Have you ever wanted to learn Korean? Now is the best time to jump-start your Korean learning! First, you have to learn how to read and write 한글 (Hangeul), the Korean alphabet. The good news is that 한글 is not difficult to learn. You just have to know some tricks to successfully learn it in no time. Here’s a quick guide to making your learning smooth and fun!
- Learn the basics
It’s necessary to read about the history of 한글 before you start studying it. This way, you’ll be able to appreciate it more and you’ll be more inspired to learn it. It’s the same when you want to be closer to someone. You want to know his/her background so you’ll understand why he/she behaves a certain way. Do you agree with me?
- Initial reading
Once you find a good resource (book or online materials), just glance at the letters. Without much effort, read them one by one. That’s all you have to do on your first day.
- Start with the simple vowels
Korean words are formed by combining consonants and vowels. Today, Hangeul is composed of 19 consonants and 21 vowels. The simple vowels (ㅏa, ㅓeo, ㅗ o, ㅜ u, ㅡ eu, ㅣi) are like the foundation so mastering them will ease everything up.
- Study 5 letters at a time
Let’s assume you have mastered the 6 simple vowels, study the rest 5 at a time. Avoid overcrowding your brain as it may result to headaches and frustrations. Remember, studying should be fun, not a nightmare!
- Don’t skip the stroke order
Now that you’re comfortable reading the letters, it’s time to learn the stroke order of each letter. Some Korean learners may tend to skip this because they use smartphones nowadays. However, this is actually the reason why it takes more time for them to learn and easily forget things. Learning the stroke order of the letters will help you memorize them faster and retain what you have learned.
- Read with your eyes
Before you start pronouncing the letters aloud, allow your eyes to visualize them. Visual learners can benefit from this the most. You know what I mean if you’re one of us.
- Read aloud
By doing so, you’ll be able to hear your pronunciation and compare it with the native pronunciation. Then you can correct yourself.
- Practice writing without looking (at your resource)
This makes a good quiz for yourself. Every end of your study session, do this and see how much improvement you’ve made. Also, you’ll know which part you have to work on more.
- Practice reading with Korean songs
The fun begins here! What’s your favorite Korean song? Use it! Soon enough you’ll be able to sing along without looking at the romanized lyrics.
- Listen and imitate
It’s important to listen to the correct pronunciation of native speakers and imitate how they do it. Why? This is how babies learn how to speak, right? Do this ALL THE TIME.
Bonus tip: Choose an updated resource. Everything changes as time goes by. Language is not an exemption.
Thank you for reading! 감사합니다 (kamsahamnida – thank you)! Let me know if you have any question. What do you want to know more about learning Korean?