I intended to take the 30th Intermediate Topik exam, but I was still confused and undecided.
From the 28th Intermediate Topik results, with 88 and 70 marks for Vocabulary, Grammar, Reading but 47 and 42 marks for Writing and Listening, I realized that my writing and listening skills were so bad. Therefore, I tried my best to improve writing and listening skill in preparation for 30th Topik exam.
Time passed by and the deadline for registering Topik exam came near. However, my writing and listening skills haven’t improved yet. Maybe that is my fault. No matter how I try, I am in no mood of learning writing and listening. I only study vocabulary, grammar and reading part in the textbooks and skip the writing and listening part. Now I knew my outcome. :(( I regret not dedicating to studying Korean, but now it is too late. I am not confident of taking the 30th Topik. Therefore, I decided to quit. From now on, I will make a new plan for the 32th Topik Exam in October.
***About writing skill***
Forcing myself to write in Korean did not work. Therefore, I will start to write diaries or some feelings in Korean every day. No matter how busy I am, I must finish one entry in Korean. ^^ If I don’t complete that task, I cannot listen to SNSD song =))))
***About listening skill***
I realize one of my problems is that I have a tendency of listening through earphones. When listening through earphones, we have the illusions of the clear and loud sound. I tend to turn on the volume of the earphones louder, which makes my mother feel annoyed because when she spoke to me, I could not hear. Another problem was when I took the Topik exam test in the exam room, they used cassettes, which made me hard to listen to and follow. Therefore, I will try to use the speaker instead of the earphones. Luckily, I found a small Nokia speaker in the storage. My dad bought it for me 8 years ago, but I soon neglected it when I have the iPod. The speaker was not in good condition, but I can make use of it. From today, I will try better on my listening skill ^^
Another problem is that I tend to “hear” rather than “listening”. Hearing means “perceiving or apprehending by the ear” while listening means” putting some effort into hearing and interpreting and responding to the sounds.” Thus, I will try to listen to KPOP songs attentively, then check the lyrics to see how the singers pronounce and learn some new vocabularies. It will be fun ^^