21 days ago I said I would be returning to regular posting soon. In that 21 days I’ve made exactly one post. ONE. This same exact degree of laziness befell me last year around this time as well. Maybe I should blame it on the season? Currently it is rainy season in Korea and when you wake up to the rain, work during the rain and go home in the rain, it doesn’t exactly inspire one to go home and study a foreign language for fun does it?
However, I am still making excuses, I admit. I am simply procrastinating. This time last year, I was stuck in the middle of my intermediate grammar book with no plans to on finishing it. I don’t remember how long this “phase” lasted, but I didn’t do anything involving Korean for about 3 months(?). Then around October a fire lit under my butt and I blew through the rest of my grammar book and lapped around for a victory dance.
Then I went to Japan.
I didn’t start preparing for the Topik specifically until the second weeks of January 2014. Somehow, despite all of my laziness, I managed to get to where I needed to be in most of the sections and pass the level 4. It just dawned on me as I sit here (doing nothing. really) that I didn’t actually spend a 1.5 years preparing for the Topik. If I added up all my “meh, I don’t want to do this” time for 2013 a total of about 7 months were spent actively studying Korean everyday.
Though I probably have an in-country advantage as well I suppose.
I was planning (lol, can we call it that?) on taking the Topik intermediate-advanced in 11 months or so, but as I look at the calender and recall all the wasted days, I truly wonder if I will be prepared for it in time. I look at my bookshelf and wonder when I’m going to take out that advanced grammar book and finish the grammar points leftover. To be honest, I’ve thought about it quite a few times, but I always make up some excuse not to.
“Tomorrow, I’ll start again”.
This is what I always do. It’s always kind of “worked” for me. Just winging it.
Oh how I wish that I was someone who could just stay on track.
p.s. I’m going to get off my lazy butt. You should see me and my “diet”. I’ve been going on a diet for like 3 months. It’s ridiculous.
It’s been two months. I got my TOPIK scores back and then fell off the planet Earth. I wanted so badly to start posting and making videos again, but I simply did not have the time. Sorry to all the people who kept checking my website to see if I’d come back.
I’m back now.
My hectic schedule has finally calmed down. I will finally be able to get back to studying some Korean. I haven’t opened my textbooks, or looked at a TOPIK test in 8 weeks. I will admit I’ve had some free time, but I wanted to rest considering I was helping build a hagwon for an entire month. Now I finally have the mental energy to start blogging again. I will probably upload at least ONE video for Class is in Session next week. So please stay tuned.
Oh, and I was so happy to see my Youtube channel was doing so well in my absence. I have nearly 1000 view and 21 subscribers. I know that’s not nearly as good as 99.9% of Youtubers, but I’m happy with it.
I’d don’t follow many websites, but one of my big annoyances is a site that doesn’t update often. If you’ve been following me here you will know that I always update something within one or two days. I’ve been on a up until receiving a news that my boss would opening a new English academy in an area near our current one. So, that’s what I’ve been doing. For the past 10 days we have been working non-stop to get this academy opened. Last night we were up until about 6am working on the kids room of our academy. We’re still nowhere close to done with that kids room. Good thing it won’t need in use until July first.
I have not only been helping with this, I’ve pretty much done everything besides pay. My boss is not very creative and I like to think I am so I got to choose the location (it was perfect when we walked in), the name, wallpaper color scheme, design the advertisements and change anything I wanted on the mock-up ads created by our designer, and even plan the layout of the children’s room. Have you ever cut out several hundred felt leaves, add velcro to them and them to a wall in order to make a tree? I have.Despite being really busy (I slept 2.5 hours last night) I’m really excited for the chance to work at this new academy because just the environment is different. I feel so lucky to have found such a good work environment in Korea.
So I have not forgotten about my blog, nor have I abandoned it. I should have a couple of posts coming soon in the next two weeks however things should be back to normal by July. Thanks for reading.
So it has been a 10 day mini vacation in between getting burned out from advanced grammar to finally re-opening the book up again. Thankfully I was able to make it through about 6 or 7 grammar points yesterday with very relative ease. I feel like it definitely added a little bit more motivation to get finished before the end of June. So far I’ve made it through about 32 of the 83(?) grammar points of the book. I wanted to make it to the 40th grammar point in the book yesterday but I felt my brain getting a bit bored and preoccupied so I decided to just be happy with what I did yesterday.
Today is Sunday and I have to work on my essay writing video as well as go to work for a few hours so while I am hoping to get in a few hours of advanced Korean tonight, it may not be in the cards. I’ve been so busy working on things and teaching that I keep on forgetting that the days until the Topik results are announced are numbered. It’s Sunday today, and the exam grades will be announced on Friday of this week.
How crazy is that?
I was looking online at past exam grade announcements and noticed that all the past exams were announced within a 3 week period but this exam was announced in a 5 week period. I am going to go out on a limb and say it is because they had much higher numbers of people taking this exam compared to the past ones because it would be the last one before the format change? I was talking with my boss about my grade and were both certain I did well. I want to get crazy and say I did *really* well, but nothing would be a bigger shot to the ego than to click enter on the Topik site only to discover that I failed it.
If you read my Topik experience post you will know that I finished early and found the test overall quite easy. A breeze even. Now I’m kicking myself for being so confident. Anything could happen, right? Anyone who knows me knows that I am a “worse case scenario” preparer to the fullest degree so I’m sure Friday morning I will be wearing my “prepare yourself for failure” cap. I will be winching at the screen with my eyes nearly closed as I peak at the score. All I really care about is seeing level 4 합격! in the corner of the screen. Then after throwing some cold water on my face, I’ll likely re-open the tab to see the breakdown of my score.
I’d like to get an 85% overall with nothing lower than a 75-80% in every section. I worked ridiculously hard for that grade so I think my expectations are definitely reasonable. Despite having the 34th test in my Topik One app, I’ve not ventured one wink at it. To me, doing so is a curse. I know that a few people have already checked and ball parked their score, but I know I will give myself like 90% right (even if I got some wrong) and it’s already to late to check anyway. So now the true waiting game begins.