April 13, 2021

10 Tips for Learning Korean

hello you so today I'm going to do a tips to learn Korean video as a foreigner learning Korean maybe some of these tips will help you guys as well my Korean is not the best my Korean is not the worst it is what it is if you're curious

about what level it's at you can have a look at my Korean channel or just harder you can be the judge yourself so anyway guys this is gonna be a long video grab a cup of tea alright number one learn to read Korean first I know this seems

really really obvious but the amount of people I meet who can't read Hangul and it's a phonetic language so it's it's a very clever the way it's written and you can learn to read it in a couple of hours as plenty of resources online as YouTube videos people

have made teaching how to pronounce the characters or the letters talk to me in Korean has a very very very good video on it which I'll put all the links to anything I talked about I'll put it in the description box when I first learned Korean I don't

think talk to me in Korean was a thing when I started but I got a friend to teach me how to read Korean and if you want to know more about how I learned Korean video here but yeah the amount of people that I meet that that when

they start learning Korean they don't learn how to read at first and Korean is such a cleverly put together language because it's phonetic career I believe has the world's highest rate of literacy because of this writing system that was it that was created talk to me in Korean

goes more into the background you can also just do like a Wikipedia search on a hunger and it will bring up the history of that because that's a whole other topic but you learn to read it first don't don't do the romanization it's some very very hard to

tell the pronunciation when you read leg 9 in Sumer so like it's it's it's good to have that as a not know I just learned to read Hangul it's gonna take you a few hours initially and then just keep practicing and it'll make all the difference to be

able to pronounce Korean and to being able to just read and write it's really in a scale of effort it's not that much effort if you're trying to learn the language you really do need to be able to ride it knowing how to pronounce characters makes everything else

so much easier but I've seen people struggling trying to ride out the romanized version and I said why why would you do that to yourself number two this one I really like because it's fun this is one of the things that I did when and I still do

today practice reading Korean not romanized practice reading Korean by listening and reading along to song lyrics and trying to sing along to song lyrics one thing I like to try and do was try and be able to sing along to rap lyrics in Korean because if you can

pronounce Korean and read along that fast then when you're reading at a normal pace it seems so much slower and so much more doable so for me especially if you're like a kpop fan or something like that reading along to the Korean lyrics in Hangul not in Rome

and I say it again so yeah read along to song lyrics number three watch Korean drama and variety shows I'm sure a lot of you would probably do this already if you're into Korean inter career in general but what I like to do is when I watch them

I don't watch a lot anymore but when I do you know if they say something on screen I tend to try and repeat it out loud which might make me look a little bit silly but it helps you kind of get into that like just listening alone is

one thing but you have to be able to say things as well so you know when someone says something that you're like oh I want to remember that for late later say it back as well the only slight problem with this can be that if you watch you

know most dramas most variety shows they tend to be more male leads there's a lot more men in variety shows there's a lot more male characters and TV shows so doing that if you're a girl you tend to sound a bit more masculine I have received that comment

maybe once or twice but I kind of sound masculine in English anyway so but yes that's something to be aware of but at the end of the day I don't really mind if I sound a bit more masculine sometimes or a bit more feminine I doesn't matter and

different people have different ways of talking which is why it's good to watch the kind of TV shows and stuff like that because when you're learning Korean in a class or even on from online resources you're only going to be learning it up a couple of people so

you're only going to be exposed to how they speak and also they'll generally talk slower for you so by watching TV shows that's Koreans you get exposed to how people would actually just talk normally so that really helps as well for ask people to correct you this is

the one thing that a lot of people don't do because people are just nice they don't want to be like hey you did this wrong when you're trying so hard to learn a language but you got to ask you got to beg people tell me when I get

something wrong they don't have to tell you every single bit but just be like let me know when I make some some mistakes because that's the only way you're gonna correct them is otherwise what happens is there's a few things that I say that are either awkward or

just grammatically incorrect and because no one corrected me I'm in the habit now of saying it and it's it's really hard to break cos up there some of them are words that I just don't think about or phrases I don't think about but I've been saying them wrong

