So for two years running one of my New Year’s Resolutions has been to learn Korean. Last year my gracious husband bought me a workbook Korean from Zero 1, and I was super excited. However, life happened and I wasn’t able to dedicate much time to drama watching or blogging, let alone trying to learn a new language! Thankfully things have simmered down enough in the past three months that I’ve been able to really put some focus into learning Korean.
I took some German in high school, and have learned some Spanish watching Dora and Diego with my son. But that is where my language skills end! People who fluently speak, read, and write in multiple languages amaze me to no ends! I am fairly certain that I won’t ever become fluent, but that’s ok with me. Right now I am absolutely enjoying learning. And even more excited to be able to recognize some of what I have learned while watching dramas and variety shows!
easy to use and easy to understand. Plus you can go to their website and use the mp3 function to listen to audio assistance files. What I have learned so far is that words are made up of characters and characters are made up of letters. Now I am only a few chapters in so right now the characters I am learning are made up of only two letters. Then these characters are combined to create words. The concept of the workbook is that if you can read the letters, characters, and words you can learn to speak it more efficiently.
What I’m struggling with is the Romanization of the Hangul. Like the sound which is Romanized as EO. My brain makes that sound like a long E or a long O depending on how it sits among other letters. When actually, it is pronounced like the word AWE. However, you must make an O shape with your mouth while saying the AWE sound in order to get it right. It’s the little puzzles like this that stump me for a bit. Thus far I’ve been able to use the tools at my disposal to figure these things out. But it would be so much nicer if I had someone close that spoke
Korean to actually talk to. Ah well, maybe someday!
An interesting thing that I’ve discovered is that the words I am learning to read are (for the most part) not on my list of words I know from watching dramas. Things like omo, oppa, noona (though true Romanization spells this nuna), aigoo, and I think at my last metal calculation I knew about 40-ish words. If the dialogue in a show is moving slowly I can usually pick out one or two words, but I’ve discovered that many Koreans talk way faster than I can follow along! With reading words I know about 30, but it takes me a few moments to sound out the word and then remember what that word means.
It will probably be this time next year when I actually have completed the entire workbook, but that’s ok with me. I am having the best time! Anyone else out there learning Korean? What methods are you using? Flashcards have been hugely successful for me. What books or classes are you taking? I’d love to hear from you guys!