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How Many Languages Can You Speak?

Hey, y’all. It’s been a while since my last post! I apologize for that.

Work has been crazy (but I got promoted!), and I’ve been really busy with preparing for my fiance’s K1 Visa interview.

In my spare time, I’ve continued studying Chinese, and I’ve also started studying Spanish.

And boy, they are two totally different languages.

To be honest, the thought of studying Spanish didn’t interest me much. But my brother was interested while we were still at university, and I checked out a Spanish textbook for him.

Well, when it came time to graduate, I was slapped with a nearly $90 fee because the library said he’d never returned it.

Despite our best arguments that he did, in fact, return the book, I was forced to pay the fee or risk not being able to graduate.

Skip ahead almost three years into the future, and I find the book inside my closest while doing a bit of cleaning.

Looks like they were right after all.

Anyway, I figured I might as well learn now since I paid so much for the book.

I’ve only been studying this week, and I’ve completed the first chapter of the book. I’m using memrise.com for vocabulary.

If you’ve never heard of Memrise, it’s a great website/app for learning new words in a foreign language. My brother and I used it for Korean, and he managed to learn a few thousand words pretty solidly with it.

I gave up learning Korean in favor of Chinese, and I don’t think Memrise is so great for Chinese because of the characters, but it’s been wonderful with my Spanish so far.

Basically, how it works is this: you’ll choose a lesson you want to learn, and then Memrise will offer you new words and test you in a variety of ways when learning them. After you’ve gotten the word correct a number of times, Memrise will tell you that it’s now in your long-term memory.

It’s not really, though, a lot of the times. You have to review the words daily to really get the stick, but Memrise also offers great review features that allow you to continue earning points while reviewing words from previous lessons before learning more.

For all the work you do, you get points, and these points are stacked up on a leader board.

I’m doing a 225-word Spanish unit, and I’ve amassed nearly 30,000 points after learning 115 of them.

I’m learning quicker than I thought, but I know I’ll have to keep practicing to get better.

That being said, Chinese is still my main interest, but I feel as if I’ve hit a bit of a rut. I’m going to make a new study plan for it, and I hope y’all can keep me accountable. I want to start vlogging, really, but I’m not quite ready for that. Maybe when my fiance gets here from China.

I’m currently studying HSK 4 vocabulary and grammar, and there’s really no reason that I haven’t gotten through my textbooks on it because I’ve been at this level for about two years. I just sort of plateaued.

What do y’all do when hitting a language-learning rut? How many languages can you speak, and how many are you learning?

Let me know below, and maybe we can find the motivation we need to keep moving forward.

We’ll still be making our K-pop posts, and we’re going to move back to a more-daily schedule. Stay tuned for updates, and as always, thanks for reading!

-Jared

The ULTIMATE K-Drama Drinking Game

There’s nothing quite like a K-drama. They’re silly. They’re fun. They warm our heart.

And they make us cry.

But we all have to admit that they can be a little … over the top at times.

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(I mean seriously? Who doesn’t remember the infamous kimchi slap?)

But this only makes us love our dramas more. So in honor of these over the top K-drama tropes, we’ve put together the ULTIMATE K-drama drinking game.

(For those of you underage, substitute with the legal drink of your choice. And for all playing along, drink responsibly.)

Ultimate K-Drama Drinking Game

Rules: Take one shot every time one of the following happens (unless otherwise specified).

Your Oppa goes shirtless … and his abs are bigger than your dreams.

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This one goes first because, well, you know. It’s probably our favorite. This K-Drama trope is one of the best ones out there and has provided eye candy to viewers for more than a decade.

Who’s your favorite K-Drama eye candy? Let us know, and if you seem him, don’t forget to take a shot!

He’s the heir to powerful family and/or wealthy business.

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What happened to the common guy? This trope includes the heirs to wealthy families, the successful architects, the prince, etc?

Basically, these are the guys who have it all. Let’s face it: there’s some major wish fulfillment going on here. (But we don’t mind that.)

There’s a love triangle …

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Okay, this plot device is found throughout TV everywhere, but it’s a staple in Korean dramas. In fact, Koreans have mastered the art of love geometry so well, they gave us the love square (think: Whisper).

The main girl is clumsy and/or ditzy.

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We get this is supposed to be cute (and sometimes it is), but main female leads in K-Dramas are a special kind of ditzy. Not to mention, they love their alcohol.

Take an extra shot if your oppa has to take her home on his back.

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Her rival is wealthy/beautiful/spiteful.

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Because our oppas are perfect, the main leads have to compete with a perfect woman to win his heart. Often, however, these women are beautiful with an unattractive personality

There’s a fake breakup where they no longer talk to each other on purpose.

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These scenes drive me crazy! We’ll have some misunderstanding that leads to a breakup (that both of them could have avoided with a little bit better communication!) only for them to be back united stronger than ever two episodes later.

An older Korean lady slides down the wall in a dramatic scene. (two shots!)

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(He’s not a Korean lady, but he’ll do … right?)

Korean dramas can be a bit theatrical when it comes to the waterworks. How many times have you seen a character slide down a wall or post, or otherwise fall out when hit with some devastatingly bad news?

There’s a drunken confession.

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Who doesn’t love a good K-drama drinking scene? Who wouldn’t like to have a night-out with your oppa where he spills his undying love for you?

The main male lead has an average/extra/slightly-less-good-looking friend who makes him look better.

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Okay, maybe he’s more than slighty-less-than-good-looking. But you get the point. K-dramas often operate in extremes. Where are the normal people?

Take a shot if your main lead has a friend who makes him look so much better!

The main leads meet through a misunderstanding.

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Why can’t we have these kinds of misunderstandings in our lives? When I have a misunderstanding, it just ends up being embarrassing …

There’s some kind of business/corporate feud.

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Korean dramas love to have drama between the rich and powerful, and while it makes for good TV, how relatable is it really?

Something bad/traumatic happened in the past, but the details are fuzzy … even for the main lead.

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We usually get snippets of it throughout the show and get the full picture leading into the climax.

The main leads eat in the sponsor’s restaurant.

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Subway seems to be the sponsor of choice. What other sponsors have you noticed?

One of the main leads in the hospital … for half an episode.

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It’s as if most K-dramas don’t have the guts to actually kill someone off (but that’s okay).

If you’re watching a hospital drama, take two shots if it’s one of the main lead’s family members in the hospital.

They live in a house that the average citizen could only dream of.

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I mean, seriously, look at this shower.

Conclusion

Okay, did you make it through out K-drama drinking game. Remember, drink responsibly.

Can you think of anything we should have added? Let us know below!