for like five years and be open to being corrected that I think some people have this odd pride about like not wanting to not wanting to take criticism over languages and at the end of the day you're only hurting yourself if you don't want to accept that six

have many conversations in your head this sounds a little bit crazy as well but do you ever like you're just doing something mundane and you're not really thinking whether you're walking through a shopping center or you're washing the dishes or doing the laundry or cleaning or staring at

a wall doing anything in those moments try and make up scenarios in your head because we all daydream right try and do that in Korean I don't know if other people do this as well or I'm assuming other people do it as well but I would I would

try and invent scenarios in my head and I would have like mini conversations in there just to try and think of like if someone said this to me you know maybe I would answer this back it just kind of gets your mind into kind of thinking of responses

in Korean because sometimes I hear what people's problems are is that when they learn Korean they can understand but they have a hard time talking back to people some of this I think comes to like the knee-jerk reaction you know if you're speaking in your native language and

someone just says something simple to you like all the weather's really nice today you know in your native language that guy yeah so you know like I don't like this weather or whatever it may be but suddenly when you're in your second language a third language or whatever

number it is the minute someone says something very very simple sometimes you can get caught off-guard and you're like oh and then and then you get stuck in your head and you're like oh no and what do I sign you and because you understand the question it makes

it worse because you're like I know they just told me about the weather but no I don't know I didn't respond and now I look stupid because I didn't say anything back and and now 30 seconds has passed I haven't said anything still and now they think I'm

done but I actually understand I know people get caught in this spiral so if you have these knee-jerk reactions kind of on the tip of your tongue ready the rest of the conversation starts to flow because it's that initial little confidence boost and it sounds dumb but I

I think it really works so it's simple things that people would be like oh the weather's nice and you'd be like yeah it is really great and then that kind of boosts the conversation but sometimes and people get stuck on these little hurdles at the beginning it really

throws your converse your confidence for the rest of the conversation tip number seven talk to me in Korean guessing most of you guys know about this but the talk to me in Korean website is a great online resource it wasn't around when I started learning Korean at the

very very beginning but it has been for however many years now and they have all these great all of these great PDFs so all these online lessons that you can do for free and they do it in levels and the way that you know the guy who started

it has structured the lessons it's very very smart and it's I find it very easy to learn from and even to this day if I'm thinking of a particular grammar pattern that I want to know like if I if I want to be able to say in order

to do this in Korean I'll type in order to do this talk to me in Korean into Google and it usually like pops straight up with like whatever lesson that particular sentence structure was in can't recommend his website enough he also has textbooks now as well so you

know if you have the money for that you can buy the textbooks and work on them at home as well but if not there's still all these online resources he has a YouTube channel Instagram where he uploads you know like word of the day style things he's done

so much for learning Korean I can't like I know this seems like an advertisement it's not I just really like Keanu's website also on Twitter they talk to me in Korean to a Twitter account they're quite good at answering questions so if there's something you want to know

about Korean usually people will tweet them being like what is it if is between this and this and I see them answering quite a lot so that's another good way to kind of get some more information 8 apps apps apps apps again this is another thing that didn't

exist when I started learning Korean because smart phone smart phones because smart phones weren't a thing I still had a Motorola RAZR until like at least like third-year university but now there's so many good apps there's one there's one that I did a sponsor with on my on

my Korean channel before this isn't sponsored now but I quite liked it it was high native which is just why I did the sponsor in the first place I think that would have been really useful when I first started learning as well because you can go on there

and you can post questions and native speakers can answer you and you can record like voice clips and stuff and if you if you want to know more about the app you can click here that's that video that with the sponsored one but I think it's really useful

for those like little bits that you want to know when you can ask a native speaker because sometimes when you start learning Korean you might not have any Korean friends there might not be any Koreans where you live you know you just want someone native to ask to

be like is this a weird thing to say so I found it on the Internet the other one as well is the Naver dictionary it's called like Indic it's again I'll linked below there's like a website you can use your computer there's an app for your smartphone that

one is really useful because you can type in English words or Korean words and it'll come up with the opposites sometimes you know like a dictionary you do have to sometimes try and work out the word a bit more because it doesn't always translate directly but I use

end ik Naver and dick I use it daily I use it so much when I'm trying to do my subtitles I use it when people send me a text message and I don't know what the word is which is all the time ow 9 write in Korean again

sounds obvious but not everyone does it so this goes hand-in-hand with the first one which is learned to read Korean but now actually write it by that I mean some little things that you can do is just like send text messages to your other friends who are learning

