ShenaniTims Vs. Anki: Round 28

What a change two weeks can make. While I still struggled with some of the vocabulary questions asked of me this week, working with my teacher (the same young one from the last, pre-vacation class) went immensely better.

Realizing that he didn’t get me and my learning style (i.e. extremely quiet, lots of bothersome grammatical questions), I went the other way: actually being social. Asking him questions about his school, his hobbies, all that (what I consider) banal shit. And it worked. Worked wonders. He had a good time, and I was able to maneuver the class into the areas I wanted to go.

This week was largely based around me playing with the grammatical concepts we briefly covered last week. Largely using “or” in Korean (N(이)나 N). I wanted to dive deeper into this; both to get more experience with the idea while stretching my vocabulary as far as it’ll go. (Sadly, still not as far as I’d like.)


As far as the Anki front goes, I didn’t add any new words while I was on vacation, but that worked out fine because I also found out that dumping 100+ new words into my deck in a span of four days is mental suicide. You’re just asking for problems with recall at that point; especially when most of the words are similar (exhibit, exhibition, (modern) concert, classical concert, etc.), and many of the terms share syllables. (“연” and “회”show up numerous times: 전시회 (exhibit) and 음악회 (classical concert) or 연극, 공연, and 연금 (a play, a performance, and a pension respectively.)

Not a cool move on my part two weeks ago. One that I was paying for over until around now-ish; as I’ve finally been able to recall some of them correctly. (Sadly, some of the words listed above were found and/or spelt correctly using my travel dictionary.)

Speaking of which (spelling), I really wish Anki had a special spelling feature, as I really need it. It seems like half of my teacher’s time is spent correcting my spelling; which probably wouldn’t be so bad if I wasn’t so proud of my spelling in English.

But I guess we all had to start somewhere, and I really doubt I was a spelling champ right from the start…


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