Korean for Every Day

Just came across this blog that has some Korean phrases you can use everyday. My goal is to add more Korean into our everyday conversations so I was Googling looking for ideas when I came across this site.

We actually already use a lot of these phrases each day. Again I would caution against relying too heavy on the romanized Korean. It is very hard to correctly pronounce Korean words just looking at the romanization. The Korean alphabet is only 24 characters and pretty phonetic. It’s not hard to learn and I highly recommend starting with the alphabet.

Hopefully this site can help you add more Korean words and phrases to your day too. 🙂



Cursing in Korean

Let’s just start this post by saying that I don’t condone cursing. In my 20s I went through a stage during which I cursed like a sailor, as they say. But now I think there is too much rich vocabulary out there to be limited to curse words. That being said, sometimes it’s a good thing to know these words, if for no other reason than to avoid them.

Tonight, for instance, if I had been educated in Korean cursing, I would have avoid a situation that was very awkward for our new exchange student. Here is how it went down. He mentioned that he had 18 text messages after a short school trip and I tried to say “18” using the Sino-Korean numbers.

He freaked out and was waving his hands, telling me to stop. I said, “I was just trying to say …” and he interrupted me to say stop again. Well, he wouldn’t tell me what the word was I was saying, only that it was a really bad word.

So I went to Facebook and thankfully a friend who knows Korean enlightened me. She suggested that if we’re going to have teenage Korean exchange students living in our house, we might want to familiarize ourselves with some of the more unsavory words of the language. Especially since many of the words are fine in context of a conversation, but are curse words when used alone.

My friend recommended this web site: www.coolslang.com/in/korean/index.php for my education in such matters.

Of course, as I learn things about the Korean language or culture, I must share them with you, my readers. I can’t say “Enjoy” but at least by enlightened by the information. 🙂

Awesome Alphabet Site

So our family is loving Korean school. We go every Saturday and learn about language and culture. And our teacher shares some wonderful Internet resources with us that I’ll, in turn, pass along to you.

Today I’m sharing an alphabet pronunciation site that our teacher assigned us as homework. And it’s an excellent resource! [Edited: The original site shared by our teacher was removed when Yahoo pulled out of Korea in 2012. But the following is a link shared by a reader (Thanks, Ryan Wiley!) that does basically the same thing.] Heres’ the link: http://www.speakoutlanguages.com/korean-chart/

On this site you’ll find a chart of the Korean alphabet. Along the top are the vowels; along the left side are the consonants. When you click on any of the letters, you’ll hear it pronounced by a native speaker. Then the interior of the chart combines the consonant and vowels sounds. Those combinations are what makes this chart great since some of the sounds change when they are said together.

This is a great place to start if you’re learning the language or just good practice if you’re well on the way with your Korean.

Learn Korean with Professor Oh (formerly AnyongKorea.com)

Right now I have more language resources than I have time to use, but I’m still excited when I find new avenues for learning Korean. You just never know when a new system or site will really work for your learning style.

This site, http://sweetandtastytv.com/shows/learnkoreanwithprofessoroh/, looks like it’s just getting started. There are four lessons on there, as of this post, but it starts with the basic alphabet and works up from there.

That may be a little too basic for me at this point, but it might be good for a refresher or for helping Little Man learn the alphabet. I also think it’s good to hear as many different people speak Korean as possible, just to get used to hearing variations in pronounciation.

Anyway, it’s worth checking out, especially if you’re just starting your Korean language journey. As with yesterday’s post, I want to give credit where it’s due. I again found this one through http://curdsandkimchi.blogspot.com/, who highlighted one of the videos in a recent post.

Mango Languages

Since embarking on learning Korean five years ago, I’m constantly looking for language programs that can help my family on this journey to a second language. It seems there’s a lot more out there than there was three years ago. I’m thankful for that, and if the program happens to be free, even better.

Mango Languages is one I just learned about. You’ll find it here. www.mangolanguages.com/

While you can sign up for the site as an individual, if your library subscribes to Mango, you can use your library card to access the program for free. Our local library district does subscribe, so we’ll be using it more, I’m sure. Scroll to the bottom of the page and you’ll find a Library Locator button that will tell you if your library subscribes.

I’ve done a little playing around with it already and it seems that it’s kind of a hybrid of Rosetta Stone and Pimsleur. I really liked Pimsleur because by the end of the lessons, I could actually use what I’d learned. This seems similar, but you will see the words and phrases written in hangul, like you do with Rosetta Stone, which is the one thing I think Pimsleur is missing.

I’ll let you guys know how it goes as we explore more.


Word Shower Web Site

OK, I know I just said that I’d be taking a break but my friend Amber just shared a language site with me that I have to pass on. It’s www.wordshowers.com/index.html

If you’re looking to build your Korean vocabulary, this is a great place to start. The site currently has more than 3,000 words available, broken down in to the categories of Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, and Adverbs.

On the site you’ll see the word in hangul and hear audio of the pronunciation. Plus, there are MP3 files that you can download.

I think this one is going to be big for me since I’ve been longing for someway to build up my Korean vocabulary. While I love TalkToMeInKorean.com, I feel somewhat limited in the amount of vocabulary I learn in each lesson. TTMIK is great for explaining the language and sentence building, but I think this site will be a great resource for adding new words to make sentences with.