How to Speak Korean Well in 1 Sentence

Practice listening, reading, speaking and writing systematically while your teacher corrects your mistakes.

Then, what do you listen to and read first? Natural conversation.

4 basic truths in learning Korean

  1. Start from listening. Do not think focus on reading or grammar at first.
  2. You can only understand things that you know of. Even if you keep listening certain contents, you won’t understand them if you do not know the words or sentence structures in them.
  3. Grammar should be learned altogether while you study the language as a whole. It does not make you speak the language although it gives you some knowledge of sentences you learn. The best time to study a grammar book a little more on top of your course book is when you reach the intermediate level.
  4. It is more like practicing, not studying. Don’t be stuck in ‘studying’ where you often analyze, write and memorize. Learning Korean is more like practice. You learn from the textbook and try to actually use them through speaking practice with your teacher. Try to have a conversation! Fail many times until you can speak well.

2 worst habits – typing and translating on your imaginary board.

When you talk with your friend in real life, the conversation consists entirely in sounds. You don’t see letters. It means that you only hear and spit out sounds when you listen and talk. This is how a language works; it consists in sounds. Of course you can write them for records.

Therefore, it is good to remember this. If there is anything that prevents you from picking up and spitting out sounds, you must get rid of it. In other words, clinging to type and translate the sounds must stop. Don’t lock up yourself in your small world. That only stops you understanding the sound. If you don’t understand, you cannot react. Come back to the sound world, the real world. I learned of these bad habits shared by a number of students.

Let’s imagine that you have these habits. You have a conversation with someone. When you listen to what he or she says, you type it on your imaginary board. You can’t type it as fast as you hear it. It is Korean you are learning. You are not that great in typing it. So you lose the latter part of the sentence. Even if you heard quite a lot of it while you are typing, you have another obstacle; you translate it. So it takes more time on top of not having the full sentence on your imaginary board.

The result? As you did not understand what he or she said, you panic and zone out, often not even being able to interact by asking ‘Pardon me?’. Fundamentally, this occurs when you do not learn to rely on the sound. Most people  solely depend on their memory when they gain new information or knowledge. He who has never learned a foreign language before or not bilingual does not understand how to rely on the sound. This is the key factor to make you speak or not speak Korean on top practicing and using what you learn. Certainly, when you talk you don’t want to type in your language and translate it in Korean as the sentences will be very awkward.

Learning a language is like building a house.

3 key reasons of success with 빨리빨리 한국어 course

1. You do get to practice listening, reading aloud and speaking in tremendous volume with a real-time correction from your teacher. Then, you are ready to talk in Korean. Basically you practice like a machine with us using all your senses – your eyes, mouth, ears and brain. You will repeat the corrected sentences 3, 5 and even 10 times until you will easily talk. This changes impossible to possible. But not many can do this so you need a trainer like us. You practice tremendous amount of listening, reading and speaking. Like anything in life, you get out what you put into it.

2. We help you build sentence structures the way Koreans do. Korean is a whole new different language from your mother tongue, Western languages. So we know we must help you build sentences the way we do.

3. You will be asked to guess the meaning of what you learned from the book while doing homework and practicing speaking with the teacher. Only after your attempts at understanding will your teacher clarify it for you… in English! We never put the food into your mouth. That is too easy for you and makes you only lazy, preventing you from guessing the meaning. You are the one who needs to do the hard work! No guess no gain. If you are in Korea, you’ll have no other choice but to be constantly trying to read, listen, and understand the meaning of things and people around you if you want to survive and thrive. Guessing and context are more important in improving your language learning than you think!

It is only with enough focused practice that your Korean can improve quickly.
The goal of this class is to achieve level 4 within 6 months.

3 Principles of learning Korean

  1. Know how to listen, read, speak and write.
  2. Use pictures because they are visible. Anything visible like actions and materials are used in daily conversation: 가다, 먹다, 자다, 보다, 지하철, 큰, etc.
  3. Master the 4 major tenses – present, present continuous, past and future and get used to turning them into statements, negatives and questions.

Studying Korean doesn’t make you speak the language.

A number of people attempt to learn Korean or other foreign languages. How many of your friends speak it? Many buy a book, memorize and write or casually take a course. When they close a book, can they talk in Korean? Remember, this is not about putting in fractions of information, but all about learning a language. You should practice sounds. Writing is the next thing you do to leave records.

Focus on listening, reading out loud and speaking. You cannot practice speaking by yourself. You need a teacher. Accept the Korean language as it is. Set a goal and keep pressing on. This course will take the lead in good system.

Can you recall the main points below in learning Korean.

  • Start from listening.
  • Learn words from pictures.
  • You don’t recall what you have memorized, but build sentences when speaking.
  • You can practice listening and reading aloud on your own whereas you need to practice speaking with your teacher who can correct your mistakes.
  • A good language book starts with dialogue, not pattern sentences.
  • You should practice until you can actually use it.
  • Your mistakes need correction.
  • Practice Korean in Korean.

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