Thoughts After 2 Months of Korean

I'm using Pimsleur Audio mp3's that I found on the internet after painstakingly tracking down the Korean language files and have been pretty serious about practicing every day for about 2 months now. I spend about 30-90 minutes a day depending on if I have time at work to use my headphones for a while. I can safely say that trying to learn a language that has nothing to do with Latin-based languages or alphabet has been one of the most rewarding and fun challenges that I've undertaken in life in the last few years. It not only forces me to memorize the words (which usually sound nothing like the English counterpart), but moreso it forces me to think internally in a completely different manner so that I can verbally express sentences with the right syntax. The entire structures of the verbs and subjects are switched around, and often don't follow solid rules - somewhat like English, but not as chaotic. In English, the sentence is written "I can speak a little bit of Korean". If you want to say the Korean counterpart to that exact sentence, you'd be saying "Korean / A Little Bit / Can Speak". Or the sentence "My friend wants to drink two bottles of beer", would transform into "My Friend / Beer Two Bottles / Wants to Drink". It looks like confusing, illogical wording when you read it like that on paper, and it arguably is in our language. But through the weeks of learning Korean, it starts to make absolute sense on why things are structured like that. The way they can mix two or three words together is really efficient and you can get a lot done with a lot less words, even though the words are definitely harder and longer than anything in English. I feel very confident in my abilities so far and I have no trouble picking up new words and meanings. It's completely easier to me than learning French or Spanish, as I did in high school and college (never got far with Spanish, but was mostly fluent in French for most of my teenage years... not anymore). I don't believe thats the norm and I hear a lot of Americans who have learned Korean say it was very hard for them to pick it up. I'm looking forward to using it in real conversations when I get to the country. Annyeonghi Gaseyo!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *