About me

서울드림 환영합니다!

Curious about the blogger behind seouldream? Let’s go over some basics about me. I’ve been teaching myself Korean since around July 2012, and I began learning Japanese in November 2011 (my Japanese studies are on hiatus but are possibly restarting in fall 2016 with a beginner Japanese course at my uni). I created this website to help others realize that it’s really not that hard to teach yourself a language!

In my free time, I like to write stories, sleep, eat dark chocolate Hershey kisses (I have a stash), and study Korean (but I usually end up watching Running Man and Family Outing episodes). I love books but I like writing them even more; I have been writing stories since I was five years old and I’ve never stopped. One of my dreams is to be a published bilingual writer.

Thank you for taking the time to read this^^ Please comment and say hi! And feel free to ask questions or request my opinion on language learning techniques and resources.


Korean Journey Timeline

(idea credit to Seoul Crystal/TTMIK‘s Hyunwoo Sun)


  • November – began studying Japanese with Pimsleur audio files and LiveMocha (discont. site)


  • March – taught myself how to read hangeul
  • July – began studying Korean
  • November – began a WordPress blog about language study


  • January – transferred all posts to new domain, myseouldream.com
  • August – began taking Korean courses at university, ceased self-study of Japanese


  • August – spent four months as an exchange student at Yonsei University; took intensive Korean language course at KLI



  • January – began studying Korean again, became a translator for Humans of Seoul
  • June – attended Sungkyunkwan University’s two month summer program via a research fellowship


Updated 19 August 2016.


10 thoughts on “About me

  1. 안녕하세요! I began learning Korean back in August of 2012, and it’s become my favorite language to study besides Chinese. I agree with you on many points in terms of being interested in writing and teaching ESL one day in the future. I hope that you become fluent in Korean and achieve your goals.


  2. It’s nice to meet you Jamie, I’m NyNy! Just wanted to stop by and say I like your posts.

    I hope when you have the time, you can check out some of mine and comment plus I’m still writing my travel entries when I went to Korea last year. I’d appreciate if you took a look. If you like posts on Asian pop culture and video games, there’s more on those too! 🙂


    • Hi NyNy! Nice to meet you too!!^^ Thanks for stopping by and checking out my site. I look forward to reading yours – I definitely love posts on Asian-related things 😀


  3. 안녕하세요,
    I stumbled on your blog and the first post I read was the “I am excited~ 흥분” I almost sent it to my teacher ㅋㅋㅋㅋ *phew. Anyways I love your blog 🙂 I have been learning korean for almost 2 years now. I blog over at http://giirlmeetsworld.blogspot.co.uk/ I am looking forward to reading more on your korean adventures!! 반가워요


    • 미라 씨 진짜 반가워요!!! Thanks for commenting – I’ll be sure to check out your blog! Hehe good thing you didn’t send that to your teacher….thanks again for leaving a message^^ 한국어를 재미있게 공부하자~~!!


  4. Hi there! I got lost in your blog as I was randomly googling Korean words due to my current addiction to Running Man. I started watching the show last August and I got really hooked, watching it made me catch on some of their phrases and it ignited my desire to learn their language. Glad that someone like you inspires people like me that teaching oneself a different language is absolutely possible. Take care! – Eunice 🙂


    • Hi Eunice! Thanks so much for dropping by 🙂 Running Man is absolutely fantastic – it’s funny, attention-grabbing, AND useful for language learning. So happy you’re interested in Korean! Best of luck with your studies^^ -Jamie


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