The long awaited post is hereee🤩🤩🤩 finally finallyyyy. I wanted to take my time to do this because I really want this to be very helpful to whoever is concerned so I’m trying to be as detailed as I can. Thank you for being patient!
This post would be divided into series as this is still progressive and I want to be able to share as much knowledge as possible.
Now let’s begin✨ 시작하겠습니다!
Firstly, why did I choose to study Korean?
You might be surprised but I didn’t choose to learn Korean because of BTS. Actually, BTS was the least of the reasons I decided to learn Korean.
For months, I was thinking about a language I could learn because I missed the exhilarating feeling of learning something new and I also love multilingual people so that was a major push.
I thought about German, Spanish, Hindi and Korean. I was taught French in Primary and first half of secondary school so I still have the basic knowledge on that. Looking at the options I had, Korean seemed the best pick since I already knew basic words like Jongmal (정말), Annyeong (안녕), Saranghae (사랑해), Galkkeyo (갈게요) and many others, from watching Kdramas. I hardly watch German, Spanish or Indian films which is why Korean seemed the most appealing to me.
Now that we’ve established why I’m learning Korean, let’s get into the reason why you clicked this link which is how I learn said Korean.
Before you learn Korean, you have to learn to read and write Hangul. Hangul is the alphabet system Koreans use in writing their words. Jumping straight into trying to translate Korean words is no good. It’s like catching fish with a net that has large holes (don’t ask me how that correlated), you think you’ve got it but it’s going to slip out of your mind in days because there’s no foundation to that knowledge. You only know how it’s pronounced and what it means in English and that’s the farthest you can go if you’re studying using romanized Korean.
Example: The weather is so nice.
Romanized Korean: nalssiga nomu joayo
Hangul written: 날씨가 너무 좋아요.
The foundation to learning Korean is learning Hangul. If you can read and write Hangul, you’ll be able to read and write literally every Korean word and its easier to learn that way because now you know what you’re reading and it’s not just a bunch of strokes lined up against each other.
This is the end of the first part of this series. I hope you enjoyed it and you’re anticipating the second part! There, I will be going into details about the online materials and sites I use to learn Korean.