So I have officially been in South Korea for 1 week now. Actually 1 week and 1 day and I’m proud to say that I’m really making an effort to learn Korean. It is one of the most difficult languages I have ever tried to learn as it is so completely different from English or most European Languages that I have previously attempted to learn.
The main difficulty is the letters. They are impossible to learn and often times depending on the word, the letters appear to be written different. Lets take ‘hello’ for example which in korean is pronounced ‘An nyoun ha seh yo’ but written 안녕하세요 . To make the ‘eyo’ at the end, You must combine the last 2 letters which in korean are ㅇ and ㅛ to make 요. Get it?
Words are written in a set format using ‘consonant vowel consonant vowel’ or else ‘consonant 1, vowel, consonant 2’. The letters are either written either side by side or stacked on top of eachother. Its seriously confusing!!
My boss ordered a ‘How to learn Korean’ book for my co-worker Daniel and I so now we have a book and CD each to help us learn the basics. Plus, of course, we have the brilliant resource of about 50 kids who are only too happy to teach us the important Korean phrases such as todays favourite “We hum ha tak” which means….Dangerous chickens. An essential Korean phrase, I’m sure.
I have a 4 day weekend because it’s the end of term at the school so plenty of time to explore Seoul and practice my new korean phrases. Dangerous chickens beware!!