If there’s one thing the whole kpop fandom can agree on is how terrible is exp’s debut. Honestly they can’t even pronounce Korean and for how long did they train? ALL kpop idols suffered through so much to debut. This is so unfair to all those who worked hard to debut. I tried to watch the mv with no prejudice but I am sorry the only thing I could think about was “NO.”
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외국인 vs. 외국 사람
책방 vs. 서점
일하다 vs. 직장
숙제 vs. 과제
학교 vs. 학원
응답하다 vs. 대답하다
심지어 vs. 게다가
가격, 값 and 비용
수다 and 수다를 떨다
감사합니다, 고마워, and 고맙다.
한국어 vs. 한국말
아마 vs. 어쩌면
아니요 vs. 아니야
지금 vs. 이제
위성 vs. 달
이거 vs. 이게
항상 vs. 늘
자백 vs. 고백
평소 vs. 보통
오전 vs. 아침
어쩌면, 아무래도, and 아마
1등 vs. 1위
아니에요 vs. 천만에요
원하다 vs. 싶다
부인 vs. 아내
미안하다 vs 죄송하다
뭐 vs 무슨
친절 vs 친절하다 vs 친절한
창피 vs 민망
(-았/었어요) vs (-고 있어요)
있면 vs 있다면
당신은 vs 너는
명 vs 분
너무, 진짜 and 아주
유방 vs 가슴
서운하다 vs 슬프다
Bright and Dark Vowels
Particles 은/는 and 이/가
을/를 Object Marking Particles
이다 (To be)
아니다 (To not be)
~(으)ㄹ수록 [~(으)면 ~(으)ㄹ수록] (The more… the more…)
~ㄹ/을 계획 (To have plans to…)
잘/못 하다 (to be good/bad at something)
Particles: 에게/함테/께 and 에게서/한테서
Particles 에서 and 에
~(으)ㄴ/는 편이다 (Stating characteristics)
Expressing desire to possess a noun ~고 싶어요
Pronouns in Korean: I, me, my, mine
지 and the ~는 것 principle
~아/어/여야 되다 or ~아/어/여야 하다 (to have to)
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Greetings on the phone?
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Korean Sentence Structure
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What do stressed syllables mean in Korean?
네 as 네 or as 니?
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고민: One’s worries
What does 왜그래 mean?
ㄹ sounding as L and R?
Resources for learning about culture?
Thoughts on TTMIK?
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Hangul characters and syllables explanation
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Hangul character names and alphabetical order
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What does 주룩 mean?
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가재는 게 편이라
개미 구멍으로 둑도 무너진다
가는 말이 고와야 오는 말이 곱다
거지도 부지런하면 더운 밥 얻어 먹는다
가려운 곳을 긁어 주다
거미 새끼같이 흩어진다
가랑비에 옷 젖는 줄 모른다
개천에서 용 난다
공자 앞에서 문자 쓴다
곧은 나무 먼저 찍힌다
고양이에게 생선을 맡기다
선무당이 사람 잡는다
천 리 길도 한 걸음부터
작은 고추가 맵다
잠을 자야 꿈을 꾸지
원숭이도 나무에서 떨어진다
돌다리도 두드려 보고 건너라
달도 차면 기운다
빛 좋은 개살구
말을 씹다 or 문자를 씹다
”내 맘에 깊이 가득 차버린 공허한 세상 나를 구해줘” Reset - Tiger JK
“이 끝이 없는 미로 속에서 어서 날 꺼내줘” Love is not over (full version) - BTS
“난 숨쉬고 싶어 이 밤이 싫어 이젠 깨고 싶어 꿈속이 싫어” Save me - BTS
“난 꿈이 있어요 그 꿈을 믿어요 나를 지켜봐요” A Goose’s Dream - InSoo
“다시 run run run 난 멈출 수가 없어 또 run run run 난 어쩔 수가 없어” Run - BTS
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How long have you been studying Korean?
Honestly, not long! I’ve only been dabbling in the language since late October 2015.
