Learning Korean - why and how - slides

I recently gave a talk for my funding agency with the aim of motivating fellow researchers to start learning Korean.

Even though it was written with an audience of physicists in mind, I think it could be beneficial to a wide array of learners, inside and outside of Korea.

You can download the slides here:

The last slide contains a (non-exhaustive) list of resources.

February 6, 2018


This definitely should be added once the contributors create a dedicated sticky posting for "Helpful Start-up Resources for Beginners"

Good presentation indeed! Some reflections from my end on the slide ;p

  • I totally agree. Speaking of C2 level in any language, it is a level where even the highly educated native speakers can often fail in their first attempt for even widely spoken foreign languages such as French. One funny anecdote I have come across in recent years is that Korean ministry of foreign affairs once posted a job advertisement where one was eligible to apply if he or she has a DALF C2. What this really means is that those civil servants somehow want to hire someone within the internal applicants yet law dictates that external applications should also be accepted. Thus, they cunningly create some super unrealistic entry barrier to prevent a single external application from happening. lol

  • Complex grammar vocabulary - If grammar alone is concerned, Chinese should be the easier language on earth yet such is never the case due to the extreme burden of mastering 4 to 6 tones as well as well as over thousands of Chinese characters (either Traditional or Simplified) to memorize.

Furthermore, more and more tricky Korean expressions involving complex, less intuitive grammar rules will fade away as even young generations get confused and shun more and more from using it/them.

P.S: 김치찌개: Korean style Kimchi stew is at its best when pork is used as an ingredient yet sadly many Koreans use canned tuna instead due to some urban myth that lard is terribly bad for one's health. lol

February 6, 2018

Nice nod to Duolingo ;) Thanks Nick

February 6, 2018

Why not do something new? Isn't that reason enough. Life is boring and blurs together if you don't! I agree!

February 8, 2018

Indeed! Just love doing my regular warming up stretching & exercise for my body as well as my brain also! :D

February 8, 2018

Thank you for sharing your slideshow. I saved it for future reference. I started learning Korean today and it's fun. I enjoy it.

February 11, 2018
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