How I'm Learning Korean!

March 30, 2017

I know it seems weird, espesically after I said I was leaning Spanish not too long ago, but I'm already onto another language! I've started learning Korean, and I've been doing so since around November of last year. So, let's get into it, starting with the equipment.

So, notebooks. I got these two and labelled them 어휘 for vocabulary, and 문법 for grammar.

Next: pens and highlighters.

I got these gel pens on Amazon from this store and so far they're working really well. They come in a pack of 10 and have a variety of colors. The tip is really thin, which I think gives it a really pretty look, and the designs are super cute too!

 I've had these mildliners for around a year now, and they're still working very well.

 I got these fineliners form WHSmith a couple of years ago, and unfortunately I only have these left out of a pack of 20!

The main pen I use for writing is the Pilot G-2 07. No idea where I got it from to be honest, but I've seen you can get packs of 10 or 12 on Amazon. Finally, I also use a whiteboard and whiteboard pens to write down a summary of the lesson before writing the lesson into my notebook(s).

The website I use is Talk To Me in Korean and it is AMAZING! Everything on the website is free to use (other than the workbooks) and it is so easy to do. You can download PDFs of a lesson and also listen to a podcast that goes with the lesson. At the end of each level (they have levels from 1 to 9 so far) you get a lesson where everything is in Korean to test how much you know.

The first thing to do when learning any language is to know the alphabet, and Korean is no different. TTMIK has lessons for learning Hangul (the Korean alphabet), but I personally used the YouTube channel Korean Class 101 for this. The alphabet literally takes 1 hour at most to learn, and from there, its a whirlwind of grammar and vocab. I spent a week after learning the alphabet just reading text completely in Hangul to familiarise myself with how to read different blocks. The next thing I did is learn batchim, and for that I used various websites on the internet.

So, from November to now, I've been using YouTube and TTMIK to learn Korean and while it is difficult, doing it regularly makes it much easier to manage. I try to do some Korean everyday, but if I go 4 days without doing anything, I write a paragraph in Korean with everything I've learned so far to try and compensate. Apps such as Eggbun and Memrise are also pretty good, but I prefer doing things pen to paper.

Immersing myself in the language is also useful, so I listen to Korean music and watch dramas and TV shows (with subtitles for now!) to get a hang of pronunciation and vocabulary.

That's basically all that I do so far. It is a difficult language to learn, but once I understand something, I feel so accomplised it motivates me to keep going on.

See you in the next one!

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