So you want to marry Kim Yu-Na. Or, more realistically, you are like many others living in South Korea as a foreigner. Either way, you’re gonna be much more successful if you can learn to speak some Korean.
Learning Korean can be a bit intimidating for English speakers, especially if it’s your first time with an Asian language. For starters, the sentence structure (syntax) is different from English. Every language forces your brain to think in a different pattern; breaking into the Korean pattern will not be as natural as understanding thought patterns of European languages. What’s more, you get a precious few word freebies (cognates). English has loads of similarities with other European languages since they cohabited the same region for so long, however the only freebies with Korean are “Konglish,” words that have been adapted from English (and sometimes French) into Korean. However, you (yes, you!) can learn Korean.
Luckily, the first step–learning the alphabet–is pretty easy. When King Sejong announced the invention of a Korean writing system 550 years ago, he claimed “A wise man can acquaint himself with them before the morning is over; a stupid man can learn them in the space of ten days.” No pressure.
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