I just recently stumbled on your blog in Hanguk Drama. I am from Sydney as well and is self-studying Korean I guess as a result of my love for Korean drama.
I have 4 kids and a full time job but still find time to do a bit of studying on the side. I said instead of just wasting my time watching the sub titles I will make it my goal to be able understand what I am watching with sub-titles.
I started with TTMIK last year and has gone through all the lessons so far. I am in the revision stage at the moment to try to solidify what I have learned so far.
I am looking for the next step to this. I was looking at korean101.com I don’t know if this is worth it as it has a monthly subscription or do I just review my TTMIK notes before joining. I am looking at the books that you also recommended Korean Grammar in Use (beginner & intermediate). Although I was thinking if I need to go beginner (even just for reference) and might be buying that instead of doing the korean101.com
I am also curious about TOPIK. Is this like an exam thing that you can go online? I just need a gauge that I am improving in my language learning.
Thanks for your time. I know that you are very busy.
It so nice to communicate with somebody that share the same interest in self-studying Korean.
Thank you for your email Joy!
I should probably be getting advice from you as I’m still trying to find the balance between full-time work and studying Korean!
Honestly I haven’t used or subscribed to korean101 before, so can’t comment on its usefulness (any readers have some experience with it they can share?). Really it is dependent on each person’s individual situation – if subscriptions or books are out of reach financially, it is definitely not something you need to spend hard earned cash on. But if your able, it’s always find a reference you love. For me it’s Korean Grammar in Use. I LOVE it (not to say there aren’t any other amazing resources!). If you can, take a browse on Amazon or a bookstore if one is accessible.
TOPIK has recently gone through a lot of changes, I definitely recommend checking out Topik Guide. Great information and past exam papers! TOPIK is a monitored exam, and in my experience is only held once a year in Sydney, around Sep-Oct. I found out my registration details previously from http://www.auskec.org/, however it is definitely not the easiest website to navigate…
Also keep an eye out for Korean classes in Sydney – it’s something I found very useful, particularly interacting with other students and the teacher. The KCO has free classes for members and I thing there are a few other offering around too.
Got any input for Joy or want to share your own experience? Let us know in the comments!