Welcome to My Korean
Notebook- your daily dose of Korean language. I have been learning Korean
for a couple of years now and it’s very frustrating how I can’t speak the language
while it’s easier to write and understand people speak it, though still not
perfectly. Then I realized, perhaps I should step up and find out what is wrong
with my way of learning.
Just like you, I am learning it myself and I rely hugely on
grammar books, blogs, and video channels. Most of them focus more on translation
and less on nuance which is one of the reasons why we struggle. English is a
language of message while Korean is a language of nuance. What is true to English
may not be true to Korean, and vice-versa. Korean has a lot of verb connectors
and endings that completely change the meaning of a sentence. Hence, it is very
important to analyze patterns by paring them with another. You’ll see the
diversity and beauty of Korean language.
Vocabulary is also different and particles play a huge role
in a sentence. Verbs are very important in Korean that a sentence may consist
of a verb alone. Instead of words, learn verbal phrases that include nouns and
particles such as 을/를, 이/가,(으)로, etc. Lastly, learn Korean as if you are a Korean
and try to understand the language more through your native language.