This is probably that ONE post in common among all the Korean language learning blogs out there, whether it’s students who self-study, web-study or classroom study.
I, for one, have not had a notebook specifically for taking notes during Korean class. Which is surprising, considering the number of notebooks I buy a year. The thing is, the textbooks from my community centre classes come with loads of white space. The pages are only printed on one side, leaving huge amounts of space for me to scribble on, so I’ve never really had to crack open a brand new notebook to start noting on.
But starting with the NUS Extension classes, and the Kyunghee textbooks they use, I’ve discovered a very urgent need for (a) a good notebook and (b) a very good method of taking notes. Because, the Kyunghee textbook (not the workbook) has GLOSSY pages. /me no like to write on glossy pages *glower*
The notebook on the left in the picture is something I tried to start some time late last year, but the effort petered out after a few pages. The one on the right is the one I started for the NEX class. Not sure how I should do it though, because there’s the textbook (which I don’t like to write on, so it means taking notes) and then there’s the workbook, which is normal (matte? acid-free?) paper, which means I can, and will, write in it. But it’ll mean my notes are … all over the place!
For the moment, I think I’ll keep on with this notebook and use it as a “replacement” for the usual notes-in-my-textbook scribbles, so it’ll be vocabulary, new phrases, short example sentences etc that are introduced during the NEX class. As for the community centre class, I’ll still continue to scribble in the white space provided. for now. until I come across something better. when I’m more organized. which is probably never.
Anybody out there taking more than one Korean language class? Do you keep more than one notebook?