As the day of my departure fast approaches, I’m realizing I’ve got a lot of stuff to do.
Many of my tasks have one thing in common though—if I put my mind and energy to it, I could probably do most of them in one day. However, something high on my to do list is not that “easy.” I’m still learning how to speak Korean! I’m now up to approximately ten hours of study time using Mango Languages, the program I talked about in an earlier post. I’ve learned a lot of very helpful phrases, vocabulary, and grammar rules—and I have yet to hit “the wall”—but I’m at the point where I really need to practice speaking with a human being instead of simply talking at my laptop.
Thusly (is there a situation in which I can use this fun word and not sound douchey?), I’ve been looking into language exchange websites. I actually joined a website which turned out to be pretty useless unless you pay a fee. I’m NOT into that. I mean, it’s affordable, but come on. Come onnnnnn. It’s basically a glorified social-networking site, so why you make me pay?!
Though I will be taking language classes when I get to Korea, I’d like to practice with a native speaker before I leave. So if anyone has had any good experiences with free, easy to use language exchange websites, I would absolutely love to hear about them!
Also, I finally got around to contacting people in Seoul through Triptrotting. I probably sent out a total of five e-mails and only received one response. And it was from a dude who left Seoul…he actually turned out to be really helpful though. He told me about Groove Magazine and Three Wise Monkeys—both are expat websites with listings and typical news/culture stuff. Though I’m pretty disappointed I only got one response so far, I would still recommend using the site.
Oh and I’ve watched quite a few movies lately. I’ve specifically avoided any and all media not in English or Korean. I feel like I’m back at school carefully avoiding watching American blockbusters “based on” historical events while studying for exams. Those movies can really muck up your perception of things. Anyways, here are links to the trailers of some movies I watched…
Murder on the Orient Express
The People Under the Stairs