Since I have been in Korea for over a month now, and as I could not read any of the signs I decided it was about time to learn the Korean alphabet. I taught myself the consonants and the vowels so far. I still have the double consonants and the complex vowels to learn. However, it’s not as scary as it sounds. I have just been making sure I can write what I have learnt so far.
 I have also been learning some useful vocabulary for when I’m out and about; 

         - Annyoungheegasaeyo – Goodbye (you leaving)

         - Mianhapneedah – Sorry (formal)

         - Jwehsonghapneedah – Sorry (formal towards elders)
           (‘Jweh’ pronounced ‘Cweh’)

          - Joosaeyou – Please 
           (pronounced ‘jusayo’)

          - Uhlmahyehyo – How much does it cost?

Most Korean words are spelt and said phonetically. Which, when I have learnt the rest of the alphabet I should hopefully be able to read signs. I can already spell some words, so just by learning a little I can still spell and read some simple words. Hopefully soon I will be able to read a Korean menu when out for dinner! 

I have been learning from ‘youtube’ and as I’m not sure whether I want lessons yet, I am going to keep learning this way and then practice on either my students or even the Korean teachers that work alongside me. 

However, knowing how to spell something and sound it phonetically doesn’t mean it is the same as in English. So you still have to use translate on your phone, but it’s a lot nicer being able to pronounce words properly and able to spot words you recognise on signs. 
 


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