Jungmin had a slump before taking the test [Happy Together/2020.03.19]On March 21, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
“Be willing to”, be eager to do something. He must’ve made progress seeing that he learned that expression. Where was I going then? (On his way to work and back home) He studied a lot in his car. Where am I? (He’s studying alone on a filming location.) He doesn’t even know where he was since he studied so hard. It’s hard for me to make time to study English. I wish I could take a class at least once a week, so I can see a teacher in person and learn English. I was studying English alone in my room, and I felt so lonely. (Team Turtle’s request: “We need a teacher.”) Hello, Teacher. – Hello. / – Hello. Hello. – Hi, Jungmin. / – Hi. Well… – You look haggard. / – Right. – I do, right? / – You lost even more weight. Gosh. This is no joke. The quality of my life declined greatly. He wouldn’t stop saying that at the end of last year. – The quality of my life declined. / – Right. He studied English, sang, and ran around. (Studying, singing, running) I’ve been trying to make as much time as I can, but it’s hard. That’s why we’re going to check your study methods instead of studying today. Really? I see. – I’m relieved. / – Okay. Let’s begin now. Get rid of the wrong ones, and choose the correct answer among the remaining choices. For example, “copy” and “coffee”. They sound similar. Similar pronunciation, – and repeated words. / – More likely to come up. – That’s right. / – Don’t even interpret the text. Just solve the problems. Today, when you solve the TOEIC questions, you won’t interpret the text, but focus on the structure. – Understood. / – You must use a simple method – to study persistently. / – Absolutely. They tried hard to explain things that could be difficult for us in a way that could help us understand easily. I thought, “I wish the teachers” “could be with me during the test.” “That would make it easier for me to solve questions.” “It’d be so great if they could” “just be sitting next to me at the test.” (So we gave the idea a try.) (Jaeseok solves questions in front of the teachers.) (Serious) Now, let’s find out the results. You got 5 out of 8 questions right. You got more than half right in this section too. – I see. / – You did well. Not bad at all. – It’s because / – It’s because these questions – are not easy. / – they’re quite difficult. They’re as difficult as the ones from an actual TOEIC test. I see. Let’s see. How many questions… – I got many questions right. / – Yes. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. / You got 10 questions right. – 10 out of 15 questions? / – I did well. He got more than half of the questions right. It’s sad that you changed the answers. – You got them wrong. / – Two questions. You got them wrong because you checked them again. Nevertheless, you got 12 out of 15 questions right. – You did an excellent job. / – That’s great. – This is amazing. / – Is it? I owe it all to you two. Thank you. We’ll try our best. I hope we can do as well as we did today. – Out of all those questions… / – My goodness. (But a few days later, the staff received a message.) – What’s the matter? / – “A message”? Did something happen? (You’re up early. Is studying going well?) – “Before going to the shoot…” / – What’s going on? In Week Three, I think I fell into a deep slump. It’s because I couldn’t seem to study English anymore. Why suddenly? It felt like my brain was overloaded. (He fell into a slump unexpectedly.) And I felt like I wasn’t making any progress. That’s because he studied too hard. Also, I solved some questions, and it was a disaster. I got them all wrong. I was shocked. I thought, “Maybe I’ve reached my limit.” There’s nothing I’m good at. I’m just lucky to make a living by working as an actor. Why is he beating himself up? I’m just stupid. That’s why. (He starts belittling himself.) I’m stupid. Gosh. I should’ve studied more in school. (I should’ve studied more in school.) I studied hard for an hour every single day. But I got such a low score when I solved questions. My mind went blank suddenly. I thought, “What have I been doing?” (A feeling of emptiness) (and a sense of shame overwhelms him.) Jungmin reached the minimum level of English vocabulary. But in order to read and speak English sentences, you need to know how to combine words. His knowledge is divided at the moment. I think he hasn’t reached the point where he can apply his knowledge to build up a sentence. That’s what he lacked. Maybe because Jungmin is an actor, his journey of this experiment is like a drama. He faced a hard time too, right? He faced a crisis in the middle. – That’s great. / – I think maybe he had it all planned to make it a good story. It wasn’t like that. I think I was too greedy. – Is that so? / – If I had aimed to improve my score just a little bit, I wouldn’t have been that harsh on myself. – But I aimed too high. / – Right. – That exhausts you. / – I think that’s why – I was so harsh on myself. / – I see. Usually, when people move on to reading comprehension after grammar, – Exactly. / – they are hit with reality – and tend to give up. / – That’s exactly how I felt. I couldn’t memorize any more words. You couldn’t get it into your brain. I was memorizing words just as I had been doing. But I lost the motivation to study. I didn’t want to do it. And then I started working on reading comprehension. Of course, I couldn’t do it since I even gave up on vocabulary. That’s when I started to give up. Those who prepare for TOEIC actually feel defeated – because of their scores, right? / – I think so. – They can’t improve their scores. / – That’s right. Just like Jungmin, after they learn a little in the beginning, and they improve their scores, they think they can achieve their goal fast. They get their expectations high. They think they can improve their scores by many points. And people around them also have high expectations of them, – which naturally / – They get excited. makes you feel under a lot of pressure. That’s how people fall into a slump. It’s called the Dunning-Kruger effect. When you have little knowledge, you tend to be confident. But as you increase your knowledge, – you rather lose your confidence. / – Right. I realized through “Just One Month” that losing weight is similar to studying. When you reach a plateau while trying to lose weight, you can’t seem to lose more weight, but you told everyone about it… I’m sorry, but that project already ended. You see… I just wanted to… – I know. / – This is the TOEIC project. – I have nothing to show for this. / – TOEIC… – He drew a lot of attention. / – Yes.