Do you self study?
Yes. I try to dedicate at least four hours a week into learning grammar and vocabulary.
What is your native language?
My mother tongue is English!
What is your name?
Most people call me Elle (pronounced Ellie)! My real name is Emily.
Will you add audio to your study cards?
I did consider making audio for the pronunciation, however I came to the conclusion that the quantity of vocabulary I’m supplying each week is already being juggled on top of university work. So making videos or audio would only increase the work and provide difficult to keep up. Although, I’m not completely dismissing the idea, so I’ll see what happens!
Will you add romanisation to you study cards?
I personally don’t think that romanisation is necessary, and quite often, it seems to be that learners can find it restrictive. This is mainly due to the fact that it can actually inhibit proper pronunciation and hinder reading fluency. Romanisation also has the habit of contradicting advanced pronunciation rules, and for these reasons, I don’t like to include it. I also had an open discussion with most of you about adding it - and it seems that a majority would dislike me to include romanisation. I apologise for the inconvenience.
Am I allowed to save the study card you’ve made?
Of course. That’s why I make them! ;) However, I do not allow the re-uploading of any of my flashcards without first asking permission. I put time and effort into these study cards, and it’s upsetting to see my work posted without proper credit.
Why did you start learning Korean?
I love language, and have dabbled in many! I decided to learn a language completely different to anything I’ve learnt before, so I picked Korean randomly. I fell in love with it, and from there I’ve found a secret passion for Korean drama!
What other languages have you studied/know?
I have studied German, French, Russian, Japanese, and have recently just started to learn Danish. Although, Korean has been the most fun!
<b></b> Have you ever thought how to really pronounce got7's name like a Korean? Well I do.<p/><b></b> This might be a little confusing but I would do my best to help you out.<p/><b>(Note:</b> this is the KOREAN WAY of pronouncing their name)<p/><b>Got7:</b> 갓세븐. Instead of pronouncing it as Got7, you should pronounce it as Gas-Se-Bun.<p/><b>Mark:</b> 마크. Since Mark's name is pronounced in Korean, it might be quite hard but not that much. Instead of pronouncing it as Mark, you should pronounce it as Ma-keu.<p/><b>Jaebum:</b> 재범. This might be have to those who have accents, but I'll try to help you out. Instead of pronouncing it as Jay-bum (as I hear some do), you should pronouns it as Je-Bum. Like do not mind the A in the jAe.<p/><b>Jackson:</b> 잨손. It is just pronounced as Jackson tbh. Just note that the K must not be not that strong.<p/><b>Jinyoung:</b> 진영. This is not confusing to be honest, since I think even people with accents can pronounce this cutely. First, the JIN in the JINYOUNG is pronounced as it is, but the YOUNG in the JINYOUNG IS not pronounced as young, but yong.<p/><b>Youngjae:</b> 영재. Since I told you already how to pronounce JAEBUM AND JINYOUNG, it would be easier. Pronounce Youngjae as yong-je and your cool<p/><b>Bambam:</b> 뱀뱀. This is the easiest so far. Just BAM-BAM and your done.<p/><b>Yugyeom :</b> 유겸. This is a triky one, since it is written as Yu-Gyeom. But the correct way to pronounce it is actually Yu-Kyeom. You might hear Jackson or Bambam call Yugyeom, Yu-Gyeom. I think either way is fine tbh. *someone told me that Yugyeom should be pronounced as YU-GYEOM so please do it guys <p/><b></b> (That's it. Just ask me if iu want to learn other band too. ヽ(´▽｀)/)<p/></p>
Author: Ellie Word count: 1171 Prompt: hello~ could u please do a really fluffy changgu soulmate au?? the kind where ur first words to each other are tattooed on each others wrists if u know what i mean,, thank u!!! ٩(๑❛ᴗ❛๑)۶
Notes: I don’t have a damn clue what the streets of Seoul smell like. I just know that there’s street food and shitty air.
