19 hours until the Topik Intermediate 34….

And my brain is fried. I went to the dentist yesterday to get my crown installed and seeing that it only took 10 minutes, I decided to pop into the bookstore across the street to buy Topik preparation book since I could no longer bear to re-study the same tests. The book is pictured at the top, and like the EBS book, is REALLY good. So much better than the Topik Master’s book. The tests weren’t the exact same as the exams, but they mirror them enough for you to feel like you’re practicing.

Anyway, the book has 4 exams in it. I started it this morning and have successfully made it through 1 exam. Well 3/4th of an exam. I didn’t do the listening part. I did however do quite well on the reading and the grammar portion, and feel “prepared” for the Topik tomorrow. When I tried to do the next exam, however, I just felt burned out. Like my brain just can’t take anymore studying. I was getting tired of trying to solve the problems. I was getting tired of reading all the answer choices and wondering if I selected the right one. I was just getting tired. Not tired of Korean, but tired of studying for the Topik. My brain has officially had enough.

With the Topik less than 20 hours away, I’ve decided to stop “preparing” for it. I plan on reviewing my adverbs, grammar and idioms and that’s it. The way I see it, if I’m not ready at this point, then I’m not ready for the exam. I also felt it was best to just stop overdoing it since I kind of need to be ready for the exam tomorrow. I just closed my preparation book, turned on Hulu and started watching a drama called School 2013. This is will be my listening practice for tonight and that’s it.

I’m going to ride this thing on out calmly and collectively. I thought I would be more nervous or anxious about it, but I find I am not. I’m just tired and worn out. Good luck to everyone who is still currently preparing for the exam, and to those who have taken it already. I will see you on the other side of the Topik 34.




By Charm

I am an American living in Korea, teaching English to Korean students, and Korean to myself. Topik here I come!

Comments (2)
  1. MyRussianNotebook April 20, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Good luck with the TOPIK exam! It’s interesting to hear about your language journey! I had learned Hangul last year, but had to put Korean on hold for now to focus on Russian (I only want to learn these 2 languages in my life.. studying both at the same time proved to be too difficult though). I get impatient so reading Korean language blogs is my way of getting my fix! And I like your blog because you seem to track your progress well.

    • Charm April 20, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      Thanks, I think (hope?) I did well today. Did you find Russian more difficult than Korean? Or was it vice versa? The same? I’ve always thought Russian seemed too….bold? Lol, the lettering is so huge and in your face. It has an intimidation factor to it like Chinese, Japanese and Arabic.

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