The reasons to learn a foreign language range from travel opportunities to cultural experiences and job benefits. Acquiring a new language, though, is a long and challenging task. The Korean language is complex, partly because much Korean vocabulary was adopted from the Chinese. Korean is spoken primarily in North and South Korea, but is also used in Korean restaurants and shops, where students have a variety of opportunities to practice the language.
Take a Korean class at a college or online. In university classes in Korean, students interact in groups and with a Korean-speaking professor. These classes incorporate language games and activities to improve your language retention. Online classes offer a flexible schedule, so you can work at your own pace.
Practice your listening skills by playing CDs of Korean music or taped audio lessons in the car and at home. To speak like a native, you must learn to listen for and distinguish words in various settings. Music presents a variety of vocabulary in a catchy setting, which will help with memorization. Taped audio lessons focus more on grammar and pronunciation, which are also vital to learning Korean.
Get a language partner online or in person. Meet with your language partner regularly to practice your speaking skills. Ask and answer questions, recite memorized dialogues or just chat. If you meet a language partner online, video chat regularly so you can practice speaking in real time.
Study abroad. The most effective way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it. Korean study-abroad programs surround you with the language and culture of Korea. If you are not interested in a structured program, visit Korea on a study trip. You will practice your Korean every day as you interact with native speakers while shopping and sampling the culture.
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