[App review] — Drops

Hello, everyone! I’m breaking my short break because I was recently clued in to another language learning app, so of course I had to check it out! This app is called “Drops”, and it is a vocab builder for a pretty wide variety of languages. Is it worth it? I tested out the Korean course; this is what I think about this app.

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Writing Prompt Wednesday 3

Happy Wednesday once more! It’s been ridiculous hot here in Korea for the last few weeks, and it looks like it’s just going to continue. I know that a lot of places have been trapped in a serious heatwave lately. Stay safe, everyone!

This week we have three new writing prompts. You can check those out and read examples from last week’s prompts!

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Writing Prompt Wednesday 2

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope you got some good practice out of last week’s writing prompts. I got a few responses on the Google docs form; thank you to those people for writing and allowing me to share their work!

Before I show example responses to last week’s prompts, I will of course introduce this week’s prompts!

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What is the goal of second language learning?

Hello, everyone! Today’s post is another one focused on languages and language learning in general instead of just Korean grammar and the like. I’ll get back to that kind of material soon enough, I promise! But I’m in hardcore grad school study mode, and a lot of the readings combined with my past experience as a teacher, experience as a language learner, and things I have learned in various language acquisition courses have got me thinking about a few things I want to share with you guys.

That said! What is the goal of second language learning? Is there a problem with how we conceive of the endgame of language learning?

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How I study languages

Hello, everyone! I had a long weekend full of friends and food, and of course a bit of studying! I was in a group voice chat practicing Korean when the topic of learning multiple languages came up. Someone in the chat asked me a question I field a lot but that I have not addressed on here. That question is,

“How do you study languages?”

Keeping in mind that this is just what works for me and that every learns in different ways, today I want to tell you guys what has worked for me in my language-learning journey(s).

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The benefits of a daily hour of reading

Happy Saturday, everyone! Today’s post isn’t really about grammar or even learning Korean in general. Instead, I want to talk a bit about reading.

I wrote a post on tips for effective foreign language reading a while back, so if you want to know how to maximize your reading time, please do check that out. Today’s focus will be on my current personal challenge of reading one hour in Korean every day. How hard is it, and what am I learning from it? Would I recommend it to you guys? I’ll break down my experience so far.

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Language learning when busy

Hello, everyone! This post is not about any language in specific but about learning languages in general. A lot of us have a lot to do in our daily lives! Work, school, family, friends… what about study time? Today, I’d like to talk about making a study schedule that fits in your schedule and, most importantly, works for you.

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Ask Bee — Are you fluent in Korean?

This is a question I get really often! Am I fluent in Korean?

Yes, and no!

If you consider fluency as an absolute, where one either is fluent and able to hold their own in all contexts, then I would say no. However, I think we should conceptualize fluency as a spectrum, or at least in different areas. Looking at it that way, I would say I am fluent in some areas and not others, and this is honestly how most people are in their first language. For example, I can’t really talk about science or, say, geography in Korean, but I can’t do that in English either! In neither English nor Korean am I fluent in terms of those areas. However, I can communicate with everyone I encounter in my daily life problem-free (that is not to say error-free at all, but we understand each other with no issues), including doctors, bankers, my fiance’s mom, and so on. I can read news articles and books written for native speakers and discuss them. My word choice is not perfect, and my grammar certainly takes some weird twists and turns at times, but I can talk on a wide variety of topics, so… I would consider myself a fluent speaker, just not in all areas. So, I am fluent, but I’m also not :B

Fluency is not an absolute. Remember that to become a fluent speaker, you do not need to have perfect pronunciation, or even perfect grammar! As a language student, I don’t get too hung up on my shortcomings (though I do try to improve them) and focus on being communicative and otherwise achieving the goals that I have set for myself, and as a teacher, I also encourage that sort of attitude among my students (and here on this blog)!

I rambled a bit >.> Anyway, happy studying~

[App Review]—Beelinguapp

Is this more of an app review or a book review? Today I bring you a review of Beelinguapp, an audiobooks app for language learners.

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Sometimes studying can be a boring drag and you just want to do something a little less tedious than drilling grammar or a ton of vocab flashcards. Maybe you want to get into reading books in your language of choice, but you’re worried that it might be too hard to just pick up a book written in your chosen language and read it without guidance. In that case, I could recommend this app to you!

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Study Tips- Listening

 

Listening practice is vital if you want to communicate with other speakers of whatever language you’re trying to learn. What good is being able to talk to someone if you can’t understand what they’re saying in return? However, getting in good listening practice can be difficult. Not everyone can take language classes. And what if you don’t live in an area with a population that speaks your target language? Never fear! Today, I’ll go over a few ways you can get some listening practice in.

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