https://www.duolingo.com/jiminie.oppa

About K-Pop forums

Hi everyone, I just wanted to talk to you about k-pop forums. I am a HUGE k-pop fan, like, really big, you know the Jimin-plastered-over-my-walls sort of big, so I'm not criticising fans.

I've just noticed recently that people on Duolingo have just been posting discussions ABOUT k-pop, not about the culture of Korea?

Because Duolingo isn't really a k-pop chatting site. Try Amino if you want one of those. This is for LEARNING Korean.

I would be perfectly happy to create a forum about BTS and chat on it all day. But this is not what Duolingo is for.

I am TOTALLY not criticising k-pop fans. I have made forums about k-pop before. I am just reminding you that this is not a chat site.

Also, any tips for learning Korean? I'm finding the language really difficult and it's hard to keep going. Any advice?

Thank you for listening to my rant :D

~Mia

December 9, 2018

26 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Gray_Roze

Yeah, it's kind of exhausting for somebody who's not a fan of K-pop. (I don't have any problems with liking K-pop, it's just not the kind of music I listen to.) I would like to see more discussion about the actual Korean language here than there is. It's great that K-pop brings so many people to want to learn Korean, but this site is not a music discussion site.

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jiminie.oppa

Agreed :3 thank you

December 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/-...Yeong...-

Hello!

As you say Amino is also a website to learn Korean! There have been a few times I went to explore the site, I see there is also ARMY's Amino! Crazy ARMY can come here!

On the Duo forum, there are many crazy fans of many groups in kpop and they posted a lot of spam topics! Myself is also an ARMY but I don't agree with that! This is a place to learn, to know a lot of knowledge and to share learning experiences, not where you can post spam topic but you like!

That's just my opinion! I don't mean to offend anyone. But you have to know that in this forum not only fans of kpop groups!

Now, I can't learn Korean, maybe because of too much homework! But I will not give up on this! If you need advice, you can contact me via gmail: trinhnguyenkhanhlinh735@gmail.com! Do you have gmail?

If you don't have I can't help you! Sorry >.<

Linh ♡♡♡

~Bye

December 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jiminie.oppa

Thank you! I will give it a try :)

December 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RoseBTSarmy

Good idea about talking about a place that people can talk about Kpop. Another place I have in mind is Facebook groups. Yea if you have Facebook, look up Kpop groups and you will find a lot. You can also go to Kpop video on Youtube and comment there. I believe if you go to google and type in some sort of Kpop fan club or a place to talk about it, you will maybe eventually find some.

I'm a fan but SOME fans need to understand folks here are just trying to just learn and get information they need from the forums. But if you have spams and trolls, then its gonna upset people who are fans or not.

As for advice on learning Korean, keep a notebook to jot down notes and things you learn as you progress. Place items in your house in Korean letters. Learn a couple phrases a week and memorize them. It works for me.

~Rose

December 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RoseBTSarmy

I made a similar post before talking about the same thing. A certain someone misunderstood me being insulting? >.> When I only talked about only certain people. The one's who spam and troll.

In a way, I'm glad someone else is also talking about this. It shows people care.

Thank you Mia for making this post. Army fighting

~Rose

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jiminie.oppa

Yes! Thank you for the advice! X

December 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Kenzo1.21

I agree. I would be pleased if I could talk about BTS and TWICE all day long.However, I feel it when it is not to live on a chat of this duolingo. I attended school about k-pop idol several times in the past. It was only a negative evaluation each time. By this chat, you might contribute it about Korean thing and Korean, but noticed it when it was not a place to contribute about k-pop idols such as BTS or TWICE and you must not contribute it. Therefore I deleted the contribution that I raised about BTS and TWICE. When there is a negative evaluation, after all I am hurt a little. Even if I think that there may be a person approving of and contribute it, it becomes hard to contribute it because it is only a negative evaluation. In addition, I contributed it about studying abroad. I want you to tell that you study abroad. I contributed と thought, but, as for 2, there is a negative evaluation and is puzzled about it a little. I had a one mutually reliant friend by a chat of this duolingo. The person is HARU923198. This one is the very kind one that gives advice to a contribution about my studying abroad with a site. I decided to study abroad with this one. I yet have never met, but it is a mutually reliant friend important at all for me who promise it after I graduate from a high school when I meet and is one of the supports of the heart. The story was got off for your contribution, but I wanted to talk all day, but I was reminded of it by you as well as you when not what you should do by a chat of this duolingo.