You’d never been to South Korea before. It was an entirely new and disorientating place to be, with almost everything in a foreign language. The air was different, filled with the smell of street vendors’ food and car smoke, and the world was awash with neon signs, tall grey buildings and bustling clusters of people, a far cry from the crisp air and clear streets of your hometown.
Here, you stood in the middle of Seoul, completely alone. You were supposed to meet your old school friend Yeonjung at her apartment, where you would stay for your two-week holiday. She’d moved back to Korea three years ago, though you’d stayed in touch, and she offered to be your guide when you came over.
Yeonjung was supposed to meet you here, but had cancelled via text just as you’d arrived, due to an emergency she hadn’t explained. She’d then given you her address and told you which train to take, but had forgotten to give you actual instructions on how to get there. And so now you were stuck in the middle of nothing familiar, with only 12,000 won in your pocket, an English/Korean guidebook and no idea how to pronounce anything. Steeling your nerves, you flipped through the guidebook and prepared to ask complete strangers for directions.
1. Learn Hangul. Your first step should be to try to learn the alphabet and the pronunciation. If you don’t know the alphabet, you won’t be able to learn the language. Pronunciation depends on specific letters and letter placements that you can’t understand without knowing the alphabet/how to write. Romanization will rarely, if ever, give you a good idea of how the word is spelled/pronounced in Korean. There are two main systems of romanization of Korean used in language learning resources, and neither are perfect. Also, most people use a combination of the two. If you see “ku” romanized, it could potentially mean 쿠, 크, 커, 구, 그, or 거. Six different things. It’s much simpler to learn the alphabet than to learn vocabulary in English letters but learn the wrong word or a nonexistent word.
2. Try not to use romanizations. On the subject of romanization, I recommend that as soon as you know the alphabet well, you try to cut all romanization out of your learning experience. If you continue to read romanization, your mental image of words will be in English letters, not Hangul, which will interfere with spelling/reading/writing. I personally stopped reading anything romanized (books, song lyrics, vocabulary, etc.) a couple of years ago, and my literacy improved a lot. My reading got faster, and it was easier to recognize words. It is difficult to find books that don’t use any romanization, but I think it’s worth it. It’s a more direct way to learn, and you’ll improve faster and understand more if you are seeing everything in Hangul. Another example: Korean has a lot of roots from Chinese, and eventually, this can help you guess the meaning of a word you don’t know. It would be way more difficult to recognize these roots if you are using romanization. Bottom line: it’s better not to use romanization unless you need it. If you know Hangul, you won’t need it. And you can’t learn the language without learning Hangul. So it’s better to stop using romanization sooner rather than later.
3. Find someone to practice with. Even if you have learned a lot of vocabulary or grammar patterns, learning on your own might mean that putting together what you know or being able to access your knowledge quickly (like in conversation) is difficult. If there are no Korean classes available at your school/learning institution, check to see if there are any Korean churches in your area. Most Korean churches offer language classes on Sundays for a small fee (or sometimes for free). It’s a good opportunity to learn and practice with native speakers in a welcoming environment. You could also look for a conversation partner for language exchange- find someone who speaks Korean and wants to learn your native language, and help each other out.You can also find someone to practice writing and conversation with on apps such as HelloTalk. Just be careful when talking to strangers.
4. Read out loud. Reading is a really good way to practice, and reading out loud will help you improve pronunciation and cadence. Also, seeing the words as you say them will help you remember them better.
5. Write down what you’re learning by hand. This can be easy to forget when so much language learning information is online, but studies have shown that writing a word by hand puts it in your memory in a way that typing does not (after all, pressing a button while typing does not involve actually making the individual characters by hand).If you learn new vocabulary, write it down by hand or try to create example sentences. If you learn a new grammar rule, try to use it in a sentence by hand. If you are still a beginner and are unable to make many sentences yet, just write down the Korean word and its English equivalent over and over while reading them out loud to cement them in your memory.
