3 Simple Steps to Mastering the Korean Language
Want to know how to learn Korean? You should! With the increasing popularity of Korean movies, TV dramas, and pop music acts, this language is becoming quite popular. It can be challenging to learn, however, if you don’t take the right approach. Follow the three steps laid out below, on the other hand, and you’ll learn Korean with ease.
How to Learn Korean Step 1: Get Friendly With the Korean Alphabet
I’ve seen lots of Westerners try to learn to speak Korean without first learning the Korean alphabet. It seems like a quick shortcut to speaking the language. Unfortunately, skipping this step causes much more harm than good. The reason is that the Romanized versions of Korean language sound don’t translate well. For example, here is how you say, “Korean has four distinct seasons.” Hangugeun ne gyejeori tturyeothada. Read that and try to get the pronunciation correct! It’s not going to happen. What will happen is that you’ll learn Korean with terrible pronunciation, and, as everybody knows, fixing poor pronunciation is much more complicated than learning it correctly in the first place. So, do yourself a favour and learn how to read Korean characters right from the start
How to Learn Korean Step 2: Get Cozy With Korean Grammar
Yes, if you want to know how to speak Korean, you have to study grammar. I see you cringing, and I feel your pain, but hear me out. First, I’m not telling you to get deep into Korean grammar, studying every aspect of the language’s structure. What I’m saying is that you should get familiar with the basics. Why? Because Korean sentence structure is “backwards” when compared to English. For example, in English, we use the structure Subject + Verb + Object. So, we would say, “I threw the ball.”
In Korean, sentences are structured Subject + Object + Verb. So, in this case, we would say “I ball threw.” Also, note that I left out the word “the” in the Korean sentence. That’s because articles (a, an, the) aren’t used in the Korean language. Now, look at these two simple grammar rules I have given you. Then imagine that you want to learn how to say something in Korean like, “I went shopping.” How much easier is it going to be to accomplish your goal in light of the two simple grammar structures that you’ve just learned? Much more comfortable, I think you’ll agree.
How to Learn Korean Step 3: Get Speaking
You should be speaking from day one, but I’m trying to make a point here. My point is that when learning Korean it is crucial to master the sounds of the alphabet and become familiar with grammar before you focus too much on your speaking; otherwise, you’ll end up with poor pronunciation and grammar skills. I make this point because with other languages, like Spanish or Italian, these steps aren’t essential–you can dive right into those languages.
Also, the Korean alphabet only takes a few days to master, so it’s not like you have to invest a considerable amount of time before you move into speaking. Finally, when you do get into chatting conversations, make sure you practice with a native Korean speaker. If you want to learn how to talk to Korean but don’t have a native-speaking Korean person handy, use Korean language learning software. Today’s programs have well-designed, highly interactive dialogues that are recorded by native-Korean speakers.