Korean learning tips
1. Don’t learn vocab from Kpop/music
By this I mean, don’t learn vocabulary from kpop with the intention of applying it to daily life. If you enjoy music in Korean, learn vocabulary only for the sake of understanding the music. Yes, some words are used in conversational Korean but it’s tricky to sort which ones as a non native speaker. Besides basic nouns, don’t try using any of it unless you notice Korean actually use it when talking. Just enjoy the music :)
2. Don’t take note of everything.
I like to copy certain examples or usages when a topic gets too complicated and that’s fine. But writing down the whole lesson is a waste of time. Copy example sentences and try making your own when you do understand it. I reread the lesson and try explaining it to an imaginary class.
3. Listen, listen and listen
Try finding YouTube channels, variety shows and dramas that you enjoy and watching them. I like variety shows the most since I understand easily and they make me laugh. It’s hard making up for not living in the country where they speak it, so in your free time listen to it the most you can.
4. Learn words in context
I like learning new words from my grammar lessons when they are used in an example. Learning random words without understanding how to use them properly can be counterproductive. Learn from examples.
5. Go back to the basics
Korean is such an interesting language and it resembles no other language and I think that’s really cool. Even if that’s what makes it so hard to learn…So don’t feel bad at all for forgetting basic grammar. I tend to reread older lessons when I forget something or don’t feel comfortable understanding certain grammar points.