The fire has returned with 8 days until the Topik 34

I don’t know what’s gotten into me but my passion for learning Korean has come back. That 10 days of not studying made me feel like I was definitely going to fail the exam but now I am thinking it was definitely for the best. While I had to deal with all of these things I am kind of glad now that they did arise. I’ve come to accept that my brain needs a break from things after a certain amount of time regardless as to if there is a pending deadline like an exam.

I’ve all but finished the EBS book I bought the other day. I did okay for the most part. It certainly wasn’t the Topik but was much better than the Darakwon Topik Master’s book at creating mock exam questions. The book only has different kind of practice problems. You get 5 problems each for every style of question in each section. I didn’t solve some of the problems nearly as well as I would have liked, but it was nice to be able to read the questions and understand them 100%.

I also busted out my finished Topik exams and wrote down ALL of the questions that contain adverbs. There are 59 adverbs that repeat on the Topik and I’ve written them and their definitions down on a sheet of paper. This might sound like a lot of words but it’s surely better than the 200 I have written down in my notebook somewhere. Then I really lost my mind and decided to write down ALL of the recurring idioms in the final question of the grammar/vocabulary section. Right now I’m looking all 47 of them up. In the end I decided I should suck it up and at least try to get that question correct. So far I’ve learned the Korean expression for ‘when it rains, it pours’ which I have to admit is nice.

I’m feeling pretty good about the test, but I feel as though the scales have turned a bit. I have spent so much time on the reading portion of the exam that I’m now really good at that, but tripping over the grammar portion. Not because I don’t know it, but because I haven’t reviewed my grammar paper in about 3 weeks. I plan on getting it out tomorrow and reviewing them all which I’m sure will restore my hazy knowledge of what they mean. Even though I’m good at grammar, I still lose some of it when I’m not focused on it for stretches of time.

I honestly am not even looking forward to the Topik test. Like I said before I can’t wait for it to be April 21, 2014. I have so many other things Korean-related that I want to jump into and the obligation of studying for this test (I guess I should try to pass it, lol) is stopping me from being able to do it. I’m really excited to get this last little bit digested so I can move on to bigger and better things.



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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