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안녕하세요? ^^
저는 Z이라고 대학생이에요. 저는 스물 두살이고 호주에서 살아요.
내 남자친구와 남자친구의 가족과 대화하고 싶어서 한국어를 배우고 있어요. 한국어를 공부한 지 삼 년 됐지만, 집중적으로 공부한 지 일년반 됐어요. 독학으로 한국어를 공부하고 있어요. 폴란드어도 공부해요.

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Thanks for stopping by sydneytoseoul. I’m Z, an Australian university student, language lover and a big believer in non-stop learning throughout life.

About sydneytoseoul
sydneytoseoul begun as my own self-studying tool, where I recorded interesting and important points about the Korean language. I still do this, but with a few reviews, articles and posts thrown in.

I began studying Korean simply to better communicate with my boyfriend’s family, but I have come to develop a love for both Korea and the Korean language. While I have taken a few classes in the past, I primarily self-study and am currently working toward intermediate proficiency. I have also studied both German and Polish in the past, and plan to revisit both as I continue to discover and learn new languages throughout my life.

I’m also interested in personal development, learning as much as I can and making the most of life in general.

Feel free to take a look around and leave me a message. 열심히 공부해요!

 

43 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi there🙂

    I’ve been following you on tumblr and I’m liking your blog, and the fact that you’re a sydney sider too keke
    Do you mind if i add you to my blogroll? – I thought i’d better ask.
    Keep up the blogging!

  2. Hi there,
    I like your blog, especially the one about the characteristics of successful learners. Some good points there, for sure. I think we all can be successful. Clearly we must want to and believe we can, and then find the tools to support us. I have been concerned with all these issues for many years and am interested to see and read about what others are doing. Check out my site,,and let me know what you think!

  3. Cześć! Love your blog!!! Hopefully, it will help me to improve my Korean too!! I’ve been struggling with it for almost 2 years now and all i can do is ordering coffee -.-. Anyway, keep up the good work and if you have some Polish-language-related-questions I’ll be happy to anwser them!

    • Cześć~~ Thanks for visiting ^^
      I know what you mean, I struggle with speaking too ㅠ.ㅠ
      but it’s something I think comes with practice.
      Thanks for your offer of help too, I think I’m going to start self-studying some Polish after I get back from Korea and I’m sure I’ll have lots of questions ㅋㅋ
      Good luck with your study!! ^^

  4. 안녕하세요 Z씨! I found your blog after looking for a grammar explanation. I think your blog’s really informative, and also a great way for you to keep track of (and review) what you’ve already learned.😀 I’ve always wanted to do the same (write out grammar points, vocabulary and stuff), but I can’t seem to begin (or even keep up with it).
    Good luck with your Korean studies!😀

    • 안녕하세요~
      I’m glad you found it helpful. It’s definitely worth keeping track of what you’ve learnt, I always look back over my log when I need a reminder of a certain grammar point or what not. It can also show you how much you’ve learnt~ ^^
      열심히 공부해요!😀

  5. hey there! Just dropping by some korean language learners and found your blog, i’m glad I did! I love it🙂 hope to read more of your posts… keep blogging!

    your newest follower,
    katharine

  6. Hi, I was searching for people who self taught themselves Korean and found your blog! I want to start to self teach myself Korean to take the Topik test and apply for a college in Korea. But I would need to get level 4 or higher. Do you think it’s possible to get such a high score from self teaching? Please give me some advice, I don’t have enough money for community college =\ I hope to hear from you soon, thank you ^_^

    • Anything is possible ^^ It does however take a lot of motivation and hard work. There’s heaps of great Korean resources on the net for free, make sure you check out my resource list for a few options. If you want to take the TOPIK test definitely do lots and lots of past papers to make sure you know and understand all the common vocabulary and grammar points they use. I don’t know what level you are at now but keep in mind the jump between the beginners TOPIK paper and the intermediate paper is quite large, so it does take a lot of work, but it can be done! Good luck!! ^-^

  7. 안녕하세요? 저는 영어-한국어 언어교환을 위해 미국친구와 대화하는데 친구에게 알려줄 공부방법을 찾다가 여기까지 왔어요. 혼자서 한글을 배우고 이렇게 잘 할수있다니 대단해요~! 한글을 매일 사용하고 있지만 막상 외국인 친구에게 한글을 알려주는건 처음이라 너무 어려워요ㅜㅜ.. 혹시 한글을 처음 배울때 헷갈렸던 부분 있었어요?

