23 06, 2016

Winter competition: Korean

This is part four of our winter competition and Seraphine has chosen the Korean poem for you to create a work of art. Winter in Korea is between December and February and the lowest temperatures usually occur in January, ranging between minus six and three degrees Celsius. Have you heard of ‘samhansaon’? Samhansaon refers to the phenomenon where three days of cold weather are followed by four warmer days. The mountainous regions in Gangwon-do receive snowfall starting in early winter, with the weather being very cold and dry due to the wind blowing in from Siberia. Yes, the poem has to do with snow and snow we want a lot of in February 2018 when PyeongChang in South Korea will host the Winter Olympics. And now, tackle the challenge: paint, draw or create an image of the winter scene and be in to win a free conversation class. Just submit your creation to one of the wonderful people in the office and you’re in. The best image in each language wins. Korean language poem: 발자국 bal-jaguk 고요한 겨울밤, 눈이 내리네 눈위에 발자국이 나를 따라오네 작은 발자국, 큰 발자국,,, 눈밭에서 춤을추네 나를 보고 웃는 내 발자국 결국 저만치 사라지네  

15 09, 2015

Spring quiz: Korean

Here comes the third part of our spring quiz as we continue our series today with Korean. Students, take part to win a little chocolate treat which must be claimed by Friday, 2nd October 2015, by coming to class and presenting your answers to your teacher. Our Korean teacher, Seraphine, found this beautiful poem for us, called ‘Spring Day’: 봄날 나 찾다가 텃밭에 흙 묻은 호미만 있거든 예쁜 여자랑 손잡고 매화꽃 보러 간줄 알그라 Here are the Korean challenges: The poem mentions the blossoms of a tree. Which tree? What is the name of the festival in Changwon City pictured in the photo? Write the word ‘spring’ in Korean.

21 10, 2013

Learning to read and write Korean

The Korean alphabet has to be the most logical alphabet in the world. Prior to 1443 the Korean language was written using Chinese characters. The Korean alphabet was created during the Joseon dynasty. As a relatively new alphabet, it has not been subject to changes in pronunciation and orthography and the introduction of new words from other languages to the same extent as more ancient alphabets. The Korean alphabet, called Hangeul, is therefore extremely logical, and very easy to learn. There are 14 consonants and 10 vowels, although some vowels can be used in combination to produce a new vowel sound. In Hangeul, each "block" of letters represents one syllable. For example: New Zealand in Korean is pronounced "nyu-jil-laen-deu". In Korean, you can see that each syllable is written as a separate "block": 뉴 질 랜 드. An individual syllable can be made up two or more individual letters. This is the same as in English – for ex-am-ple each sy-lla-ble in this sen-tence is made up of a diff-er-ent num-ber of let-ters. A syllable block is read from left to right and from top to bottom. If we analyse the word New Zealand 뉴 질 랜 드 we will see the first syllable is made up of ㄴ+ㅠ, then ㅈ+ㅣ+ㄹ, then ㄹ+ㅐ+ㄴ then ㄷ+ㅡ. The Korean alphabet is much simpler and more logical than the English alphabet. Get started learning the alphabet today with the video below. Because the Korean alphabet is so simple, you will find classes at the Language Hub are very quickly written in Hangeul only – and when you take notes you will also only be writing in Hangeul. Don't be too strict with yourself – [...]