You from the east somewhere?
No, in Amsterdam. But some parts get really hot because of traffic, city density, refelctive buildings etc; and my house and surrounding areas really absorb the sunlight and the heat has nowhere to go. I've got my curtains closed all day and my fan running as soon as I get home, but it's still quite hot in here..more than outside the house.
So time for a general update!
I'm still trying the turoring thing. I liked the teacher who knew limited English and I also tried one other teacher who seemed alright. The only thing I'm unsure about is that I asked what grammar I should focus on and they said I already know a lot and should just practise speaking more often to get more fluent.
I'm unsure about doing this. I kinda feel that yes, I should practise speaking, but I don't want to just speak about a random topic each week. I actually want to have a few goals to work on. I'm just not exactly sure what those should be. For my next session with my tutor we have decided to talk about a story I've read, but this still seems to vague to me. Perhaps I'll ask her to focus on a particular grammar pattern each session. I'll talk about the story I've read with her and she can really focus on that grammar point and tell me what I'm doing wrong and maybe give me some assignments?
I need to think about this some more.
Besides tutoring I've been messaging some Korean people a few times each week. I feel like this is really good for my vocabulary building, but I've been getting the feeling that they don't really correct my grammar that much. So this leads me to feeling unsure if my grammar usage is actually correct or not. But since finding these people took a lot of effort and I haven't been ghosted yet so far I think I'll continue chatting with them. It's low-effort, but still makes the language tangible to me.
This week I also received a letter from my Korean penpal. I haven't replied yet, but am excited to see where this will go!
Focus for August:
-Finish reading the 10ish short stories I've got left, and then get started on a kid's book.
- Write something about a story I read.
-I joined the KGIU bandwagon! Know most of the 105ish rules in the beginner book, but I want to really understand all the nuances so I'll cover a few chapters each week. Once I'm done I'll get started on the intermediate book
-Watch an easy Korean vlog each week.
-Go through an anki deck of a kdrama to improve listening skills. No reviewing.
That's it! I'm not really into specific goal setting as you might have noticed. This might cause my learning progress to be a bit slower than most people's here, but it's fine since learning Korean is just a hobby for me and I just want it to stay fun and not worry too much about plans and goals.