As an Indian, how did you learn Korean in less duration?
Learning a foreign language is an incredible experience and also a unique one. When you are learning a foreign dialect, it provides you with an opportunity to see the world differently. I always had a keen interest in learning a foreign language. Being an Indian I was a bit confused about which foreign language to learn as in India lot’s of different foreign languages are learnt by many people. But, indeed, choosing the appropriate language that will help you in both personal and professional life is very important. After a long thought, I decided to learn Korean as Korean is the 17th most widely spoken language in the world. The Korean language is spoken in various major territories. Also, Korean is known as a heritage language. The Korean language is gaining popularity from all over the world because of South Korea’s powerful economy, geopolitical importance, and growing presence in Asian pop culture. Learning Korean accelerates career opportunity in various sectors.
Now I will share my experience of learning Korean in less duration. Many people ask me that as an Indian, how did I learn Korean in less duration? The answer is, I followed a few methods and steps to learn the Korean language in a short time. It may vary from person to person depending on how they follow some required methods. I will share my experience with you in this blog.
First of all, let me clarify a point at the very beginning that speaking Korean not that hard as it is thought to be. Learning and speaking the Korean language is easy as you can learn the Korean alphabet Hangul in just 1 and 2 hours and start reading and writing the Korean language. The Korean pronunciation is very logical and ever sounds impressive. You pronounce whatever is written. Like other languages, there are no guttural sounds in Korean. These basic factors about the Korean language easier for you to learn at the beginning only.
Next factor that is very much important while learning a foreign language is how much you want to learn. There is an age-old saying “learning has no end”. This means that you can learn throughout your lifetime but still you will have loads left to learn. So learning any foreign language in a short duration will depend on what and how much you want to learn. So you need to decide at the very beginning that how much you want to learn in a short duration. If you want to learn just to communicate with people, it will hardly take 6 months, but if you want certification in the Korean language from an organisation, it will take longer because they have 12 levels of the Korean language course and each for 3- 4 months. I wanted to learn the basics of Korean along with speaking on short Korean topics and also how to use the Korean language in daily life and I followed this goal and successfully reached the goal in a short period.
Honestly speaking, if you are really willing to learn the language, you should not take too long to learn a language. While I started learning Korean, I noticed that Hindi and Korean are much similar. Certain exclamations and sentence formation are more like Hindi than English or other Latin based languages. In the beginning, I started with a couple of Korean apps from which I only learned the alphabet, numbers and word formation. I managed to learn this within two to three weeks. I practised every day and started to use the small Korean exclamations in everyday life. Here I would like to mention that “Practise and Dedication” are the two most important things that are required excessively to learn any foreign language and the same is applicable for Korean too.
Then I decided to take up a professional Korean language learning course for my betterment as I was sure that if I need to learn the language in less duration, I would require a professional guide. I surfed the internet and decided to book the Korean language learning session with Multibhashi as their course prospects attracted me and now I can say that I had made the right decision. During my course, I used to watch Korean videos and audios with subtitles, tried to note down the new vocabulary and find out the meanings and use them regularly. Luckily I found a Korean language learning partner and we conversed in Korean regularly and this was a blessing in disguise. I gained my confidence. My mentor gave me full support. I listened to Korean audios, podcasts, watched Korean films with and without subtitles. Currently, I can make proper sentences by joining words. Maybe I cant speak fluently like the native Koreans as that will require a certain amount of time as well as dedication and motivation.
You need to approach to learn Korean in such a way as if you are an infant listening to your parents talk in Korean at the beginning of your life. This is applicable to all languages. Being a child we don’t learn our native language by reading from books and learning grammar rules. We listen to the words and note down the actions following them. Watch Korean movies with subtitles, you will learn faster. Also, I would advise you to relate Korean to Hindi instead of English as the grammar rules for these are more similar than English and Korean.
I would advise you not to rely on apps much if you are serious about learning Korean. Apps just help you to learn the basics. You need to hire a professional or book a class with any language learning institutions. In this case, I would recommend you to check out Multibhasi’s Korean classes as I have personally learnt from Multibahshi. Their interactive way of audiovisual teaching is very effective. So, wish you good luck!