안녕하세요!

I wanted my first Thursday post to be about Oregon, since that is one of my loves and where I reside…but another topic  has been on my mind a lot. (I’ll give you a nice Oregon update with lots of pretty pictures later. Cross my heart!)

Brace yourselves, because I am super excited.
I love languages! I love learning the patterns, the rules, the accents, the culture that is tied into the language, how pretty the lines and swirls and shapes of the letters are…everything about it.

I took French for almost 9 years (someday I shall go there…/wistful sigh). I know a little Spanish, and a teeny bit of Russian. For some reason I have been obsessed with learning Korean over the past 6 months. It’s a relatively simple language to learn, compared to some, and here are a few reasons why: it’s phonetic, and Korean hangeul is a very simple and easy-to-learn alphabet:

Korean Letters

If you want to learn, here are some good places to start!

www.talktomeinkorean.com – these guys are my favorite. Tons of helpful videos and a free podcast of lessons you can download onto your phone!

Korean Class 101 – this YouTube channel has tons of lessons that are very simple and straightforward.

http://sweetandtastytv.com/learnkoreanwithprofessoroh – I like this video playlist because there are worksheets under each video that you can print out to practice! “Professor Oh” also has a YouTube channel with waaaaay more videos about Korean food, culture, history, and more. She’s pretty entertaining.

And not many know this about me buuuuut I watch K-dramas. That is a great way to get yourself motivated to learn the language, right?! 😉 If you want to know my favorites, let me know! heh heh

Have I scared you off, yet? Does anyone else get this excited about languages?

p.s. if anyone wants to know how to pronounce the title (which  means “Hello”), listen here:

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Now we can start the super happy fun times!

Hey, you’re here!

(In the voice of Phil Hartman): I’m Katie D. You may know me from such roles as “local piano teacher,” “amateur photographer,” “graduate of WOU,” “outdoor enthusiast,” “cartoonist,” “best mommy ever,” and “singer/songwriter.” Or maybe you don’t know me at all. In that case, pleased to meet you.

Outside my apartment
Outside my apartment

I am starting this blog as a way to organize and share all of my creative interests and things I’m curious about (turns out, I have some a lot).

What things? you ask. Well, things like creative writing, music, photography, art, blogs from fellow bloggers, foreign languages, travel, cool things I find (on the internet and irl), psychological gobbledygook, haijinx I get into with friends, and other stuff I think about and/or want opinions from you about.

I would love to make this a place to share and collaborate, but if you just feel like looking at pretty pictures and reading words, that’s swell!

And to those of you who transferred from my previous blog http://www.katiedmusic.blogspot.com, thanks for staying aboard!

Woo!

~ Katie D

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