Anyone learning/ learned Korean on their own?

@jk5885 (37)
United States
December 22, 2009 7:29am CST
I really enjoy listening to Korean music and sometimes watching Korean dramas. I also enjoy learning new languages, so I have decided to learn Korean because I am spending so much time immersed in Korean entertainment. I won't be able to take any classes for a while so for now I need to learn it on my own. Has anyone done this? How fluent were you able to get on your own? Were there any sites or programs that you found very helpful?
4 responses
@calai618 (1773)
• Philippines
22 Dec 09
i did this a couple of years ago but i stopped because i became so busy. i tried learning korean on my own because like you, i got too obsessed with korean dramas, movies and music. What i did was collect all my favorite korean songs, printed all the lyrics in korean characters, korean romanji and english translation. i memorized the songs and the meanings. it was easier that way because it was a lot more effective to remember words with music. when i have learned tons of vocabularies using that method, it became easier for me to understand new songs because i already knew what thy were talking about and i have already familiarized myself with the korean me, when you try watching drama or movies, you will notice yourself not reading the subtitles anymore. it will take time but as long as you enjoy it, you'll learn fast. :D
@jk5885 (37)
• United States
25 Dec 09
Thanks for the advice, I'll definitely try it. That's awesome that you got to the point where you didn't need to read subtitles, its really encouraging =)
• United States
21 May 16
I have tried a little! I tried to learn a little bit of the Korean alphabet, but I have forgotten everything I've learned since because I wasn't able to put in enough time :/ Now, there are lots of ways in which we can learn; some of which you mentioned in your post :) Youtube is also a huge resource for people who want to learn other languages too, so I would definitely recommend searching Youtube channels. And since Korean culture (most notably, Kpop) is becoming more mainstream and well-known, there are even more resources out there for Kpop/Korean culture lovers :)
• Canada
3 Jan 10
aha I had two clasemates from Korea. I really want to learn another foreign language and Korean seems to be the best choice. However, I was so shy that I can't talk to them about my plan. This semester has already been past. What's a pity.
@bestylish (922)
• Philippines
9 Mar 10
I learn on my own. Well, i know a little. Like Oppa, noona, Konsamnida, Anyonghaseyo. Just a little. I learn it from reading manhwas(korean comics?). Also, I learn it from my friends who are so addicted to KPOP!