February 5, 2020

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Before you learn to speak Korean, you need to be aware of the varying levels of the spoken language. These different levels are called honorifics. Respect is extremely important in the Korean culture – respect for age, position, ranking, experience, etc., and hierarchy is interwoven into every aspect of life. This article will explain the ins

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February 5, 2020

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In this article, we will take a look at how Koreans express “Please” and “Thank you,” and how sincerity and politeness is implied with the tone and body language. I will go over five main points to keep in mind. Quick Navigation 1. Koreans do not say the word “Please”2. Two interchangeable ways to say “thank

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February 3, 2020

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In this post about Korean alphabet, I will be introducing the final consonant and how it is added to a syllable.  Up to now, we’ve only been looking at syllables that end in a vowel. The final consonant is the last thing added to the syllable block. But before we continue, let’s first review what we

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January 18, 2020

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My last post addressed the basic 24 characters in the Korean alphabet called Hangul.  In this post, I will continue with the rest of the characters.   As a review, here are the basic 14 consonants and 10 vowels: Consonants:  ㄱ ㄴ ㄷ ㄹ ㅁ  ㅂ ㅅ ㅇ ㅈ ㅊ ㅋ ㅌ  ㅍ ㅎ Vowels:  ㅏ ㅑ ㅓ

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January 18, 2020

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If you have landed on this page, you obviously have some interest in the Korean language.   For those of you who have never been exposed to the Korean written language, the Korean alphabet is actually very easy to learn.  I am confident that you will be able to at least read (phonetically) simple Korean words by

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