My flame for Korean has been reignited

If you read my last few posts before the Topik exam, then you will know that I was running on gas fumes. On the days leading up to the Topik intermediate, my brain just couldn’t handle looking at Korean anymore let alone studying it. I felt like once the test was done, I would take a month break from anything Korean-related. Well, that just didn’t work out.

It hasn’t been 4 days since the test and the flame has been reignited. What caused this, you ask? Time. Plain and simple. Korean is probably the only “hobby” I’ve ever managed to stick to. Once I called myself developing poetry as a hobby. I bought fancy books and pens and stuff and quit shortly after. Last year I decided I was going to learn to knit. I did learn to knit. I knitted myself a cowl. I knitted one for my dog as well. Never made it past the knit stitch and the purl. I have about 10 rolls of unused yarn and 3 scarfs in the process…..a year later.

When I first started studying Korean 5 years ago, I never thought I wanted to become fluent. I studied (half-assed, I admit) for over 2 years and then didn’t do anything with Korean for another 1.5 years. In the past year, I have been able to make more strides in Korean than all the time I spent studying in college combined. So now that the test is finished, a break just doesn’t seem to be in the cards. If I had been passively studying it, then maybe. However, I’ve been aggressively studying it. So now that I’ve achieved my Topik goal (of taking it anyway) I have nothing but time on my hands.

I could use this time to do something else, but I feel like I’d be forcing myself to do it. The only thing I could be doing with that extra time that wouldn’t feel forced, is studying Korean. And boy does that purple advanced grammar book look good from across the room. So, I’ve officially decided to not take a “break” from Korean. For, what? It’s the only thing I can truly say I love doing. It’s the only thing I’ve every stuck to long-term. It’s the only thing I’ve made large strides with in my entire life. It’s the only thing I’ve every felt like I accomplished.

Some people climb mountain, build businesses, travel the world and look back and say “I did it.” That’s what Korean does for me. It’s my Mount Everest, my fortune 500 company and backpack trip across Europe. So from tomorrow, I’m going to start again. Since preparing for the 34th kept that flame lit under my butt, I’m going to aim for the Topik advanced 39th or 40th next year. 화이팅!




P.S. I mentioned I was planning on adding a new part to my website and I am. However, despite all of my planning, I hit a snag and it won’t be ready until the end of the first week of May at the earliest. I really hate it when stuff doesn’t go according to schedule, but my hands are completely tied and I have to just wait. If you’re interested to see what that is, stay tuned. 

By Charm

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

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