The QiRanger Adventures

It’s on…

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For the past twelve working days, I’ve been teaching Summer Intensives (like Summer School). While I enjoy teaching, and in fact, got to write my own curriculum this time, what I really didn’t like was how it impacted my days.

Normally, I don’t start work until around 4pm (sure I go in a bit early, but that’s my choice). Having morning classes and then going back in the afternoon, really took its toll on me, since I’m used to taking it easy in the morning and also having time to go into Seoul if needed. Plus, after putting in a few hours in the morning, grabbing a quick bite to eat, and then looking at returning to the office an hour later, really inhibited my language learning time.

Granted, I have not been all that motivated at learning either Korean or Hangeul since Jo’s been here. But that’s changing. I am really motivated to take some extra time out of my day and learn both languages. An emphasis will be placed on Tagalog, since we’ll be returning to the Philippines for Christmas/New Year’s and I really want to be semi-fluent by then. Granted almost everyone in the Philippines speaks English, but I really enjoy learning languages and want to be able to converse with those that might not be comfortable speaking in English. I’m also looking forward to resuming my Rosetta Stone and TTMIK series (I erased my previous account with Rosetta Stone and started from scratch).

As of today, I’ve completed one lesson in both languages. That sounds more impressive that it really is, since they’re both review for me (I’ve done them many times). What I really appreciated was having Jo by my side correcting every little pronunciation as I was trying my hat at Tagalog. I hope with her expert instruction, I can really wow her mother and sisters.

Question: If you could learn any new language, what would it be?


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  1. Hmmm that IS a tough one…but I’m going to have to go with English. I would really like to learn to speak to the kids that work the fast food drive through in a way that they understand. (wistful sigh)


    August 18, 2010 at 11:41 pm

  2. I’m really into becoming fluent in Korean. I’ve been running through the TTMiK stuff, and I’m looking at enrolling at Sogang University’s language center.


    August 19, 2010 at 1:33 am

    • Excellent. I need to really resume my TTMIK stuff. I have been so bad about that!


      August 19, 2010 at 6:26 am

  3. kamusta ka? nakakatuwang malaman na ikaw ay nag-aaral magsalita ng Tagalog. Maaari mo kayang ipakita ang iyong pagsasakita ng Tagalog sa iyong video? 😀

    i’m currently studying Korean language now and would like to learn conversational japanese as well just in case i go to their country. it’s scary to go around without even knowing how to ask for directions.


    August 19, 2010 at 4:12 am

    • That is true, but also so me of the fun of traveling abroad. I may at some point do a little Tagalog in my videos, especially when I head back there in December.


      August 19, 2010 at 6:30 am

  4. I’m currently learning Japanese, but I also want to take a shot at conversational Thai and mandarin 😀


    August 19, 2010 at 4:20 am

    • That would be very cool! I love learning languages…


      August 19, 2010 at 6:27 am

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