day 55

오늘 나는 Billion Dollar Whale 책은 읽해요. Jho Low 나쁜 사람입니다! 하지만, 똑똑도 입니다.

그때, 내가 컴퓨터는 이메일을 많아요. 쇼핑 센터에 갔다. 먼저 내가 프로그램을 짓다. 다음 공부해요.

나는 저녁에 BBQ 고기를 먹어요. 맛있어요! 직음 다시 공부해요. 🙁

Day 30 – speaking exercise

today i hit the 30 day mark of my learning journey and decided to commemorate it with a brief speaking exercise.

Duolingo Korean 30 day streak

my accent and pronunciation are horrible but i recorded it anyway. hopefully i’ll laugh at myself later when i’m better.

here’s my script:

안녕하세요, 라이언입니다. 저는 fomo.com에서 설립자 있습니다.
hello, i’m Ryan. i am the founder of

오는 한국어 배우다 저의 삼십일 입니다.
Today is day 30 of me learning Korean.

나 이백오십 남말 하고 조금 문법 배운.
i learned 250 words and a little grammar.

나는 한국어를 이년안에 하고 싶습니다.
i want to speak Korean in 2 years.

예, 이 비디오를 만들기 외에 더 많은 단어를 배웠습니다.
yes, i learned more words to make this video.

내 연구가 koreaninayear.com에 있다.
my studies are at

thank you!

Day 18

according to my real-time vocabulary i’ve learned 176 words and 5 verbs.

i’m bearish on Duolingo teaching fluency but just discovered one benefit of using the web version (vs iPhone)… turning off the word bank.

since i’ve been practicing my typing skills with Hangul Attack, i can now [slowly] type out words and short sentences without using a keyboard helper.

my current lesson plan looks like this:

  • morning: Anki flash cards (12 new words), 1-2 rounds of Hangul Attack
  • afternoon: Duolingo (10-20 minutes) and “filtered” Anki deck with 100 is:review cards
  • evening: typing the words i learned into a spreadsheet (5-10 mins), Duolingo (20-30 mins)

still figuring out how to feasibly spend 3-4 hours /day on Korean without the knowledge leaking out of my ears.

Day 11

here’s what i did in the last 10 days:

it’s worth noting i didn’t do this all at once. my first day of study was no more than 25 minutes. the next day, i read the Fluent Forever book for a few hours but spent just 30 more minutes studying Korean.

by the 3rd day and 4th day i dedicated more time, but was primarily making flash cards (~150 total) in Anki vs actually studying. on those days i mostly played with Duolingo.

on the 5th to 9th days i watched a lot of videos on YouTube about language learning, and only for the past few days have i been studying over 1 hour per day.

my goal is 2 hours of study per day, and to reach ~700 memorized vocabulary words within the next 60 days before embarking on grammar and a tutor via italki.

oh. i also launched a Twitter.

Building a lesson plan

language acquisitions is the most memory-intensive form of learning i’ve ever experienced.

while learning to code, for example, it never felt like “memorizing,” just adopting new logic paradigms and learning how to learn.

this all changed when i started making flash cards. for my first couple days of study i limited myself to 6 new words, then 7, now 12. luckily, Korean has a lot of “Konglish” terms:

  • bus → 버스
  • coat → 코트
  • restaurant → 레스토랑

whenever i get a “fake” word in my daily deck, i’m relieved. whenever i get a color… i turn 빨간.

one thing i keep hearing on YouTube videos about language acquisition, is that to do it effectively you need to make it personal and you need to make it fun.

i’ll add a third variable to this strategy: you need to make it diverse.

if i studied vocab all day, sure, i might hit my 700-1,000 word goal sooner. but it’s also exhausting to flip through 100s of flash cards.

to practice diversity in my studies i’m opting instead for:

  • vocabulary – 30 minutes /day
  • typing – 10-15 mins /day
  • grammar – 10-15 mins /day
  • listening – 20-30 mins /day
  • reading – 10-10 mins /day

approaching my journey by channel means i can “dabble” in Korean throughout the day, using different apps but also documenting key learning (in English + Korean) in my physical notebook.

we’ll see how my lesson plan evolves over time.