Korean: Family Part 3

Welcome to the third blog post on talking about your family in Korean (See Part 1 and Part 2 here). This lesson also introduces some more everyday vocabulary and talks about Korean counters – in this case the counter used for people and how that combines with the numbers. Here is some other useful vocabulary…

Introducing Korean verbs

How is your Korean learning journey going? Don’t worry if you have hit a few bumps or sunk into a few potholes along the way! (Check out the materials from the first course here if you need a refresher on reading hangeul) This is the first blog post looking at material from the (second!) free…

Korean: Family Part 2

See Family Part 1 here Let’s continue learning how to talk about your family in Korean, as well as adding some new grammar rules. Just a note on the pronunciation – as mentioned in Part 1, the pronunciation of is-a-yo becomes is-sa-yo. When a double consonant ends a syllable as in ops-a-yo, the pronunciation changes…

Yet another free Korean course!

When I first started studying languages it wasn’t easy to find a range of authentic learning materials. For Italian, I was stuck with a pretty dry textbook and copies of the exam syllabus…until I made it to a bookshop in Rome where I spent almost all of the money I had scraped together for the…

Korean: Family Part 1

Welcome to Week 3 of the free online Korean course offered by Yonsei University on the Coursera MOOC platform. One of the great things about this course is that you can change the time settings to allow you to keep your progress, yet pause the course and finish it at a later date – I…

Korean Basic Conversation Part 4 – Review of Week 2

(See the previous posts from this week: Greetings, Nationalities, Occupations and the posts for learning to read Korean in Week 1: Vowels, Consonants, Extra consonants & vowels, Syllables and final consonants) This lesson sums up the topics covered in Week 2 of the course – Greetings, Nationalities and Occupations as well as adding a few…

Korean Basic Conversation Part 3 – Occupations

This is a summary of Part 3 of Week 2 in the free online Introduction to Korean course offered by Yonsei University on Coursera.Now we’ve learned how to read hangeul and some basic introductions/ greetings we can move on to saying what we do for a living. Feeling brave? Now try reading it without a…

Korean: Basic Conversation Part 2 – Nationalities

Week 2, Lecture 2 of 4 and feel like we’re packing a lot into each short lesson. This lesson is all about asking and answering questions about your nationality. If Japan, China and Vietnam are anything to go by, this is one of the first questions you might be asked as a foreigner in Korea….

Korean: Basic Conversation Part 1 – Greetings

I am working on Week 2 of the free online Korean Course, First Step Korean provided by Yonsei University on Coursera. (See the posts from Week 1 on reading and writing hangeul here, here, here and here) From Week 2 there is no romanization of the letters so will need to work on our reading…

Language Learning: Free upcoming courses

Free Language Learning Courses All these courses are free (although there may be a fee if you want a certificate) and provide a good grounding in the basics. Perhaps you can use it for a taster of a language you have never tried before or as a bit of reinforcement or revision of one you…

Lifelong Learning: Upcoming courses for educators(April 2016)

There are a plethora of free courses available online teaching everything from marketing to underwater basket weaving (okay, not this one – this was an April Fool’s joke by Coursera last year) I have been a massive fan of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) since they first started to become popular and have completed quite…