A month has passed.
I've been learning Korean every day for around a month now. Normally i pick things up rather quick, but I'm really having difficulties. I'm only at food/pronous at the moment and i feel like im learning really slow for all the effort I'm putting in. I do level most skills to around level 3. I, also, write every new word that i learn down on a piece of paper. Furthermore, I do practice with writing, hearing and reading. I'm still excited and motivated to learn more, though!
Any tips for me?
just keep going i guess. consider typing in korean, listening closely to the words and particles, speaking the answers out loud; and when you feel familiar with it, go find an external source of grammar to start actually learning korean.
was there something specific you had in mind?
With grammar from other sites, I always find it hard to get through. I started with Howtostudykorean.com and could barely make it to the 8th lesson. The basics that were taught there, I easily learned through Duolingo. In no way am I saying external grammar sources are bad, I just had a lot of trouble with it( probably because I wasn’t used to it)
How did you get through it?
just with a lot of practice. howtostudykorean is pretty tame and beginner-friendly. after about 100 lessons on that site i moved forward with independent grammar studies, but started out just like that guy. the writing, listening, reading thing.
I've tried typing, but got fed up since I don't know where every character is placed. Did you buy stickers, printed a piece of paper out or something like that?
What external grammar sources do you recommend and what do you mean if I had something specific in mind?
Thank you for your time!
keyboard stickers. they are about 5$. no big deal.
ill recommend the howtostudykorean site mentioned before, it will run you through all the basic grammar when you are good and ready.
but yeah. practicing writing, listening, and reading just like that is a good way to go about it. i dont know what i could possibly add to that.
Don’t get frustrated if you don’t get things right away. With enough repetition it will become so much easier over time and you are already doing that! So there is nothing in your way :)
Thank you :)
Do you write everything new down too? I'm not sure if this is really efficient.
Yes, I do it once so I can remember it better. Later on it is very useful for gramma revision. To really understand it, though, writing down the grammar point is not enough. So this is why Duolingo is such a nice, additional tool to practice and make the knowledge stick.
Push through and keep going even if it feels like you are totally lost. I've had my days where im totally lost and i dont want to keep going but i do. I'm on day 62 of studying korean, I eventually figure out what i'm confused about and its worth it! Memrise is a good source for korean flashcards which helps.
I make myself study korean for at minimum a hour a day lol. There is also a app called lingodeer that i'm finding very helpful
ill just throw out here a lot of people swear by "anki" for flashcards. i did try memrise once; it was okay but i didnt think itd be good in the long run.
Just tried out Anki, really like it! Enjoy it way more than Memrise. Thank you!
Take it easy I guess, I've been here for more than two months and I'm not that advanced, but there is no rush in my opinion.
I also use outside sources to strengthen what I've learned so far
Persistence is the best tip. Keep going. Learning Korean is really hard. Unless you're a genius or you're put in a situation where you're forced to communicate in Korean all day every day, you're not going to make much progress in just a month. You just need to keep reviewing what you've learned and don't be too worried about how slow you're learning. Even if you only learn one word a day it's still one more word than you knew yesterday. Language acquisition is a marathon, not a sprint.