I took TOEFL test recently in Mongolia. This test is mainly used for a benchmark to enter English speaking country’s universities or to prove English skill for job recruitment.
I have taken this test quite many times to enter US grad school, but the test score is valid only for 2 years, which makes sense since language skills can be lost quickly if you don’t use. Thus I decided to take it again.
Although I graduated from US university and have been using English at my work, it doesn’t mean I am prepared for this TOEFL: Just like any other test, you need to know the characteristic of the test and study to the test. Also, some of my native English speaking friends even make some errors on this.
Given its complex characteristic, I will talk about some tips on TOEFL including some secret techniques.
Since I came to Mongolia, I had transits in Seoul more than 10 times, but usually within 3 hours so I just tend to stay in the comfortable airport.
The last time I had a transit, however, I had about 6 hours, which I thought was enough to get out of the comfort zone, see the city and come back.
If you have been there, you know that there is free transit tour organized by the airport (options of 2-5 hours). But as a person with traveller’s mindset (although don’t travel as much as I used to), I decided to travel alone. The good thing about this airport is that there is free wifi. But I couldn’t find information on traveling alone within short time, so wanted to share some tips on traveling alone for long hour transit, which I think can be applicable to other countries. Continue reading
A late happy new year!
Already half of January is gone.
It’s up to you whether you think “1/24 is gone already” or “there are still 23/24 left”.
I am in between, since you have to push yourself, but you should not rush to achieve something big in a long term.
My resolutions for 2017 will be mainly on 3 things: 1. Health 2. Learning 3. Creation
Below, as I have done in the last 3 yeas, let me briefly explain my analysis on how I came up with this (and I will explain why I bolded only number 3 above).
Do you like to see the tinted autumnal leaves?
I love it, and I don’t mind taking long night bus, walking a lot and/or climbing mountains to capture beautiful colors in my eyes.
Thinking about why I like those color changes, I think it’s because I like 3 color combinations Red Yellow and Green (hereafter referred as RYG), which I tend to use for designing my blog entry and work-related things. Those RYG colors can be seen not only in color change of leaves in the fall, but also in Rasta color and Trafic lights.
Then I started thinking if there was any secret behind this color combination, and I started learning about several different things: (1) Color system, (2) Meaning of Rasta color, (3) Origin of traffic lights as well as (4) Concept of colors in Japan.
At the end of July, I happened to be in Japan, and happened to download 1 application everybody was talking about back then: Pokemon Go. When I came back to Mongolia, I was surprised to know that it actually worked in Mongolia. Since it was such a social phenomenon, I decided to give it a try for 2 months.
In short, I was very excited at first , but then I decided to stop playing this. And below are 3 pros and 3 cons of Pokemon Go based on my experience.
One of my life’s “To Do List” items’ includes “Mastering 5 languages I selected”.
This week, I did a brainstorming on what language I want to learn next. Although I have a lot to improve with my French, Spanish, English (and even Japanese), I thought it would be a good time to try new one to reach that goal.
After checking several articles and asking myself over and over, I came to think that Chinese Mandarin might be the next one. This time, however, I will not write about how I decided it. Instead, I would like to write about other essential question I kept asking to myself:
Why do I learn other languages?
And Below are 10 reasons to that question (in my case).