Finished the reverse Korean tree
I just finished the reverse Korean tree, i.e. learning Korean using the Korean to English tree.
A few thoughts:
- It is certainly not ideal, but overall I'm happy I did it.
- It allowed me to remember words that I learned in Memrise lessons by using them in the context of sentences here. The kind of vocabulary used in Duolingo can be pretty specific by times (science, politics, etc).
- Because the variety of accepted answers has grown due to inputs from mostly native Korean users in the past (learning English), the amount of synonyms I encountered and practiced has been pretty large. That's a big plus for me.
- I learned a lot of more formal ways to say the same thing in Korean. Koreans might tell you "Where did you learn THAT word? We only use that in newspapers!"
- BIG WARNING, don't take translations at face value. A lot of them are direct translations from English and are not natural to the Korean ear. I don't necessarily think that's bad as long as you are aware of it.
- Related to the previous point, most sentences contain pronouns while in Korean they are not used that often.
- Similarly, you end up mixing up politeness forms between pronouns and verb endings that would make a native Korean frown upon.
- You don't learn that much grammar, as English and Korean grammar points do not have a one to one correspondance. Do not hesitate to look up verb endings you do not know on the internet while encountering them in suggested answers, you will learn things that are not taught by Duolingo.
- For what it's worth, I did it in 73 days on the Android App. Probably would have taken me more time on the computer as typing hangeul still takes time. Tapping tests also accelerated my pace. I also deactivated listening tests in English as I had no interest of learning English.
- It gives me a 18% fluency in the app. Quite meaningless number I think, at least for me.
- At the time of writing, my tree is completely gold. I intend to keep it like that for a couple more days/weeks, before going back to other resources for Korean. Most probably Podcasts.
- I don't know yet if I'll do the normal tree once it comes out, it will depend on what it has to offer.
- Yet I know myself, I will probably do it anyhow at some point :)
Feel free to comment if you have questions or if you went through this tree as well to learn Korean as a English (not necessarily native) speaker.
EDIT: Further Korean study... https://community.memrise.com/t/non-exhaustive-list-for-learning-korean/324
Congrats! Instead I'm learning japanese using the Japanese to english tree! :) And I can't wait for the japanese course! ^^
It is not an easy language, but don't get tricked by the characters or Hangeul. They are actually letters, and the way they are formed is more logical than the English alphabet. You can literally learn to read (without understanding) Korean in a matter of hours or days!
Totally agree. I taught myself to read Korean in about a week, almost four years before I learned to speak it. Taught myself to type in Korean a year before I learned to speak it. Being able to read Korean actually helped me learn faster. Now, it hurts my eyes to read romanized Korean.
List of other resources to learn Korean: https://community.memrise.com/t/non-exhaustive-list-for-learning-korean/324