-First things first, THEY ARE ALL EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL IN REAL LIFE. PICTURES AND VIDEOS DO NOT DO THEM JUSTICE!
-So I met with a few people I’ve been talking too in a group chat and they were all so nice and I’m glad we all met each other^_^
-The concert was supposed to start at 7:30 but they didn’t even let us in until 7:15-20. The concert actually started at 8:30.
-The merch line was long so I didn’t even attempt (also because I couldn’t afford a 100 dollar shirt)
-The opening of the concert was full of screams. We were all hyped for. Also every time yixing showed up on a vcr (he wasn’t there if you didn’t know) the screams were deafening.
-Baekhyun’s solo dance for the Monster remix is even better in real life.
Highlight of the concert: Everyone screamed “Chogiwa!” during Chanyeol’s part in Wolf. Chogiwa will never die.
-Suho spoke a lot of English and in complete full sentences. You can tell he practiced a lot just for us:’)
-Sehun really does have broad shoulders o_o
-Kai, for whatever reason, talked about how amazed at how big CVS (which he called CVC) and how big the pills in the States were. He said it was hard to swallow (yeah I’m not making this up) The others talked about pretty normal things about how they spent their day in time square.
-During the acoustic session, Kai forgot his lines during Love Love Love and D.O. forgot to hold the microphone for Chanyeol lol.
-Xiumin showed us how he dances in the shower. Baekhyun called all of us out for dancing alone at home lol.
-They sung “I believe I can fly” and my soul flew away from the vocals
-I saw Kai body rolls in real life and survived somehow.
-Do it together is even more lit live
-All their vocals were on point. Chen sounded like he ate EXO’s CDs for breakfast. Like seriously you need to hear them sing live in person, they are so amazing.
Hi! How did you get started on learning korean? :) I want to teach myself but I kinda don't know how (and I don't want to spend any money 😅)
Hi there! I was inspired by my love of kpop to start learning. Here’s what I did (for free)!
READING | HANGUL
Dedicate your entire soul and being into learning Hangul. Master it. It’s much easier than you think; there are only 24 characters that you need to learn how to pronounce. I’ll go into more detail on how I mastered it later in this post!
COMPLETELY ABANDON ROMANIZATION. Once you learn Hangul, read Korean words in HANGUL. Abandoning Romanization will make your pronunciation better because it’ll fight your English speaking and pronunciation habits, as well as help you remember and practice the Hangul pronunciation and characters you learned.
I learned Hangul through YouTube and I h i g h l y suggest you do too!
Koreanclass101′s Hangul series was wicked for learning all of the 24 basic consonants and vowels. The lessons were almost too easy to understand, and you even learn a couple words as you go along, slowly building your vocabulary!
After learning Hangul through them, I watched their mini series on pronunciation as well! I recommend watching and taking notes on these videos as well, they gave me some really great tips that has made my Korean so much better.
Hangul Quiz Free for iPhone/iPad was the app I used to practice my Hangul after I watched Koreanclass101 and sweetandtasty’s videos on Hangul, dipthongs, and double consonants. It’s a really simple quiz app that gives you a character in Korean and gives you four possible options in Romanization/English to answer with. I loved it, it came in handy when I had nothing to do and helped practice reading and recognizing Hangul. I think it’s what helped me read at a medium pace today!
KDrama Talk is another great app for simple and common phrases, but it’s more effective if you take the time to make flashcards out of the words/phrases. I also believe there’s a quiz feature, but I didn’t have the app for that long to know.
GRAMMAR / VOCABULARY
I found this PDF called Korean From Zero thanks to thestudyzone that I swear by. It’s brilliant! It walks you through Hangul at the beginning, and then goes into simple phrases and grammar lessons. This book is the best thing that happened to me and my Korean, it taught me things about Korean pronunciation and grammar I would’ve never learned without maybe a teacher or native speaker (both of which I don’t have). I recommend you download, read, and take notes on it because it is seriously such an incredible tool for beginners. AND IT’S FREE. I CRY.
