Hello! My name is Chaimae (체이마) and I’m from Morocco. I decided to share with you my Korean Language learning experience and I hope it will be helpful for you guys.
Let’s be honest! We all started learning Korean because of k-pop or k-drama.
At first, it wasn’t about the language. But as time goes we fall in love with the language and we notice that we have memorized more words and expressions than we expected. And this is when we decide to start leaning Korean!
Most of us go with the “I’m going to teach myself” challenge. The thing is that it never goes as we expect because we don’t learn properly.
I’m going to share with you guys tips about some things that you should do or avoid to help improve your Korean.
So let’s get started!
The first thing that you should totally avoid is Romanization.
When there is a Korean song you like and you don’t know the hangeul, the obvious thing you’re going to do is to use the Romanization to memorize the lyrics.
My story with Romanization :
I remember when I tried to memorize my first Korean song. I wrote the Romanization of the lyrics on a paper and I spent the whole day at school trying to memorize them. When I got home I was excited to sing along the song. So I turned it on and I started singing but… it didn’t match.
The way I was saying the words and the way they were pronounced in the song were totally different.
This is when I realized that for my Korean language learning, the Romanization is definitely a No-No.
What you should do :
-Go ahead and learn hangeul first.
-Don’t focus on complicated combined vowels or the many sounds of the same letter.
-Just learn the basics and practice your reading with your favorite songs.
-You will practice the basic letters you learned and at the same time, you will encounter those combined vowels and difficult sounds that make us all so confuse. This way you will learn the hangeul naturally, gradually and properly.
An example on how bad Romanization is :
Big Bang – Let’s not fall in love.
-This is when you use hangeul.
-This is when you use Romanization (My first foreign language is French so it sounds weirder hahaha).
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