Let’s make things easy on ourselves!
If you’re new to the Korean language, you may think it’s very difficult. After all, it has it’s own alphabet and the sentence structure is different than English. We’re not off to a good start!
However, there are ways to simplify the Korean language. On this page we’ll tell you about five easy ways to learn Korean.
Let’s get to it!
1. 60 Minute Korean Alphabet
One easy way to learn Korean is to first study the Korean alphabet (Hangul).
The correct teaching material means having ways to connect Hangul with the English alphabet. Most people try to brute force their Hangul learning through memorization. This is both excessively difficult and boring.
Instead, it’s better to figure out easy ways to remember the Korean characters by connecting them with things you already know in English. That way, you’ll recognize the character much more easily, and you’ll know what sound it makes.
Then you’ll be reading Hangul in no time!
Download this free Hangul guide, and you’ll be reading Korean in about 60 minutes.
2. The Korean-English Union
There’s a special union between the Korean and English languages. Think of it as a kind of marriage.
A while back, Korean and English started dating and they hit it off. After getting permission from each side of their respective families, they decided to make it official and get married. It was a wonderful ceremony, wasn’t it?
Well, they decided to have a kid. Both Korean and English wanted to pass on their family names, but they couldn’t agree on what to call the child. Finally, they made a compromise and called the baby “Konglish”.
Korean + English = Konglish
Fun story, isn’t it?
Well, Konglish is a very real thing. Just like the story of the “Korean English Union”, there are words in Korean that are a mix of the Korean and English languages. These words are called “Konglish”.
Generally, Konglish is a word in Korean that is similar or the same as to the English word. For example:
|Ice cream||아이스크림 (a-ee-seu-keu-rim)|
Studying Konglish is an easy way to learn Korean because you already know many of the words. Plus, the pronunciation of Konglish words is sometimes different than English, so it’s a fun way to say the same words you’ve been using for years!
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3. Associations and Stories
An easy way to learn Korean is to come up with associations and stories to help remember the words.
The reason why this is effective is because most Korean words are not similar to English words.
For example, the word for “desk” is “책상” (check-saang).
The words “desk” and “책상” sound nothing alike. What should we do?
This is where a story will come in handy.
Imagine that you know a student, his name is Saang (상). Well, Saang is a hard-working student, and he always gets A’s. But those A’s don’t come easy! He makes sure that his homework is 100% correct every day. So after he finishes it, he goes back to “check” (책) it. In other words:
Saang checks his homework at his “책상” (check-saang).
You can use pre-made associations, or come up with your own—whatever works best for you!
You may also want to make some visuals to help you remember words. Let’s say you want to remember the word 비누, which means soap.
In this case, you come up with the association that when you shower with 비누, it makes you feel refereshed and “be new”. Or more simply:
비누 makes me “be new”
4. Korean Word Families
The Korean language has word families. They are called “합성어” in Korean, which means “compound word”. The compound words share some of the same elements in their words.
For example, the world languages all end with the same “어” syllable in Korean.
The people from respective countries of those languages all end with the same “인” syllable:
|A Korean person||한국인|
|A Japanese person||일본인|
|A Chinese person||중국인|
|A German person||독일인|
The roots of those words represent the countries’ names in Korean:
The word families become easier and easier to spot as you learn the language, so keep an eye out for them. It’s an easy way to learn Korean!
5. Follow Fun Methods that Work
The key to learning Korean is to choose the right material so it becomes simple to learn. That way you become more motivated and you stick with it. It should always be fun and interesting!
When you’re choosing your Korean study material, make sure you have a plan in place that will teach you Korean using effective methods. It is a shame to hear about people spending weeks learning the Korean alphabet, when they could have learned it in 60 minutes with the right resources!
There are many Korean language learning programs out there. They range from light to intensive, free to expensive, online to 1:1, and boring to thrilling.
Make sure you evaluate courses properly and pick the one that matches your style and goals best. They should be using up-to-date techniques and material and taught in a way you can easily understand.
Most importantly, they should be F-U-N! You want to be excited to open up the course material and start studying!
If you need some resources for choosing your course, here are a few pages to check out:
- Amazing Resources for Learning Korean
- Learn Korean: How To Choose the Best Course
- Learn Korean Online: How to Avoid Choosing the Wrong Program
Also, be sure to:
If you like these resources, you may also be interested in the full Korean course. The 90 Day Korean Inner Circle teaches you the alphabet and then uses fun methods to teach you the word families while giving you associations and easy ways to learn what you’re learning.
90 Day Korean’s Inner Circle web course is a beginner Korean course that delivers you PDF and mp3 lessons in your inbox every week with only the essential parts of the language, all explained using psychology and stories so you can’t forget them (even if you tried).
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What strategies do you use to make Korean learning easy? Leave a comment below!