Hi, my name is Steven. I’ve studied Korean for four years. Six months casually and the remainder fairly seriously, or as seriously as can be for someone not living in Korea with a full time job, and recently a baby as well.
I sat the TOPIK 2 exam each year for the past 3 years. In 2016 I got level 4, 2017 got level 5, and 2018 got level 6. As I found out getting to level 6 in some ways is just another start to the learning journey, kind of like when you finish your uni degree but turns out that only really equips you to begin the real learning at work.
I created this blog for two main reasons. As I learnt Korean I primarily self studied and relied a lot on materials available on the internet. Now in 2018 there is a wealth of information available, but in my opinion a lot of the information overlaps and is very ‘textbooky’. For example, grammar related guides provided fairly generic explanations and generic examples (perhaps to be safe and not to be wrong), and as a result it doesn’t understand the ‘core’ of the grammar. I created this blog to provide an explanation of Korean grammar from a different perspective, in a way that would have helped me when I was learning them.
The second reason for writing this blog is to actually help myself understand the grammar. I am a stickler for understanding things properly and in writing a blog I force myself to do the research and ask the questions of myself to ensure that I really understand the content. They say if you can explain something simply to someone else and have them understand it, only then have you yourself truly mastered it.
I hope some of this content may help you. Please feel to leave a message if anything here has helped you in your learning, it would make my day!