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https://www.duolingo.com/MatayaB

Korean anyone?

I see that english for korean speakers is coming in June/July this year, but does anyone know korean and is willing to teach it to me? I've been interested in Korean culture, food, music (even before Psy and Gangnam Style was popular), etc. Other cultures and societies have always fascinated me, but Korea is special. Anyways, I want to move there when I get out of college (when I turn 22 years old. I'm 15 now.) and I want to get a head start. I would also want to learn things like Korean culture. Anyone that knows anything about Korean is welcome.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum
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You should move here to Montgomery. We have a ton of Koreans here because of the Hyundai plant.

^-^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MatayaB

Haha. Cool. My grandmother lives in Anniston, Alabama and I go to Montgomery sometimes when I visit her. I've never notices a lot of Asians. I might go up to some Koreans and start talking to them when I go back there.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Puddleglum
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A lot of them go to my school (It's a private school. Public ed. in Montgomery and the surrounding area is awful. It pretty much is in all of Alabama). There's a growing Korean subculture around here, it seems. There're several Korean grocery stores, restaurants, and we even had a Korean Karaoke bar (private rooms and everything) open up a couple of months ago.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MatayaB

I've noticed Korean markets in Anniston, too. This is actually an international Korean Church in the middle of the city. I like to read the sign in Korean to my grandma because she thinks that it is cool I can read another language. Notice I never said I knew what I was saying. Lol.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lilithly
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I'm majoring in korean studies at the moment and I recommend using sites like sharedtalk.com, where you can actually get to know koreans and have private mail exchange (as far as I know this doesn't work as well here, but since duo is a language-learning platform and not penpals that's totally fine with me^^). I also used the "talktomeinkorean"-podcast eventhough it's a slow way to learn new things. I personally bought some books about korean grammar before I started the course in university. 2 books I can recommend are "Korean Grammar for international Learners" (+the workbook with the same name. these are just plain grammar books, so don't expect it to be fun to learn with them;)) and "Using Korean. A guide to contemporary usage".

you could start of with learning hangul- the korean alphabet- which really doesn't take long (one or two days if you set your mind to it ;)). Korean Dramas/Films are a good way of learning about Korean culture. The first steps into Korean grammar can easily be taken online as well- you don't need books for that^^ just google "korean grammr for beginners" or stuff. the sad thing is, that there is loads for beginners, but almost nothing for intermediate/advanced learners.

good luck with this - Korean is a beautiful language! :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MatayaB

Thanks so much. I already know the Korean Alphabet (I've been learning for 3 years now). I may try sharedtalk.com though. I've wanted a penpal, but my parents don't trust that it is safe. I've also heard and briefly used talktomeinkorean.com. I like them a lot. I forgot all about them and will definitely go back to using them since you brought it up.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lilithly
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haha ok^^ you could also download kakaotalk if you didn't already do that. it's a messanger app for android (and apple I think). When you use sharetalk they will probably ask if you got a kakaotalk-ID, since most koreans use it ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MatayaB

Oh. Okay. I've never heard of kakaotalk, but I'll look into it. Thanks.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/writerjisung

Have you tried talktomeinkorean.com? I completely recommend this site! ^-^ I'm currently using this site to self study Korean until I take actual classes when I transfer to my next university. We can also be practice partners and help each other out if you want. :D I also like Korean music, food and culture(way before Gangnam Style, just like you~), so I think we can get along well. ^^

edit: I also forgot to add that I plan on teaching in South Korea after I graduate college. ^^ I'm 19 now(20 in April), so I still got a few years left. ^^

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MatayaB

I've tried talktomeinkorean.com before. I like it, too. I would love to be your practice partner. I've been looking for one, but every Korean that I meet is super shy. I think we can get along really well because most of my friends think I'm weird for liking foreign music that I can barely understand (even though they went crazy over Gangnam Style and can't even pronounce the title right). Maybe we should talk some time!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Trang.
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I used to love Korean movies a lot. Have you watched all the popular Korean series, like City Hunter, The heirs, Iris, Sungkyunkwan Scandal...?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MatayaB

No. Sorry. I don't watch K-Dramas. I hear they are great though. What do you recommend for a newby?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Trang.
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well but first I will need to know your favorite genres of film, then I can recommend you

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MatayaB

Okay. I like horror, comedy, certain Sci-fi movies, and action movies. Really anything boyish will do!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Trang.
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Try Iris then, It's an action one. I have rarely seen other types of Korean movies though, because they are not very good

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MatayaB

Okay. I'll try it. Thanks.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aminowrimo
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Right now I like the Korean dramas—I discovered them two Sundays ago and have one firm favorite that has determined me to learn Korean. (So, way after Gangnam Style. XD) I have done Tae Kwon Do for seven years, so I have a basic idea of aspects of the culture. At this point I just want to learn the language so I can understand the words of the dramas. :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MatayaB

That's cool. The song Ugly by 2NE1 made me want to learn Korean. It was really touching for me. That was my very first experience with K-Pop and Korea in general. Maybe we can learn it together! Are you willing be my partner?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aminowrimo
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What did you have in mind? Conversational practice? I'm no where near that level yet.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MatayaB

I don't know. Whatever works for you. I was thinking either though Duolingo and/or we can exchange numbers. I don't have an email though so I can't use that. I'm using my mom's email to use Duolingo. I'm not too advanced in Korean either, but I definitely know more than a beginner.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aminowrimo
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Duolingo would be best, perhaps on activity feed. I suggest you create yourself an email, however. It's extraordinarily useful.

I literally started learning Korean February 9th, 2014. At this point all I know how to say is 안녕하세요, 네, 아니요, 맞아요, and 감사함니다.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MatayaB

Well if you have an YouTube account, subscribe to sweetandtastytv. She is from LA and is Korean. She visits Korea often though and teaches Korean through YouTube. She is worth taking a look at. Also, how do you use Activity?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aminowrimo
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Thanks! I checked her out. I'll post on your activity feed so you can see how it works.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Trang.
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2NE1 is the only Korean girl band that I like, but I prefer the song Lonely :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MatayaB

I do, too! 2NE1 isn't the only girl group I like. I also like Secret, Girl's Generation, and Miss A.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/desert_rain

Wow, Korean must very interesting and cool to learn on Duolingo!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MatayaB

Yeah it would be. The problem is that they will eventually have in on Duolingo, just only for Korean speakers to learn English.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yo_Lim
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Hello~ I hope I am not that late ㅎㅎㅎ. I am a korean. I joined duolingo just a few weeks ago to study spanish. This is to honor to meet like you who want to know about korea. I wanna help you so that you are interested korea more. Please let me know whatever you want to know or need.

3 years ago