Been keeping busy since the last time I posted! One main thing that I’ve been doing is studying Korean.
A few reasons –
- It all started with my love for K-Pop music.
(2NE1, BigBang, Super Junior, EXO, Girls Generation, TVXQ! & Psy among others) I really got into the music & wanted to actually understand what was being sung. I’d look at the lyrics in all forms – English, Hangul & Romanized to understand it all. English so I know what is being said, Romanized for the pronunciation & Hangul more so for the writing of the words.
- At the moment, I’m fluent in Spanish but would love to learn more/another language.
- I’ve always wanted to travel the world. After taking a look into Korea (Seoul), I’ve already fallen in love with the city just by looking at other peoples blog posts on it, the reviews of a few places around & without a doubt, a look at the food it has to offer! Would love to have the chance to visit one day or even be able to teach.
How I’m Learning:
I’m aiming on sticking to one or two methods at the most within time but currently switching between these websites & apps while taking a load of notes:
- Learn Hangul Focusing on the pronunciation of the letters & words
- Learn Hangul in 15 Minutes For myself personally, I found this an easy way to remember most of the letters
- How to Study Korean This has 133 FREE lessons. From learning Hangul to full on grammar! 100% recommend
- Korean Language & Culture Blog
- Korlink for Android Korlink is the free unofficial app for people that want to follow the Korean lessons found on talktomeinkorean.com on their Android phone. There is also a link for the TTMIK book store where you can purchase phrasebooks & grammar textbooks to help you along even more.
- Korlink for iPhone
- Learn Korean for Android This app provides helpful phrases for every day life such as Introductions, Numbers, Greetings, Going to a Restaurant, Directions & more. It also provides a grammar section with 49 sections. Hypothetical situations, Intentions & Plans, Tenses & Basic Sentence structure among others.
I’m currently studying Hangul in more depth & while I can recognise a good few letters, I’m just getting my head around the grammar. For example, to say something along the lines of “Could I have a banana please?”, you would just say “바나나 주세요” which would translate to “Banana, please?”
My way of recognising the letters:
ㅂ(B): Looks like a bunkbed
ㅎ(H): Looks like a person with a hat on their head
ㄷ(D): Looks like a door/drawer
ㅁ(M): Looks like a map
(OK, I know it’s just a square but you gotta use your imagination!)
ㄹ(R/L): Lying Rattle Snake
(Thought this was like the Snake game most of us had on our good ol’ Nokia phones back in the day! Lying -down- as that’s what snakes do)
Hey, whatever helps you to learn! 😛
What was your method to learning Korean? Whether you’re living in Korea or learning it yourself, would you have any advice for starters like myself?
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