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Korean Test

Monday is the final day of class for my Intermediate II Korean language course, which meant we were given our take-home exams on Friday morning. I began working on mine earlier this evening - falling asleep as soon as I come home from work yesterday meant I didn't have the chance to work on it then - but the test appears to be way beyond my abilities. I've only been able to answer 7 of the 30 questions so far.

Before starting work on Friday I shared it with my academy director so he could see what I'd be tested on and he said that he could only answer two of the six questions on the first page. (The 30 questions on the test take up five pages in total.) While this should probably make me feel better about having problems it really only adds to my sense of hopelessness. The categories include: picking the word that doesn't belong from a group of terms, picking which sentence sounds most awkward from a series of four (note: not which one is wrong but which one is awkward), choosing the correct adverb for a fill-in-the-blank section, supplying the correct word that can be used in each of three sentences (i.e., the same word has to work in three different sentences), identifying the incorrect section of sentences and making the appropriate corrections, picking the correct response for a series of dialogue questions, and some reading comprehension questions. Ouch.

On the other hand, I've had a few conversations with my student's parents recently and a couple of days ago a taxi driver complimented me on my Korean accent of all things. It's also a bit easier to understand what's happening in the teacher's office when my co-teachers chat in Korean. Still, none of that is helping me with my test at the moment ...

Update: Just wanted to add that I had a somewhat odd dream a couple weeks back, in which I was telling someone that it's very easy to make past tense conjugations in French because all one needs to do is add ~았/었/였다 to the end. Huh.


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Jun. 28th, 2009 11:10 am (UTC)
Now you know how your students feel when they have to sit those good awful TOEIC tests with all those ambiguous questions in them that even I have slight trouble finishing.

I’m sure you’ll do ok. You’re already ahead of the game on most of us foreigners with your Korean!

Jul. 2nd, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
How did you do?
Jul. 4th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
Horribly. I answered 17 of 30 questions correctly for a 61%. Comparatively, I did slightly better than one student in the class (a 21 year old Korean-American who started attending our academy last month) and a bit worse than another classmate (a Japanese woman who said that her husband helped her on the test).

However, our teacher mentioned that my intonation is very flat, and expressed confusion at how I have a harder time understanding class discussions than my classmates. For the first point, my coworkers and academy director disagree -- and both my teacher and academy director are from Daegu, so I doubt it's a matter of regional variation. For the second, I'm just as stumped. All of my classmates (the two mentioned above, plus a Canadian student who didn't take the test) have the chance to speak Korean at home with their family, while I live alone and also don't have a significant other with whom to practice with. That might explain some of it, but it is quite frustrating to be at a lower level, comprehension-wise.
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