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Lindie Botes

How I passed the Korean TOPIK 2 exam on my first try (with results reveal!)

TOPIK results day Last week, the TOPIK Korean exam results came out. For some silly reason, they aren’t accessible via Macbook or any mobile device. I had to call my mom so she could screenshare from her Windows laptop and I had to guide her across the Korean webpage so

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Korean exam tips
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Lindie Botes

Best tips for getting a high score in TOPIK 2 Korean exam

Deciding to take the TOPIK exam After years of wondering if I should do it or not, I finally took the Korean proficiency exam yesterday. My motivation was purely to have a challenge that would force me to study more advanced vocabulary and grammar. Having studied Korean for almost a

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Korean Textbook Review
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Lindie Botes

Beginner Korean textbook review – Korean For All

Korean for All – great for beginners Korean for all by Soo Kim is hot off the press!  This textbook is a really cute, new book perfect for beginners. I got this book in the mail last week and I wish I had it 10 years ago when I started

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Korean grammar study method
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Lindie Botes

How to study Korean grammar: my method and schedule

Studying grammar shouldn’t be tricky. Step 1: Get a textbook and note down the grammar structures Step 2: Categorize and color-code the grammar On the first page of my grammar notebook, I categorized all the structures I wrote down into: 1. grammar that is totally new to me (marked in

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Lindie Botes

Audioclip review: best app for Korean listening practice

If you’re a Korean learner looking for good audio, you definitely need to download Audioclip. It’s an app by Naver full of podcasts, audiobooks, soft background sounds and music for studies, and much more (INCLUDING bedtime stories narrated by Gong Yoo?!). I can’t express how excited I am to have discovered this app.

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Lindie Botes

How I study Korean vocab for TOPIK

I bought a book called “한국어 벵크 TOPIK 2 한권이면 OK” to prepare me for the test and it came with a smaller handbook for vocabulary, listing all the important words that appear in the textbook. Realising that I can read two pages on the bus on the way to work and two pages on my commute back, I committed to studying 4 pages of vocabulary each day.

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Lindie Botes

Improve your Korean in 6 unique ways

You may have just finished your Korean textbook or passed your first Korean class. Now you feel accomplished but not sure where to go next. You might be bridging the gap from beginner to intermediate, or making your way from intermediate to advanced. Wherever you are in your journey, there are a few things you can incorporate into your day to improve your Korean fast.

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Lindie Botes

Arirang TV A Plus feature

I am thrilled to announce that I’ve had the opportunity to be featured as the second KOREATOR on Arirang A Plus. A Plus is an offshoot of Arirang TV and promotes Korean culture to foreigners through various TV shows like KOREATOR. The theme of this series was “Korean in Your

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Lindie Botes

Korean Grammar for Speaking textbook review

Korean Grammar for Speaking Textbook As a grammar fan and Korean learner, I was really excited when Song Won, the author of Korean Grammar for Speaking, contacted me regarding his newly released textbook series. The books are brand new – the first volume came out in 2016 (a revised version

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