That's quite reductionist. Korean and Japanese are language isolates, but due to extensive histories of trade, war, and other contact, Imperialist China left its mark in a big way. That's why you have the vast presence of grammatical parts and cognates. Borrowings that overtook much of the language's innate forms.
Because old Korean and Japanese were not written in their initial forms, we will never know precisely what they were like, but if there is a presence of something familiar, its from contact and sharing, not linguistic relation.
Countries near each other or occupied by another often take in loan words. But Korean language groups and Japanese existed prior to any Chinese influences. Similar to the inluences on Swahili from Arabic and Hindi.
It is true however, that before Hangeul, Korea like Japan used the Chinese writing system.
Modern English is a glom of borrowed words. Rodeo, Sherrif, sushi, yero, armor, kudzu, litany, reich, kosher, Mississippi, philisophy, reign, halal, shall, and now we see kpop, klingon, and bangla. Really one biggum masala. I love this soup!
Korean is considered one of the four most difficult languages for English speakers to learn, along with Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic, according to https://cdn.lingholic.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Hard-Languages-To-Learn.png
I'm Romanian so imagine how it is to learn Korean from English. Anyway, Korean is the first language where I find sounds similar with romanian î ( - in Korean). For me it's very hard to really hear certain sounds in Korean and it's very hard to adapt because the format if the sentence it's somewhat telegraphic, you need to make your own connections.
No, Korean is easy for me. Its only hard to pronounce it. I already understand the alphabets within one day, soon, i understand the entire Korean. I just need to know how to make sentences correctly and pronounce it correctly. Its hard to explain korean language, but i understand it.
Believe me, it's going to get a lot harder. Yes, the alphabet is easy. Learning grammar and vocabulary, on the other hand, is going to take a lot of work, especially because it has basically no similarities to English. Pronunciation is nowhere near the most difficult part of Korean.
You better than any of us know your abilities and learning style.
If you have access to web, podcasts, or YouTube, look up:
Talk To Me In Korean (TTMIK);
With Duolingo, these two explain grammar and the special differences between the meaning of two words.
Keep studying. It's great fun learning Korean.
Alright, I know I'm late (Seven months... Yikes... Are you still here?) but it really depends on the language you're learning it from. The grammar system, pronunciation, etc. is quite different from the English language. However, Korean has a similar sentence structure to Japanese, and the two languages have quite a few words in common. I think a Japanese speaker learning Korean would be similar to an English speaker learning Spanish. It just depends on the native language / languages you know.
Agreed. Korean and Japanese pronunciations are miles apart. I can understand why a Spanish speaker finds Japanese easier to speak. Compared to Japan's Kanji (derived from Chinese), its hiragana and katakana are consistently consonant plus vowel pair sounds. Other rapid speech or regional differences, na is na.
Not really, depends on what site you looked at. I would say Chinese, or Arabic because the Chinese language is supported with many different various characters. The grammar is very confusing as well. However, I can see why Korean can be hard. I get confused by the ㅔ andㅐ. Plus, the grammar is pretty hardcore as well being a heck a lot different from the English language. Chinese grammar is a lot easier for English speakers because the Chinese grammar is a lot like the English language. It would be even easier for Spanish speakers as well.
He was only saying that Chinese grammar is quite similar to English grammar, and by extension similar to Spanish grammar because Spanish and English grammar are very similar. Every other part of the language is very different, and yeah, I'm not sure either why he keeps bringing Spanish into the conversation about learning East Asian languages.
I'm almost 100% sure that Portuguese is a much easier language to learn for native English speakers than Korean. I haven't studied Portuguese before, but I've studied Spanish very extensively, and Spanish grammar and vocabulary is waaaaay more similar to English than Korean is. I know Portuguese is super similar to Spanish to the point that I can understand most of written Portuguese with very little difficulty at all. There's absolutely no way Korean is an easier language for native English speakers.
Ah if it hard then why have you reached this far people. If it was easy ❤❤❤❤ it wouldnt even be an achievemnt. No one would even be amazed even you yourself wouldnt. You knew what you were getting into so suck it up or give so you stop discouraging other people.
Those feeling like giving up. Please dont. Its is sooo worth it. And its not hard I mean 80 million people people speak and write it from the geniuses to the dumbest so why can't you.