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Thursday, October 29, 2015

NaeNae Recommends: Favorite K-pop Translator "KookieCane14"

If you are looking for the best place to go for easy to read Korean and English subs for studying, KookieCane14 has the BEST Youtube channel.  This user used to also be known as KookieCane13 and there are all kinds of wonderful videos there as well.

The translations are usually spot on, and the Korean subs are very easy to read and follow.  Also a fan of the fact they don't only translate more than just the kiddy k-pop groups. For example I'm a little in love with K. Will and he has his own playlist. I could listen to Come to My Crib all day long.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Korean Grammar: I thought so

동사/형용사 + 을 줄 몰랐다/알랐다 = I didn't know that would happen / I thought that would happen

Important Breakdown

동사/형용사 + = future tense
= a fact (marker has been dropped)
모르다/알다 + 었다 = something you didn't know/knew in the past

An awkward, but more direct translation that helps in some cases:
  • 난 너가 갈 줄 몰랐어요.        You were going is a fact I didn't know.
  • 난 너가 갈 줄 알았어요.        You were going is a fact I knew.

Monday, October 26, 2015

KIIP Grammar Cheat Sheet: Level 2


Well folks, here they are!
KIIP Intermediate 2 Grammar Points
(Also known as KIIP level 4)
(But level 5 of 6)
(ㅋㅋㅋ yes. It's confusing.)

Once I have time I will try to find lesson links, 
but for now the information will just have to do.

Chapter 1
The more A, the more B
얼마나 - (으)ㄴ/는지
You know how ____ it is.
You don't know how ____ it is.
(Can't find an online lesson for this point.)

Chapter 2
-(으)로 인해서
(으)로 인해서 -> Reason for a specific situation or incident
예) 환경오염으로 이해서 여러 가지 문제가 생기고 있다.
예) 오늘 아침에 비로 인해 호우주의보 내렸다.
This can only be used with 명사.
(Can't find an online lesson for this point.)
-(으)ㄴ/는 김에
While you are at it...

Chapter 3
cause and effect
-(으) ㄴ/는 셈이다
Indicates a calculated result
Often used when stating a choice that you've made.
Chapter 4
-(으)ㄴ/는 한
"as long as"

Chapter 5
-느니 차라리
I would rather
어차피 -(으) 니까
Anyway, in any case
For things that can't be helped.

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12
-(으)로 삼다

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17
-(으)ㄴ/는 데다가

Chapter 18
미처 -못하다/모르다

Chapter 19

Chapter 20


Thursday, October 22, 2015

NaeNae Recommends : www.Lang-8.com

One of the hardest areas to work on when you don't have a Korean speaker in your home, is writing.  It's time intensive and you need immediate feedback in order to progress quickly.  The best place we have found for this, better than the classroom actually, is Lang-8. Below you will see an example of how your work is corrected, line by line, by different Korean speakers.  You will often get feedback in Korean or your native language.


You can even friend me, Nae-Nae, at www.lang-8.com and let's learn together! It's nice to build community and support so we can all suffer and grow together.  This next year is my year of speaking and writing so it would be fun to have more people join me on the trek.  You can see how many mistakes I make even though I have a very solid grasp of grammar, I still struggle with the logic process and make many mistakes when I'm learning.  It's part of the process.

If you don't know where to start, here is a topics regularly used on the TOPIK and KIIP tests.  We highly recommend starting here if you are participating in either of these exams.

1 인생에서 가장 행복했던 하루
2 내가 존경하는 사람
3 하지못한일
4 내가 취미로 배우고 싶은것
5 내가 가지고 싶은 능력
6 내가 돌아가고 싶은때
7 나의 장점과 단점
8 내가 가장 아끼는 물건
9 가장 기억에 남는 여행
10 내가 살고 싶은 집
11 10 년 후에 나의 계획
12 갖고싶은 직업
13 내가 고쳐아 할점
14 기억에 남는 선물
15 내가 좋아하는 책
16 내가 닮고싶은 사람
17 여러분이 좋아하는 도시 어디입니까? 
18 가장 필요한 물건
19 내가 좋아하는 계절

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

KIIP Level 5: Audio tracks 사회 1

Ok, the quality isn't amazing.
However, it's amazing our friend recorded all these for us to study with.

You can download PDF versions of all KIIP books from the description section of
this Youtube Video

Friday, October 16, 2015

A Look Back: Blog from when I started KIIP

So, it's started and it's not half bad.
Every Sunday for 8-9 hours I will study Korean
via the KIIP program offered by the Korean government. 

These classes are free.

Yes, that's right.  
If you take the KIIP program intro test,
you can learn Korean for free from fantastic instructors.

Here is what it looks like when you log in after you take your exam:

As you can see I'm in Beginner 2. 
Now, don't let the term beginner trick you here.
Beginner 2 is taught entirely in Korean.
It means you are functional in the language,
but not able to do many advanced things.

After you find your level, they give you a list of places
offering up the courses you need 
on different schedules
in different locations.

I chose the 9 hours every Sunday class.

The students and the teachers are all very nice.
The only language we have in common is Korean
so you must talk and listen or it's going to be pretty tough.
Right now, I'm studying with
two Chinese men and a Vietnamese woman
which has meant the insides scoop on great food.

Finally I know where to get amazing Pho.

That isn't the only perk 
to studying with people from many countries.
In the past, it's been too easy for me to wuss out 
and just fill in the holes with English.
In these classes I've gotta stick to my guns.
It's Korean or nothing.

Of course, the biggest benefit 
to completing this language program
is that it gives you all 15 or more language points
for your F-2-7 points visa.

Yah, that's right. 
If you go all the way through this program
and pass the language test,
no TOPIK exam results needed.
Go straight to 15 or more points.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

NaeNae Recommends: Favorite Korean Study Blogs

Blogs are your friend.
Read them again and again.
Read multiple blogs on the same grammar point,
then go read them again.

Extremely Reliable and Helpful.
So helpful I wish I could hug them.

Others's That Exist But Are Annoying to Use,
Yet I sometimes find randomly helpful

Will update as I find more.

Monday, October 12, 2015

KIIP Grammar Cheat Sheet: Level 1



(However, I will also leave up the old list)

Old KIIP Intermediate 1 Cheat Sheet

Here is what you need to study for the class.
When I finish the vocabulary
Memrise I will also link to it.

Chapter 1
의문사+ -(으)ㄴ/는지 알다/모르다

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8











Sunday, October 4, 2015

Past Tense

Since this can feel overwhelming.  
I've divided the past tense into two sections:

Ending in consonants 

Ending in vowels

Thursday, October 1, 2015

KIIP Level 5: Unit 24 Video Summary

So long and tedious. Good luck.  This is a very important chapter.