Any people learning Korean here?
If so, why?
I'm learning it so I can understand K-Pop lol.
I am planning to visit Korea by July this year so I am trying to learn their language, for a better understanding of their culture and for the sake of convenience. In addition, learning a language improves the health of the brain. That's it. Learning with a purpose makes learning both fun and easy.
One of my favourite books was originally written in Korean, and I'm discovering more Korean authors I like all the time. The only K-pop group I really like is BTS... but I love them, hah. Never watched any K-dramas though. I don't really have any plans of ever visiting South Korea, but if I was given the opportunity I wouldn't say no. :)
I think they use the Revised Romanization system (RR). It's not always intuitive at first, but it is robust and consistent.
It's a system where they sort of gave up on trying to imitate Korean sounds in English (which is impossible), and instead just gave them placeholders in English that are vaguely similar. Like the "eo" sound for 어.
The English equivalents (romanization) are only of use at the very beginning for pronunciation clues. After that they are beyond useless, and will impede your learning and mess up your pronunciation. If you haven't already, use one of the excellent Youtube courses to learn the hangul, adapt your keyboard to hangul, and ignore equivalents for the rest of your life.
I have taught Tae Kwon Do for many years, I know many commands in Korean but I would like to be able to have conversations with Korean people I know. Also I am a Corrections Officer and there are a few Korean Inmates that only speak a little English, so I would like to be able to talk to them in Korean.
Awesome! I love Korean Rock more than K Pop but I "get it". and dramas.. Yes.. Ji Min? .. Hmmm.... Ji Chang Wook *Make sure you watch Healer.
There is a lot of Korean Immigrants in my province, I moved close to a Korean Market and a Korean Restaurant opened in my neighbourhood. I think it was "survival"
I think the whole idea that Hangul was created to improve literacy intrigues me. Good Luck to us all!
I had had problems with that as well. I have found it easier to learn Korean on Memrise (www.memrise.com), while doing some of the rest of my learning here on Duolingo. If you'd like, you can give that website a try. I really enjoy it, because I can add pictures and text to it, to help me remember the symbols and words. It, too, has a free version and a pro version. I'm using the free version.
Memrise is indeed excellent for learning and reviewing vocabulary. The "How to Study Korean" site presents about 4000 words along with excellent grammar instruction, and there are 6 Memrise courses dedicated to reviewing those 4000 words. https://www.memrise.com/course/126923/
For the fun, I've started the japanesse but I was disgusted by the different alphabets... And as a French, I'm amazed a lot of people begin to learn my own language, even it's difficult.
My partner is Korean, I love Korean cuisine and food culture, and I’ve long been fascinated by the language’s amazing grammatical similarities to Japanese, which was the first foreign language I learned to a high level, and the one I’m most comfortable with. I also really admire the elegance of the hangeul script. I learned it a long time ago, way before I began to study the language in earnest, and was always amazed at how simple it was to pick up and write, and the great balance it strikes between the straightforwardness of an alphabet and the space-saving quality of somethIng like Chinese characters.
Well, at first it was to really understand the various K-Pop songs and lives that I have seen, and that I don't need to wait for translation. But after a little digging and reading... aka subtitles, I found I would absolutely love to actually go to South Korea with a few friends of mine and just spend some time there... Vacation, really.
Haha so much ARMY love here, it is beautiful~! -Still waiting on my U-Kiss to comeback again~- It's always interesting to find people so passionate about the bands, or the culture it's self. Good luck everyone learning, I'm sure y'all are doing great in your studies :D.
I'm learning Korean cuz i'm really interested in the language itself, but also now I have more motivation because my boyfriend is Korean and, for love, he is moving from South Korea to Italy to live with me. I need desperately to learn this language so when we will be together I will understand him and I could speak a bit with him in his mother tongue.