So here in the middle of summer, winter is far away and I shouldn’t really be longing for frost and snow, and significantly fewer hours of daylight. Nonetheless, this is EXACTLY what I am doing at the moment. Because when winter comes, I’m going back to Seoul!!! My husband and I are going to spend two weeks over the holidays in Korea exploring Seoul and its beautiful surroundings, eating delicious Korean food, going to noraebangs (yes, I sing when I’m in Korea), meeting with new and old friends, and just generally living life Korean-style for a little while. It has been our plan all along but now that we’ve bought the flight tickets and booked a gorgeous Gangnam apartment through AirBnB, it just seems so real! I’ve already started compiling a shopping list of items to get while I’m there ^_^ It should also be fun to see how much easier it will be to communicate this time compared to last year where I had only been studying Korean for 5 months before going.
So back to the books! The past few days I’ve been working with my awesome TOPIK 쓰기book. It is a highly recommended resource for those wanting to improve their Korean writing skills. There are tons of exercises inspired by previous TOPIK papers and great tips on how to make your writing more natural and clear. (Here’s a link to the book from TwoChois ^_^) After having been doing a lot of writing, today’s focus has been on increasing my reading speed. I’m training to become better at superficially skimming a text in Korean while still grasping its content. It’s a lot harder than it sounds as I am still lacking familiarity with a lot of words. Well, Übung macht den Meister as the German saying goes. I wanted to include this saying, as I just heard Kwon Sang Woo say these exact words (in German) to Choi Ji Woo in the drama I just finished watching. I don’t know if it is just me, but for some weird reason I often see references to Germany in Korean dramas. 너무 이상하다… I should probably ask my language partner about this.