Learn Korean with Pororo (now with English subtitles)!
We all know learning a new language can be tough, particularly so if you are learning by yourself. Many of us in this category of "self-learners" have developed different methods and tricks to help us along the way.
One such method is using content that is easier to understand to practice listening and comprehension. A lot of people enjoy using children’s shows in foreign languages for this purpose.
To that end we are happy to announce that starting today, Pororo in Korean will now have English subtitles!
Furthermore to get you started on your language-learning journey, check out this fun language lesson using Pororo.
We sat down with Go Billy! Korean to talk about his language-learning journey and this is what he had to say.
DF News: Hi Billy, so we heard a rumor that you speak a lot of languages, how many do you speak?
GO! Billy: I speak 3 - English, Korean, and Japanese. But if you also count the ones that I don't speak well, then French, Mandarin, and Cantonese. So 6.
DF News: Wow, that’s really impressive so how long have you been studying Korean?
GO! Billy: I've been studying Korean since 2005, and last month was my 9 year anniversary.
DF News: Congratulations, that’s a long time! How did you get your start in languages in the first place?
GO! Billy: My first language was French in High School, but that wasn't by choice. At the time my friend was studying Japanese and invited me to try it, so I did. He stopped studying after a few months but I kept going because I found so many places I could use a foreign language. Then Korean was next, and I got into Korean because it was such a unique language. And there have definitely been more places that I can use Korean in my life than any other language I've studied before or after that.
DF News: Since you’ve made a lesson with Pororo, I’m curious did you watch any kids shows to learn any of the languages you speak?
GO! Billy: I only knew English, and I couldn't even speak English that well. Dora the Explorer came out when I was a teenager, so I didn't watch it. I don't remember there being any programs on TV in other languages that I could've watched at all. Spanish soap operas were on TV but I had no way of possibly using those to learn Spanish without some way to know what they were saying, such as subtitles or someone to talk with.
DF News: What children’s shows did you watch growing up?
GO! Billy: When I was a kid I used to watch cartoons on Nickelodeon, such as "Inspector Gadget" and "Tiny Toons," and drama like "Are You Afraid of the Dark." I don't think any of these were made for little kids though.
DF News: Are You Afraid of the Dark, was a creepy one indeed! Any parting words for fresh, new language learners out there just getting started?
GO! Billy: Learning a foreign language is difficult, but anyone can do it. Be open to trying different methods. Never be afraid to re-learn something simple. Keep a regular schedule for studying, even if it's only 10 minutes a day. Knowing a foreign language will open up new doors in your life. Good luck in your studies!