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How To Learn A New Language At Home
I've been trying to improve my French recently, and came across these awesome YouTubers called DamonandJo. They have self-taught themselves nearly 6 languages! I believe they speak French, Spanish, Portugese, Italian, German, and of course English! You can either watch the video above (which I suggest cause they have the BEST sense of humor) or check out their tips below: 1. Follow Famous YouTubers in the language you want to learn! There are tons of youtubers in other languages, and often if they are famous enough, there will be english subtitles. Listen to them to hear real people speaking the language rather than a text book! They're usually super entertaining too so it helps :) 2. Follow those YouTubers or famous people on twitter so you see that language each day! The easiest way to get used to a foreign language is to see it all the time and this really helps! 3. Change your phone/facebook/etc language to your desired language! Since you probably already know where everything is in your phone or facebook, you wont be confused and you'll learn a ton of new vocab! 4. Listen to audio books in the language you want!!! Audible has a ton of foreign language books. Try starting with a book you already know well (like Harry Potter for me - I'm trying to read that in Korean right now...) and listen throughout your day! 5. Sign up for foreign magazines or newsletters! Or even better download their app in another language! For example, my boyfriend gets push notification from Le Monde which is a french newspaper :) Even if you only read the headline, its practice. 6. Try cooking a meal using a recipe in a different language! You start to learn that a lot of words you actually already know (for example, sauté means the same thing in french and in korean bokkeum (like bokkeumbap) means fried! so literally "fried rice!" 7. Watch TV shows in the language Duh!!!! 8. Talk to yourself and dont be afraid! Practice speaking whenever you can, even to people who are strangers! be brave! What languages are you trying to learn?!
Am I The Only One OBSESSED With Gong Hyo-jin's Dramas?
I love Korean Dramas that have relatable female main characters. A lot of Korean actresses are really cute and all, but make for pretty dry portrayals, which end up making the dramas SO BORING to watch. However, Gong Hyojin has consistently played what I'd call my 'K-Drama Spirit Animal'! I don't know if she's one of those actresses who gets to pick her own scripts, but all of her lead roles are consistently awesome. I'm always rooting for her and admire her strengths, and at the same time, her characters have flaws I can see in myself too. Yoo-kyung in 'Pasta' First off, I loved 'Pasta'. This drama basically combined three of my favorite things - Gong Hyo-jin, a love triangle involving cute male leads, and massive amounts of carbohydrates. Hyojin's pasta chef Yoo-kyung spoke to my emotional eating side. (I mean, look at her face. You just haven't cried until you've cried with a mouthful of fettuccine alfredo.) Gong-shil in 'Master's Sun' This is the drama where Hyo-jin could see dead people. I can't see dead people, but I could relate to the general insecurities she had after spending her life that way. I think everyone has felt like something of an outsider before in their life, right? (Except, you know, I probably would have been way more into Seo In Guk than she was. I mean, girl. GIRL.) Hae-soo in 'It's Okay, That's Love' I love this drama so much that it's one of the few dramas that I watched twice in a row! Hae-soo was my dream K-Drama character. She was fiercely independent, extremely ambitious, and while she did end up finding love, love was never her primary pursuit. Of course, she had her share of crying scenes, but she always knew to keep her composure. (Also, I love this picture. She's like 'Don't speak, Jo In-sung. Just stand there and look pretty for all the K-Drama girls binge-watching our show on Viki.') Ye-jin in 'The Producers' I LOVED Yejin because she's totally suited to where I feel like I am in my own life - part-time professional, part-time insufferable teenager. I loved the way she moaned and groaned and always had something to be sarcastic about, but at the same time, was smart, driven, and definitely knew how to hustle and get things done. Sooooooo... that's me and my undying spirit animal crush on Gong Hyo-jin's K-Drama characters! I can't wait until she's in another drama, as I hope her next role will be as equally awesome as all her past ones have been. (Do you hear me, Hyo-jin?! Don't blow this!!)
6 Korean Olympians To Watch!
You know I can't WAIT for the Olympics so let's look at a few awesome Olympians representing South Korea :D PS: 올림픽 - oh-lim-pik! Ki Bo Bae - Archery A South Korean archer who was ranked the world’s number one archer in August 2015. She is the current World Championship and the defending Olympic champion in archery. An Chang Rim - Judo South Korea’s premier lightweight Judo champion and the nation’s representative in the 2016 summer olympics. He is currently ranked first in the world and seeded first in the Olympics. Kim Ji Yeon - Fencing A South Korean sabre fencer and the 2012 Olympic champion. Having started foil fencing at the age of 13, she is the first South Korean woman to win a gold medal in fencing in the Olympic games. Shin A Lam - Fencing A fencer whose 2012 duel sparked a huge controversy in the Olympic games after a timekeeping error gave her opponent a timing advantage. When South Korea immediately appealed the decision, Shin waited for over an hour on the duelling ground, in accordance to the fencing bylaws, while judges deliberated and eventually gave the win to Shin’s opponent. Son Yeon Jae - Rhythmic Gymnastics An individual rhythmic gymnast, dubbed the “National Fairy” of South Korea. She has won titles in the 2014 Asian Games, 2010 Asian Games, and 2014 World Championships. Calling it now: she's going to be the next Kim Yuna and have her face on EVERY advertisement lol! Park Tae Hwan - Swimming An Olympic swimmer who is the first South Korean to win an Olympic medal in swimming. He has competed and won medals in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, and is to compete once more in the upcoming 2016 games. Who else is PUUUUUMPED for the Olympics?!