Lesson 37 (Beginner 2B Lesson 5): Test Incoming

There is a test next week. I think everyone in class was kind of shocked when the teacher made the announcement.

I knew it was coming; it had to be the case. When the new textbook arrived, there were handouts for Chapter 9, but there was also the revision sheet for Chapters 6-9. When I saw it, I knew that there had to be a test because there was a similar one for Chapters 1-5.

I had also remarked this to my friend just the week before (on Zoom, of course, I don't really meet him otherwise)... it was a call just with him and the husband of the other friend who had stopped taking the class with us but was taking classes with another school for financial reasons. She was finishing up her Korean class at the time, so she joined the conversation later, if I recall.

I think it was a bit unexpected since the teacher didn't mention this the previous week, not about this lesson being a revision lesson, and also not about the test in advance. (By contrast for the first test, the other teacher told us something like more than a month in advance, and also we knew which lesson was a revision lesson.)

So in this lesson we finished up the last of Chapter 9, and it was a revision lesson. I won't be posting the grammar and whatnot from those lessons since that's quite repetitive and not very helpful for myself. I would use the time better to prepare in other ways for the test.

What is interesting about this lesson is that since we aren't in class and there's no paper flashcards to use, we used Quizlet. This is probably where the fact that the school uses Quizlet before all this started came in really, really handy.

So for Chapter 9, actually the only thing left that we covered is one more listening exercise, and then the pronunciation topic (and of course the self-check). We did not cover the culture note, but I did cover one last week that's not from the textbook.


This is about the pronunciation of 의, tying in with the grammar that we learnt in this chapter, where 의 is used to indicate possession.

There are 3 ways that 의 can be pronounced:

  1. [의] - /ɰi/- This is when it's the first letter of the word, e.g. 의사 [의사]. You hear the /ɰ/ sound very distinctly.
  2. [이] - /i/ - This is when it's the second or subsequent letter in a word, e.g. 회의 [회이].You don't hear the /ɰ/ sound, only the /i/.
  3. [에] - /e/ - This is the one that we just learnt together with the grammar this chapter, e.g. 유진 씨의[에] 책


Korean English Notes
강의 lecture In one of the sample words for the pronunciation topic.

Test Prep Checklist

I wonder if I'd make this a priority, since I did not for the last test, but eh, why not actually list things out. The last time I kept it in my head and see how well that turned out (I didn't do any extra prep for the test...)

  1. [ ] Revise Basic Grammar
    • [ ] Chapter 6
    • [ ] Chapter 7
    • [ ] Chapter 8
    • [ ] Chapter 9
  2. [ ] Revise Basic Vocab (Quizlet)
    • [ ] Chapter 6
    • [ ] Chapter 7
    • [ ] Chapter 8
    • [ ] Chapter 9
  3. Conjugation for the following
    • [ ] Formal
    • [ ] Formal past tense
    • [ ] Honorific speech (casual)
    • [ ] Honorific speech (casual) past tense
  4. Be able to write about (both casual/formal, and use honorific speech as appropriate)
    • [ ] Family members (using honorific speech) - ages, likes, and dislikes
    • [ ] What you/family members are good at
    • [ ] Weather
    • [ ] Making plans (ㄹ까요?) - This is a possible oral topic
    • [ ] Weave in the surprise sentences (네요)
  5. Listening
    • [ ] Practise listening to the old dialogues
  6. Pronunciation
    • [ ] Go through the Speaking and Pronunciation dialogue audios (Speak and listen)
      • [ ] Chapter 6
      • [ ] Chapter 7
      • [ ] Chapter 8
      • [ ] Chapter 9
  7. Oral
    • [ ] Buying something at a shop (one customer one shopkeeper)
    • [ ] Friends ordering something at a restaurant (include prices, counting units)
    • [ ] Making plans with a friend to go out
  8. Korea General Knowledge
    • [ ] Know about some famous places (3) and
    • [ ] What you can do there

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