Category Archives: Twenty Third

What Will You Do When You Run Out of Content?

I’ve been contemplating for a while how long this blog can really last on just grammar tips and word of the day posts. I’ve been asking myself almost everyday what will I do when I’ve reached the end of the grammar lessons and there’s really nothing left to tell. Will I just repost random words? Will I make up activities? There’s a bunch of things I can do but I think what I will do instead will be to move on to something new.

Language consists of not only learning a new word here and there or grammar concept, but it’s also about the culture. Culture is food, colloquialism, scenery, dance, entertainment… there’s just so much to it that it is so hard to define it. And think that’ll be my next focus here when I run out of language content.

Of course, something new will always pop up. Questions may arise. Words may be missing from here that’ll need to appear. And I’ll write posts for all these things.

I guess this blog will take on whatever form it needs to as I document my language learning process and teach you guys what I’m learning along the way. And hopefully as TwentyThirdStation evolves and changes I would’ve helped a lot of people along the way.

Guess you can just call this post random musings…

“How Do You Say This in Korean?”| Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions | [Language Tips #2]

Quick Note Unrelated to Post:

Alright so we have reached the 2nd official week of my new blog schedule and I have to say, I’m totally in love with it! The new design on 23rd is amazing and now the new schedule is perfect! We’re slowly but surely getting this blog to where I want it to be and hopefully in this change, it becomes more useful to each of you and readership grows.


Now, I don’t know if those of you following this new series also follow the WOTD series but if you do, you may recognize the title of this post, “How do you say this in Korean?”. Why is it being highlighted here again? Because, it’s relevant to asking questions.

You may be surprised but the average person will not ask questions for fear of looking “dumb”, or “confused”, or the fear of being laughed at or picked on. They just want to look like they have it all together. I guarantee you as a foreigner learning a new language, native speakers are just really happy that you’re trying and they genuinely want to help you when you need it, but they can’t if you don’t ask.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions!

One of the biggest mistakes we all make in learning a new language is becoming too afraid to ask questions. We base this off the months or years we’ve been learning the language and we feel as if we should just know by now. However, months and years shouldn’t be used as a measure in your journey. It’s just putting way too much pressure on you! Take some of that pressure off! Yes, some or most of the grammar rules and vocabulary you probably know by now but there still may be things you don’t fully understand yet. Chances are, as you are reading this, you’re probably already thinking of a word or phrase that you are struggling with. And you may be in a position to ask someone who speaks the language how to use/say the word or phrase, but you’re too afraid or nervous for some reason.

Don’t let fear or nerves stop you from asking.

It’s okay to ask someone “how do I say (x)”, “did I say (x) correctly”, “am I using this word wrong”, or “how do I phrase this sentence” or even asking, “what does (x) mean”. Even if you have to write it down for them to see what you’re talking about, do it anyway! If they’re willing to help you, then take them up on their offer. A native speaker helping you learn is the best gift you’ll ever receive in learning a new language.

So remember, learn how to ask questions in the language you’re learning and actually ask the questions. Don’t be afraid.

When in doubt, ask!

Changes Coming to TwentyThirdStation

You may have been aware of my “kpop” absence a bit lately. Even though I still post regularly, you may have noticed that I don’t post about Kpop News as much as I used to and when I do, it may or may not be recent breaking news. Today I’m going to give you an answer to that and also kinda give you a layout of how TwentyThird will start shaping up.

Let’s start with the obvious:

“What happened to the Kpop News?! That’s why I come here in the first place!”

TwentyThirdStation was never a kpop blog. It started out as solely foreign language before I started incorporating kpop news. In the beginning, I had cultural articles, art, make-up, music, all of it. But somehow I got a little lazy and started just focusing on kpop news. So I’m trying to back away from it now just a little. It won’t go away forever but it’ll be less prevalent here.

But if you are looking for kpop news updates, TwentyThirdStation.tumblr.com is where you’ll find it. News, pictures, music videos… everything you won’t find here because it’s easier to show on the tumblr.

“So what’s going to happen to TwentyThirdStation, is it going to just go back to the way it was?”

No, not necessarily. TwentyThird got a “face lift” and now it’s about to get a “content shift”.  The focus has always and will also be learning Korean, but now I’m going to make it a bit more personal. On days when I’m feeling a little lazy, instead of random music videos, you’ll hear more from me (and maybe even get to know me a little better) and you’ll get more tips on language learning. So that’ll more than likely be on Thursdays.

Mondays – Weekend or Monday News Update/Word of the Day

  • If it is solely Kpop, it’ll be called a Kpop Update but this post will begin to vary. It may be a culture/news update, movie updates, drama updates, anything that is in general top news of the day will be featured in this post.

Wednesdays – Kpop Music Update/Word of the Day

  • Kpop Music Update is just that, kpop. Consider it the MTV/VH1/Mnet of blog posts. You’ll get comeback news, new music releases, teaser videos, etc.

Thursdays – Language Learning Tips/Word of the Day

  • This day will be spent on Language Learning tips and more from me. Of course if I’m just extremely tired, it may be more videos as I am trying to bring back more recent videos to this blog anyway. But it will be videos involving learning Korean. So it could very well be a Pit-a-Pat or any one of my favorite Korean language vloggers.

So that’s it! Hopefully this makes TwentyThird diverse again and not just a kpop news blog. There are already a lot of those out there and I don’t want to isolate readers who are trying to get away from it and just want to learn a new language. Weekends will stay the same with a Grammar of the Week, WOOD, Artist of the Week.

Bare with me, this is still a transitional time for me. I just recently started working full-time so managing a full-time job and a full-time blog is hard work but I’m going to keep trying.

As long as you guys keep reading, I’ll keep writing!

