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Korean Kickstarter: How to Learn Korean With 4 Simple Sentences

Ever thought about how to learn Korean fast and wondered if there was an easy way to get started quickly? 

We designed the Korean Kickstarter with just that in mind.

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The Korean Kickstarter is a one-page 80/20 tool to kick-start your Korean sentence building. In Korean, by altering the endings you attach to your verbs, you can easily make subtle distinctions in the meanings of your sentences. Learning different endings is a quick way to advance your Korean. You can use this as just one part of your overall plan for how to learn Korean in 90 days

These tips use Hangul, the Korean alphabet. If you haven’t learned to read the Hangul yet it should definitely be on your shortlist if you’re serious about learning Korean. It’s super easy and you can learn it for free in just 90 minutes!

Learn Korean in 90 days

Many people learn Korean in less than 90 days!

To get started, we just need to memorize a few common verbs:

한국어 (Korean) English
하다  To do
가다 To go
오다 To come
보다 To see
먹다 To eat
자다 To sleep
읽다 To read
쓰다 To write

To memorize these words more easily, we can use some simple methods for memorizing Korean vocabulary or make funny visual associations using some similar-sounding English words.

For example, how about picturing people eating a “mug” for “먹다.” Yum yum! Draw it on paper to really lock in the visual. Now that’s a tough picture to get out of your head!

Or if you’re not a great artist, here’s a 90 Day Korean Amazing Association to help it stick in your mind.

Amazing Associations Eat a Mug

With these basic building blocks, we can start to expand our knowledge quickly and put them to use! While many Korean students may be stuck at the stage of memorizing vocabulary for weeks or even months, unable to communicate in Korean, we can start expressing any idea quickly by memorizing a few verb conjugations.

If you’re not familiar with the term “conjugation”, it simply means “dressing up” a verb in different clothing for different situations. Sometimes fancy, sometimes casual, sometimes seasonal. Same verb, but different look depending on the situation!

Learn Korean by dressing up verbs in conjugations

Conjugations are ways to dress up your verbs

For our first example, we can use the verb 자다 (to sleep) to express ourselves using four basic sentences. You’ll find the verb root (자) in each of them. The () is bolded so you can see it more easily.

한국어 (Korean) English
야 해요 I must sleep
고 싶어요 I want to sleep
거예요 I will sleep
수 없어요 I can't sleep

Now, let’s compare these four sentences to the following which use the verb 가다 (to go):

한국어 (Korean) English
야 해요 I must go
고 싶어요  I want to go
거예요 I will go
수 없어요  I can't go

The verb root (가) is found in the same place as the sentences using 자다 (to sleep).

By memorizing these few conjugations, we can plug in different verbs as we learn them and express ourselves using simple sentences.

See the chart below:

All you need to do is memorize these few verb conjugations, and you get access to many many more sentences as you add new verbs to your vocabulary! It helps open up the language and express any idea very quickly. Add these conjugations to your flash cards so you can learn them even more quickly.

This document helps you get started using a few basic verbs and conjugations. As you progress with your Korean, you can learn the rules for these conjugations, but even before then you can begin to see patterns.

Look out for patterns to learn Korean

In many cases, the –다 ending of the verb has just been dropped and the new ending applied. These are the magic bullets that will help you get started as early as possible expressing more complex ideas. Use this as a kick-start in your Korean language learning journey and adjust on the fly. 

Recognizing these patterns is the key to learning Korean fast! Since Korean is known as a scientific language, many of the rules for verbs carry over to lots of other verb conjugations! Think of them as building blocks for learning the Korean language.

Building Blocks for Learning Korean

Building Blocks for Learning Korean

There you have it — a simple method for how to learn Korean quickly!

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  • Saba Idris

    Thank you. I like how you associate Korean words with similar sounding english ones. Like “mug” in this case. I still play “juice juseoyo” in my mind when I try to remember the command. I don’t have actual interaction with Koreans, it’s just a hobby.

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