I just barely learned the letters and was feeling okay with reading small words and now it's huge long blocks like Starbucks, McDonald's, and Baskin-Robbins? I'm feeling really overwhelmed and stupid because I can't read these. I get that they are easy words because I speak English but I would have liked to learn to read and therefore have better pronunciation.
Theres an app that i believe helps with the pronunciation oh hangul its called Poppoping korean (it is very useful in teaching you how to pronounce the words(in a kind of fun way) and shows you the order in which they go in. I would at the very least check it out and see if it helps out
Not sure if ill be of any help bit what I did was and binge study for like 3 days, writing down all the consonants and vowels. I have them next to me when i get stuck and use duolingo as just a place to practice on rather than use duolingo as my main focus teacher. Duolingo was better for Japanese than Korean.
Very intense, yes. I keep repeating earlier alphabet lessons. Seems to help a lot now that I can recognize more characters. Spanish was so much easier, too, because words similar to English and some words are niw used by English speakers (amigo, ranchero, adiós, hasta luego, hombre).
Hey, so I know this comment is from over a year ago, but for anyone who is still struggling with reading Hangul I recommend this: http://www.ryanestrada.com/learntoreadkoreanin15minutes/ It may not take exactly 15 minutes as it claims, but it really helped simplify it for me. Best of luck!
You can take more levels of alphabet 1 and 2. Keep repeating those until you can easily remember which sounds each vowel and consonant make. Then, sound out each block of Hangul to form the word. This is not a translation exercise-- it's just reading, so all you need to know is what everything sounds like.
This is still a Beta as far as I know. So they are using words or brands that are popular in Korea. Since Duolingo is here to help us learn other languages in case you meet someone who is from the said country or you travel to the country of the said language. I understand some people are having a hard time learning the long words specially when they havent gone through all the Vowels and Consonants, Bit Korean(Hangeul) is a complex language, it will get easier. Just leave your feedbacks and hopefully the Hangeul Team would be able to adjust and fix everything up for us.
Hope Duolingo becomes forever free tho.
The assignment "Write this in English" is rather ambiguous: I would have expected to write it phonetically, like with some of the previous exercises, like 뽀뽀 as "ppoppo", where you could hover the korean word for the actual translation. I did the same here out of interest, leaving me with no real exercise to do because I already saw the answer ;)
It's a computer that's saying all the words right? I feel like I would understand it way better if an actual person were saying the words... I could only understand after reading the Hangul, which is great to build my reading skills but not so great for listening comprehension.
I thought it was written different and read as "maekeudonaleudeu" I have no idea why tho...