My korean adventure: fun and enjoyment as a guide

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Re: My korean adventure: fun and enjoyment as a guide

Postby AndyMeg » Sat Oct 05, 2019 3:54 am

Quick update:

My workload has increased, so I have less time available. I'm still taking three korean classes a week, plus two hours of activities in a "Korean language and culture" club.
But that's about my current top limit for "dedicated korean learning time".

Because of this, I was looking for activities that could, more or less, double as "recreation time" and "korean learning time". For this, I continue with one of my favorite activities: watching k-dramas. I'm currently watching two k-dramas that have just started to air. As the raw episodes are usually uploaded earlier than the english subs, I tend to watch the dramas twice: once without subs and once with english subs. When I'm watching without subs I may watch the whole episode or just quickly skim-through it (choosing one or the other usually depends on how much I understand and how interesting I find the episode).

My new activity in this category ("recreation time" and "korean learning time") is reading webtoons. Last week I started to read the webtoon "Lookism" (외모지상주의), both in korean and english. I usually read a Speech Bubble in one language first (either korean or english) and then the same Speech Bubble in the other language. And I occasionally look for some words that catch my attention (like 담탱, which seems to refer to the homeroom teacher). I've read up to chapter 4 so far and I'm enjoying the webtoon a lot.

Some weeks ago I also bought a "Korean Grammar for Speaking" two-levels-course at Udemy, but I had to stop around lesson 16 of the first level because I didn't want to risk burnout. The lessons are great and I enjoy them a lot, but I've currently reached my maximum limit of "classroom/course-time" for language learning.
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Re: My korean adventure: fun and enjoyment as a guide

Postby Xenops » Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:26 pm

Thanks for the recommendation of "Lookism"! I'm on chapter 15 (in English), and I'm enjoying it a lot. :D Another webtoon that is also in Korean/English that I enjoy is "Sweet Home" https://www.webtoons.com/en/thriller/sweethome/list?title_no=1285. Despite the title, it's more of an apocalyptic comic.
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Re: My korean adventure: fun and enjoyment as a guide

Postby AndyMeg » Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:34 pm

Xenops wrote:Thanks for the recommendation of "Lookism"! I'm on chapter 15 (in English), and I'm enjoying it a lot. :D Another webtoon that is also in Korean/English that I enjoy is "Sweet Home" https://www.webtoons.com/en/thriller/sweethome/list?title_no=1285. Despite the title, it's more of an apocalyptic comic.

Thanks for your recommendation as well! I'll check it out ;).
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Re: My korean adventure: fun and enjoyment as a guide

Postby AndyMeg » Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:14 pm

Quick update:

I reached a burnout point some days ago and I had to stop and rethink many things.

It has happened many times before in my life and I should now better by now, but I reached that point again.

I'm on the autism spectrum and I know that when I try to do many things at once I get burnout pretty fast.

This time I forgot (or didn't pay attention to) it because there were many great opportunities coming my way. I didn't want to discard any of those opportunities and here is the result.

I had to suspend all my activities for two days straight because I wasn't able to function properly. I just slept and slept and slept. I had zero energy for anything else. Then, on the weekend, I had a lot of things to do and lost most of the energy I had gotten back from my two days of almost non-stop sleep. Back to burnout point. :roll:

On the flip side, I was fortunate enough that almost all of my activities and commitments for this week got suddenly canceled (and I was able to re-schedule the rest), so I decided to use this week to rest, reorganize and recharge.

I've got good opportunities in three main areas of my life:

- language learning
- work
- creative writing

So far I had tried to make the most out of them, but now I've realized I can not. I need to choose.

1) Language learning.

Two months ago I got to know two korean people with whom I'm still in contact. When I'm with them we communicate in a mix of spanish, english and korean. And this is a great way to improve my korean because it forces me to use and improve the language for real life communication.

But I'm on the autism spectrum, and managing social interaction is an Achilles heel for me. If I don't manage it properly, I get overwhelmed too fast and then stop interacting with most people for a good while.

One of my new korean friends is very active and is constantly inviting me to do things with her, but I've had to decline half of her invitations because I don't have time or energy for them; and I've accepted the other half even if I feel really drained afterwards. She is older than me but seems to have so much energy! I really appreciate having met her and I want to keep in contact with her, but in order to do so, I need to reorganize and cut some other things in my life.

Two things I'll cut are the "Korean language and culture" club on Sunday's mornings and the twice-a-week free classes I've been going to. I'll only keep the Sunday's afternoon paid classes (they are cheap and I enjoy the teacher's methodology and philosophy about language learning).

2) Work

I have an increased workload but it is giving me some extra money that I currently need and it is also helping me develop some skills I'll need for some of my mid-term goals. So I'll keep at it for now.

3) Creative writing

I love creative writing and a professional I admire has shown interest in my current project. I want to give it my all.


I'm not sure if these measures are enough to bring balance to my life. But I think they'll help for now. If I start to get overwhelmed again, I'll probably need to cut more things out. Let's see.
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