language learning is passion and confidence honestly. You really need to have both to have any hope of improving and succeeding.
If you have any tips for me please share in the comments 😀