2014 was a great year for Korean learners around the world, and also for the team at 90 Day Korean. Over the past 12 months, we’ve helped over 4000 people to get settled in Korea, read Hangeul, learn to speak to loved ones, make new friends, and understand more of their favorite music and dramas — and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the progress students are making! On top of that, we added a second Module to our Inner Circle Korean lessons and the third is nearly complete. Get ready for more Korean in 2015!
We also started up a new blog in 2014, and have published nearly 30 articles talking about topics ranging from Korean grammar mistakes to some of the ways to make your life better in Korea. However, some of those posts really resonated with readers it showed! Five of our posts were the clear people’s choice, racking up the the most number of comments, responses, shares and clicks!
Here, we break down the top 5 most valuable articles from the past year at the 90 Day Korean blog (as chosen by the people). No matter where you are in your Korean language learning journey, we hope they will help you get to the next level, and beyond!
#5 8 Korean Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making
This article just snuck on the list at the end of the year, but it turned heads on social media and was an interesting read for many beginner and intermediate Korean learners who already had some studying under their belt. We subscribe to the philosophy that it’s a good thing to make mistakes when learning a new language, but that’s only if you have someone to correct you so you can learn from them. Read through the list to make sure you’re not making any of these common Korean mistakes and make sure you’re understood with this post coming in at #5.
#4 Korean Name Creation: Write Your Name in Korean
Once you have gotten to a certain point in your studies and you’re interacting with Koreans, it’s fun to have a Korean name to really fit in. This was a commonly requested post for us at 90 Day Korean, so we decided to write a detailed post which breaks down different methods you can use to create your own Korean name. Use them before you travel to Korea or once you’re already on the ground and looking to make a few new friends. It’s even a good read if you’re curious about how Korean parents name their kids. Enjoy!
#3 The Art of Typing Korean
One way you can really make strides in your Korean learning is by learning to type. With writing out of the way, typing is simple! Plus, the learning the skill benefits you two-fold: you can type on your computer to write documents, send messages to friends, and write emails but you can also use Kakao talk and other instant messengers on your phone. Smartphones have full keyboards and they’re the same as on a computer. Chatting with Koreans and learning how they actually speak is one of the best ways to improve quickly. Take it from us!
#2 Learn Korean Online
One of our most popular posts this past year was all about online learning — and it’s no surprise since we live in an age dominated by smartphones, computers and instant messages. We love convenience! Learning Korean online is certainly one of the most convenient ways to get started learning, and this post details all of your options. Look no further if you’re looking for a complete overview on what’s out there so you can make an informed decision before you even delve in.
#1 Korean Phrases You Can’t Live Without
This article was the clear winner this year, and it makes sense since its the most practical. These are a list of Korean phrases that you can use in different situations such as when ordering at cafes, taking taxis, meeting new people, drinking, and traveling. This post will be updated more and more in 2015 and we’ll continue to grow it to be the best resource online for Korean phrases, so check back often and keep studying up. This is one way to really skyrocket your Korean in 2015.
That does it for our roundup of Korean study articles from this past year! If you’re looking to make strides with your Korean in 2015, or are looking to get started, these articles will help you get there.
If you have any suggestions for posts you’d like to see or interesting topics for the guide, please contact us! We always love hearing from you.
Thanks for all the support in 2014 and we wish you the best with your Korean studies in 2015!
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