About Me

안녕하세요! My name is Angeli, 23 years old and I’m from the Philippines. I’ve been self-studying Korean for almost 2 years now but I’m still not that good. I study using free resources from the internet and the textbooks I bought a couple of months ago. Even though it’s been several months since I started learning Korean, I still consider myself a beginner with still so many things to learn. I can understand sentences which are advanced for my level but I’m having a hard time coming up with sentences of my own.

The reason why I’m studying Korean is my unending love for Korean entertainment. I became a fan of Korean dramas around 2003 when I watched my first Korean drama, Autumn in My Heart (가을동화), on a local TV channel. I didn’t get obsessed with Korean dramas yet after watching that drama but I really did appreciate the video techniques used to capture the scenes and the emotions which made me more absorbed while watching it and I also liked the songs used for their theme song and score. It was different from our local dramas because it was more well-thought of and it was shorter as well. Autumn in My Heart (가을동화) triggered my interest in Korea and I started watching more dramas like Full House, My Name is Kim Sam Soon, Coffee Prince, Jewel in the Palace and I eventually fell in love with Korean dramas and I started listening to the songs used in the dramas.

In 2006, I discovered a Korean channel, Arirang TV, on our cable by accident and it was showing a music video of a South Korean boy group. It was a music video by Big Bang. I forgot which music video it was. I got curious so I downloaded their songs and started listening to them. I was a really loyal VIP back then. They were the only kpop group I listened to until 2NE1 had their debut and since then I’ve been listening to songs from other groups as well. I like to learn new words by studying the lyrics of songs by Big Bang, 2NE1, U-Kiss, Infinite, JYJ, DBSK, Block B etc., other solo artists like Seven and indie groups like 10cm. I also like watching Running Man. It’s my favorite variety show and I also like to learn words and expression from the show.

Korean entertainment pushed me to learn the language. I want to be able to watch a drama or any Korean TV show without English subtitles, be able to understand my idols’ tweets without waiting for English translations, spam their timeline with my tweets in Korean whenever they tweet ㅋㅋㅋ , meet fellow Korean language learners and native Koreans, I wanna learn more about their country and their culture and of course, their language. And someday, I hope to go on a vacation in Korea and get around without being worried about language barrier.

Self-studying is hard, but I have no choice because I live in a city where no school or any institution offers Korean classes and no bookstores sell Korean textbooks or any reading material that will help me in studying Korean. I plan to take formal lessons in the future, of course, when I earn some money for tuition. In the meantime, I’m going to learn all the basics on my own so that when I get to finally be in a Korean class, I wouldn’t be overwhelmed with it.

I created this blog not only to write about my Korean learning experience but I’m hoping to be able to meet some friends through this blog who are also learning or who are fluent speakers of Korean. So if you guys have Kakaotalk or whatever, let me know by sending a message using the contact form.

9 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Angeli, it’s me Kat from underneaththestarss 🙂 I just wanna let you know I’ve moved to seoulcrystal.wordpress.com

    If you don’t mind changing the my link you have on your blog and following me there, please do. Thanks girl!

  2. Hi Angeli 🙂 thanks for following my blog and I’m also a Korean learner ^^ and although I don’t actually think I am good as you I hope we can help each other out in the future 🙂

    And by the way 🙂 I’m Kirsten (although most people call me Kay for short) and its lovely to meet another Korean learner like myself 🙂

  3. Hi Angeli! I like your blog. So you speak three languages? I’m so impressed! I’ve been studying Korean for several months now. I became a little interested when our Korean foreign exchange student arrived in August 2012, but, like you, I got really interested when I started watching Korean dramas. Now I also really like the Kpop group INFINITE. Thank you for your book recommendation. I just ordered Korean Grammar in Use (both books) and am anxiously waiting for them to arrive. I’m studying Korean with my older daughters (ages 10-12), which helps me practice. We check our grammar by asking our exchange student if we’re saying it right, lol. I also want to take a trip next year to Korea and be able to communicate easily. It’s good to meet other self learners. There is a small school here for language learning (in Denver, Colorado), but with nine kids I just don’t have the time to attend. Good luck with increasing your fluency! I feel like I’m speaking at a first grade level right now. 🙂 Hopefully, the book you recommended will help!

      *coughs* Sorry about that. Fangirl. ^^;; Haha! Anyway, I hope you learn a lot from the book. I really love it. It’s really useful. I can speak two languages. English and Tagalog. My Korean still sucks so… yeah. Haha! English is my second language. Hmmm. Tagalog isn’t my mother tongue actually. I don’t live in Manila so I speak a different dialect. ^^;; I learned Tagalog when I was in grade school and got better at speaking it during high school.

      Thanks for dropping by my blog and good luck on learning Korean. 😀

  4. Hi Angeli! I’m Kess, also from the Philippines. Like you, I’m self studying Korean too. And we have similar experiences in how our interest in Korean started.. from those dramas and music. I love Big Bang, Infinite and DBSK as well. Though the first KPOP group I’ve known was DBSK. ^^ I like your blog so I followed. ^^ See you around! 😀

    • Hey Kess! I’m sorry for the late reply. I haven’t been online for a long time. I’m so glad to see that many Filipinos are getting more interested with learning Korean. There are so many of us who wishes to learn Korean but only a few actually does something about it. I tried teaching my friends basic Korean but it looks like they don’t really wanna go through the tedious process of learning it and just wanna start talking it which is kinda absurd and impossible because I’ve been studying it for two years and yet I’m still not that confident that I’d be able to talk to a Korean without looking like an idiot while trying to mentally translate everything. XD Anyways, thanks for following my blog. 친하게 지냅시다 케쓰씨~ ^^

  5. It’s nice to meet you Angeli, I’m NyNy! Just wanted to stop by and say I like your posts.

    I hope when you have the time, you can check out some of mine and comment plus I’m still writing my travel entries when I went to Korea last year. I’d appreciate if you took a look. If you like posts on Asian pop culture and video games, there’s more on those too! 🙂

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