Learn Korean in Six Months is “Easy”??
What am I watching this week? Strong Woman Do Bong Soon – I’ve been wanting to watch this for awhile, so I’m starting off with a bang! If I want to learn Korean in six months, I might as well be excited for it.
So far, this week has been adjusting myself to the language again. Reminding myself of what I already know, as it were.
I wanted to give a little bit more information on what I’m doing and why I think learning Korean in six months is possible – and won’t be *that* difficult. Everyone likes to compare languages, and Korean often comes out as one of the hardest. I disagree, and here are some reasons why!
This week has been all about reminding myself of how much you can say with very little in the Korean language. Korean is an agglutinating language. This means you’re not going to be conjugating words (there’s one form for everyone), and you’re not going to have many irregulars. I’m looking at you, French.
Thanks to the Chinese influence, Korean has a similar word-building system. English has a lot of word-creation ability as well (by simply adding two words together) but Korean is bit more simple, and words are broken down easily. “young-guk-in” or “English person” is one word where “young” means English, “guk” means country, and it means person. “aw” is the word for language, so to say English language is “young-aw.” Simple sentence building.
There are also many many English words in the Korean language now (although sometimes they’re pronounced a little oddly. I once stood in front of a coffee shop for about 10 minutes going “ai-ee-soo….am-er-ee-kan-o….now what could that be – OH, Iced Americano!!). Given that the Korean writing system is one of the easiest in the world, reading English words is a breeze once you get used to it.
Korean also doesn’t have adjectives. There some linguistic debate on this, but I’m on the side that it doesn’t have them. This is because Korean adjectives are conjugated in almost the exact same way as verbs. Another thing Korean doesn’t do which is helpful is that it doesn’t bother with personal pronouns very often, or even “unneccesary” words. Why bother saying “it is pretty” when you could just say “pretty,” for instance. Instead of “You are pretty” just “pretty.”
So this week so far has been re-learning the building blocks of the Korean language.
I’m impressed with what I’ve retained, I can make my way through all introductory conversations other than the occasional vocab word. I’m feeling pretty good about this process.
I’ll have my first italki session soon so I’ll talk about that next week! And I’ll talk about why Korean *isn’t* easy after that 😛 My plan to learn Korean in six months is going fairly well so far.