  8. Hi there, I’m interested in learning Korea (for no other reason except kpop lol) so it’s great that I found your blog! Thoroughly enjoy reading about your experiences there as well.😀

  9. hello..what is the fastest way to learn hangul mal..i can read hangul but so slow =[
    i only remember some words,. how did you come about to remembering?
    i want to learn but it’s quite hard..i’m not sure what i’m doing wrong please help..

    • 안녕하세요~!
      The key to success is not giving up and working consistently. There’s no quick and easy way, it takes hard work and dedication~
      Don’t worry if your slow, we all start out slow ^^ Just practice practice practice!
      Have a squiz at the resource list and start from there. My advice would be to start off with Talk to Me In Korean and get your hands on a textbook (even the free ones listed on the resource list are appropriate if buying one isn’t an option).
      Best of luck!

      • Respectfully, if you tried to go into the next room through a brick wall with your bare hands, then no matter how much work/practice you did you would not get through to it. There is a lot more to becoming a successful language learner than persistence, hard work and practice. I have seen hundreds of language learners do just that and never get to their destination.

        The issue is one of the tools you employ (eg, not a plastic fork for above), your mind set ( if you do things you don’t enjoy, you will not persist). And all that is just for starters.

        There are very good reasons why MOST people are unsuccessful at learning a second language.

  10. oops…meant to post that to general comments…

    espectfully, if you tried to go into the next room through a brick wall with your bare hands, then no matter how much work/practice you did you would not get through to it. There is a lot more to becoming a successful language learner than persistence, hard work and practice. I have seen hundreds of language learners do just that and never get to their destination.

    The issue is one of the tools you employ (eg, not a plastic fork for above), your mind set ( if you do things you don’t enjoy, you will not persist). And all that is just for starters.

    There are very good reasons why MOST people are unsuccessful at learning a second language.

  11. HI there🙂 I’m Kay your blog is useful like it a lot have had so much time these past few days and look at what I find haha! Korean self-learner and blogger too xD

    I subscribed to your blog🙂

  12. Hello fellow Australian! Waahh… what a wonderful blog! I’m really interested in learning Korean and this site is like the Korean version of Tae Kim’s guide to Japanese grammar! I have a blog like yours, to blog about learning Japanese ( http://goo.gl/dBGzE ). It’s nice to see others are doing what I am. Your blog is so much better though! How long did it take to grasp Korean adjective conjugations? They look like such a challenge. 고마워!

    • 안녕하세요! I haven’t come across Tae Kim before but I’ll take it as a compliment! ^^ From your blog it looks like you are doing quite well with Japanese!
      Korean adjectives? Hmmm… not too bad. Although I should make more use of them in my writing!
      Thanks for stopping by!

    • I had a peek at Tae Kim’s guide and had to laugh at the cartoon about romanisation on the front page! Perfectly represents my own feelings about using romanisation for learning Korean!

  13. I have a few suggestions to offer you. It sounds more natural to say 저는 Z이라고 대학생이에요. 저는 스물 한살이고 호주에서 살아요 instead of 저는 Z이고요, 대학생이에요. 스물 하나이고요, 호주에서 살아요.^^

  14. 안녕하세요! Hi! So, I’ve just started learning Korean for about 3 months and I’m really enjoying it! And I’m so happy to have stumbled upon your blog, your posts are super helpful! I wish I could also be as good as you are and probably practice Korean dialogues with you.🙂

  15. 안녕하세요! 저도 한국어를 독학하고 있습니다. 저는 싱가포르 사람이고, 17살 고등학생입니다. 블로그이름 너무 비슷해서 신기하네요! ㅋㅋㅋ 만나서 반갑습니다 블로그 너무 재밌게 읽고 있습니다. ^^ 도움도 많이 됐어요!

  16. It’s nice to meet you Z, 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!🙂
    http://nynyonline.co.uk

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