I’m still listening to Korean101 in the train whenever I’m commuting. Of course, I prefer listening to it when I’m in front of my pc, so that I can refer to the scripts. What I’m attempting differently this time, is that I’m not forcing myself to learn anything, like trying to make out the alphabets or remembering the grammar. This time, I’m trying to listen to as much Korean as I can. On top of that, I’m reading the Korean from a book, and yes, not remembering grammar rules. I have to admit I am not the sort who memorise grammar rules, be it English, Chinese or Japanese. So whenever someone asks me to explain the specific terms like particles, past participle, and things like that, I’ll be like, “What’s that?” The way I like a language is through immersion. Even when I was studying for my JLPT exam, I just try to read as many sentences for that particular rule. I hate memorising things, so I’m not afraid to say it. Yet I guess not everyone learns in this way.
Why do I blabber so much about all these? Coz today, I came across a really interesting site on learning Korean, that’s similar to All Japanese All the Time. It’s great to find such a site. Well, I think it’s great to find it. And through this site I came across The Linguist On Language. Well, what I really enjoy about this site is that Steve Kaufman holds a different view on learning languages. He does not believe that one should rush to speak. This view is actually in contrast to what my previous 先生 believed in. My previous 先生 believed in this view that if you can’t speak properly, you can move onto learning more difficult vocab or grammar. But what Steve proposes one shouldn’t focus oneself on speaking. He holds a really interesting view. And through this view, I did realise that everyone has his or her way of learning languages. So how one learns a language and is effective from it, might not work for another.
Well, as I’m learning a new language. Through learning Japanese, I have realised that there are some methods that work for me, and some that don’t. I hope to find more methods that work for me from learning Korean.