Guess what I woke up to last week! A mail saying that Kay had left a comment on my blog. I opened it and found out I had been nominated for the Liebster Award!
It is such a big honour, and I cannot thank you enough!
It has taken me a little while to write this post because I’ve been really busy in school and at work, but I am no less thankful for the nomination for that reason 🙂
What is the Liebster Award?
It’s an acknowledgement to new bloggers with fewer than 200 followers and it is passed between bloggers.
The rules of receiving the reward
1. List 11 random facts about yourself
2. Answer the questions designated by the blogger(s) who nominated you
3. Place YOUR nominations for the Liebster Award. Nominate 5 (or more) other bloggers that have
fewer than 200 followers. Make sure to notify them via comment/mail/etc.
4. Make up a set of questions for those nominated bloggers to answer.
5. Display the Liebster Award badge on your blog!
So… 11 random facts about me
1. I can eat 28 pieces of sushi and still have space for dessert. I managed to reach the tender age of 24 before realising that most places consider that a serving for two. But that would explain why the restaurants always give me two sets of chopsticks when little me go to pick up my take-away sushi…
2. I secretly take pride in my sister’s dog being better behaved when I look after him than he normally is at home.
3. Since the late 1990’s I’ve had my mum’s home-made lasagne and tiramisù for my birthday dinner every single year with only one exception: when turning 18. And I look forward to it every year!
4. I don’t have a driver’s license – to the horror of many. I do have a bike, though, and after a solo-crash I always wear a helmet. When biking that is…
5. I would like to have a hunting license before turning 30. My family has some friends from a “forest caretaker” family, and they always serve the most delicious meals with meat from their hunting trips.
6. When I was little I had two birds, one was named Alfonso, the other Al Capone.
7. My parents call me “the rice muncher” because every time they open the kitchen cupboard, they cannot find whatever they need because I’ve built up a nice little stash of various types of rice.
8. I absolutely hate spiders, but don’t mind snakes. Some years ago I had to deal with a spider while my parents were on vacation, and due to a general state of panic (for the record, it was rather big), the best battle plan I could come up with included slippers, a hammer, and lots of kitchen roll.
9. I was introduced to K-dramas by a German/Iranian friend whom I met in London. Two years later learning Korean has become an integrated part of my life.
10. I love espresso macchiato and sparkly rosé. Though not together.
11. I am not a morning person and I need time in the morning to have coffee and “come back to life” before leaving home to not risk frightening children and small dogs on my way to uni. And yet the first thing I do in the morning is to check my blog reader to see if there are any news from you guys 🙂
The questions from Kay:
1. If you were stuck on a deserted island, what would you need the most to survive?
My family and ingredients for lasagne. I assume the deserted island has a stove… If not, add it to the wishlist.
2. What is your favorite book?
Hmm… I probably should name a classic here, but can I say the Harry Potter series? I read it sooo many times when I was younger and have most of them in several languages. Back then I really enjoyed just entering a different world and leave everything behind for a couple of hours while reading. After going to uni I haven’t read an aweful lot of literature that wasn’t somehow related to some course curriculum. Unfortunately…
I made a “Harry Potter shelf” in my flat when moving abroad. I have all of them in English, the first 4 in Danish, 3 or 4 of them in French, and the first one in Korean. Right now all but the Korean one are stored, and I haven’t exactly started reading the Korean one yet, but as a friend put it, I have left the bookmark string in the middle of the book “to fool the enemy”.
3. Gold or silver?
Gold, gold, gold! I’m assuming the question is about jewellery. If clothing I would say neither… Especially if talking about leggings.
4. Something you recently learned.
Judo. Especially I’ve learned how much I still have to learn before I’ll be an even remotely skilled judoka. But at least I get fewer bruises now than I did in the beginning (which also means fewer “what happened to you?! Are you okay?!” comments from classmates who don’t know I train judo) so I must be doing something right.
5. If you could be someone other than yourself for one day who would you be?
Hmm… Tough one… To go with someone who’s probably not too famous internationally, perhaps Merete Stagetorn? A very skilled Danish defence lawyer who specialises in criminal cases and financial crime, and who has had some prominent cases. She had a bit of an odd start on her law career since she originally studied law to have a back-up plan and only started practicing in her 30’s after being a stay-at-home mum. Seriously, but then again times were different back then. But she has “a good head” and has probably heard a bit of everything considering what she specialises in. Being her for a day would probably be an opportunity to gain a lot of insight into some of the darker corners of the human mind and some mechanisms of business and obscure executive thinking that (for good reasons) are not taught in business schools. And besides being a brilliant lawyer she’s supposedly also a very pleasant person to be around.
6. Who is your ultimate bias?
Oooh… Ultimate bias… That’s a difficult one! I don’t easily swoon… Of course I erm, enjoy the view when watching dramas and movies, but I haven’t gone through a phase of tracking down and joining internet fandoms and clubs. When it comes to idols and actors, I get the impression that often they are a bit like elephants; cute from a distance, but a real hassle to keep at home…
So now to the nominations!
Nominating only bloggers with fewer than 200 followers is a bit difficult when most of us don’t specify anywhere how many we have… I apologise if I have underestimated the readership of some of you:
I nominate the following bloggers to receive the Liebster Award:
1. Z from Sydney to Seoul: you inspired me to start this blog in the first place. (And during the TOPIK exam I could suddenly visualise one of your notes on the -면서 grammar pattern).
2. Archana from Panjjakpanjjak: so much info! Proverbs, slang, and curious little cultural gems.
3. David from Autonomous Korean: Korean learning approached by a linguist. Thanks for all the comments with clarifications 🙂
4. Alli from Blue Hanbok: the place to find info about how to get to study in Korea, scholarships, Korean food, and of course: Korean language.
5. Korean Vitamin: The place to go for thoughts about language learning as well as K-pop news. Also proof that it really is possible to learn a language without setting foot in the country where it is spoken. I am aware that you have a lot of fans on facebook, but I’m not aware how many followers you have on the blog, and since I always enjoy your posts I will nominate you here.
I do hope you will receive the reward and answer the questions 🙂 I look forward to continuing following your blogs.
My questions for you are:
1. What is your favorite Korean dish/which one would you like to try?
2. What was your most embarrassing language learning moment so far? (all languages allowed)
3. If you were to choose any other career track/degree than the one you have chosen, what would you do?
4. If you could go back in time and spend a day in any era in any country, where would you go?
5. In the process of learning another language (or if you’ve been in another country for an extended period of time) have you then picked up some expressions/manners that are distinct for that language/culture?