Liebster Award

I got a Liebster Award nomination from Karla who I met two years ago on Charley Jang’s Skype class. I saw all these Liebster Award blog entries on my WordPress feed posted by other bloggers that I’m following and I had no idea what this Liebster Award was all about until Karla left a comment on my blog.

1. List 11 facts about yourself.
2. Answer the questions left by the blogger who nominated you.
3. Nominate five (or more) bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Make sure to notify them.
4. Make up questions for those you have nominated.
5. Display the Liebster Award badge on your blog.

11 Facts About Me

Okay, so you guys probably know by now how much I love anything Korean so I decided to skip the obvious and take this opportunity to let you guys know more about myself.

1. I like to eat with my bare hands when I’m at home.

– I’m Filipino and it’s not uncommon in our country to see people use their bare hands when eating. It’s a whole lot easier to eat with bare hands than with spoon and fork or chopsticks. Some people, especially foreigners, will find this strange but it’s pretty normal here. But of course, I only do that at home when it’s just me and my family who are eating. I don’t do it when we have guests or when I’m outside like in a restaurant or someone else’s home. It’s so unethical.

2. I like to dip banana in soy sauce.

– When I first saw my mom do this, I was totally disgusted but she told me to try it and well, surprisingly I didn’t vomit and it was weird at first but the sweetness of the banana and the saltiness of the soy sauce complimented each other. My mom and I don’t do this when dad is around. We get scolded. Haha!

3. I make sound effects when I tell stories.

– My mom loves to watch the afternoon dramas on TV. But there are times when she’s out and she can’t watch them. So whenever she’s out, she tells me to watch the dramas and tell her all about it when she comes home. I tell her everything, complete with sound effects (*swish*/*kapow*/*tzing*/*toink* etc.) and the dialogue (almost 90% accurate haha!). It’s like she never missed an episode. Haha!

4. I can’t sleep with the lights and the TV off.

– I used to share a room with my sister. We have a TV in our bedroom. My sister used to pull all-nighters very often. She studies while watching TV. I don’t know how she did that but apparently, it worked for her. Since I sleep ahead of her, I slept with the lights and the TV turned on. I can’t sleep when it’s quiet. Too quiet.

5. My Chinese name is 白安莉.

– I think I’ve mentioned this long ago in one of my previous entries. I studied Fookien for a year when I was in high school. My teacher gave me that name. I actually didn’t like it. I was contemplating whether or not I should ask her for a new name. In the end, I didn’t go through with it and just accepted it. But I still don’t like it. 맘에 안 들어. T^T

6. Ube-flavored ice cream is my favorite ice cream.

– Some people loves chocolate ice cream, some people loves vanilla ice cream. But as for me, I love ube ice cream. It just tastes really good. I like other flavors too. I’m not really picky. It’s ice cream. I love ice cream and I’m gonna eat it even if it’s not ube-flavored. Haha!

7. Grocery shopping is my stress-reliever.

– Shopping for clothes, bags, accessories and all that girly stuff only gives me a massive headache that’s why I don’t have that much stuff in my closet. I don’t go out that much so I don’t need a lot of clothes. I hate spending an hour at the department store. But I don’t mind spending an hour or two at the supermarket.

8. I like going to bookstores.

– I don’t read as much as I used to. But I still like to go to bookstores and look around. I never come out of it without buying anything like a pen or a notebook or something.

9. Text me now, expect a reply the next day.

– I’m always on my laptop or ipod so I only check my phone for messages once or twice a day. But I check it more often than usual when I’m expecting an important call or text from someone but that rarely happens because everyone I know contacts me through my SNS accounts. Consider yourself lucky if you got a reply from me within the day. Haha!

10. I feel uncomfortable when someone uses ‘po’ and ‘opo’ when talking to me.

– In Tagalog, ‘Po’ and ‘Opo’ is used when you want to be polite and show respect to the person you’re talking to. People normally use it to someone who is older or when the person they’re talking to is a client or customer. But we use a different dialect here in our city and we don’t usually use ‘po’ and ‘opo’. Instead, we normally show respect by using a calm and pleasant tone. Whenever someone uses ‘po’ and ‘opo’ to me, it’s like that person is building an invisible wall between us or like they’re putting a gap or something.

