Talking to Myself: Can You Be Your Own Language Partner?

I’m listening to Hamasaki Ayumi and wondering why it’s not socially acceptable to speak to yourself. Who is it weird for? People who aren’t in on your kickass conversation? People who don’t get all your inside jokes? Who? I only say this because, as someone who has been relatively shy and not quite so keen to speak a different language in front of other people, I’m used to having quick convos with myself – nothing too substantial, I promise – in the language I’m learning. I can admit that I’ve…

Listen and Learn: How to Learn Through Music

Learning anything from scratch can be incredibly daunting, and learning a new language is even more so. There’s a difference between casually trolling through Wikipedia, reading every article on the mass marketing of chocolate, and proclaiming yourself a pro in the field. This is a language, a whole other mode of communication. This is different than impressing your friends with vagrant knowledge of cocoa beans. This is impressing your friends with vagrant knowledge of cocoa beans in Spanish. Or, you know, whatever you decide to pick up. For a complete…

Language Post #2 – Watching Shows

**Image from Google/DramaFever** The post after the Korean Alphabet, I figured the next step or resource to check out is Korean Shows. Now it doesn’t necessarily doesn’t have to be dramas because I hear that it’s not really everyday speech depending on the show but I still think it’s better than listening to music. I heard that music is usually metaphoric and flowery so it wouldn’t make much sense. I also admit some dramas or most, are kind of exaggerated so I know some people that may not enjoy them.…

First Language Post – Where to Start?

For this series, I will be posting resources and tad bits I find while learning Korean. I have not traveled yet so I will be trying use as much resources so I can see if I can make up not being fully immersed into it. So the first post, I figured I should start with what is fundamental to the Korean language. Every textbook or site I came across said to start with Hangul (한글). Hangul is the Korean alphabet. Textbooks usually brush over them in the beginning. When I…