For those who are into the Korean dramas, songs, culture or anything Korean in general, just like me, you must’ve had the drive to go and take Korean Language classes. I won’t be surprised. I enrolled at a nearby university myself and took classes. The fun of learning a new language and the exhilarating experience of making new friends.
When you enroll in a Korean class, for Level 1, you will learn the basics. And when I say the basics, you learn the Korean alphabet or Hangeul.
You also learn basic phrases like:
Korean: 안녕하세요! 만나서 반갑습니다. – Annyeonghaseyo! Mannaseo banggapseupnida (romanized)
English: Hello! It’s nice to meet you.
Korean: 이름이 뭐예요? – Ireumi mwoyeyo?
English: What is your name?
But of course as each level progresses, your Korean grammar progresses as well and you learn how to construct sentences.
However, if you want to check how fluent you are in Korean (like me), what do you do? You take TOPIK of course!
TOPIK or Test of Proficiency in Korean, is an exam taken twice a year during the months of April and October in the Philippines. The TOPIK is designed for those whose aim is to learn the Korean language and enter a Korean university, it is also for those who are seeking jobs in Korea and those who want to obtain permanent residence in Korea or a Korean visa.
The TOPIK is divided into two levels. Level I (Level 1-2) and Level II (Level 3-6). Level I or Beginner’s Level has Reading and Listening as part of its exam, whilst Level II or Intermediate Level is Reading, Listening and Writing.
This year, I will be taking the TOPIK Level I to see how fluent I am in Korean and at the same time, level up my knowledge of the Korean Language.
Here are the following steps, for those who have plans to take TOPIK here in the Philippines:
1) Complete the application form, which can be downloaded from the Korean Cultural Center Philippines website here. This is how the form looks like:
2) Must not forget to have Two (2) 3cm x 4cm Photo ready ( I learned this the difficult way, so I had to come back the second time around because I forgot mine, but I didn’t mind since I love going back to KCC)
3) Have a photocopy of any valid ID, or bring it personally, so they can check if it’s really you who’s taking the exam.
4) And of course, prepare the fee for the exam. Here in the Philippines, it’s 500 pesos.
You can either have your application form be given to the Korean Cultural Center Philippines via any university where you are enrolled in, or bring it there personally (if you have time of course). The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines can be found at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. It’s at the 2nd Floor of the Mancor Corporate Center, 32nd Street, which is walking distance from St. Luke’s Hospital.
So for those who are planning to take TOPIK, just like me, I say give it a try! Not only will you see how well you’re doing with the Korean language, but it will also give you a better chance and opportunity in the future ^_^ And the best of luck to those who will be taking it with me!