https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShineDreamSmile

I am having trouble learning Korean. Please help...?

I have done the alphabet and the basics 3 times each and I still don't understand how to remember each word of Korean translated to English. I still try my hardest to continue and strive to get through a lesson without clicking the Hangul for the English translation. Can someone give me tips on how to understand better? Thank you, or shall I say "고맙습니다."

June 9, 2019

15 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NamjoonStan

I write every word down on a piece of paper, English on the left side and Korean on the right side. I've found that having this to look back on when I'm not taking tests has really helped to improve my learning experience.

I also wrote the Korean alphabet on a piece of paper, which helped me to memorize what sound each letter makes. My advice would basically be to write stuff down and look back on it, also listen to the pronunciation of words and phrases over and over until you can say it yourself without listening to it. Also whenever you see something which you've learned the word for, point at it and say it aloud. I do this with my own dogs, the pencils I have at my desk, the mountains that surround my village and just about everything else. Repetition is key when learning a language.

June 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Coffee.Lover

I agree with you ! I also found very useful to understand the basic grammar of the language, since it is very different from the one in English or French. To write down and repeat is indeed the best method, it helps to recognize the words afterwards !

June 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yeonjunpanda

Yes I do the same. It helps me a lot, cause then I can look over them whenever, and memorize them.

June 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JISELLEMKM

It helps to write down what you learn after you finish because not only does writting improve memory, but it can help you improve your long term memory if you can remember a word after you have finished the lesson.

June 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShineDreamSmile

I have written down the alphabet. But you make a good point to write down what I have learned, too.

June 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShineDreamSmile

Ah yes, I'm used to repetition because of playing violin. Thank you, as of now I am writing down the korean alphabet again.

June 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rick.C-137

Hello ShineDreamSmile, Yes, relying too much on one of those automated translation services - be it google, Duolingo, etc. - can definitely impede your progress. Though it may be useful for a short-term progress, if you find yourself going for that "translate" button without a second of hesitation, try beforehand to come up with an educated guess or better yet, take a wild guess to figure out what those words mean. Really, going straight to your dictionary or translator may save you a ton of time but in the long run, it may make you too dependent on them. Don't get me wrong, they can be and surely are useful and valuable tools to have around but if your goal is to be more fluent in Korean (or whatever languages for that matter), be able to communicate in it, and ultimately be comfortable using it, do embrace the daily grind and even the very uncertainty of not understanding every single word or expression. Just as many great tips and advices that are already available on the web and this forum suggest, do familiarize yourself with the language on a day-to-day basis: listen to more Korean, read more Korean, and speak more Korean. I assume you are taking your very first step to learning Korean, and that being said, it would really help to solidify your understanding on how different consonants and vowels sound, learn some basic, really fundamental words (you could use those Korean equivalents of Itsy Bitsy Spider, Hickory Dickory Dock and other nursery rhymes available on Youtube and other websites. Seriously, music and songs do wonders). Just like how you'd study any langauges, start with easy, simple words, such as "apple, orange, mother, father, etc". Take a deep breathe, take it slow, and enjoy the process!

June 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShineDreamSmile

Thank you, Rick.C-137. I have friends that are Korean and maybe talking to them in Korean would help both me and them.

June 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rick.C-137

Oh definitely ShineDreamSmile :) You are on the right track. The only thing left for you to do is just to enjoy the process! :D

June 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sagelily

I have also found that using children's books are helpful because you have the word in Hangul and a picture of what that word means. When you learned your native tongue for the first time as a child you most likely read many picture books, yes? Same idea. Having the picture helps you to draw a more natural connection in your mind. Some of the Tiny Card Decks have pictures too. I personally like the "My first Bilingual Book" series in English and Hangul. They have many books in the series such as fruits, colors, jobs, manners, etc. The books are not very expensive.

June 12, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShineDreamSmile

I took NamjoonStan's advice and wrote down everything I learned, English on the left and Hangul on the right. I'm challenging myself by saying I have to read it without a translator. It's helping a lot. Thank you for all of your help!

June 12, 2019

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    listen to kpop and watch k dramas

    June 19, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SHERYCE12

    watch kdramas with the subtitles on. Maybe it would help.

    June 20, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShineDreamSmile

    I already listen to quite a lot of K-pop. It has helped, however, it is not a very effective learning resource in my dictionary. Writing down all the Korean I have learned has also helped me read Korean quicker. I believe writing it all down to use repeatedly is efficient for my learning.

    June 20, 2019
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