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is Korean a hard language to master?

I was just wondering whether Korean was a hard language to master/be quite fluent in. It sounds amazing but it looks quite complicated! Thank you! (<3 BTS)

November 27, 2017



With some practice and dedication, I think Korean would be easy to master. It differs from person to person, but the language does have its difficulties which would take time to learn, but it is worth it in the end


I have studied for about a year (well about 2/3 of the time actively), and I have no problem understanding structure or communicating. I'd say, once you get use to it, the grammar is very easy.


For serious students, Shu Chaang has just posted an amazing compilation of helpful sites for learning Korean. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/25843190


Hangul is very easy to learn in my opinion. Reading and writing Korean has been easy for me as well but I don't quite understand particles and honorifics. I think this language is pretty easy to learn. I have been studying it for about a month. Here is a helpful source in learning Korean it has helped me quite a bit. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9aWBNR-mDNzgRsO3XLJ7uw


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I think for a native English speaker, it will take time to master. Word order is different, grammar is definitely more complicated and when you add particles to that (something that does not exist in English), it will drive anyone crazy. But I think as long as you are consistent and spend some bona fide time learning the language anyone can learn it. It'll just take longer than, for example, learning Spanish or French.

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    I've heard Korean is one of the easier Asian languages to learn. However I can see it being difficult with the particles, word order, and different ways to say things depending on politeness.

    My best advice would be to find people to encourage you to learn, and a native to talk to.


    The sentence order does take some getting used to, and using the particles is a challenge, but there are many aspects that make it easier than other languages. No worries about subject-verb agreement. No remembering the gender of a noun, or matching the descriptive adjective with regard to number or gender. No case declination --a noun retains the same consistent form regardless of the grammatical role it plays in a sentence. Pronuncation is very consistent. There are "exceptions", but the rules for those exceptions are pretty consistent. A large portion of the Korean vocabulary has Chinese roots. This can be looked at as a challenge, as there is usually a native Korean word as well, but it can also be used as a memory aid and for clues in determining the meaning of additional words. Perhaps the best argument against labeling it "hard" is the number and quality of resources available to help in the study of the language.

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