This is applicable to all languages, but my example is how I do intensive reading of an advanced book in Korean. This Instagram post goes into detail about my steps and process to work through the pages and how I take notes.
Are you afraid of making mistakes in the languages you’re learning? It took me some time to get over the fear of making mistakes, especially with speaking, but now it’s something I embrace as a learning opportunity. Now I have no shame in sharing where I went wrong and what I’m still learning 🥰
What helps is to find a safe space to make mistakes in. Having a language partner, fellow learner or friend, tutor, or someone on an app dedicated to correcting written language pieces is a great place to start. These people intend to help you and encourage you and won’t laugh at your mistakes. 💪🏻
I no longer feel dumb, but I just appreciate having a learning opportunity, and I embrace the fact that learning a language is a lifelong journey and there’s always room for improvement. ✨
Some places I get corrections from are:
My tutors on italki
People on Journaly, HiNative, HelloTalk and Tandem
Friends who speak or are advanced in the languages I’m learning
Online forums and groups (e.g. Facebook, Reddit)
Checking it myself from activities in textbooks and apps
Langtwt on Twitter
It’s a small mindset shift to move from being afraid of making mistakes to using it as a way to learn. I always remember vocabulary and phrases better when I’ve made a mistake and have been corrected.
My favorite Korean textbook (after all this time!)
I sometimes feel out of date with all the new Korean textbooks that have come out since I started learning, but this is always the one I go back to. The one I use now is the advanced book.
As someone who loves grammar, these textbooks are awesome! They have grammar points, example dialogues, and activities.
I recommend you skip the beginner one and start with intermediate if you’ve been learning for a few months to a few years. The advanced one is awesome but does have some grammar structures that aren’t very common - but good to know when taking TOPIK 2! (For the record, here's the book I used to study for TOPIK 2)
It's also a good idea to learn from a book slightly above your level, so take the challenge and try the advanced one!
Here's a video about how I use the Intermediate level book effectively.
Check out these 3 free sheets designed by me that you can download and print or use digitally. They have rows for vocabulary words and for example sentences - which is the way I like to learn languages best.