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How do I self-learn Korean?

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Phong128992 Level 200 Kradia I/L Arch Mage
So do you any of you guys have any idea how I can self learn Korean? I've bought some books and I've looked online but I'm having trouble knowing what to do next.

I've already memorized the alphabet and I'm currently learning how to write out whole words.

Should I next go to learning how to pronounce each letter in the alphabet? How should I do it? Because I'm having trouble remembering the pronunciation. Or should I move on to learning the simple vocabulary words? Anyone have a site/list with exact steps?

My goal is to at least gain basic proficiency in the language that amounts to around probably 1 year of classes in Korean right now. This would be my 4th language I'm learning after English, Vietnamese, and basic French (I like learning languages for fun). Unfortunately this is the first time trying to self learn a language and I'm having a bit of trouble.
Posted: January 2015 Permalink

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enoch129 Level 177 Windia Battle Mage 4
There's a mobile app called Duolingo that helps you learn by testing you on various subjects. Pretty sure there are a couple of videos on Youtube that could help with pronunciation
Jan 12 2015
Phong128992 Level 200 Kradia I/L Arch Mage
There's a mobile app called Duolingo that helps you learn by testing you on various subjects. Pretty sure there are a couple of videos on Youtube that could help with pronunciation[/quote]
Yea I mean I realize there are apps and videos on youtube. My question what should I focus on after I finish learning the alphabet. Like what would the list look like? Is there specific order?
learning alphabet,
learning how to write it,
learning how to pronounce each letter in the alphabet
learning how to pronounce words
memorizing simply vocab words/numbers
memorizing intermediate vocab
learning the grammar
learning honorifics

etc......
Jan 12 2015
enoch129 Level 177 Windia Battle Mage 4
Yea I mean I realize there are apps and videos on youtube. My question what should I focus on after I finish learning the alphabet. Like what would the list look like? Is there specific order?
learning alphabet,
learning how to write it,
learning how to pronounce each letter in the alphabet
learning how to pronounce words
memorizing simply vocab words/numbers
memorizing intermediate vocab
learning the grammar
learning honorifics

etc......[/quote]

I would focus on pronunciation first before learning to write. It helps writing/reading far easier when you know how each character sounds like individually/as a group-word. After you're comfortable with pronunciation and just knowing how a word is read, vocabulary should be emphasized and built up.
Jan 12 2015
punx Level 70 Windia Mercedes 3
lol pronunciation
Jan 12 2015
Beloveable Level 144 Windia Kanna 4
werd pronunciation ^ then put everything together and u got urself some words
Jan 12 2015
Phong128992 Level 200 Kradia I/L Arch Mage
I would focus on pronunciation first before learning to write. It helps writing/reading far easier when you know how each character sounds like individually/as a group-word. After you're comfortable with pronunciation and just knowing how a word is read, vocabulary should be emphasized and built up.[/quote]

Ok I see what you mean. Well I'll work on pronunciation now/next then. I already have the gist of writing in Korean with the whole Consonant/Vowel and Consonant/Vowel/Consonant thing anyways. Not like it's that hard. My only problem with pronunciation now is that I may be pronouncing it wrong and then it might screw me up forever lol. Also do you have any specific tips for pronunciation? Like should I focus on videos that talk about sole pronunciation of the world or should it be combined with another one? Like would this be a good one www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZhOeA0RD9o&;amp;spfreload=10 or should I learn it in this www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqFGHMxWtYk&;amp;spfreload=10 where they add vowels after the consonant? It's easier for me to read it that learn how to say them that way.
Jan 12 2015
simaini Level 211 Scania Bow Master SMTown Guild
i learned to read/write korean by looking at the SNSD member's korean names. i was on my bed and i was just looking at their names and seriously figured out the letters and stuff. their names don't cover all the letters and stuff, so i had to look up a few. i can say the words out loud but i won't know what i'm saying. i don't really care though
Jan 12 2015
Rezoina Level 116 Scania Hayato 4 Harbor Guild
You should watch more stuff pertaining to the culture like the dramas and variety shows without or very little use of subtitles. My Korean has always been a bit broken, but I've realized that overtime that me watching some of the shows and using context clues and the small basics, the vocab just builds itself eventually. I mean books are okay, but they're never going to cover all of the normal everyday conventional talk that a lot of Koreans use or adapt to the newer trends.

