September 5, 2016

Similarities Between English Language & Korean Language Learning

As expected, you need to take a different approach in learning the Korean language if you grew up speaking English. The two languages are completely different from each other as far as their alphabets, pronunciation, vowel sounds, and intonations are concerned. 

However, there are a few similarities between English learning and Korean language learning. For instance, the Korean language follows a sentence structure that is quite similar to the English language. Of course, they are not 100% the same but if you have perfected the nuances of English sentence structure, you will find it easier to write or speak grammatically correct Korean.

Just like learning the English language, you need to start learning Korean by going through its basic alphabet, phonology, and grammar rules. In fact, Korean phonetics is not that difficult if you are an English speaker. You don't have to deal with consonant clusters and for the most part, Korean is usually spoken and written exactly the way it's written. This means that it's not that difficult to learn how to speak or spell Korean words. In many ways, writing and speaking Korean is similar to speaking and writing Japanese. You write the words exactly the same way you pronounce them.

Korean grammar is also quite simple and straight-forward. You don't have to deal with some of the problems that are inherent in English learning. For example, nouns don't change according to case and past, progressive, and future verb tenses follow a consistent and easy-to-understand pattern.