How to learn Korean.
Learning Korean, or any language for that matter takes dedication and commitment. The best way to learn Korean is to fully immerse yourself in the language. There’s no quick fix or a magic pill that’s going to make you learn quickly. It’s all about hard work and consistency. We all want to do things at a gallop these days and sometimes we go so fast we forget to enjoy the journey. So along the way, make sure you have fun. Learning a language is a long term project, and you’re not going to be fluent overnight. There will be days when you’ve had an underwhelming study session. Tell your self that’s okay because it’s not a race.
My main tip when studying Korean is to enjoy the process. Even though might not feel like you’re improving I can bet my bottom dollar you are. Make some daily vlogs of yourself speaking, or a YouTube channel to record the process. When you look back you will be amazed at how far you’ve come.
Also remember that everyone learns at different speeds and you should find a pace that you’re comfortable with. If you can only do thirty minutes a day, don’t sweat it. You’re not competing for first place. As I tell myself, learning is a life long mission and the more you have fun with it, the easier it will be.
Another tip: If you can afford try and find study buddy or a tutor. It’s easy to mispronounce words and you’ll never realize until someone points it out. If you can’t find anyone around you then use:
Or, you could use: Hellotalk.
How To Lean Korean Fast
Firstly, learn the Korean alphabet. It’s easy. You can learn the to read and write Korean in matter of hours. If you want to learn Korean fast then your number one priority should be learning Hangeul.
Once you’ve got the basics down you can steadily level up, and start building up your vocabulary bank and grammatical sentence structures.
One thing that helped me learn Korean was TTMIK’S materials. Especially their online lessons. I supplemented their online lessons with their books, and it really gave me a solid footing.
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Learn the basics
- You should start off by learning TTMK levels 1-3. (Talk To Me In Korean)
2. Supplement your grammar with vocabulary words. Try and learn your first 500 words using this one.
3. Create flashcards in Anki. Or if have time you could always go the traditional route and make your own.
Supplement your grammar with this book.
4. Get a Korean Grammar in Use book to look up all the grammar questions you have.
Learn more Vocabulary
5. The Talk To Me In Korea books are heavily focused on grammar, so make sure you don’t forget to learn vocabulary. Down the road you will need them to form more complex sentences.
Easiest way to learn Korean.
Once you’ve got the basics down you can then add variety to your studying.
1. Listen to some Korean music.
Familiarize your self with some songs. You will notice that you can understand more, which will help you build on your vocabulary.
You could always listen to TTMIK podcasts. They have some great beginner and intermediate series. You can supplement them with a level book too.
2. Watch Korean dramas.
Subscribe to Netflix and watch some TV shows like Kingdom. I also recommend watching Korean movies; they will help you understand Korean culture. Some favorable mentions are: Taxi and 1987.
3. Come to Korean and immerse yourself in Korean.
It’s easy to get by in Korean with broken Korean. But if you really try and make a go of it you will improve your Korean at lightening pace.
If you do come to Korea, you might be better off getting a kindle and keeping all your books on there. I prefer downloading a few Kindle E books so I don’t have to carry all my textbooks around.
4. Enroll into University
I think if you are set on learning Korean then the best place to do it is in Korea. Signing up a university would be the best way to learn Korean. Although, not everyone has the spare change to do this.