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Monday, November 17

Why I'm Learning Korean

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If you've been following me for awhile you know that I tried to learn Korean last year and then stopped almost as soon as I started. I don't even remember why I fell off track. Maybe it was because of all the stress of work... I really don't remember.

But this time I really want to master the language. So here are my reasons for wanting to learn Korean and why I'm going to stick to it this time..... pinky swears...

 To Feel More Connected to My Boyfriend
As you can tell by the name of my blog that my boyfriend's name is Moo. His native language is Korean. Although he is completely fluent in English ( he's been in the states since he was 7) I think he would appreciate it if I learned his native tongue. Hopefully, his parents will appreciate it too since their Korean is much stronger than their English.

To Talk About People Behind Their Backs
Whaaaaat? Don't act like you're shocked! You know you were thinking it too. Is it bad that I want to be able to talk about people behind their backs? I hate it when I go to the Vietnamese nail salon and the nail tech starts talking about me. And I KNOW the nail tech is talking about me because she's pointing at me AND laughing. However, for the love of God I have no freaking clue what she's saying. 
I envy her.
I want to do that to. I want to be in the Walmart grocery line where I see your busted ass circa 1970s hairdo. And I want to say in Korean: "Do you see that chick? She is soooo Ratchet"! And  you would be none the wiser.... 
Ok, maybe not. I'm not that mean. Plus, I don't want to be one of those people who foolishly assumes that someone can't speak their language only to look like a total buffoon when the person confronts them in their language... Has that ever happened to you? If so, I'd love for you to share in the comments below.... 
But I digress. I Do want to be able to say something private out in the open but don't want people all up in my bizness.... *wags finger*

To Teach My Future Kids
I want my kids to be multi-lingual. I want them to know English, Korean and whatever other language they choose. But Korean & English are a must. I hope by them learning Korean that it will help them to stay in tuned with their Korean side and even lead to better job opportunities in the future.  
But I also want to learn Korean so that when one of my angry, bratty, little kids tries to say "미친년" to me because they don't get their way, I'll know that they're actually calling me the Korean curse word for Bitch and then I'll know to smack the Black and Yellow off of them for saying that bad word to me... Oh they'll know better after that...

Possible Extra Income as a Translator 

How many people do you know who speak Korean in the US? Exactly. Korean Translator jobs here I come-- freelancing from home!- Cha-ching!!!

One Day I Would Like to Travel to South Korea
Much of Moo's family lives in Korea. I would like to meet them someday and talk to them in their language. While there I also really want to be immersed in the culture. I want to check out the sites, eat the food, watch their movies. This is just a small guess, but I think this all would be way easier and I'd have a better experience if I understood the language.

So those are my reasons for really sticking to my guns this time and actually learning the language. What are yours?

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잘있어!  (bye)

Wednesday, November 12

How to Form and Pronounce Korean Letters - Hangul Alphabet Part 4 - Diphthongs

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Wow, you've made it this far! In the past weeks we learned the 1. Korean Consonants, the 2. Korean Vowels and the 3. Korean Double Consonants. This week we'll learn the most difficult of all to pronounce: the Korean Diphthongs.

Just like in English, Korean has double vowels that when joined together make some funky sounds. To make this easy let's split the diphthongs into two groups. The vertical & the horizontal. The vertical diphthongs are entirely vertical and make "ahhh or "aaa" sounds. The horizontal diphthongs make "w-" sounds.

Vertical Diphthongs

ㅓ + ㅣ = ㅔ This letter makes a strong "A" sound. Like the "a" in way. You can also think of it as just pronouncing the letter A in the English alphabet.

Now we're going to add a second line to the left of the pole on the left. Do you remember what happens when we add a double line?

That's right we add the "y" sound in front of the sound! So,

ㅕ + ㅣ = ㅖ  This sounds like Yay.


ㅏ + ㅣ = ㅐ Makes a short a sound like the e in end.

Now we add a second line so that,

ㅑ + ㅣ = ㅒ

Guess what this sounds like? If you said "Yeh" like in yellow then you are correct. Now on to the horizontal diphthongs.

Horizontal Diphthongs

ㅡ + ㅣ = ㅢ  This one is kinda the odd ball out. It doesn't quite make the "w" sound. This sounds closer to oo-ee. Or like Movie minus the "m" and "v".

ㅜ + ㅣ = This sounds like the word "we"
ㅜ + ㅓ = Sounds like the word "woah"
ㅜ + ㅔ = Sounds like wet minus the "t"

ㅗ + ㅣ = Sounds like Wei in weight.
ㅗ + ㅏ =Sounds like Wa in water.
ㅗ + ㅐ =Sounds like Wahh like a crying baby. 

So that's it for this week. Stay tuned for next week where we'll learn basic Korean Grammar and start forming short sentences. You'll learn greetings and how to introduce yourself. Are you excite? You should be excite!

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