Korean send them send them text messages in Korean write little mini stories by yourself like I used to just write things in my notebooks little sentences in Korean too trying to try and practice and get yourself Korean keyboard stickers or you can get these plastic covers for MacBook

keyboards that have the Korean characters on them because when I first started learning Korean I didn't know where all the the keys were on the keyboard so install a Korean keyboard in your on your computer it's it's really easy you can juggle it whether you've got like a

Mac or an iPad and that way you can type in Korean on your computer too if you don't like handwriting because I do so much typing in Korean with subtitles and things now I don't even need to see the stickers of where they are just you know you

just end up memorizing them pretty quickly but you can buy stickers that you physically put on or like things to cover your whole keyboard and that really really helps and the more you type the easier it gets and it helps with like spelling and things like that and

and it makes you get better cuz when you're speaking you can mumble a bit or you can say the wrong grammar pattern but when you write it down it's really obvious if it's incorrect so you have to put more effort in so I think that's really important too

and ten go to Korea now I know this doesn't apply to everyone financially and for that you know I completely understand don't feel like like you have to go obviously but I say this with the assumption that if you're learning Korean you probably do have a wish to

go there in the future I think it's very important to try and go there on exchange and live there for a while because as much as you can learn in your home country if you're not kind of surrounded by the Korean language it is very very hard to

get to a certain level with it so for me I got a part-time job at a Chinese takeaway for two years and I worked two years there while I was that you need to save up money to go on exchange again I do live in Australia so even

though it was a hourly rate because I was only 17 it's still higher than other countries and I was lucky to be living at home to save up for that so I do understand it's not I do understand that not everyone can do that financially but if you

have the means I think it's really really beneficial to go to Korea whether it's on holiday or whether it's on exchange the minute I went on exchange my korean level went like this just because you get forced to speak Korean and bonus tip number 11 is ask when

you don't know what something means I cannot stress this enough I know so many people who were too shy or too proud to ask what something means when they don't know so the conversation goes a little like this someone says something in Korean and they go oh yeah

yeah sure of course and then later on they go I don't know what that person said instead all you have to do is person says something you don't understand you go oh sorry what does that mean or kugel Lucinda she was in this year so me on the

house is Sarah and sometimes that means you get up the ending app the Naver app and you both type the word in in in there and then you find out what it means don't be proud you know if you don't know what it's okay to say you don't

know what you know it's just like impressive that you're trying even most people have no issue with explaining what they mean is it just to generalize completely I think most Koreans are really lovely about foreigners learning Korean so ask a lot of questions and don't be afraid to

just talk I figure I'm gonna make mistakes anyway whether or not I worry so I may as well just talk make the mistakes get people to correct me and then try and make less in the future I know that's may be a very relaxed attitude to go to

it but what's the point in stressing over learning a language it should be something fun it should be something that you enjoy you know you should want to ask people new words and and what what words mean it should excite you to be like I don't know that

word that's a new word I know now you know write them down when you want to I feel like this is going to turn into like a five hour video so I'm gonna stop here if you want more tips let me know and I'll make a part two

and I think I should wrap this up quickly because it's probably gonna I can see I've been recording for a very very very long time yeah let me let me know if you guys have any other tips for learning languages that I didn't include because there's so many

and different things work for different people as well these are just what worked personally for me let me know oh it was loud let me know if there's anything else you want me to make a video on whether it's on the topic of learning languages or Korea alright

I will see you guys tomorrow okay see you tomorrow

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