Category : Korea

How Long Does it Take to Learn Korean? An In Depth Breakdown

Hey guys! Dom here. Hope everyone has had a good summer. It’s been super hot here the whole summer but it looks to finally be cooling down.

Anyways, recently we got a few messages from people who are eager to learn Korean and one of the most common questions we get is “How long will it take me to learn Korean?” This is such a loaded question because so many variables come into play. It depends on the type of person you are, how dedicated you are, how much time you have, and yes even a natural inclination towards learning languages.

So in this article, I’m going to break this topic into several categories and write some details about each. So let’s get started!

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Shopping on 11STREET Shopping Mall in Korea

I’ve been in Korea for awhile now and one of the best things I love about living here are the online shopping options and speedy shipping for most of them.

The only problem is that many of them don’t accept foreign credit cards, or they don’t have an English option to help you navigate the site.

After trying out a few options, Hyo told me she bought something from this online shopping mall called 11STREET. Of course, she uses the Korean version, but many people don’t know that they ship internationally, and that they have options for English (as well as Chinese) to help you navigate the site better.

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How to Say Thank You in Korean

How to Say Thank You in Korean

How to Say Thank You in Korean

When I first started using Korean, I had watched a few dramas and I was always confused which thank you I should use. I heard the formal version most often, but also heard the impolite form.

It wasn’t until I studied Korean more that I found out about politeness levels and then it made sense of course.

For saying thank you, there are several ways like most basic phrases in Korean. You have the formal, polite, and informal forms to work with.

Let’s start with the formal version. There are two ways (romanization included):

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How to Say Yes in Korean

How to Say Yes in Korean

How to Say Yes in Korean

I remember when I first came to Korea that this was one of the first words I learned. I had my little Korean to English dictionary on the 14 hour plan ride over, and I wanted to learn all the very basic words like yes, no, thank you, hello, beer (haha), etc.

Likewise for you, adding this to your vocabulary won’t make you a pro, but you can at least use this when being asked a question.

So let’s get started with the first one…

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Summer Vocabulary in Korean

Summer Vocabulary in Korean

Summer Vocabulary in Korean

We are in the dead heat of summer here in Korea. In fact, it’s been the hottest summer on record in decades and definitely been the hottest summer in my 9 years of living here. I can’t even walk outside 2 minutes without being drenched in sweat.

Usually the rainy season lasts for half the summer and we only have to deal with super hot temps from the beginning of August, but the heat has been blazing since early July as the rainy season lasted only 7 days.

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Travel Vocabulary in Korean

Travel Vocabulary in Korean

Travel Vocabulary in Korean

When Hyo and I met, we did tons of traveling around Korea and to some places around the states. We’ve been a bit busier lately and trying to save money so we haven’t been able to go as many places as we had been able to in the past.

I learned quite a bit of travel vocabulary from her and it was a quick way to learn some useful terms.

If you’re going be be traveling in Korea, these are some useful terms you can use and recognize on signs or when trying to communicate with someone. This is only part one, so look forward to another post soon.

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