Do feel chronic back pain while reading?
You might be suffering from what’s known as DTS. Also known as Dreadful Textbook Syndrom.
You might even start to notice a few things whilst staring down those menacing pages of rules and regurgitations; Your head starts to ache. A wall of fog forms between you and the book. You feel like throwing the
doorstop book out the window faster than you can say Tom Riddle’s diary.
Well, I have a cure. It’s two simple words: STOP IT!
Trust your gut on this. Close the book. Don’t turn another page. If you force yourself to study too hard, your mind will be enraged.
Don’t read another:
- “Where is the house?”
- “What did you eat for breakfast?”
- “What color is her hair?”
- “I don’t really care!”
The text book is closed. Do you stop learning?
Nope. But you need something. You need to build an arsenal of language learning tools. I like to call it my arsenal of awesome acquisition. We aren’t just acquiring language. We are acquiring awesomeness!
A lot of you good looking people out there might already have a small arsenal. Here’s some ideas for improving that arsenal besides the obvious Dramas and K-pop:
1: Comfy Headphones
Buy them if you don’t have them. Earbuds are annoying. Even the comfy ones.
Keep these on your head whenever you can. You want to be listening whenever you can.
This doesn’t have to be K-pop. There’s lot’s of different music in Korea. There is some good Rock and HipHop. You can also record TV shows or movies and throw them onto your portable media player.
2: Portable Media Player
You really want to get something nice like an Ipod or Galaxy Player. Or if you want get a smart phone. Don’t bother buying an electronic dictionary unless you have a lot of money to flush down the toilet.
This little baby is great! It is the Swiss Army Knife in my arsenal of awesome acquisition.
- I can take pictures of signs here in Korea.
- I can use my dictionary.
- I can send Korean friends messages.
- I can read emails.
- I can watch movies.
- I can listen to songs.
- I can look up chinese characters by drawing them.
- I can record video and audio.
- I can also look up things in my Korean encyclopedia!
- I can make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs!
What I like to do is a little thing called time-boxing.
This is where you take a timer and let it run for 5 minutes. You want to concentrate as much as you can on learning Korean. Whatever you are doing for learning. It doesn’t matter what technique, focus on it. When the timer is up, start it again and do something else. Repeat until whenever.
It’s like you are putting your time into little tiny boxes. It helps your concentration and helps you get things done faster.
4: Book Stand
It’s good for posture, and saves you time from flipping back and forth from the book to your notebook to your computer. Enough said.
5: Anime + Manga = World Domination
If you can find an anime with the corresponding manga, you’ve got a small gold mine in front of you. Make sure you at least enjoy the manga or anime. They do a lot of dubbing and print a lot of manga here in Korea. Jackpot!
It doesn’t really matter if it’s whacky or geeky or extremely オタク. It’s just for fun. And just for your awesomeness.
For you newbies, what you want to do is watch the anime once through. If you want to know the whole story, by all means watch it in English once. Then watch it in Korea. No subtitles. Korea subtitles are okay but they don’t usually follow the speech exactly. ( The same is true with Japanese DVDs.)
When you get your manga, try your best to read through it once. Don’t worry about vocabulary or not understanding. Just go. Read. Play. Maybe later you can look up words you want to know. It’s more about discovery. Less about understanding everything.
As you learn more you will start to understand more. Sometimes it takes a while. Don’t worry. If it gets painful find something else in Korean to do. But this is a very good start.
Speaking of good starts, this is a good start to your Arsenal of Awesome Acquisition. What belongs in your arsenal? Here’s a good rule of thumb: If it’s boring, throw it out! If it’s fun get more of it.
So now I gotta ask the question: What’s in your arsenal?