11. I can’t play any musical instruments.

– My mom made me take up piano and voice lessons back in 2007. But I didn’t really learn much from my instructors. My voice is still horrible. My piano skills is almost non-existent. I got a guitar for a Christmas gift from my mom in 2005. I tried to learn but my brothers didn’t teach me. I know nothing about music theory. I wish I had paid more attention during music class. I wish I could play the violin.

Moving on….

Questions from Karla

1. Would you like to live in Korea? If so, which celebrity you wanna meet? What will you say?

– Yes, of course I do. I actually want to teleport there right this second. Haha! There are so many Korean celebrities I wanna meet. There’s Kim Sun Ah, everyone from YG Entertainment, Infinite members, B.A.P members etc. There’s just too many, it’s hard to pick just one. I’ll thank them for making my life wonderful.

2. Do you have a mannerism? What is it?

– I… don’t have any. I guess. Haha!

3. What is an ideal day for you?

– I don’t really know. I just want a commotion-free day.

4. If you could meet a person in the past who will it be?

– I can’t think of someone right now. *thinks*

5. What is your favorite subject in school and why?

– Math and Science. I love Math because I like the feeling of being able to solve equations and problems. Pretty much the same feeling I get when I solve a jigsaw puzzle. I love Science because I love all the experimenting and discovering things.

6. What is the most exhilarating thing you’ve done when you were young?

– When I was young? But I still AM young. Hahaha! When I was 13, I went out of town for one afternoon with my classmate without my parent’s consent. We almost missed the bus home. I also used to go out on a drive with my classmates at that time. The driver? Our 13 year-old classmate who had no driver’s license.

7. What is something you can’t live without?

– Internet. I just can’t live without it.

8. What is the recent Korean word/phrase which seems to be running through your mind?

– 음악이 있는 곳에 내가 있어. Lee Hi’s Turn It Up.

My Questions for the Nominees

1. If you win the lottery, what would be the first thing that you would buy with the prize money?

2. What are the top 5 countries that you’d like to go to for vacation?

3. Are you a lefty or a righty?

4. What instruments do you play? If you don’t play any, then what is the instrument that you wish to learn how to play?

5. What are the top 5 most played songs on your playlist?

6. What’s your dream job?

Blogs I Nominate

1. Say Seoul!

2. Gamcho

3. My Linguistics

4. Orange Kissu

You guys can participate too if you want. Blog about it, post a link in the comments below because I’d love to read more about you guys. ^^

My Korean Studying Habits

I was inspired by Shanna‘s blog so I decided to create a blog of my own. =) In this post, I’m going to talk about how I study Korean. But before that, I’d like to mention one of the many reasons why I decided to study Korean. I studied Fookien for one school year during high school. I went to a Chinese-Filipino school and they offer Mandarin and Fookien classes to anyone who wants to take it. Those who don’t will have to take Math and English enrichment classes. Anyway, in a month, I was able to get #9 in the class ranking. Most of my classmates were pure Chinese and I have less than a quarter of Chinese blood running in my system. So I was kinda surprised that I have beaten my Chinese classmates who have been studying the language since elementary 1st grade. My teacher complimented me saying that I have the skill to learn a language fast. Back then, I just laughed it off thinking that I beat my classmates because they were lazy. LOL. One of the reasons why I’m learning Korean is to challenge myself, see how far I’ll go self-studying. By the way, I took Fookien classes when I was 13 years old. That was 8 years ago and I already forgot everything I’ve learned since my family is not Chinese and I have no one to practice it with. T__T

