Kind of stuck on approach; need more resources and exact things to focus on learning
I've been trying to expand my Korean vocabulary outside of using Duolingo by taking kpop song lyrics and going into a notebook and translating each individual word (It works, but, it's quite time consuming!) So, I think I am going to ask here for advice on what else I can do.
I've read that watching familiar shows and movies but dubbed in the language you're trying to learn can help with learning it. I have it set for me to watch the Korean dub of my favorite cartoon, just need to actually get to be able to.
But, what else can I do? That is what I am primarily stuck on figuring out.
And as I also state, I am not too sure what I should focus on learning. So some help with various pointers on stuff I should get to learning would be great!
You should go onto Talktomeinkorean.com its free to make an account and learn the lessons. They allow you to test to see what level you are at and also on the lessons at the end there is an audio file and it's the owners of the website who are korean so thats great so you are learning from a native speaker and they tell you what situations and conversations to use it in and examples. If you are willing to spend some bucks they also sell amazing korean practice books. I have some myself. Good luck!
I wouldn't expand beyond your Duolingo tree until you've at least gone through the tree to the bottom. I'm not saying to wait until you've got five crowns and 100% strength on every skill. But your method is like picking up a dictionary and turning to a random page.
If you must do something other than Duolingo for building up your vocabulary, do another course at the same time. The vocabulary won't be identical, but it'll also be aimed at beginners.
I might be rushing my language-learning but I want more options along side Duolingo, that's all. :)
what I have done is watched K-Dramas in Korean on Netflix with English subtitles. I can identify some words so I barely read them I just glance at them.
I've bought a LonelyPlanet phrase book which goes through some vocabularly.
TalkToMeInKorean is another resource I use.
I've found turning the audio off in Duolingo on practises helps a lot with learning vocabulary.
Also watching Korean Youtubers who don't put subtitles into their videos