Monthly Archives: June 2013

It’s Here! [Thank you twoChois!]

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IT’S HERE!

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I didn’t expect the package to get here so soon, but it did. The post office had me run back and forth today, but it was delivered to my apartment safely. ^.^

I’ll do a thorough review on the book once I really start using it, but for now it’s pictures, a packaging review, and =DDD.

I haven’t ordered anything from twoChois before, so this is the first time I’m receiving something from them. I have to say, they put a LOT of care and effort into making sure you get everything in excellent condition.

I was only expecting one book (Complete Guide to the TOPIK: Beginner), but on the parcel, I see: 1 book, 1 notebook, 1 newspaper and I’m like, “Woah! More stuff?” I had no idea I was getting all of that. XD

Inside the parcel, everything is wrapped in bubble wrap. (Yay protection!)

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And then everything is in plastic.

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And then each individual item is in plastic as well. It was amazing. I’ve never received something so carefully packaged.

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LOOK AT THE PROTECTION AND CARE (feat. my microwave and stove)

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Side Note: If you’re living in the U.S. like I am, you know that shipping from Korea can get expensive especially if you’re purchasing books. It’s why we have to look for U.S.-based shippers or save up a bit before buying anything. If you ever buy books from twoChois and shipping makes you and your wallet go TToTT from buying IDEK 3-5 books, know that it is being packaged VERY well and will get to you safely.  It’s worth it. I was planning on buying from Hanbooks in August, but buying in bulk from twoChois is the better option. The books are cheaper and the total (w/ shipping) is a little less than just the books’ subtotal at Hanbooks. Oh and again: it’s sooooo carefully packaged. I’m really impressed and happy.

;-; <– tears of happiness

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The notebook is adorable and funny. I love it. XD I’ll probably use it for when I’m out and about and need to make a note to put in my notebook later. Handwritten notes with packages are always a plus. ^.^

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I’ve always wanted an issue of this. Why? I don’t know. I’ve just seen it a lot and want it. XD

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Stay tuned for the book review. :D (I’m saying “stay tuned” like this is a TV channel… I wish I had my own TV channel. OTL)

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I’m a Parrot…

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I’ve been feeling like a parrot lately with all the Korean I’ve been mimicking everything from textbooks’ CDs to radio shows to dramas and idols. (To make it worse, I’m eating crackers right now… Polly wanted the cracker orz)

There are so many rising and falling tones in Korean and it’s just wonderful! :D More to learn and it’s currently difficult for me, but it’s all good.

AH! THE BUSAN DIALECT!

I love it. XD Little by little I can hear how it’s different from the dialect spoken in Seoul, but I can’t tell right off the bat yet. (Thanks Daehyun. I owe you cheesecake.)

This was just a short post to keep my blog alive. I kinda wish I wrote more on it though.

Book reviews are coming soon. I have stuff I keep forgetting to review and my gift from twochois is on the way. Still can’t believe I won. :DDD

Random last note: I’m trying to not study Japanese until July or until my Korean is up to my Japanese level and the urge to fly into a Japanese book is getting worse. I feel like an addict trying to resist what they know they want.

Where Do People Go After Book 1???

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Sometimes it’s so difficult to find book reviews on intermediate and advanced language books- especially video reviews. It’s as if people take on book 1 or book 1-1 or 1A and that’s that. I know a handful of bloggers I follow who do reviews on int. and adv. books (and I love you people THANK YOU), but once I search on places like YT or Amazon NOPE. XD

Take the Integrated Korean series for example. Beginner 1 has about 40 reviews but Intermediate 2 has tumbleweeds on the page. Where do the vast amount of people go after the first book? Do they go to another language? Another series? Do they table flip everything and stick with English?

I’m making it a goal to provide people with reviews on int. and adv. books when I get to that stage. There needs to be more of us who start learning a language and keep going. Needs. *-*

I don’t even know what kind of post this was. I just felt like writing something I noticed.

Rant/Motivation Post

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I don’t think many of my followers know this and I feel the need to explain: I’m the kind of person that gets frustrated with something that challenges them and then works hard to overcome it. If I ever rant about something difficult, it’s me kinda showing my motivation to work on it more. XD Does it make any sense? No? Yes? Keep reading either way.

I’m self-studying Korean and for Japanese I’m self-studying (s-s? Can I abbreviate it? Nah. Looks weird.) at the moment and I take classes when I’m in college. I’ve had more exposure to the Japanese language (listened to songs in Japanese at a young age and tried to sing what I heard/watched anime with and w/o subtitles as I tried to piece words together.) which is probably why it’s easier for me to pick it up, but compared to Korean it is much more difficult in terms of grammar and writing. Regardless of me acknowledging this difficulty, I keep running into the same problem: I can’t pronounce Korean to save my life.

Maybe I just sound okay speaking Korean and I’m being critical of myself, but oh my grapes and vines and wine glasses… Feeling comfortable with speaking Korean is going to be a long and hard journey for me.

Which has lead me to this post. :D

I feel really motivated to practice my reading and speaking, so I’m planning on devoting a lot of time to that. Recently I’ve been working on grammar and vocabulary, but pronunciation is kicking me in the kneecap and it hurts! I need my kneecap! I’m a dancer! ;-;

If you’re wondering where the sudden rage came from, it was because I was listening to Daehyun in an interview and he said, “…내 가슴에 불을 지펴봐” and I was trying to listen closely to how he said 불 because the difference between ㅂ/ㅍ and ㅈ/ㅊ gets me every time. I get the double consonants, but these suckers right here. Sometimes  ㅂ sounds aspirated like ㅍ. Same for ㅈ/ㅊ. One day I’ll get it. ONE. DAY. I’m watching you 자모… I’m watching you… Well, more like trying to pronounce, but you get what I mean.

[Apply Now] 6th Book Review Lucky Draw.

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My blog isn’t all that active, but I’m still going to try. ;A; I have a bunch of posts I keep forgetting to make. TToTT I’d love to finally have this book though. I should prepare from now if I’m planning on taking it next year.

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안녕하세요-

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This book is suitable for people who are willing to take TOPIK.

Book Info.

Complete_TOPIK_Basic_cover__83162.1364363020.1280.1280

Complete Guide to the TOPIK_Basic
Author : Seoul Korean Language Academy Book page : 200 pages Supplement : 2 Audio CDs

‘Complete Guide to the TOPIK Basic’ aims to be a perfect preparation book for the TOPIK tests for the basic level, which is, a proper standardization of Korean language principles. This book is focused on understanding of the TOPIK through sections divided by question type and includes in-depth explanations of questions from previous TOPIK tests. The book consists of Part 1, 2, and 3 in the order of expression (vocabulary & grammar, writing) and comprehension (listening and reading) according to the question types on the TOPIK. Thus, the learners can prepare for…

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