Korean Final Exam!

I took Korean classes from January 2017 until April 2017 in the Korean Cultural Center of the Philippines. We had our exam last April 20th and it was nerve-wracking. I did not study a lot during the week break we had and I could not sleep the night before. Thankfully, I was able to review a bit before the exam started.

I thought I would not be able to answer the reading and writing parts, but I did! I would like to thank my The Listening part was confusing and I had to guess the answer for about three or five questions.

The Speaking part of the exam was done after the three. Each of us were called out (mostly volunteered) and I was really nervous. I kept thinking how bad my pronunciation was and if I could actually answer the questions — well, I did. I did answer all 10 questions but wasn’t sure in a few of them, but I did!

When I was done, I went out of the room and talked to the other classmates who were yet to be called. I got a few seconds of happiness when a classmate told me my Korean pronunciation was good. Another classmate agreed with her, telling me the same. They said I was great in speaking. I remember going home feeling good about myself.

When I got home, though, I started overthinking and thought I was never going to pass because of the Listening exam. I thought I would fail the whole course.

But I didn’t! I passed the course and got an award as well!

See: An Award in Korean

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A Speech Contest

A few years ago, back in high school, I was chosen to be the representative of a speech writing and deliberation contest. I was absent the day it was decided and was surprised to be told about it. I was not good at writing speeches.

I remembered going to different websites, reading speeches on blogs, and taking advises from writers as I really did not know how to make a speech. I went crazy for days.

The day of the speech writing was pretty okay. I was nervous. I wanted to win at some point so I poured my heart out into writing. My crush was there, too, making me more nervous, but this information isn’t really needed. The concept was about improving English in the Philippines.

Two days later, I was called by the director of the English organization. I was nervous. Well, really, when was I not? When we got to the club room, she gave me my speech and told me that my piece was picked and I was going to have to deliver it on English Day. WHAT? I WAS NOT TOLD THAT WE HAD TO DELIVER IT IN FRONT OF PEOPLE?! I didn’t even know beforehand that it was called a speech writing AND DELIBERATION contest. I was just told that it was a speech writing contest. I was told to wear a formal/semi-formal dress on the day itself. I went back to the classroom both happy and sad. It was great that my speech was picked, but having to wear a dress and speak in front of people is the absolute worst!

The day finally came. I’m pretty sure that I was shaking throughout the day. When I already had to change into a dress, I know I was pretty much close to dying then.

A few minutes before we had to deliver the speech, we were asked who wanted to go first, and, I don’t know what got into the mind of the teacher in charge but she picked me to go first. This is the part where I curse but I won’t.

I was given the mic afterwards. I was shaking. I couldn’t feel my body anymore. I wanted everything to stop. I wanted to run away then.

I was somehow blamed for the judges not being able to hear anything but I fully blame the mic. It was broken.

I finished the speech and went down with my classmates for break time. Sadly, it was also the time they announced the winners. I placed third. I was not there to get my price and certificate. Until now, I regret going down just to eat.

Well, that was the greatest achievement I have ever done in my life.

Overall, it was nerve-wracking but very fun. Right now, I don’t have any contests I could join in but if given the chance to join a writing contest again, I would love to!

Here’s the link to the speech I wrote, which, in all honesty, was very stressful to read and type.

And here’s a back/side photo of me while doing the speech:252312_470137796358206_1649491661_n