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Learn Korean Language Quickly and Easily

Dec 22nd 2014 at 1:15 AM

Are you looking to learn the Korean language because you plan to travel to South Korea or perhaps take advantage of its fastest growing economy? Does your significant other speak Korean, and you want to impress him or her? Or do you want to learn Korean as a hobby, or even so that you can understand K-Pop TV shows? No matter what you’re looking to accomplish, we have good news. You can learn Korean quickly and easily.

First, Korean is considered to be one of the easiest Asian languages. Compared to Chinese or Thai, Korean is technically simpler. Though it resembles Chinese and Japanese in terms of structure, vocabulary, and ‘politeness’ rules, the Korean alphabet script (called Hangul) can be learned in a day—or even an hour. It is simpler than other Asian alphabets and a hundred times less confusing. Typing in Korean is likewise easy to pick up. Practice regularly with an online keyboard and you should be a master within a few days.

Korean grammar is also simple and straightforward. When dealing with verbs, you never have to think about number or gender. The phrases “You eat,”, “she eats,” and “he eats” are all conjugated the same way; the only confusion might happen if the person is older than you or is in a position of authority.

Nouns don’t morph according to case (unlike Greek or Russian). Progressive, past, and future verb tenses follow a very simple and very consistent pattern. The same goes for adjectives and adverbs as well as passive and causative verbs—they are all constructed using basic patterns, with only a few irregularities that you can easily get used to.

Also, Korean phonetics is a piece of cake if you are an English speaker. There are no guttural sounds in Korean, unlike in Hebrew and Arabic. There aren’t any consonant clusters either (which you will find a lot of in Polish or Georgian). And unlike other East Asian languages, Korean requires no specific intonations. Most Korean words are pronounced as written—unlike English words that sometimes sound nothing like the way they are spelled.

Korean is gaining popularity especially with the younger set. It’s a fast-spreading second language, so you will have plenty of people to practice with online and in person. If you are planning a trip to South Korea, you will enjoy the major cities as well as the beautiful historical sites of interest if you know some basic Korean. And if you’re excited about exploring the distinctive Korean cuisine, having a firm grasp of their alphabet will help you order the best items on the street food menu.

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