It has been about a week, I think, since I officially started the Summer Language Challenge! As one of the ways I will practice my Korean this summer, I’ve decided to compile a vocab list of words I’ve looked up each week while I write my Daily Random Korean Writings.
I got the idea for the “words i had to look up this week” vocab lists from @hsingasong‘s post here! I loved the idea a lot, so thank you!!
please point out any errors you may find!!
케나다 - Canada
대학 - university
물리학 - physics
수학 - mathematics
물리학자 - physicist
여름 - summer
방학 - vacation
교사 - teacher, tutor
일 - job
아이들 - children
영화 - movie
일본 - Japan
가족 - family
머리 - hair, head
그들 - they, them
눈 - eyes
닫어 - word, vocabulary
색 - color
파란 - blue
하늘 - sky
바다 - sea, ocean
계절 - season
가을 - autumn
겨울 - winter
묘사하다 - to describe
읽다 - to read
쓰다 - to write
시작하다 - to start
보다 - to see, to watch
듣다 - to hear
설명하다 - to explain
가지다 - to have
베다 - to cut
말하다 - to say, to tell
연습하다 - to practice, to exercise
좋아하다 - to like
환영하다 - to welcome, to give a welcome to
곤란하다 - to be difficult
성가시다 - to be annoying
갈색 - brown
길다 - to be long
짧다 - to be short
곱슬곱슬하다 - to be curly
똑똑하다 - to be smart, clever
친절하다 - to be kind
성격이 좋다 - to have a good character, personality
재미있다 - to be interesting, funny
짜증스러워요 - annoying
운이 좋다 - to be lucky
놀랍다 - to be amazing, wonderful, astounding
자연스럽다 - to be natural
평화적이다 - to be peaceful
시원하다 - to be cool (temperature)
날카롭다 - to be sharp
빨갛다 - to be red
아름답다 - to be beautiful
아프다 - to be sick, painful
많이 - lots, a lot
아주 - very, extremely
때때로 - sometimes
СONNECTIVES (? is that what these are called?)
-기 때문에 - because
-도 - too, also
-와/과 - and
-지만 - but
-서 - so
I hope this was organized enough, it turned out longer than I expected! I may split this up next time! Any corrections more than appreciated!
My opinion of popular Korean language learning resources and some tips
Talk to me in Korean: Some of their grammar explanations are very helpful, as well as their Iyagi series. I’d really recommend them for learning elementary~intermediate grammar. However, they use a lot of English and their content often isn’t serious enough (stock full of jokes that are not necessarily related to Korean at all, the hosts constantly teasing each other) and it can be cringe worthy and annoying. Would recommend but not as a prime resource.
Koreanclass101: They have a lot of interesting features where you can actually track your lessons, record your pronunciation, use specific vocab lists for each lesson etc. But again, most of their lessons are filled with idle talking in English and come off as a bit cheesy.
Livemocha: Livemocha is like a free version of Rosetta Stone with more community interaction. After each lesson, you must write from a prompt and record a paragraph which is given to you. It’s really cool that native speakers listen to and judge your pronunciation and correct your entries for free. However, the content is rather limited and doesn’t go to an advanced level (nor is it very practical content). Still, it tracks your progress and covers all aspects (listening-writing-reading-speaking) in every lesson. I’d still recommend if not just to get your pronunciation corrected personally.
Rosetta Stone: I’m not a believer in their products. Not for serious learners who want to reach a high level. No explanations for anything. Assumes adults learn like babies, which they don’t.
Quizlet: This is a website only for vocabulary, but I highly recommend it because you actually have to be able to recall the vocab instead of simply looking at it. Especially like the ‘learn’ tool. It may be a bit tedious to constantly input new terms and doesn’t necessarily help in long-term memory if you don’t put the vocab to use in another way. If anything, it will be tremendous help in practicing Korean typing.
Memrise: This is like Quizlet but with a more ‘scientific’ approach to help with long-term memory of vocabulary words. It keeps track of which words you need to review so you’re not forced to also shift through the words you already know. Their process can be a bit long and tedious for some people though. If you’re impatient, quizlet might be better. But as a whole it is a more structured way to learn vocab and I’d recommend it.
Lang-8: This is one of my favorites because it’s pretty unknown to the western world despite how useful it is. It’s not really a learning website; just a tool where you can write anything in your target languages and native speakers will correct it for you for free. I’ve even had people correct parts of my school assignments on this website. The community there is nice and helpful and there are lots of Koreans willing to correct your entries quickly. Recommended for people who are self-motivated in writing entries. Not particularly helpful for low-level learners. ALSO a lot of native learners writing english posts include the Koreans translation so you can study off of that.
1. There is no reason you should pay to learn Korean on the internet. If millions of free resources are not enough motivation for you and you’re too lazy to study without strict online lessons telling you how to do everything, you might not be motivated enough to learn a language.
2. NEVER use google translate. Naver english dictionary is the best, closely followed by daum.
3. If your motivation for learning Korean is to understand TV shows or music without subtitles, you’re probably underestimating how difficult it is to learn a foreign language. Waiting a week for some subtitles to come out on your favorite drama is exponentially easier than dedicating thousands of tedious hours to your life to learning a language. Language learning should not be fun and it should not be easy. But there’s nothing wrong with having a hobby and exercising your brain.
4. Do not blindly trust Korean language learning tumblr blogs. Especially the ones with very light content that use lots of pretty graphics and have hardly any non-reblogged content. I have seen SO MANY spelling errors, incorrect vocabulary, and tons of other things that are just straight-up wrong and made by people who don’t know what they’re doing.
5. Nothing will stick if you don’t make an effort to use it yourself.
6. Use penpal sites to interact with Koreans in Korea. Chat with people on kakao talk. A lot of nice people will help you learn.
7. Whenever you watch anything with subtitles, take notes on how things were translated. I would recommend you look for Korean subs every time you want to watch a movie in your native language. Also, most TED talks have Korean subs!! Watch some!!
8. There are apps you can download that stream Korean radio. Turn them on while you’re doing something else or when you go to sleep at night. Even if you’re a beginner and can’t understand what is being said, it helps to acclimate yourself to the flow and pronunciation of the language.
-talktomeinkorean full audio & pdf grammar
*books can be purchased
-korean web toons (naver app)
-dramas/variety shows (EXCEPT FOR historical)
-language exchange partners (hellotalk)
*dramas/variety shows can
be found on websites like dramafever and viki.
이야기 series (intermediate level
shows (EXCEPT FOR historical)
a) the world of dave
(or other language exchange resources)
- *record yourself speaking and listen to
it for mistakes. Post the audio file on HelloTalk or another app similar and
let native speakers help fix your pronunciation. Real-life conversation
practice is always the best, but that’s not always an option for everyone!
Reactions from people whose language I was trying to learn:
Germans: Oh you’re learning German? Hey, you’re not so bad at it. Don’t fuck it up though.
French: About time you learned French.
Russians, Koreans, Spanish-speakers: WOW YOU’RE LEARNING MY LANGUAGE? LET ME HELP YOU I CAN GET SOME MATERIALS FOR YOU AND RECOMMEND SOME SITES AND VIDEOS, DID YOU JUST SAY “HELLO” IN MY LANGUAGE? YOU ARE SO GREAT WOW I AM SO IMPRESSED
These are some of the books that have really helped me with my learning.
I wouldn’t get these if you can’t read hangul yet because they don’t have the romanisation.
They give you lots of examples to use a word.
My Daily Routine lives on the side of my bed.