120 Days to TOPIK #25 – TOPIK Writing Punctuation Marks

Information TOPIK Writing (or, Korean writing in general), pretty much follows the same punctuation conventions as English. Periods mark the end of sentences or abbreviations and separate dates Commas create lists, separate phrases, and mark speech Question marks finish questions Exclamation marks express animated remarks (surprise, shouts, rebukes, etc) Quotation marks express speech and animal […]

120 TOPIK #20 – TOPIK Reading Strategies

Inspiration Since I posted last time about Extensive Reading using familiar texts, here’s some helpful advice I found recently about how to effectively read UNfamiliar texts, like on TOPIK. Reading passages. THREE stratgies: Read to find information (charts/graphs/images) Basic comprehension (gist/main idea) Reading to learn (details) Question types on TOPIK (in increasing difficulty): Read the […]

120 TOPIK #19 – On Hyperpolyglot Cardinal Mezzofanti & Reading Familiar Texts in a Foreign Language

Inspiration Cardinal Mezzofanti was an 18th/19th century (1774-1849) hyperpolyglot who spoke 39 different languages “with rare excellence”. Here’s a list: Biblical Hebrew • Rabbinical Hebrew • Arabic • Aramaic • Coptic • Ancient Armenian • Modern Armenian • Persian • Turkish • Albanian • Maltese • Ancient Greek • Modern Greek • Latin • Italian • Spanish • Portuguese • French • German • Swedish • Danish • Dutch • English • Illyrian • Russian • Polish • Czechish, or Bohemian […]

120 TOPIK #17 – Hyperpolyglot Kato Lomb’s 10 Do’s and 10 Don’ts of Language Learning

Inspiration After watching Tim Ferriss explain language learning shortcuts that people like he and Cardinal Mezzofanti (supposedly able to converse convincingly in up to 39 different languages) used to learn languages quickly, I started browsing for other language learning tips from “professionals.” I happened to stumble upon some biographical information of a Hungarian woman named Kató […]