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Should I not speak spanish with my children and my future wife?

You should never avoid speaking your own language to your child. Especially if it's globally useful language like English or Spanish. In fact it will do your child a huge favour to be raised ...
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How can one learn a language (such as Korean), when there is no agreement as to how to properly pronounce it?

I think you should consider some minimal pair training and then see whether the problem you describe still persists. Wikipedia defines minimal pairs as pairs of words or phrases in a particular ...
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Mnemonics for learning Hangul?

Ryan Estrada's Learn to Read Korean in 15 Minutes uses mnemonics. For example, for the consonants: ㅂ looks like a bucket and is pronounced 'b' (the first consonant in 'bucket); ㅁ looks like a map and ...
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Necessity of studying Hanja to reach intermediate level of Korean proficiency?

It certainly isn't necessary to study Hanja to learn Korean or to take the TOPIK examination. The TOPIK contains no Hanja, so it's possible to get the highest level without studying Hanja. Also, ...
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How to remember words I never use

Spaced Repetition is a great way to remember such words. Spaced Repetition can be done using paper flashcards, or computer software. The Leitner system is a simple way to do the employ the technique ...
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How can I use the weeks before starting a Korean course?

Honestly, I like to work ahead in basically anything I learn. When I say this, I don't mean something like doing Korean I, learning Korean 2. What I'm trying to say is that, since you have the whole ...
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How can one learn a language (such as Korean), when there is no agreement as to how to properly pronounce it?

Millions of people speak Korean and not everyone pronounces every sound the same way or knows the same vocabulary, yet they have no problem with communicating between each other. The same happens in ...
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How can one learn a language (such as Korean), when there is no agreement as to how to properly pronounce it?

I've faced the same difficulty with my Dutch. I was fortunate enough to come across Bruce Donaldson's Dutch: A Comprehensive Grammar. Despite its chapter on pronunciation being rather short, this book ...
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Graded readers for Korean?

The website How to Study Korean offers a few graded readers for Korean (as PDF). The level of these readers is not entirely clear; you need to have studied 50 – 75 of the lessons on their website. ...
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Mnemonics for learning Hangul?

This is a YouTube video titled Learn to Read Korean in 5 Minutes (seriously); it covers the vast majority of the symbols that compose Hangul in a short and easy to understand format.
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How can I use the weeks before starting a Korean course?

I would focus on anything that cannot go wrong and produce bad habits. With Korean, focus on pronunciation: minimal pairs (the dreaded soft-tense-aspirated triads), listening to vocabulary (Anki has ...
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How to remember words I never use

I agree with Flimzy in that Spaced Repetition is best. I don't think Anki has that high of a learning curve, but for something a bit simpler but with less flexibility, I personally enjoy using Memrise....
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What are some effective options for an American with no nearby Korean-speakers to learn Hangul?

Hangul, the writing system, is the easy part: Jeong In-ji said "A wise man can acquaint himself with them before the morning is over; even a stupid man can learn them in the space of ten days&...
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Does foreknowledge of Cantonese, rather than Mandarin, assist you more in learning Korean?

You wouldn't notice any difference in grammar, but you may find pronunciations of Sino-Korean words to be easier to recognize given knowledge of one or the other, which can help with the speed of ...
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In which languages is the lastname written before the name?

Chinese - This is a left-branching language. Korean - This is also left-branching. In addition, most Koreans actually make their names in Hanja before transliterating those Hanja names in Hangul and ...
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How can one learn a language (such as Korean), when there is no agreement as to how to properly pronounce it?

Do not rely on the flawed Korean romanization. Romanization is not transcription. Learn the IPA system. Study the phonology. Learn how to read the vowel diagrams and compare to that of your own ...
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Is it easier for native Japanese speakers to learn Korean, or Korean speakers to learn Japanese?

It is easier for Japanese to learn Korean. We can deduce this ourselves without resorting to (unfortunately-nonexistent-in-English) academic studies. The deciding factor is the writing system. You ...
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