90 Day Journey: Improving my Speaking Skills in Korean

September 7, 2020

Hello girls! Welcome to the 90 day journey, a ‘project’ on which I will be trying to improve my speaking skills in Korean.

A time ago I was reflecting about my daily language practice. I realized that after many months of studying Korean every day, I have improved in relation to vocabulary and grammar, especially this last one. But in relation to my speaking abilities…I haven’t improved that much.

This happened because I tend to do language activities where I have to write sentences and paragraphs, listen to videos, analyze song lyrics, listen to podcast episodes and write notes about grammar structures. Yes, sometimes I also ‘record’ myself with my cellphone reading sentences out loud, but apart from it, I haven’t done any other activity to improve my speaking skills.

One of my goals in Korean is to speak fluently, or at least to be able to communicate in a smooth and easy way with other people. I don’t aim to speak 100% as a native, but I do want to be able to communicate with no problem.

So I decided to do something I always see in fitness blogs or Youtube channels: I will do a 90 day journey where I will be practicing Korean with a new focus. I will try to improve my speaking skills.

I know that improving in a foreign language and being fluent takes time. I also believe that you don’t need to be ‘fluent’ to demonstrate you can speak or that you know a foreign language. So instead of trying to reach a really high goal or putting a lot of pressure on myself, I will think about this 90 day journey as an experiment to see how much my speaking skills can improve in three months of constant practice, and which activities help me the most.

Of course, I will be sharing my weekly updates with you through this blog and I will be posting weekly (and hopefully daily) in my Instagram stories. But just as a sneak peek, this is the list of activities I will be doing in my 90 day journey:

  1. Journaling.
  2. Reading out loud different texts and song lyrics.
  3. Recording myself with my cellphone.
  4. Talking to myself in Korean.
  5. Thinking in Korean, instead of translating in my head all the time.

I am sure I will be adding more activities as the 90 day journey progresses, but those are the ones I will start with.

If you want to do something similar to improve your speaking skills (or any skill!) in your target language, you are more than welcome to do it.

At the end of the 90-day journey, I will be sharing with you my improvements and the activities that worked the best for me. I will also do comparison audio between my current Korean speaking skills and the ones I will have after the 90 days.

I will keep doing my current language practice using the language curriculum I created for Korean. I still have one more unit to finish and I am really excited to learn those topics, so my speaking practice will be done on top of that.

If you want to read my updates in relation to the 90-day journey remember I will post weekly updates every Monday! Also, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram. I always upload language learning posts with tips for you.

Tell me on the comment section what is the skill that takes you the longest to improve when you learn foreign languages.

If you want to know more about the 90-day journey, I tell you more things in the audio below! You can listen to it as if it was a podcast episode 🙂 I hope you enjoy it and that it inspires you to work towards your goals.

Have a beautiful day ahead!

Sofía xx

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