Sometimes I wonder how I even passed the Topik


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. 

By Charm

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

Comments (1)
  1. sweetangel August 26, 2014 at 2:03 am

    I think that if we concentrate and put our efforts into doing something, we can achieve our goals in a short time. I saw you posted a lot of tips before taking the topik exam.

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