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February 10, 2012

River-Drug-Enemy – real life applications of learned Korean

There’s a mini-fridge at work, compliments of Freecycle, with instructions in an unknown Asian language on the back. I was never quite sure which switch position on the AC/DC converter box was right for U.S. power.

“But wait!” quoth I recently. “Perhaps that Asian language is Korean!” MORE…

January 12, 2012

Declan's Korean Flashcards - software review

Declan’s Korean FlashcardsAs of March 2016, the company’s website has disappeared. You can still find the Windows-based program on various shareware and freeware sites, but the most recent version of Windows it lists compatibility with is XP.

This is downloaded software, not a website. The demo version comes with a very limited language pack of 20 phrases, heavy on greetings in 존댓말 (formal Korean). The interface is rather dated, but it has a number of nice options to vary your drills. MORE…

January 12, 2012

See and Say Hangul

Indiana University Hangul page – This drill website breaks the letters of the Hangul alphabet into three categories (which are common across many learning sites) – basic vowels, complex vowels and consonants.

Within each category, the letters are shown on tabs across the top. You can mouseover to hear the letter. When you click on a letter tab, you will see pictures representing words in which the letter is used. A couple of these are mysterious, MORE…

January 11, 2012

Pimsleur Korean Language Program – review

As I mentioned earlier, I began my study of the Korean language with the Pimsleur system. Pimsleur is all by ear (no writing to “distract” you), and since I learn music that way, it sounded like just the thing.