A K-Wave Newbie’s Guide to Learning Korean

Free, fun resources that made it make sense

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron
Fan Gran

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King Sejong the Great, creator of Hangeul HaB Korea

It started when I barked “Hajima,” at a car that cut in front of me.

That means “Don’t do it,” or “Stop it,” in Korean. And having said it without even thinking about it, I thought it might be time to actually learn this language I was hissing little bits of, thanks to the K-wave.

I had always found the history of Hangeul particularly intriguing. Here’s a very quick but remarkably comprehensive history of the language designed so thoughtfully by King Sejong the Great back in 1443.

Some people insist that learning Hangeul is crucial even to those of us who only want to pick up a few simple words and phrases. And I do love being able to decipher the Hangeul names of my favorite celebs and a few words in the subtitles before I switch to English.

But as a former teacher, I was well aware that immersion through music, movies and TV shows would teach me the basics much faster. Especially since there are some sounds and sentence constructions…

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Cynthia Dagnal-Myron
Fan Gran

Award-winning former features reporter for the Chicago Sun Times and Arizona Daily Star, HuffPo contributor and author.