I’ve only started studying Korean about 2 months ago at TTMIK. So far, I’m still at level 2. Not that I’m a slow learner or something but I just like to take it slow so that I will not forget what I’ve learned after just a few months. I study at least 2-3 TTMIK lessons a week. In my own opinion, it’s not really wise to study 2-3 lessons in just a day. Well, you can if you want to but it would be better if you take some time to practice what you’ve learned in one lesson, make sure you’ve understood the lesson well before going to the next one. In TTMIK, the teachers encourage you to make sample sentences of your own. You can post your sample sentences on your comment. Do not be afraid if it’s wrong because it’s normal to commit a mistake especially if you’re a beginner like me. The teachers will help you and they will provide corrections to your sentences. Some of their intermediate listeners will also give you pointers. So you don’t have to worry if your sentences are wrong, no one’s gonna kill you.

I find it more efficient if I download their audio files to my mp3 player and print their pdf files rather than studying their lessons straight from their site because I have the tendency to wander around the world wide web instead of focusing on the lesson. I like to study at 3AM. I do not recommend that you study at 3AM like I do. It’s just that my brain absorbs more information at this time. My brain works best at 3AM. Maybe it’s because the house is completely quiet and there’s no one to disturb me while studying.

I bought a phrasebook while I was in Manila. I did learn a few sentences from it and I was glad I already know how to read Hangeul. Their romanization was crappy and it was far from how you should really pronounce the words. From then on, I swore to myself that I’ll never ever buy a phrasebook. But the phrasebook wasn’t completely useless. I learned a few new words from reading the sample sentences and there were notes on the last few pages explaining the particles. If you really want to learn Korean, I suggest you buy textbooks instead of phrasebooks.

In my spare time, I watch dramas or variety shows. By doing this, I can enhance my speaking and listening skills while getting a bit of entertainment. I listen to what they say, pause the video and mimic the way they pronounce the words. I say it over and over again until I finally got it. Watching Korean TV shows also helps me broaden my Korean vocabulary. Over the years, I learned a lot of Korean words from 안녕하세요 to 결혼 to 기도해 to even 씨발. LOL. To help me with my vocabulary, I quiz myself using this site.

Let’s not forget about the writing. Writing skills is also important. Whenever I learn a new sentence, phrase or word, I write it down on a piece of paper and write it again and again. My writing skills still sucks and on top of that, I really have a bad penmanship which makes it even more unpleasant to look at.

I’d love to buy Korean textbooks like Elementary Korean and Yonsei textbooks but they’re expensive and I’m unemployed which means I have no source of income right now unless you consider the allowance my dad gives me every month a source of income. I did manage to get a pdf file of Elementary Korean (hehehe, the beauty of piracy LOL) but I’d love to get a hard copy too because it hurts to stare at the laptop’s monitor for a long period of time and like I said earlier, I always wander off to Twitter. LOL

I’d like to remind to whoever is reading this (if there is), I’m a complete beginner. I do know several Korean words but I’m still a beginner so if you need help with Korean, I’m not the right person to ask. I suggest you ask other Korean language bloggers out there like Shanna for they’re far more better in Korean than I am and I think they’ll be able to help you more.

By the way, I’d like to apologize for the 2NE1 header. Sorry, big fan. XD

Hello~! ^^

안녕하세요, 여러분! 저는 안젤리(Angeli)입니다! 만나서 반갑습니다! *shifts to English* Haha! I only know a very few Korean sentences so I cannot introduce myself yet in full Korean. I’m Angeli from the Philippines. I’m 21 years old (1990 년생). I’m studying Korean and I’m a total beginner. I use free resources from the internet and I have to say TTMIK is my favorite Korean language site. The reason why I want to learn Korean is I want to be able to watch Korean dramas, music and variety shows without the use of subtitles. Wouldn’t it be fun to actually understand what your idols are saying (or singing)? I want that and I’m gonna study hard to achieve that. Since I’m no longer a student (graduated a few months ago) I now have a lot of spare time to study Korean. 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.

I have Twitter so feel free to follow me, talk to me. I don’t bite. I also have a new me2day. I forgot the password to my old me2day account so I just created a new one.