https://www.duolingo.com/linkinparkSWE

Duolingo is BAD at explaining grammar, Please help! (korean course)

Sorry this is a rant, but my basic question is right below= (My question is: Could anyone of you be kind to help me with the grammar that Duolingo DOES NOT teaches you from the basics 1 in the Korean course. Why are there suffixes sometimes and sometimes not? why are there so many suffixes? Apparentely verbs come at the end of the sentences, I didint know that, since im a beginner and duolingo already at the basics doesnt teach you this. A there any other rules I have to understand?)

I love duolingo, but since duolingo does not "support" reading grammar or explainations on how things work on the mobile app (iphone) It's impossible to know as an beginner why things are the way they are in Korean.

For example: on the "basics" you do not only learn a few words. but sentences as well. it becomes very confusing if you don't already know that verbs come at the end of the sentenses (which I didint know) and that there are a lot of suffixes which I have no idea when to use. Also there are many other things I have no idea how things work. AND THIS IS JUST "THE BASICS"

Since I dont have a korean keyboard on my computer I can't show examples in korean, but if you have done the basics you know what I mean. Could anyone be kind to explain all these rules and examples of when suffixes are used, since duolingo doesnt explain this. Thanks!!

September 19, 2017

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Heike333145

I think most of what you are wondering about is explained in the "Basics" lessons of the Korean Notes sticky. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/24352980

September 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/linkinparkSWE

Oh I didint see this, Thanks a lot, you are a saviour

September 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Heike333145

I'm glad that I was able to help. In my opinion, the explanations are really good. I didn't like the "trial and error" on the app alone, either. :-) And so I'm very glad that we have the explanations.

Happy learning! :-)

September 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/linkinparkSWE

Do you understand why the verb "To be" is "~ida" but when used in a sentence its always "-ibnida" ?

September 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/wintertriangles

이다 is "to be" like you said. You have to conjugate the verb to use it, so just like "be" changes, 이다 changes. In your case 입니다 is a very formal conjugation of 이다.

September 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/toggitang22

English and Korean is really different. 나에게 물을 주세요. Translation, give me water please. Literal translation: me water give please.

September 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/toggitang22

But, what i just said is not 100% accurate. Because, korean and english is kinda really different in some ways.

September 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/tessabanessa

I've mentioned this in a few comments but I personally find Duolingo most useful as a supplementary learning tool. I get my grammar explanations from talktomeinkorean.com and my Integrated Korean textbooks (kleartextbook.com). Then I use Memrise for vocabulary (you could also use Tinycards if you wanted to be loyal to Duo). Finally, I use Duolingo because it provide extensive and diverse sentence pattern practice. Also I would recommend installing a Korean keyboard. It's free and easy on both PC, Mac, and any phone. Best of luck!

September 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Tony.90210

I don’t see that helpful link working any longer. My question might be similar but here it goes. Why after completeing the “Alphabet” lessons in Duolingo can I not understand the “ Basics” lessons or anything other lessons after that? Ive leanrned the “ Alphabet” lessons and understand those sounds but it doesn’t seem to help much with the “Basic” lessons or beyond. Thanks

February 24, 2019
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