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Most people studying Koreans struggle most with writing and with reading. Not because either or these things are particularly difficult, but because there isn’t much in the way of help out there for improving either. I am only an intermediate learner of Korean but my writing and reading abilities are quite good. They are not perfect so, in order to improve them (and if I can, help other people) I decided to start this blog.

When I struggle a lot with reading at the intermediate level, having someone walk me through it and explain little pieces to me really helped me to understand. Sometimes I think our brains understand what’s in front of us but is just a little hesitant because we are partially unsure. I dealt with this for months before my brain finally clicked into gear and Korean reading suddenly became easier.

The same is true for writing. While I know over 200 grammar points, I *sometimes* still have trouble forming relatively simple sentences because I don’t know how they would be written in Korean. Korean and English are so very different from one another to such a degree that often times you direct translations don’t mean the same thing. So I’ve decided to start practicing writing as well. The only way to improve is by doing, right?

I will be working primarily with reading the the passages from the Topik reading portion but I will also include others. This is not a “how to solve reading problems” segment, but more of a “let’s read for comprehension” segment. I am only at the intermediate level so I will only be covering things at my current level or lower. As for writing, I will be doing guiding writing walkthroughs and “how to form sentences” using the old Topik essay writing topics. I will post the original essay in English and then translate it to Korean sentence by sentence.This will not be about grammar. I will use only grammar points considered to be beginner’s grammar in 초급 level writing and grammar considered to be intermediate for the 중급 level under the assumption that you already know it. If would like to learn more grammar, but don’t know where to start, I would suggest the Darakwon Korean Grammar in Use series. Also, if you want to improve your reading abilities, Yonsei reading is a good place to start because it get progressively more difficult as you go one allowing your ability to slowly improve.

Because I am not a native Korean speaker, I will not be “freely” doing any of this. All materials (especially writing) will be checked over and corrected by a native speaker before ever presented to anyone. However if you find a mistake, please let me know so I can fix it immediately.

 

—Charm