Although a lot of people like the famous Running Man and those flowery dramas, dramas aren't always 100% Korean, as some were based off of some stories of different cultures and then Running Man tends to be a bit eccentric. There's shows like Happy Together, Yu Hee-Yeol's Sketchbook, KPOP Star, Radio Star, etc... that are also great for those normal every day talking, primarily because these are just talk shows/reality. Watching some of these shows and much more beyond that short list will help you get a feel of 'unscripted' culture of Korea.

As for pronunciation, this you really need to work hard at depending on how far you want to go into like dialect. I remember watching an old Knee Drop Guru episode where Sam Hammington has obviously been studying his Korean really well to the point it seemed like Korean was a native language, but if you closed your eyes and just hear him, you can just tell he didn't sound Korean and a lot of people, even Koreans who have had Korean as even a little of a second language, there's a slight dialect difference. Look at Joon Hyung from g.o.d. Anyone can tell he was a surfer Californian when he was talking in Korean or even the other kinds of accents he tried to imitate. Dialect is really hard and something that is really rooted from what you were accustomed to when you were a child.

As for honorifics, I always found that just using -yo at the end of all the sentences were kind of enough ahaha. The bigger chunk to study for are quite arguably seniority manners like how to eat or shake hands and the such, as like Japan, Korea is really big on respecting people with higher positions. Age is somewhat ambivalent. A lot of older people talk with honorifics at younger people: it's much more of a thing of how much respect you have or the person has acquired.
Jan 12 2015
Phong128992 Level 200 Kradia I/L Arch Mage
You should watch more stuff pertaining to the culture like the dramas and variety shows without or very little use of subtitles. My Korean has always been a bit broken, but I've realized that overtime that me watching some of the shows and using context clues and the small basics, the vocab just builds itself eventually. I mean books are okay, but they're never going to cover all of the normal everyday conventional talk that a lot of Koreans use or adapt to the newer trends.

Although a lot of people like the famous Running Man and those flowery dramas, dramas aren't always 100% Korean, as some were based off of some stories of different cultures and then Running Man tends to be a bit eccentric. There's shows like Happy Together, Yu Hee-Yeol's Sketchbook, KPOP Star, Radio Star, etc... that are also great for those normal every day talking, primarily because these are just talk shows/reality. Watching some of these shows and much more beyond that short list will help you get a feel of 'unscripted' culture of Korea.

As for pronunciation, this you really need to work hard at depending on how far you want to go into like dialect. I remember watching an old Knee Drop Guru episode where Sam Hammington has obviously been studying his Korean really well to the point it seemed like Korean was a native language, but if you closed your eyes and just hear him, you can just tell he didn't sound Korean and a lot of people, even Koreans who have had Korean as even a little of a second language, there's a slight dialect difference. Look at Joon Hyung from g.o.d. Anyone can tell he was a surfer Californian when he was talking in Korean or even the other kinds of accents he tried to imitate. Dialect is really hard and something that is really rooted from what you were accustomed to when you were a child.

As for honorifics, I always found that just using -yo at the end of all the sentences were kind of enough ahaha. The bigger chunk to study for are quite arguably seniority manners like how to eat or shake hands and the such, as like Japan, Korea is really big on respecting people with higher positions. Age is somewhat ambivalent. A lot of older people talk with honorifics at younger people: it's much more of a thing of how much respect you have or the person has acquired.[/quote]

Thanks for the tip. I have already been watching dramas for a while now so I'm good in that regard ahaha. I also see what you mean by the pronunciation. I mean I already figured that anyways. The pronunciation I'm talking about is more simply sounding out the alphabet similar to sounding out letters in our alphabet like B having a "buh" sound etc. Also, yea I understand the honorifics thing. I'm vietnamese myself and we also use honorifics too haha. Thanks for the large post though :o.

I'm still looking for a specific list if anyone has one xD.
Jan 13 2015
enoch129 Level 177 Windia Battle Mage 4
lol pronunciation[/quote]

..what's so funny? Lol.
Jan 13 2015
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