Are you learning Korean? Then you'll definitely want to avoid these 3 mistakes. Check out the video, and also read the article below!


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Mistake #1: Word Order

Problem: While most beginners do well with basic Korean sentence structure (first the subject, then the object, then the verb), it's common to find mistakes in longer sentences. This is especially common with sentences using multiple adjectives and adverbs, along with other details such as the date and time.

Solution: Fortunately, word order follows rules (most of the time). These rules can be learned like anything else and reviewed quickly. It's important to practice making sentences as often as you can while learning Korean (especially when learning a new concept) so that you'll be used to putting the words together in the right order.

Mistake #2: Particles

Problem: Particles can be learned in a short amount of time, but require a lot of time to master (since they don't translate easily to English).

Solution: Practice and review. Practicing is important, but it's important to keep reviewing too. These particles will get much easier over time.

Mistake #3: Politeness Levels

Problem: Korean politeness levels can be complicated, as there are several kinds, and each must be used in the appropriate situation. In addition to casual speech and the common 요 form, there's also the more polite 니다 form, and honorific speech.

Solution: Koreans know their language is difficult and won't expect you to be a master of these forms in the beginning. However, once you're able to hold a conversation, you'll be expected to know how to use each of these forms properly. Don't stress about these the first time that you see them (everyone will face the same challenge), but know that they are necessary in order to speak Korean above a beginner level, and know that they can be learned with simple practice and review.

Again, as a beginner, you won't be expected to know everything perfectly, and Koreans are extremely forgiving and helpful toward people learning their language. By the time you've learned all of the basics, you can always go back to learn and re-learn these concepts.

If you have any questions for me, you can comment below this article. I love teaching Korean, and I'd love to help you.


If you're learning Korean for the first time, check out my book here. --> Korean Made Simple: A beginner's guide to learning the Korean language

And you can check out the sequel here. --> Korean Made Simple 2: The next step in learning the Korean language

Also visit my YouTube channel, where I upload videos about Korean every week. --> GO! Billy Korean on YouTube