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16 August 2013 @ 12:08 pm
Online Exercises??  
Hey guys!

This comm isn't very active lately so I may not get a response but I'm posting regardless.
I'm self studying Korean right now and have collected numerous books but I'm looking for ways to actually practice what I'm learning. I need exercises, questions..etc but I can't seem to find much online!
I wanted to buy the Integrated Korean workbook but.. there are no answers. ;___; What have you guys been using/used to help you practice your grammar, vocab, all that fun stuff?

I use the stuff on Talk To Me In Korean but am looking for others. ^^

Much appreciated.
a sky full of lighters: changmin's flawless smilemetafictionally on August 16th, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
URgh my comment got marked as spam because of the link... sorry!! :(
Feeorangeinsanity on August 17th, 2013 08:00 pm (UTC)
That's fine, it sent to my e-mail okay anyway!

I tried making flash cards but I can't seem to remember them. Writing out sentences seems to work best for me. I just want homework type questions and answers, though I do have an italk account. Not a huge fan of it though.
a sky full of lightersmetafictionally on August 17th, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the Integrated Korean textbooks aren't too great for the question/answer area of homework. If you can get your hands on the Sogang University Korean textbooks & workbooks, they have good writing and listening comprehension portions in the workbooks! I think you can get them on Amazon or on Hanbooks for not too expensive.
고양이 ♥ice_cobalt on August 17th, 2013 05:42 am (UTC)
I have the Integrated Korean workbooks and believe me, they don't really help all that much. If you have the Integrated textbooks, those will do fine--what's on the workbooks are just a few more sets of the same questions and then some.

What I would suggest would be to go to sites like Lang-8 where you can post entries that native Korean speakers can correct. Or you can try finding a Korean pen pal. Personally I'm not that active on Lang-8 (no time!), so most of my current studying involve just reading articles and webtoons on Naver/Daum or watching dramas (hahaha), or writing short paragraphs on what happened today, like a journal, only in Korean. :)
Feeorangeinsanity on August 17th, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
I don't know enough to have a Korean penpal, imo. Or maybe I just don't know how that would work exactly. Guess I can try it out! I've tried sites like Lang-8 and they just don't really seem to be my thing.

I love the idea of reading webtoons/Naver/Daum but because I'm a complete beginner I need to start small. Did you jump into those when you were first starting to learn?

I pretty much exclusively watch kdramas, I've got that one covered. haha
고양이 ♥ice_cobalt on August 17th, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
If you're a complete beginner, I would think having a penpal would overwhelm you, especially if said penpal is already at an advanced level of English. However, it's still a learning experience! :)

Oh, I tried reading webtoons when I started but I understood next to nothing, haha. XD I think you can try it and gauge where you're at. Also, there are some webtoons out there that get translated into English (webtoonlive.com translates quite a few), so what you can do is try reading the Korean, make note of words you don't know, look them up in the dictionary, and then try to make sense of the dialogue. Once you've done that, you can switch over to the translated version and see if you understood it correctly. The translations won't be 100% accurate but it'll give you a basic understanding of common speech (depending on the genre, of course).

Yeah, k-drama watching is great! I feel like I absorbed so much vocab that I couldn't "actively" take in by reading textbooks. XD
Feeorangeinsanity on August 17th, 2013 08:35 pm (UTC)
Awesome, I really like the webtoon idea!! Will definitely have to hunt that out.

I started watching Kdramas before even wanting to learn the language (okay, I may be addicted to Asian dramas in general. Have been watching them for YEARS). So it's helped a lot with my pronunciation and basic words that always show up. There are definitely things that textbooks can't provide and dramas always help me (at least it greatly helped with my Japanese).
고양이 ♥ice_cobalt on August 17th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, and you can also make more use of drama watching by using drama scripts, if you can find one for whichever drama you like--they won't be 100% accurate either with what the actors say on screen, but at least you'll get a transcription of what's going on and what they're saying. I used that before I switched to just watching dramas without subtitles, and I think it helped a lot!

orangeinsanity님 열공하세요! 화이팅!
Feeorangeinsanity on August 17th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)