I also downloaded My Korean 1 and 2 but I haven’t dived too deep into those yet, but so far I think they’ll be very helpful!
Howtostudykorean.com is absolutely amazing! This site also walks you through Korean, pronunciation, and tips on learning in the first unit, then goes into grammar and vocabulary! I love this site because it attaches audio files so you can hear what the syllables/words should sound like when you say them. The lessons are easy to understand, you can download PDF notes or take your own, and they give incredible tips, I definitely recommend!
Also, just searching korean study tips helped me a lot! I watch common mistakes videos as well so I don’t make them myself (although mistakes are just fine when learning a new language!) Specifically, these two videos stuck with me!
I track the tags “Hangul” and “Korean language” here on tumblr to get any information I can. In addition, I follow a few blogs dedicated to the Korean language to expose myself to more vocabulary/grammar rules.
WRITING / TYPING
I installed the Korean keyboard on my phone and laptop to practice typing, because realistically I’m going to be typing Korean more so than writing it once I’m more fluent.
I have this picture bookmarked so when I’m typing on my computer in Korean, I can have the window I’m typing in up on one half of my computer and this on the other. I haven’t quite memorized the keyboard yet, so I have to rely on the picture still!
I signed up for Koreanclass101.com’s word of the day and every morning I read it and try and remember it throughout the day! It’s a really good way to slowly build vocabulary. I make a flashcard deck for each month, which helps because I’m learning the vocab, writing in Hangul, and speaking the words when I practice.
I’m not going to assume you know about kpop/like it just because you want to learn Korean, but I’d suggest giving it a go! K-Dramas as well; try and drown yourself in hearing Korean to get used to how they pronounce things and try and recognize words.
Also, you can practice reading the subtitles/titles in Hangul! Though you might not know what the words mean, it’ll help you get better at pronouncing the words and reading them faster.
It helps a lot if you have someone in real life to talk to in Korean! If you don’t, try and translate words out loud whenever you recognize one (For example, I always say 진짜 (really), 아이고 (omg/oh dear!), 네 (yes), and touch my head or hair and say 머리 (head/hair) just to practice speaking. I’ll even see a rainbow in the sky and blurt out 무지개 (rainbow) just because I know the word and can remember and apply it.) Also, you can write to me on here and practice writing/typing, and read your messages and mind out loud to practice reading and speaking!
This turned into a master post so quick, omg (아이고)! I hoped this helped you though! Best of luck to you and your Korean journey!
Do you have any tips on learning Korean/Japanese xx
Well, I just started learning them a few weeks ago, so I don’t really know a lot. But a tip that I can give you is - don’t rely solely on the romanization when you’re learning how to pronounce words, because in Korean there are a lot of different sounds that we don’t have in English so it’d kind of hard for romanization to describe them exactly.
I actually don’t quite know either. I pronounce it as free-woo-d but idk how other people do it; I can tell you what I know about his name the best I could though! Freud’s name (”프리드”) originally sounds like “freed”. Quite simple right? Idk why they wrote his name as freud in the global version, it sounds like a part of a famous psychologist’s name
sigmund freud that person’s name sounds like “froit”
and it actually does bother me every time I see it ..;
On a side note, his name is
“フリード” (furido) in japanese. which is more closer to how it is pronounced in korean.
To learn how to pronounce the Sino-Korean numbers 1 through 99, you only need to memorize how to pronounce numbers 1 through 10. Study those numbers below, then practice with the rotating graphics above. 행운을 빕니다!
My wife just had to point out that your title header thing says "breaking me to pwhee-ces" bc V in Korean is pronounced like "pwhee" and not "vee" I was so confused as to what "Vces" meant for so long---------
UM I’M GOING TO PRETEND I WAS SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT;;
I didn’t realise that’s how it was pronounced in Korean! I wasn’t really sure how the MM characters said it before, but thanks for pointing that out!^^
(When I wrote it I thought I was a genius for making V rhyme with the ‘pie’ sound in pieces, but maybe I wasn’t lol)