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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 multilingual. Some children raised in multilingual environments get fluent a little later, but when they do they are in much better position than their monolingual peers....


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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 language that differ in only one phonological element, such as a phoneme, toneme or chroneme, and have distinct meanings. There is probably no website for minimal ...


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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, many Koreans, especially younger ones, don't know Hanja very well. Even if they've studied them in school, they often don't retain them, because their use just ...


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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 is pronounced 'm'; ㄹ looks like a rattle snake and is pronounced 'r'. For the vowels, he start with ㅣ, which looks like a tree; ㅡ, which looks like a brook. ...


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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 using paper flash cards. This article provides links to a number of such programs. Anki is perhaps the most popular, but sadly also one of the more complex ...


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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 curriculum ahead of you, try picking off some of the basic points out or get a head start on something you find that might be very time-consuming. From your link,...


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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 all human languages, including English. “Proper”, “correct” pronunciation is actually that of the prestige dialect, the one mandated by academic consensus, by ...


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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 was exceptionally valuable for a number of reasons: It contains a linguist's rather than prescriptive grammarian's point of view; therefore, it describes how ...


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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. The blog post DIY Graded Korean Readers mentions the book 유머 영어 (Humor English) published by Kyobo but it is not clear from the blog post what its reading level ...


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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 decks with audio but no writing so you really listen).


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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. Memrise emphasizes the use of mneumonics when learning. When I learned Chinese characters, their mneumonics made the characters much more memorable by ...


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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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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 anglicizing the Hangul names in English. Vietnamese - I am not sure if Vietnamese people have the surname first, because they make the names in the Chinese ...


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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 said yourself, correctly, that learning the Japanese writing system is far more intense than learning the Korean one. When you take into account the similar ...


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