September 25, 2008 § 3 Comments
I love Korean. Granted I am Korean but I love learning about Korean culture and all the little idiosyncrasies within it. I learn languages to learn more about the cultures and people of different areas and so studying Korean also gives me opportunities to learn about the Korean culture I didn’t get to learn growing up in America. The more words I learn, the more I can understand Korean humor. Korean tv shows often have subtitles in Korean so use them to practice. It’s funny because they won’t subtitle the whole sentence but just the shocking or funny words. For example let’s say someone said, “I was going to the market yesterday and a baby threw up on me..” They will bold THREW UP in huge letters and repeat it all over the screen.
..That wasn’t the greatest example but you get the point!
Anyway, you first must learn the alphabet. Korean is phonetic language so we have letters to represent the consonants and vowels. A lot of people describe the Korean alphabet as a whole bunch of circles and lines, which is actually pretty true. If you look below you will see the letters and the romanization of how to pronounce the sound and the actual letter. For the vowels, we call the letters the same way we pronounce them. However, for the constants it is different. Memorize these first and let me know if you have any questions. In Korean we will always have at least one constant and one vowel in a syllable. If we want only the vowel sound, we will put an “ng” (circle shape) there.
September 20, 2008 § 1 Comment
Japanese will probably be the easiest for me to teach because I just started learning it as well! I too am struggling to master the basics so don’t feel bad if it is hard!
First things first. You MUST learn the alphabets. Japanese has three different types of writing: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. Kanji is Chinese characters that mean the same as they do in Chinese (and Korean) but have a different pronunciation. Katakana is a derivative of Kanji and some characters are simply Chinese radicals. Hiragana is the pure Japanese alphabet that is used for pure Japanese words. Katakana is only used for foreign words or things like brand names while Kanji is used anywhere.
As you can see in the chart above, the sounds are romanized. There are the 5 vowels: a, i, u, e, o and then the consonants: k, s, t, n, h, m, y ,r , w. Your first assignment is to memorize these two alphabets! I suggest making note cards with the sounds on the back and flipping through during any spare time you have. Something a lot of language learners do is connect what the character looks like with the sound.
For example: the hiragana ‘ka’ looks like someone karate chopping. The katakana ‘me’ almost looks like an x mark that you would get on an assignment. I memorized it by thinking, “People who don’t really care about school (and would be likely to get x marks) would say ‘meh’ to an x.” Hehehe. Be creative and relate things to your own life and interests. This way you will be more likely to remember them.
Ja mata ne = じゃまたね= see you later!
September 20, 2008 § Leave a comment
Dobro veče! Moje ime je Joanna. Ja sam iz Amerike. Ja ne govorim Bosanski. =( Želim vas upoznati sa mojom prijateljicom Aldom. Ja volim Aldu. =) Ispravi me ako griješim.
Ja volim životinje, plesati, ribolov, spavati, hranu. Ja ne volim pjevati. Ja sam sretna!
September 19, 2008 § Leave a comment
I was thinking in the shower when I realized that it would be a lot more fun if everyone could understand everything I wrote. Plus, it’s a good thing to spread the knowledge and get people interested in new things. It will also be a good opportunity for me to review and strengthen the basics of the languages that I want to write in. So with that, I challenge you to learn a new language and follow along on this journey with me!
WordPress is really cool and lets me categorize my blogs. I am planning to categorize the entries by language (French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese) so you can just click on the group of entries you would like to see. Explanations will be written in English. I won’t be able to teach you how to write but I can teach you how to read and direct you to other resources that will hopefully fill in the gaps. The entries are organized by time written so just start from the back if you missed a couple lessons. I will try my best to make this website a learning tool for you as well as a means of expressing myself.
See you later!
September 19, 2008 § 7 Comments
I wanted to start a blog where I could practice the languages I’m learning. =) Hopefully this will be my only post in English. If you have any tips or want to correct my syntax/word choice/grammar, please do! Unfortunately you need to make an account to leave comments but it is very easy and fast. If you know me personally please feel free to send me an e-mail or facebook message as well. I plan to use this website as an honest expression of my daily occurrences. If you want to know more about me, this is probably a good place to start.
나는 버클리대학생이야. 이름은 유미라고 해. 한국사람인데 글 잘 못써. 미국에서 태워나서 연습 할 기회가 많이 없었어. 말 할때 좀 서툴러서 챙피해. 그런데 열심히 공부해서 더 잘 할거야! 나는 언어 공부 하는 것을 아주 좋아해. 사실은 프랑스어와 스페인어도 조금 배웠는데 많이 잊어버렸어. 다시 공부해서 다음에 쓸께. 모 틀리게 표연이나 썼으면 말 해줘!
I will try to practice the other languages later. I know I made and will continue to make lots of mistakes so please be sensitive and don’t laugh at me too much! =) Hopefully this blog will track my progression in my languages (not the reverse)! See you next time!