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How to Plan Your Diary in Korean

A diary can be many things. Usually, many people think of diaries as ‘books where you write your daily experiences, feelings and thoughts’. These days, however, more and more people view diaries as planners and memo-hoards, or anything where you write down and keep track of your day-to-day activities along with weekly goals, aspirations, to-do lists, motivational thoughts and photographs.

Despite Korea’s technological leaps and the convenience of digital planners, many Koreans find more comfort in owning a physical diary – one in which they can write, draw and jot down anything they want. These thoughts are shared by people all over the world who have decided that this is the year to commit to a physical diary.

©Photo by Green Chameleon on Unsplash, 04.03.2019,

When asked why they decided to switch from digital to hard copy diaries, our Inspire Me Korea staff members commented:

I write in my Korean journal whenever I have something I want to record and remember – usually a feeling that I don’t want to forget. It really helps me to reflect on life situations and to organise my thoughts. There are lots of Korean words that can’t be translated into English… and I can often articulate my thoughts better in Korean!”

“When I began studying Korean a couple of years ago, I was able to memorise difficult vocabulary by using them in my planner. It began with just little words, but I was soon able to write almost all of the contents of my diary in Korean. It really helped to fast-track my studies and keep my diary neater.”


Since diaries can help both those who want to study Korean and those who already do, we have compiled a list of simple words to use in your own diary.


Read on to discover how you can use Korean when planning your own diary.




©Inspire Me Korea Diary Phrases, Claudia Deborah, 04.03.2019


©Inspire Me Korea Diary Phrases, Claudia Deborah, 04.03.2019


Example Page:

©Inspire Me Korea Diary Phrases, Claudia Deborah, 04.03.2019

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Feature Image Source: ©Photo by Olia Gozha, 25.04.2019,

Claudia Deborah 이보라

Book-dealer by day, writer and illustrator by night—Instagram: @kikitsa.draws. Instant coffee and trot music get me through the day. My life is simple but I’m greatful for it. 나의 인생은 조금 심심하고 단순하지만, 이런 내 삶도 나에게 주어진 삶이 기 때문에 감사함을 느끼고 있습니다.



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