How to romanticize language learning
Use your favorite colors to highlight what you don't know
Have a nice notebook where you keep track of grammar or/and vocabulary
Try making a snack specific to a country where your target language is spoken
Have sticky notes with texts you wrote in order to improve and motivate yourself
Annotate books if that's your thing
Look up for new songs and then learn to sing then by looking up the lyrics (+translate the new words)
Remember how you'll improve over time if you keep learning
Keep a journal in your target language. Write in another color the words you had to look up. Notice how over time there are less and less different colored words.
Decorate your notes with sticky notes and doodles
Chat with your pets or with yourself in your target language (or just tell to mister cat how you'll improve your French, everything works)
Start a book or a comic and choose a reward for when you finish it
Pretend you're a foreigner who knows only your target language, try using that language only for some time
Talk about each product from your grocery list/chart
Learn idioms and imagine in which circumstances you could use them
Change the settings of your phone for a day/week to your TL and try to read/look up things only in that language
Keep a journal or agenda where you plan, analyze and organize your life but use only your target language.
Have a notebook/digital notepad where you write about your day and add a picture.
Make a PowerPoint presentation with what you learned today. Think of it as the most important project you have to make or the thing that could teach someone else your TL. (Your favorite fictional characters for example)
Weekly write letters to future you about your progress. (In your native or target language) Open those letters when you're more advanced. Decorate them with drawings or stickers.
These ideas might seem more appropriate for higher levels BUT if you're a beginner and start trying to do these things, you'll improve a lot so don't discourage yourself just because you think you don't know enough yet.
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Non-mainstream korean foods that are cool and good
✨나물✨ “Namul refers to either a variety of edible grass or leaves or seasoned herbal dishes made of them”. I just think they’re neat. Just this and rice is a great meal. Kinda hard to make though (esp getting hold of the dried 나물 in western countries) so we just buy it. If you ever go to mountains in korea and there’s a restaurant there, there’s a high chance of them serving 산 나물 비빔밥 (mountain namul bibimbap) which I recommend because 나물 is great and 비빔밥 is great; what’s not to like
✨Egg 전s✨ - you might’ve heard of kimchi pancake and green onion/scallion pancake (pajeon) but egg pancakes(???) are also EXCELLENT. 호박전 is the one I’m most familiar with (zucchini slices - in the photo) but I recently tried ones with meat which were very good, and also like… deconstructed sushi fillings like 단무지 and spam which was interesting 😂
✨감자탕✨ - (gamjatang) pork backbone stew, usually with 감자 potatoes, 당면 cellophane noodles, and 시래기 radish leaves (which I view as a type of 나물 namul as above but idk if it officially is). Spicy but not excessively so. It’s one of my favourite foods but I actually only first ate it a few years ago because it’s kinda hard to make at home (or maybe my mom just didnt like it) and i don’t think it’s served in typical Korean restaurants - there’s restaurants that specialise in it. You get a giant pot and share it (with rice).
✨Plum tea✨ 매실차. Usually you buy the syrup 매실청 and just mix it in with water. I only drink it cold but you can have it hot as well. Very refreshing
✨미숫가루✨ Wikipedia calls the drink “misu” but I’ve literally never heard it called that in my life - I’ve used 미숫가루 to refer to both the drink and the powder (가루). One of the things we’d always bring back carefully packaged and labelled as mixed grain powder for the suspicious white people at customs because you can buy it at the shops but my grandma’s >>> . I mix it with milk and it’s just a Good and Healthy drink. It’s naturally sweet.
✨Eating tteokbokki rice cake plain with honey.✨ Look idk if I was just a weird kid but this was the shit. Buying one of these (with fresh rice cakes not frozen) at the korean mart and eating like half of them like that when we were meant to be using them for tteokbokki
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Language learning aesthetics i like:
Sticky notes everywhere
Learning/teaching with a friend
Cooking recipes from a country where your TL is spoken and then spam your friends with pictures of what you made
Organizing everything in your target language, grocery lists, reminders, written recipes
Writing letters to your foreign friends
Having a bag or t-shirt which you decorate with places you've visited or with flags
Being flustered when you can't find a certain word in a language
Huge book shelves in so maaaaaany languages
Knowing way too much about another culture and putting money aside to visit the place
Listening to music in another language and being lost when you hear your native language
Talking to pets in other languages
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