Korean for English speakers needs you!
We're gradually drawing to a close on building the Korean for English speakers course. In the next day or two we'll finish adding sentences and then double and triple checking the course so it's ready for Beta.
What do we need from you? We still have a (very) short time before we lock the course, so help us think of what we might have missed. Any special words that you couldn't do without in Korea? And grammar that's necessary in your Intro to Korean class? And sentence we would be remiss not to include? (Remember, we do have more than 60 skills with more than 1700 words, so we've already got the basics covered.)
We can't promise that your ideas will be included, but we'll add what we can and keep the rest in mind for when we expand our tree to greater heights after this initial course is stable.
We look forward to your ideas and hope you're ready for the course!
I know a couple people who had/are having a hard time in Korea due to different dietary restrictions. Hopefully we could get help with that? Most courses offer "I am vegetarian, etc". Also, I would love to learn more about spirituality and philosophy in Korea. Buddhist customs, Confucian values, etc.
i've been slightly trying to learn korean on my own for quite some time now but without much succes so i'm very happy for this course! the only tip i have is giving clear explanation for all pronounciaton rules with the korean hangul script like the pat'chim simplification, consonant shift rule and nasal assimilation rule etc. also because the korean language has 2 different sets of numbers it would be nice to see clear examples of when to use which altough you guys probably already have all the things i mentioned xD
I would kind of like to see a skill on poetry. Maybe there are some really short poems that would work with duolingo?
Other than that I would like to see lessons about Korean food. And seeing some insiders from Naver webtoons would be funny.
I'm really looking forward to this course.
Some things I've struggled with are similar words that sound the same or words for the same thing but differ in politeness. Like 혼자/홀로, 집/댁, 가울/겨울, 바다/받다/받닥. I've also been confused sometimes with homonyms 눈, 사과, 배, 다리. And the different ways to say "to wear" depending on what it is you're talking about wearing. Just a few ideas, I know it might be too much to try covering all of these for a duolingo course. :) Thanks for all your hard work, I'm looking forward to the course!!
Now that my brain has been thinking, I've thought of a few other suggestions...how to say "and" in all its many different forms, or maybe just what to default to (그리고?) if unsure. The difference between 당신/그대 (is there a difference? when do we use them and not just the person's name?). And just for possible fun extra bonus sections (maybe later down the line), I've always found other languages' expressions interesting (누워서 떡 목기, etc.)
I love having a couple of specialized skills that teach really specific vocab. Like with the Russian tree, a tech skill might be cool.
Likewise, a "history" skill with some facts about Korea's past and present would be great for both teaching words like "alphabet", "farms", and "war", and also give learners a good overview of the countries Korean is spoken in.
I would like the Korean course to have "Tips and Notes" sections, as many other courses have.
I am doing the Japanese course and I like it a lot, and even though I am past the second check-point (that is, I have already completed around 15-16 skills) I miss some grammar explanations (the Japanese course does not have "Tips and Notes", or at least I haven't found them).
It would be great if you include them in the Korean course.
Usagiboy has published inofficial tips and notes for Japanese in the forum. Like Japanese, Korean will be released on mobile first. Once the new feature is ready both courses will be available on the website. As long as they are not ready on the website there will be no official tips and notes since they are not in the app.
A couple of proverbs, maybe? 옷이 날개다, 싼 게 비기딱, 바가지를 쓰다, and the like. Similarly, some idioms from Chinese characters (갑론을박, 다다익선,..) and other idioms (국수를 먹다, 귀가 가렵다, 긴말할 것 없다,...). But maybe Duolingo is not really the right format for that. You know better than me.
Some specific vocab from science, politics, etc (but I think that was already the case in the reverse course, so I'm pretty confident you've already got a lot of vocab covered).
Are you going to cover 한자?
Anyhow, looking forward to it, thanks for your relentless efforts this last year.
Well it isn't... used too much in common day these days in all honesty to the point you don't really need to know it. Plus, our system is not optimised for it
Maybe cover pronunciation rules a little? like ㅅ,ㅆ,ㅈ, etc. make a 't' sound at the end of a letter. Or how some ending consonants move to the next letter to make for smoother pronunciation. Also, the nuances of particles like 은/는, 이/가.
Anyway, I can't wait! I have been in South Korea for 2months now. :)
I cannot think of anything else to add the the other commenters haven't suggested. I just wanted to express my deepest thanks for creating this course! I am highly looking forward to it and cannot thank every single course contributor enough for all their hard work and efforts! Please know that your efforts did not go unnoticed. Can't wait to celebrate the big release day! I might even celebrate with some bibimbap :D
I also encourage you to add lots of "tips" and notes. This would be especially helpful regarding honorifics, and cultural idiosyncrasies such as using "our" for "my", dropping sentence subjects when understood, not always specifying plurality, tendency to use titles rather than names, confirming a negative by saying "yes," rather than "no." It will also be a challenge to clarify the usage of the -은/는 post-position particle without notes and examples. One improvement I am hoping for in all DL courses is the addition of sentences (multiple-sentence questions) to create more context. Thank you all for your diligence and perseverance. 수고 들 하셨네요.