Ways to Learn a Language Quicker?
I've been learning Korean on Duolingo for about 3 months now. I haven't really been keeping track or keeping a streak, so I'm not entirely sure. Anyways, I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how I would be able to learn Korean faster. I also would like to work on my pronunciation and reading speed.
I don't think there's a perfect guide to learn a language since each one of us it's different, some learn visually, others by listening, etc., so it entirely depends on you and what you're interested in. I learned English doing what I liked, this is, listening to music or watching TV programs and movies while I translated some words and then made a "meaning" by myself, that made things easier because I would learn the natives' real pronunciation and which expressions they used to communicate. In the case of Korean, I learned in a different way, maybe a more "complete" way, of course my interest was mainly based on K-pop and TV shows, step by step I got used to some words and that's how you begin...
To be honest, I'm practicing the Korean course in Duolingo, but even with the knowledge I already have, it's quite confusing to me! If I were starting from zero I would have been lost since Lesson 1. I first learned the Hangeul and did not move from there until I completely learned it. Then, I went to another page where they teach you more about the country and its history with some lessons teaching you how to do easy sentences and the most used verbs which really helped me a lot back then even though it can be too much at first to understand. Oh! and some advice I give you, it would probably help you better to actually learn like you are in a class, this is actually writing down everything over and over again until it penetrates in your mind XD. Finally, I've been getting more vocabulary and "knowledge" watching TV shows and listening to music, you will start to understand some words and according to the situation you will begin to understand, though it might be better to start with the music and dramas (because they speak in a more slower way which it can help you to get used to some words and pronunciation), and when you get the idea you may go to immerse into some variety shows you like, that will help you a lot to improve a little faster because you actually get to hear how they use the language in real life (and the variety of dialects they have). Also, since my native language is not English, I tend to put my subtitles in English because that I way I get to practice both languages, and I don't know why but somehow I think my brain gets into a "learning mode" that way and it's easier to learn the second language, Korean in this case, I don't know if you know what I mean, so if you have another language you know enough to do this, it could help you. That's how I've learned, I'm not sure if it will help you that much, but it's what I've experienced with the language, it's not an easy nor a fast path, but you'll reach your goal!
Whatever the case, I'm here if you need any help! :)
you just have to literally practice those things. your going to need to learn words and grammar before reading, and your going to have to practice speaking out loud a fricc ton.
it all depends on how many hours you spend studying each day and how hard you pursue it. no amount of planting yourself in front of a korean TV really helps.
I am afraid there is no reliable method to learn languages quicker. You simply need to put those hours in before you emerge speaking fluently.
Note, the following is my personal experience. While this works for me, it may not for you, but I guarantee it'll help.
Learning a foreign language is a labor of love. The quickest way to learn a language is through immersion combined with diligent study. The best thing you can do for yourself is to maximize input and experiment with the output. Learning the language and being able to speak it colloquially are two ENTIRELY different things, and if you dedicate yourself to one or the other you'll be doing yourself a disservice. In my experience, studying Japanese for four years in uni stood helplessly in the face of 'real' native Japanese where formality is often times dropped/changed, different vocabulary and dialects are at play, and stiff textbook Japanese made me sound like a robot at times. By hearing what conversational Japanese actually sounded like, I was able to train my ear to understand people and adapt my textbook Japanese to become natural. Work your listening skills. In the real world, there are no subtitles in a conversation and listening is the fastest way to notice trends in vocabulary and grammar. Being able to absorb and process the information quickly and effectively is the first step to learning a language fluently and getting to conversation level.
Tl;dr - Expose yourself to as much Korean as possible (interviews, books, films, shows, music) WITHOUT subtitles at first. See what you can gather, then move to the study room and parse it out in depth. Learn how to apply the basics/adapt them to real Korean, constantly experimenting and gathering as much useful vocabulary as you can.