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How To Speak Korean

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How To Speak Korean

Many may consider Korean one of the more challenging languages to learn. However, it’s also high in demand, making the effort worth the reward. And with the right approach, Korean doesn’t have to be out of reach.

Some of the sounds of the Korean language may be tricky for English speakers. However, Hangul, the Korean alphabet, consists of just 24 characters and is phonetic. This makes Korean straightforward to learn and for the most part, intuitive for new language learners. The structure of Korean grammar is also different and unfamiliar at first for English speakers. This can be confusing until you start identifying grammatical markers to help you.

The most critical piece of learning Korean, or any language, is to understand and be understood when trying to communicate with locals. It doesn’t matter how many Korean words and phrases you’ve memorized. To be comfortable in conversational Korean, you’ll want to not only learn vocabulary, but also have plenty of practice with pronunciation.

Here are some common Korean greetings and words that everyone should learn:

  • Hello/Goodbye = 안녕하세요 (An-nyeong-ha-se-yo)
  • Thank you = 감사합니다 (Kam-sa-ham-ni-da)
  • No = 아니요 (Aniyo) Yes – 네 (Ne)
  • Please = 주세요 (Ju-se-yo)
  • Sorry = 죄송합니다/미안합니다 (Chway-song-ham-ni-da/Mi-an-ham-ni-da)

While you can fairly easily add to this list, and pick up more Korean words and a few basic conversational phrases, it will be difficult to learn the language on your own. That’s where Rosetta Stone comes in.

Learn Korean With Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone’s immersive approach will help you learn the Korean language , not just the words. Dynamic Immersion is the methodology that is the backbone of the Rosetta Stone language-learning program. Lessons are based on contextualized learning, where words are presented in the situations in which they’d occur. This method is effective in preparing you to use Korean in everyday life, and leaves you equipped to handle any situation with ease and confidence.

As mentioned previously, the most important aspect of learning any language is to understand and be understood when trying to communicate with locals. Success relies heavily on accurate pronunciation. Developing correct pronunciation is made possible by getting direct and immediate feedback, allowing you to make corrections and practice until your mouth gets used to shaping the distinct sounds that make up the Korean language. TruAccent™ , our patented speech-recognition engine, is embedded into every lesson to achieve this. You are provided the instant feedback to help you align your accent with that of fluent Korean speakers. This is one of the most important elements to help you learn to understand phrases in Korean.

The importance of practice cannot be understated. To make fitting practice into your life as convenient as possible, our award-winning mobile app is at your disposal. The mobile app is included with your subscription, and is an effective and convenient way to learn Korean. With an assortment of lessons and features, and a nearly perfect 4.7 rating in the app store, the Rosetta Stone mobile app is a practical way to help you achieve your goal of learning Korean.

Try Our Award-Winning App

Surround yourself with Korean whenever, wherever with the Rosetta Stone app .

Download a unit and knock it out on the train or a flight. Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in while you wait in line or for your ride to show up. And explore dynamic features, like Seek and Speak, where you can point at an object in the real world and get a translation .

The best part? You don’t have to choose between app or desktop. Both come with your subscription and sync, so you can switch between devices seamlessly.

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