PSA: avoid plateaus at all costs


There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.

다 끝났다고 생각할 때가 올건데 그때는 시작이다.

– Louis L’Amour | 루이스 라모르

One of the hardest parts of language learning is getting started. The next hardest challenge is when you learn enough to get along. And that’s where it becomes easy to plateau. Easy to subsist on what you know. Easy to not study more vocabulary, not learn the harder and less common grammar points. But that is precisely where you must keep on keeping on. Don’t plateau! Keep moving on and up with your studies! 화이팅!

Translation by yours truly. All mistakes mine. 


Fly birdy fly


The shell must break before the bird can fly.

껍질이 깨져야 새가 날아갈 수 있다.

– Tennyson | 테니슨

And you have to overcome your fear of speaking a foreign language in front of others so that you can improve. Yeah, that eggshell needs to shatter, and that can be a little traumatic (trust me: I’ve been there/sometimes regress to there). But just remember that you have everything to gain and only a few shards of pride to lose…

Translation by yours truly. All mistakes are mine. 

Can Do, Will Do


If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.

우리 모두 할 수 있는 일을 해낸다면, 우리 자신이 가장 놀라게 될 것이다.

–  Thomas Edison | 토마스 에디슨

 I wish someone would tell me this every day as I continue to flounder through mountains of assignments and projects for work and translation projects and trying to write a book and do NaNoWriMo…and improve my Korean. Always trying to improve my Korean abilities.
We’re capable, you say, Mr. Edison? Okay then. Let’s get out there and do those things.
Translation courtesy of Naver

시간을 만들어서 해라


시간이 있어서 하나요? 시간을 만들어서 하는거죠.

Do you do things because you have time? You make time to do things.

– Humans of Seoul

I tend to complain about being to busy to do things. Am I really busy? Yes, yes I am. But there are some things that are important enough that I just have to make the time for them, one way or another. Examples, you ask? Relationships. Language learning. Relationships with foreign languages. Foreign languages in relationships. Ha! See what I did there…

Quote and original translation can be found here, at Humans of Seoul. While I translate for HoS, I did not have the honor of personally translating the original post. I took the liberty of altering the translation for the sake of clarity here, since I removed the rest of the interview and context. 

강하라. Be Strong.

“Be strong, because the beginnings to great things are always the hardest.”

“강하라. 모든 위대한 것들의 시작은 항상 가장 힘드니까.”



Encouragement courtesy of AQuoteADay on Twitter.

Nelson Mandela Quote

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

어떤 일이든 항상 실제로 이루어지기 전까지는 불가능해 보인다.

– Nelson Mandela


Trying to keep this in mind as I look ahead at my goals for the next ten minutes, half hour, month, and decade…여러분도 화이팅!

Courtesy of aQuoteAday on Twitter.

Abigail Adams Quote

Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.

배움은 우연히 얻어지는 것이 아니라 추구하는 열정과 근면함의 결과이다.

– 아비가일 애덤스, Abigail Adams


If you want to be good at something, you’re going to have to work for it. It wouldn’t be worth it if just anyone could do it easily. Get on that language learning, now!

Courtesy of Hwangssabu on Twitter.

Henry Ford Quote

You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.

앞으로 할 행동으로 평판을 쌓을 수는 없다.

– 헨리 포드, Henry Ford


So get language learning, people! And reading, writing, running, climbing, LIVING! Now. Right now. The best time to start is now.

Courtesy of Hwangssabu on Twitter.

Abraham Lincoln – Resolution

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.

늘 명심하라. 성공하겠다는 너 자신의 결심이 다른 어떤 것보다 중요하다는 것을.

– 에이브러햄 링컨, Abraham Lincoln

Courtesy of Hwangssabu on Twitter.

Peace Pilgrim

If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think another negative thought.

생각이 얼마나 강력한지 깨닫는다면 결코 다시는 부정적인 생각을 각지 않을 것이다.

– 피스 필그림, Peace Pilgrim

Courtesy of Hwangssabu on Twitter.