How to learn Korean by yourself? Start with an easy and free online course!
We have adopted an objective and efficient approach to learn how to speak a language easily and quickly: we suggest you to start by memorizing words, phrases and practical expressions that you can use in everyday life and that will be useful when traveling.
Getting used to pronounce words out loud, numbers for exemple, is an easy exercise that you can practice often and at anytime throughout the day. And it will help you to get used to the sounds of your chosen language and thus make it more familiar.
And once your holidays have begun, in Seoul, Jeju-do or elsewhere in Korea, you will be surprised how familiar and easy to understand it will seem.
Furthermore, using a pocket dictionary is always useful, particularly during a trip. It enables you to find the translation of new words and enrich your vocabulary.
Why speak Korean when traveling?
Whether you are a potential investor or a fan of K-pop, speaking Korean is the tool you need to succeed in your projects and make the most of your desires!
One of the largest economies in the world
Among the world's largest economies by GDP and with a high HDI, South Korea is one of the Asian dragons. Its export-based economy has many partners, such as the United States, China, the European Union and India. Among the famous Korean companies are Samsung, LG, Hyundai and Kia Motors.
Tourism also plays a significant role in the country's economy. Jeju-do Island, for example, is a popular destination for Koreans, Japanese and Chinese, especially for honeymooners. On the mainland, religious sites like the Seokguram Grotto, Jongmyo Confucian Shrine and Haeinsa Buddhist Temple attract tourists from all over the world.
The country has several palaces, fortresses and historic villages, including Changdeokgung, Hwaseong and Hahoe Folk Village respectively.
A boom in Asian culture of today and yesterday
Influenced by Buddhism and Confucianism, traditional Korean culture has a strong presence of dances often performed in female groups, such as taepyeongmu and salpuri. The tradition is also present in the fields of painting, theatre and music. K-pop and its bands are famous all over the world. K-drama and video game competitions are other remarkable aspects of contemporary popular culture that has spread around the world.
Make a success of your stay in Korea
Whether you are going to spend a few days with friends for a leisure trip or if you are on a business trip, nothing will be more useful to you than to be able to slip a few words in the language of your interlocutors, who will appreciate your effort and will be certainly more willing to help.
How to succeed in having good pronunciation within a week to a month?
The official language of South Korea, North Korea and the Yanbian Autonomous Prefecture in China, Korean is written in the Hangul alphabet of 24 letters, including 14 consonants and 10 vowels. This alphabet is phonemic with syllabic demarcation. Some Korean circles also use hainan sinograms, especially for writing words of Chinese origin.
A common mistake of Romance-language native speakers learning Korean is the romanization of the pronunciation of a letter, since transcription into the Latin alphabet does not mean that the pronunciation of a letter in Korean will correspond to the pronunciation in the learner's mother tongue.
In addition, some letters will be pronounced differently depending on their place in a word. Here are some examples:
The ᄌ is pronounced like the DJ of “djinn”, but like the TCH of “Czech” when at the beginning of a word
When the final consonant of a syllable is ㄱ and the first consonant of the next syllable is ㄹ, the ㄹwill be pronounced ㄴ.
When the final consonant of a syllable is ㄴ and the first consonant of the next syllable is ㄹ, the ㄴ will be pronounced ㄹ.