This has been stilling in my drafts since mid-September. I am trying to get better about documenting (and making) progress in my language studies. I found a study partner for Korean, now we just need to solidify a schedule to chat regularly about our progress.
After this weekend, I need to come up with a plan to force myself to study my target languages on a more regular basis. I always think about them during the day, but then I am usually too "busy" to stop what I am doing to work on them. This struggle seems to be the case with my study buddy. I am glad I'm not alone.
I dilly dallyed with actually mastering hangul for the longest time. Part of the problem was that I was half-assing it, the other problem was that what ever method I was using to learn hangul just wasn't working for me and I didn't do anything about it. I started "trying" to learn hangul towards the end of 2016. I just got the hang of hangul a few months ago... y'all its almost May of 2017. What was I doing for basically 6 months?? Lord knows, but now I can kinda read hangul. Of course I am still learning syllables like 의, 워, 와 etc. I plan on writing about apps and websites I am using to further my studies in a later post. Below is the video and comic that finally made me get serious about improving my hangul reading.
I really hope I will later look back at this post and laugh, because at the moment I am straight up frustrated with myself. I've been occasionally studying 한글 for a few months now and I still don't have it down to the T. The reason I'm annoyed by this is because 한글 only consists of 24 letters. Thats less than the English alphabet and Japanese writing system, both of which I know pretty well. I am unable to pinpoint where my problem lies. Maybe I am subconsciously not as eager to learn Korean as I was with Japanese? Maybe I'm not watching enough Kdramas or listening to enough Kpop? Maybe I'm simply not putting in the time? Maybe the Korean sounds are tripping me up? What ever it is, I plan on overcoming it. 한글 is just too easy to not learn. For studying purposes, I am going to write my 한글 notes below.
I don't know when I came to this conclusion, but I want to become a polyglot. Sometime in 2016 I had this unavoidable longing to learn another language... or three. Out of nowhere I got irritated with myself that I only spoke English. I took Spanish in high school for three years and my proficiency is elementary level (at best). Something about knowing another language just makes me feel like a more open-minded and culturally aware person. I've started self-studying different languages in the past, including: Norwegian, Italian, German etc. but none of them really stuck. It wasn't until I started studying Japanese that things started to turn around. I blame my great interest in anime and Japanese Rock music for this.
I started teaching myself Japanese early April 2016 with the help of a website I found. I still have not clue how I came across it but it really changed everything for me. I kept a notebook of everything I learned and within a few months I had all of hiragana and katakana down (two out of the three writing systems in Japan). Reaching that milestone was really exciting.