 

 

The Struggle of a Millennial | The Waiting Place and Your “Career-Less” 20’s

We’ve all seen the news articles and heard the stories, “millennials are just unemployable”, “they won’t work hard”, “they’re entitled”, “they’re lazy”. And we’ve seen the looks on the faces of the interviewers when they see our “lack of work experience” as we tell them how proficient we’ll be, all the while our eyes begging them, “please, just give me a chance”.

After the 10th interview, it starts to get to you. And then, you begin to question yourself.

“What if I really am unemployable?” “What if I never get my life together?” “What if where I am now is the only place I’ll ever be?”

But I worked so hard.

After working so hard in school and moving on to graduation, you’re filled with so much hope. You think of all your accomplishments. You think of everything you’ve done. You worked internships, you participated in school activities, you did well in your classes… and now here you are relegated to the bottom of the barrel.

When I graduated college, I wanted to beat the odds. I wanted to be the one to get that job and prove to everyone that it is indeed possible to start working full-time right after college, but that never happened. I worked an internship for six months straight out of college while all my classmates began working full-time jobs. After it ended, in my mind, I just knew that I was going to get a full-time job too. And then, a year went by and nothing happened. I never heard back from the jobs I applied for and it left me with a lot of doubt. Was I not good enough? And then the light started to dim and the fear set in.

Had I done something wrong?

Since about my sophomore year of college, I worked internships. Some paid, some not, but I worked hard regardless. I made a lot of great friends and met some wonderful people. I got to experience things that I never would’ve been able to do on my own and got to meet people that I could never meet in my day-to-day life. I gained work experience and skills that they just don’t teach you in school. And with graduation on the horizon, I was 100% ready! I had a game plan. And then, December 18th finally came and I graduated college with high hopes. I just knew I was gonna get a job fresh out of college. I was gonna beat the odds! And it didn’t happen.

Working that internship for six months filled me with emotions that I wasn’t sure how to handle. I endured the embarrassment and of feeling like a failure. In my mind, I had done something wrong and I had to fix it. I kept replaying over and over everything that I had done. Where did I go wrong? I worked so HARD. I made all the right sacrifices, I put my life on hold and still Nothing. So my sole goal became to somehow get back into school to fix my mistakes.

But that never happened either. Reality set in quickly, I couldn’t afford to take the GRE which meant, I couldn’t go back to school. Nobody was hiring me, I couldn’t go back to school, and I had put my loan payments on hold for the second time which meant the interest was adding up.

I was terrified, embarrassed, and hurt. 

I sat and listened, for months, as people went on and on about how successful their lives had become. I listened as people mocked me for going to college (and gaining debt) and not being able to find a job to pay it all back. I had come to the realization that I had “gambled” on my life and hadn’t even considered that I could lose simply because of the hand I was dealt.

For Two Years, I sat back and I watched everyone else move on with their lives while I just felt stuck in one place.

When I started getting those call backs, the light began to burn lightly again. That hope, that I once had, was slowly returning to me. (no exaggeration) I went on at least 15 interviews and didn’t get a single job. Some of those interviews were second and third interviews for a position that I would eventually be passed over for.

Then that day came. 

I got an interview for a job that I was convinced I wasn’t going to get. It was a long shot by far and after the trial and error I had already endured, I wasn’t sure I should even go. I was fully prepared to call and cancel it. But I told myself, “one last time, this time it’ll be different”. I interviewed and they told me, “we’ll let you know the outcome in January”.

My heart sank. 

It sank because I knew that January would come and I would once again be told, “we’re sorry but we’ve chosen a more qualified candidate but we wish you all the best in your job search.” However, the letter I got was much different this time. This time, it was congratulating me on the position and asking me if I would accept.

Me. Someone with only internship experience. Someone who had been out of work for Two Years. Someone who was completely and utterly unsure if she was qualified for the job. They wanted me.

Challenge accepted.

I say all this to say… Don’t dismiss your accomplishments. No matter how big or how small or how “insignificant” they may seem, they matter. You have also Worked Hard! And though you may not be where you want to be yet, you’ll get there. Your journey is yours alone. We will each travel different paths.

Keep driving. There’s nothing wrong with your GPS.

And Never let anyone tell you what you can’t do. I was told there was No Way I’d get a job in my field. But now, I’m actually working in my field of study and standing firmly in my career at 25.

Keep pushing. Keep going. Keep fighting.

In the grand scheme of things, I know two years is probably not a long time. In fact, there are people who have been out of work longer than I can even imagine. But the reality is, in that moment, whether it’s six months to a year, if you’re not “seeing” the progress, it can seem like forever. A Waiting Place. But it’s not over yet, you still have to keep going. Keep fighting. Keep moving. Don’t forget your dedication and don’t forget your drive. You have earned every single accomplishment you’ve ever made and you have so many more places to go and things to achieve.

Enjoy the ride. While you’re in your “Waiting Place”, learn something new, do something you’ve always wanted to try, or pick up a hobby. Travel if you can and if you can’t, a “stay-exploration” can be just as fun as you experience parts of your city you didn’t know existed. Make new friends, network, connect with people. Be productive. Keep yourself busy. And spend less time on social media.

Social media will force you to hyper-focus on everyone else’s journey and make you feel as if your own in less significant. Limit your time there. You won’t be in your “Waiting Place” long.

I know it’s rare that I just take a moment to talk about me personally, however, someone, somewhere, is feeling what I was feeling this time last year. They’re feeling that mix of desperation, regret, loneliness, sadness, and failure. They’re thinking of everything they’ve given up and everything that they turned down. It’s not a good place to be and it’s not a healthy place to be but it’s a place that we’re all capable of going when we’ve forgotten that bright light and we just need some reassurance that it’s going to be ok.

So here it is, your “sign”, your “message”… It’s Going To Be Ok.