10
Nov
09

Korean Language Primer

It seems like more and more adoptive families are wanting to learn the languages of their children’s birth culture, which we think is great. We started our Korean language learning three years while waiting for our son to come home. We were fortunate to find a willing teacher who sacrificed her Saturday mornings to get us started. We learned some essential phrases and a even impressed a couple of people in Korean with our use of those phrases.

Since coming home with our son three years ago, we’ve had a harder time continuing our education. This fall our son could have started Korean school but with the economy what it is, there just isn’t money for that at this time. So I’ve been looking for other ways to learn. In this post, I’m going to share some language links that can help you get started learning Korean.

Let’s Speak Korean on YouTube.com is an excellent resource. I’ve just recently found this one. Each episode is approximately 10 minutes long and goes over essential phrases in Korean. It’s easy to understand but they don’t Romanize (put into the English alphabet) the phrases, so it’s helpful to know your Korean alphabet.

The Korean alphabet can be practiced at this site put together by Indiana University. This site goes over how to pronounce basic vowels, complex vowels, and consonants, as well as gives words that have that sound. You’ll hear both a male speaker and a female speaker pronounce each sound and word.

Another site by Indiana Universitys is a Multimedia Korean Dictionary. Set up like the previous site listed, this one goes over words and phrases that are common, such as colors, animals, clothing, numbers, and more. Again you’ll hear each word or phrases pronounced twice, once by a male speaker and again by a female speaker.

Learn-Korean.net is another online resource. This one has several lessons, but I don’t believe any have audio. Most words and phrases, however, are romanized so learning to pronounce words might be easier. I would say this site is best used in conjunction with the sites already listed since they include audio of the pronounciation.

SurvivalPhrases.com is another great resource. While there is a subscription service on this site, there are several free lessons available online or through iTunes. Each lesson also has a downloadable PDF guide to help you through the lesson.

Korean Language Online is part of the Indiana University language center. I’ve just been introduced to this one so I haven’t had a chance to do much with it. It seems like most of it is listening. The audio files reference a book, but I haven’t found it on the site yet. I think it’s helpful to both see the words written in hangul and pronounced. Seeing the characters as you’re hearing them reenforces which character makes which sound. This site does have multiple levels of learning, which is cool. I’ll have to spend more time exploring this site, for sure.

If you search the Internet, you’ll find many more resources to help you learn Korean. The ones listed here are my current favorites. As previously promised, I still plan to post words and phrases that are useful for adoptive families with a new baby home from Korea. But hopefully these sites will help you get started learning Korean.


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