14 Days of the German Volume Method for Korean

I thought I’d post an update again, even though I posted one on Friday.

German Volume Update for Korean

I did the calculations and it looks like I’ve been doing a little under 2 hours a day on average. Last night I did 152 minutes which includes half an hour using audacity and practicing describing family members.

Family members have different names depending on their relation to you. It’s not as crazy as Chinese. You don’t just have an older brother. If you’re a woman you have an 오빠 (older brother). If you’re a man your older borther is called 형 (or 행 where I’m living)

I knew all of this before of course from living here and studying Korean before. But I couldn’t remember simple things like 여동생 (younger sister). Probably because I just don’t hear it very often and If I do hear it, I wouldn’t be able to recognize it unless the context was very apparent. Also Koreans just use first names for younger siblings usually, whereas they use “big brother” and “big sister” a lot more often.

Using Pimsleur for Korean again

I had purchased the Pimsleur Korean 1 and 2 on ITunes about 10 months ago with the intention of using it, but at that time I was doing too many other things such as training a tutor to do TPRS, and lots of extensive reading in Japanese among other things.

I had used Pimsleur for Japanese with great results. During that time I was in Boston going to weekly Meetups for the wonderful Japanese/English group. I was also using a textbook called Japanese from Zero. It’s probably one of the best textbooks out there as it has lots of examples, exercises, decent explanations, and it doesn’t make you feel stupid. This is put out by a guy who’s a translator in Japan and also runs his own school and website.

Aaahh the nostalgia is really setting in. This was fall of 2009/ winter of 2010.

Anyways, back to Korean. I’ll be using Pimsleur Korean again starting today. It makes sense to me to use this with what I’m doing now in the German Volume method. I really have to nail the basics down and build up that foundation. Especially the functional foundation. I’m still pointing and pantomiming for silly stuff that I should know how to say because I can’t quite remember the right words. Not good. Example “I’ve got to run to the ATM because I left my cash card at home, I’ll be right back.” this is when I’m in the supermarket about to pay for groceries.

Where am I in the book?

I’ve just finished the 3rd chapter in a 20 chapter elementary textbook. Around chapter ten I’ll start to implement the right brain techniques. I don’t have enough of a base to use the techniques yet. Even though I’ve studied Korean before and know quite a bit, I’ll hold off until chapter 10 for now. I really need to concentrate on the basics before I do anything else.

Chapter 4 is 어디에갑니까? This is about going places, directions, and describing what you’re going to do. It’s still very simple and basic. The language is still very honorific. Honestly I need more practice with the honorific cuz I just don’t get enough exposure to that unless I’m watching the news in Korean. (way above my level)

I’ll probably be working with the dialogues tonight in Audacity like I did before. It proved very helpful last time I did it.

What happened to Hangul Type Attack?

I’ve got to put up the typing app again. It’s been down for way too long. I just didn’t keep it up to date and let it go. Can’t do that. It was helping too many people. There are other applications out there, but they were all complicated and/or not free to use. My app was very simple. It got you to ramp up your muscle memory and increase your speed. People were asking for whole words instead of just the character elements and timed sentences and all sorts of junk.

I say just pick up some Korean text, switch your keyboard to Korean mode and start typing once you’ve got the keys in your muscle memory. That’s how I did it. You need to get off the training wheels eventually.

Okay, so that’s another project I have to get back up and running. Stay tuned for more updates on that.

Diet and Exercise

Well, It’s too early to post updates on that. I will say that the water-fast is going well. But I only just started. Stay tuned.


3 thoughts on “14 Days of the German Volume Method for Korean

    • You can read some of my former posts about training my Korean tutor TPRS and some of the stories. Article Here/

      Using the volume method for Japanese is just fine. You can use it with studying kanji on the side. I suggest “Remembering the Kanji I” for an hour a day and doing the volume method for 2 or 3 hours a day. For Native English speakers languages like Japanese will take longer to get up to a reasonably competent level compared to other closely related languages such as German or Spanish.

      For Japanese, If you are a beginner, I’d suggest the “Japanese from Zero” series. It’s excellent. Lots of practice examples and exercises are in the book. It slowly introduces the Kana. By the end of book 1 you’ll know all of the Hiragana. Book 2 takes you through the Katakana. Book three introduces some Kanji.

      If you’re not new, or are a false beginner, I’d start out with a college textbook. I’ve ordered Genki I and II. They are used by colleges and other Japanese programs. But my opinion is that It’s not as useful for the beginner with no knowledge of Japanese. You’ll need a tutor in this case if you’re using Genki. Japanese form Zero can be done without a tutor. Though it wouldn’t hurt to have one for that book too.

      Good luck!

  1. There are a few people using this for Japanese. I think that it’s not so difficult if you do all of the beginning in Romanji. That will work well and getting you to understand the syntax: Topic (optional) Object (optional in many cases) and verb (mandatory) then you will have to change your mind form prepostiions to postpositions: naka ni, aida ni, no, etc.

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