This is my first impression of 288 page Korean language textbook Sungkyun Korean 1 Vocabulary • Grammar which, as I mentioned in the previous post, I ordered for the most ridiculous reason. After I have used it for a while I will write a full review. UPDATE: I am finished with the textbook and have… Continue reading “Sungkyun Korean 1” Textbook First Impression
I ordered a new Korean textbook. Based my choice on nothing other than the picture on the cover. I think this is the first time I bought something without researching it first. I'm usually petrified I'll make the wrong choice, but I also enjoy the process of choosing. Those two factors are reasons why I… Continue reading I ordered new Korean textbook for beginners
Is it even possible to practice speaking Korean without native Korean speakers? With the help of technology, of course it is! Many people who are learning Korean don't live in Korea and don't have native speakers to practice with. I'm even worse. Not only do I not know any Koreans who I could talk to,… Continue reading How to practice speaking Korean when you don’t have Korean friends
To learn correct Korean pronunciation: Learn the basic rules of Korean pronunciation (e.g. from a textbook that focuses just on pronunciation) Use Naver to learn the pronunciation of specific words (those which are not covered by basic rules) Use Korean Standard Pronunciation Converter to check the pronunciation of longer strings of Korean words and even whole… Continue reading How to learn correct Korean pronunciation with these 3 tools
If you're self-studying a language how can you be sure you're ready to move on to the next level language textbook? When you're taking language classes your pace is dictated by the syllabus, by the teacher, by the level of other students, and by the number of classes per week. But what about when you're… Continue reading How do you know you’re done with a textbook when self-studying a language?
There are many Korean Tumblr blogs (I'm on Tumblr too!), Twitter accounts, apps and widgets, even e-mail lists, which present learners with one Korean word of the day. The idea is simple: you subscribe or follow them, each day they publish one Korean word with translation, and you learn it. I don't think there's anything particularly… Continue reading I was wrong about “Korean word of the day”
This is the beginning. Not the beginning of my Korean learning journey, but the beginning of trying to chronicle it and share my triumphs and defeats. Many many defeats. This is a Korean self study blog with a twist. The twist? I can never sit down at a desk to study. Let me explain. I… Continue reading Learning Korean on my own – The Beginning