https://www.duolingo.com/McPwny

how to get actual results with your mental resources.

take a look at these and pronounce them, one by one:
브쁘 자짜 더떠 고꼬 수쑤 매 뇨 응 라 히 케 트 처 표
와 워 외 왜 웨 위
are you confident in the way you pronounced them all? it is very important that you be able to. if thats an area you want to practice go here,
the lesson is irrelevant; look at the syllables in the vocabulary list. pronounce the word and then play the audio. go through the entire list twice without making any errors.

was that too easy? now try going to any duolingo lesson and typing all the answers in korean. if you dont know any of the words hit skip and dont hover over words for hints.

too easy? now do it with your eyes closed. even if you already know the answer, listen closely to each syllable. listen carefully for the particles of each word, and listen to the order of the words. think of the meaning of each word in each sentence.

still too easy? now speak it out loud. each word of each sentence of each question. say the whole thing out loud. if you screw up try again, and again, until you get it right.

was all of that far too easy for you? thats all pretty basic stuff. now you need some words. thousands of words. heres a few.

포기하다 to give up something (1이 2를 포기하다)
쏟다 to pour or spill something (1이 2에/에게/로 3을 쏟다)
복습하다 to review something (1이 2를 복습하다)
반응하다 to react to something (1이 2에 반응하다)
바꾸다 to change something (1이 2를 3으로 바꾸다)

용감하다 to be courageous (1이 용감하다)
복잡하다 to be complex (1이 복잡하다)
간단하다 to be simple (1이 간단하다)
민감하다 to be sensitive (1이 2에 민감하다)
아리송하다 to be confusing (1이 2가 아리송하다)

기회 an opportunity, chance
외국 a foreign country
사고 an accident
이유 a reason
용기 courage

스스로 on ones own
경쟁적으로 competitively
이기적으로 selfishly
진짜 genuine, really
가짜 fake, imitation

firstly, see the particle usage for those verbs and adjectives. if you dont know how to use those words with those particles like that, you had better make it your business to find out.

get out a piece of paper and write all the words on one side, and the meaning on the other. now look at the meaning, and pronounce the korean word. keep doing it until you can recite each of the words comfortably from memory looking at only the definition.

its not so easy anymore is it? how long did it take? this is how vocabulary is established, and if you memorize 20 words a day you will have a respectable vocabulary in a matter of months.

saying individual words may not be that challenging, but conjugating words comfortably requires getting used to. recite each of these until you are comfortable.
나는 설명해요 i explain
나는 설명했어요 i explained
나는 설명해줬어요 i explained for you
나는 설명해 주려고 노력하고 있었어요 i was trying to explain for you
나는 설명하는 걸 좋아했을 거예요 i would have liked to explain

fortunately, once you learn to conjugate comfortably, you are done in that aspect.

every single thing about korean requires constant deliberate repetition, and full understanding of the meanings and usages of each of the hundreds of grammar principles.

now, repeat the whole following sentence until you can comfortably recite the whole thing without even looking at the sentence.

저는 네가 영어로 편하게 말하실 수있는 한국 사람인 걸 배웠을 때 영감을 많이 받았습니다
i was very inspired when i learned that you are a korean person who can speak english comfortably.

if you could do that all in one try easily, i commend you and you may safely ignore this whole thing.

if you feel your cranium tingle from any of the things mentioned here, thats what meaningful progress feels like. i do hope this proves useful to future students of the korean language, but frankly your success or failure makes very little difference to me. only you can do it for you.

the moral to this story is there are many angles from which you can chip away at what you dont understand or cant actualize in order to get actual results, if its hard, if it makes your head hurt- keep doing it! do it repeatedly until you master it! if anyone even tells you passive listening or consuming korean media is required or even a good use of time toward the endeavor of you learning korean, know that they are outright lying.

December 20, 2018

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/BobPancakes

Good tips!

One thing - can you define "passive listening"? For me listening is a big part of my Korean study. I download sample dialogues and listen to them religiously whenever I get the time (usually when I'm exercising or doing menial tasks). The reason being that even though my vocabulary pool is growing by the day, when I hear Koreans speak at conversational pace I sometimes struggle to make sense of what I am hearing. Listening is controlled by a completely different part of the brain than speaking and is part of the dual aspect of conversation, so I wouldn't rule it out entirely, but I do agree that it should not be the sole focus of one's study.

December 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/McPwny

watching youtube video's, listening to korean music and the like. one needs to have have the grammar, words, and practice to grasp what one hears, not vice verca. theres a false idea going around that if you consume enough media you will just start speaking korean and it appeals to peoples desires to have an "easy way"

at any rate, if all these beginner tips were no challenge to you, ive got no business telling you how to study anyways.

December 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Gray_Roze

I would say it is a great way to practice if you already have a solid grasp of the language, but only then. Nobody can become fluent just by listening to K-pop songs in the background or watching K-dramas with English subtitles turned on if they don't want to put in the effort it takes to learning Korean.

December 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Even148703

Thank you for such a great post McPwny! As a beginner, I still need to get the basics down, but I have a question: What are the forms of, "나는 설명해줬어요," "나는 설명해 주려고 노력하고 있었어요," and "나는 설명하는 걸 좋아했을 거예요" called (the three from the bottom)? 1-2 of them seem familiar, but I can't remember their names (e.g. - imperfect, past, future, conditional, etc.).

If possible, can you also suggest any sites or methods for learning the tenses and such? Thank you again for your post, it is really helpful!

January 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/McPwny

나는 설명해줬어요 i explained for you
설명하다 with 어/아주다 attached, conjugated to the past
나는 설명해 주려고 노력하고 있었어요 i was trying to explain for you
attached to 주다 is 려고 and attached to 노력하다 is 고 있다
나는 설명하는 걸 좋아했을 거예요 i would have liked to explain
었/았을 것 is a way to say "would"

the site linked in most of these grammar principles is pretty comprehensive and a good place to start.

January 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Even148703

감사합니다! I'll make sure to bookmark the website!

January 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/_LoveS1ckReal1ty

Im from korea but my sis aint good at writin korean so she does it on my account ouo

December 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/STACEYCROS4

Personal experience - everyone has their own learning curve and a way of studying that is effective for THEM. One can find reading and re-reading positive and another must break the language down to participle and past participles. Personally, speaking (by any means possible - chat rooms on various sites or computer/phone apps) is the best way to get it to stick. Learning a language on paper is not necessarily how it is spoken though it does give one a basis. There are several YouTubers that are very good.

January 15, 2019
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