14 In Korean learning journey (:

6 biased reasons why I love Korean

1. The writing is so systematic and I love the sharp edges and angular shapes of 한글

I know I’m mad. But somehow I don’t like cursive writing and I like blocky shapes. That’s why I get irritated with ひらがな

2. They come up with the wackiest idioms

But they all make so much sense and there’s so much wisdom in them. One of my recent favorites: 길 닦아 놓으니까 미친년이 먼저 지나간다 (sweep the road and the first one to cross is a crazy bitch). I’m very much in love with 속담 these days and I’ve been spending hours on it. ^^

3. You can sound so classy and melodious; yet in a brawl, Korean is might

I guess this applies to alot of languages, but in my biased opinion, I like how Korean is so.. cool. 😀 The same pretty lady can sound so sweet and classy at one moment and yet can probably win in a shouting match.

4. It’s the rage now.

It’s the peak of the Hallyu period. I’m secretly pleased that I chose to learn Korean when most people are starting to take an interest only now hahahahaha. 😀

5. Easy on the fingers and tough on the brain

Korean is really easy to type and a word is probably made up of less than 4 presses of the keyboard. But for some reason, Korean sentences can get ridiculously long and convoluted. It’s like they are trying to test your brain processing capacity and saving on all that full stops and commas. Right, I seldom see Korean sentences with commas. Do they actually use them? O.o

6. It brings me in contact with a whole new culture and so much new knowledge

My life has been greatly enriched – in terms of the new knowledge gained. Not just the language itself, but the insights to a culture/its people and general knowledge

Like I say, they are biased reasons. The only sane one is probably the last reason. (I ran out of ideas) >,<

Do share your own biased reasons! ^^

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14 Comments

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    Courtney
    31 December, 2010 at 7:20 AM

    I too love how the writing looks. (Even in English, I much prefer to print than to write in cursive.) I also just like the sound of spoken Korean; it’s much more melodious than German, the only other foreign language that I have seriously studied.
    You are so right about the punctuation! Not only do I virtually never see commas, but what about colons and semicolons? Are these unknown? Too funny…

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      hangukdrama
      31 December, 2010 at 10:41 AM

      now that you mention it…. hahaha I must really check out the punctuation conventions of Korean! 😀 😀

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    mishmash
    31 December, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Reason 1 : Hahaha. I learned Japanese but got turned off by the dual ‘alphabet’ system and yes, the cursiveness annoyed me to no end as well.

    Reason 2 : I’ve yet to come across a korean idiom that tops this strange hokkien idiom. Translated into english, it literally means to ‘take a dump and smear shit on the wall’. Try and figure out what that’s suppose to mean. ^^

    Reason 3 : I think that’s pretty subjective. I really like how korean sounds but some ppl are of the opinion that it sounds really harsh >,<

    Reason 4 : I started studying Korean when H.O.T and Sechkies were still active. I'm like Great-Great-Grandmother status ahahaa Fat lot of good that did me though.

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    mishmash
    31 December, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Oh the above was just my own comment to your reasons.

    My own :

    1. I just like how the script looks. And my writing in korean looks way better than my handwriting in english. >.< Not to mention, it takes up less space hahhaa.

    2. Initially I chose it only because I didn't want to take Mandarin (I was rebellious) and didn't want to be a sheep (Japanese – too many Japanophiles at that time)

    3. Whatever music genre, I just prefer listening to korean music. They have an awesome indie scene and so many under-rated artists!

    4. You sound less silly talking to yourself in Korean than in English. HAHHAA.

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      alodia
      5 February, 2011 at 12:30 PM

      I love your reason 4! ^^

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    fizzyhasan
    1 January, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    I like how Hangul is easy to write and read.
    I still have a lot to learn, but taking slow steps to master the language. 🙂
    Wahhh, I wish I can be as good as you one day.
    🙂

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      hangukdrama
      2 January, 2011 at 4:52 PM

      slow but sure is the way to go! ^^ 화이팅!

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    Byeol_in_Autumn
    4 January, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    No. 4: Yeah!! You should be proud of yourself for being “fluent” in Korean. I like Korean drama since Winter Sonata but I never think of learning it before, It must be good if I learn Korean from that time :((( 괜찮아, 지금 시작해요 ^^

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      hangukdrama
      4 January, 2011 at 10:09 PM

      hahaha xD the present is more important!

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    alodia
    5 February, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    @ #5, I also wonder if they use comma at all. I tend to write in Korean filled with commas. I guess it looks weird to Koreans.

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    alodia
    5 February, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Why I love Korean?

    – their dramas are way better than ours
    – you can say more in twitter/facebook status/sms since it requires less space. ^^

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      Mishmash
      5 February, 2011 at 2:25 PM

      I agree! Korean takes up less space when writing! Looks compact and neat!

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    Australia Ecigs
    5 October, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Could be the best article on the web

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    رابط منتدى جامعة جازان
    7 December, 2011 at 3:28 AM

    This surely makes perfect sense!!

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