December 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jiminie.oppa

I like TWICE too :p thanks :))

December 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Staffan431948

A general advice is to use other resources besides Duolingo, like Memrise, flashcards, textbooks, K-drama, webtoons etc.

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/amplifymysound1

memrise's courses are so good.

December 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jiminie.oppa

Ah I know!!

December 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jiminie.oppa

Thanks :)

December 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RedBooknerd

agree!!! I'm a huge k-pop fan but there is a place to fangirl and this isnt it. this is a place for learning. Amino and Tumblr are great for fandoms. also for Korean look up "sweetandtastytv" and "talktomeinkorean" on youtube, they have helped me a lot.

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jiminie.oppa

I love your profile picture, is that bambam? I don't Stan other groups, just listen to their music... :) thank you

December 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jenniferiii

I agree! Even though I do love k pop, I can relate to the other people who don't care about it. It can be a little bit annoying so we should definitely tone it down here :)

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jiminie.oppa

Of course. Thanks :)

December 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/1Olivia4

You should check out the YouTube channel "JOLLY" they have both Korean and English subtitles on them, made by themselves, one of which grew up in Korea.

Also, could somebody talk about K-Pop in Korean as a loophole?

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jiminie.oppa

Thank youuuuuuu ! X

December 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Tee0349

Here's some tips for learning Korean:

  1. Find time to sit down and try to get a deeper understanding of it, rather than memorization. Learning a language means nothing if you don't really understand it.

  2. Remember that Korean is set up a little differently from English. If you took Latin in high school, this is a familiar concept. Korean is set up like "Same the ball throws." rather than "Sam throws the ball." It is a Subject-Object-Verb order. Remembering this will help.

  3. There are seven different word endings depending on who you are talking to. Fortunately, only three are commonly used today. This is informal (used mostly between close friends of similar/same age, younger people, or when trying to be disrespectful), formal (used with strangers, with an older friend even by one year, or when unsure of which to use) and very formal/proper (used with people much older than yourself or with people of higher status). This may sound intimidating but once you get used to it, it's easy to tell the difference. And when in doubt, just use the formal form.

  4. Listening to music, watching interviews of your favorite artists, or watching Korean reality type TV is really helpful. One you may have heard of, Knowing Brother (or Men On A Mission on Netflix) has helped me quite a bit because it is real natives talking fast and joking around as they normally would, rather than the enunciation of each syllable often seen in K-Dramas.

  5. There are many free Korean Language podcasts, easily accessible especially with an IPhone, that can help with your listening.

  6. Any time you have the opportunity, say it out loud. Listen to the recording on your lessons without headphones, and repeat what you hear. Go over what you know each individual word means and put the sentence together.

  7. Take notes on the things you're not 100% sure about. Many people learn things better and faster by writing them down.

  8. Finally, you have to have passion. Just liking K-Pop is not enough. You have to love learning new things and going out of your comfort zone. You have to have a real respect for Korea as a country and culture and you have to want to understand these things. This is huge motivation to learning any language. Having a genuine liking towards country and culture will truly impact how well you learn a language.

I've been studying Korean for about two and a half years now on several different platforms. Duolingo is one of my favorites. I hope this little list helps make your learning somewhat easier. Just remember that self-motivation is the key and it's important to make time to do at least one small lesson a day if you can.

Good luck! =)

EDIT: Also, remember that Korean is a very contextual language. They don't necessarily need words meaning "my" or "hers" or "theirs" because it is intended based on the context of the conversation. This can be a little complicated at times especially if this is the first language you've encountered that does this but just remember that if you keep studying, you'll get used to it and it will become easy.

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jiminie.oppa

Thank you so much!! This is so helpful :)))

December 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Staffan431948

"Find time to sit down and try to get a deeper understanding of it, rather than memorization. Learning a language means nothing if you don't really understand it."

Although research on this suggests the opposite - that you shouldn't try to understand it, but simply memorize and absorb the conventions. Duolingo is based on that research. As you may have noticed, there are no grammar lessons here (other than in the comments).

December 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/QueenHadassah

i agree. K pop made me want to learn about korea, and to learn korean; but, all bts (and a few other groups lol) did was give me interest, i had to really want to learn more. Now i acctualy care about south korea.

Thats a good idea

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jiminie.oppa

Same (:

December 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AnimisticWeirdo

ARMY: Oh, hi! You're an ARMY too! :D ME: ... a - anybody here ... a fan ... of .. E-girls? :,D

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Divyaeunhae

Could you please tell me exact meaning of forum?

May 31, 2019
Learn Korean in just 5 minutes a day. For free.