Reading webtoons has to be one of my favourite ways to study Korean, and I mostly use them for light reading alongside heavier, more advanced novels. The vocabulary you get out of them is very different from that you would expect from a novel, though, because unlike novels, comics do not rely on lengthy descriptions to establish settings and describe actions. It’s also more dialogue-driven. As such, you’ll end up learning words and phrases that people actually use in daily conversations. You’ll probably pick up some slangs, too.
The pictures also provide contextual clues, which will help you decipher at least half of what is being said, even when there are a lot of words you don’t know. So if you’re looking for something fun (and lighter than a novel) to practice reading comprehension with, webtoons should be perfect for you.
It really is a blessing to be learning languages in 2020. There are interesting, entertaining videos in all sorts of languages on Youtube, and never has it been this easy to access native content in our target languages. The tricky part is finding the ones that suit our needs. This is especially true for intermediate learners, who find themselves in a position where they’ve outgrown the boring textbook dialogues, but are not yet advanced enough to understand content targeted at native speakers without some help.
Han Kang has been one of my favourite authors since I first read her novel on the 1980 Gwangju Uprising, Human Acts, two years ago. A harrowing, painfully poignant tale about those whose lives were shattered, or as she put it in this book, irreversibly altered by the tragedy; people who had at one time […]
This article is part 2 of a series called Hanja for Beginners, where I attempt to explain some of the most commonly used hanja in Korean and how they’re used. If you haven’t seen part 1, here’s a link. Today, we’ll be looking at 10 hanja characters, all of which are tied to the theme of […]
More specifically, as a non-native Korean tutor. It’s been around two years since I started teaching Korean, but less than a year since I started doing one on one lessons. Before that, I taught at a local Korean language school, where I was put in charge of small classes of beginners and lower intermediate students. […]
Hi! Welcome to Hanja for Beginners – a series where I attempt to cover some of the most commonly used hanja in Korean and explain how they’re used. The idea for this series came to me during a lesson with one of my students, who’s currently preparing for TOPIK II. We noticed that as we […]