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Welcome to our vibrant newsletter, brimming with complimentary resources, up-to-the-minute news, and exciting updates designed to elevate your Korean language journey and deepen your connection with South Korea.
Helena's Chat 💬
It's Helena, your go-to guide from Alpha Korean Class! As May approaches, Korea is bursting with vibrant colors and fresh energy. Inspired by this lively atmosphere, I've been embracing the great outdoors more and more, which has sparked a thrilling evolution in my lessons - say hello to vlog-style tutorials!
During the Speak Naturally in Korean Challenge, I've pondered on how to deliver the most authentic and organic Korean learning experience. The answer? Immerse my students in real-life situations! From showcasing how to pay at a restaurant in a captivating practice video on 'Learn to Use Korean Money on a Real-Life Food Tour - Day 3!,' to venturing outside for an engaging ‘Shopping' lesson (Korean Grocery Shopping Tips/ Learn Korean at the Traditional Market), I'm on a mission to bring you the true essence of the Korean language.
So, what did you think? I'm tirelessly devoted to sharing the most genuine and immersive Korean learning experience with you. Together, let's embrace this language journey with passion and excitement!
|👄Speak Naturally in Korean Playlist|
This lesson is a series and it’s completely free, but if you study using the Organic Korean textbook, it will be much more effective in your study of natural and practical Korean expressions. Get it now here.
Amoge's Chat 💬
I'm Amoge, a fellow student of Helena 선생님, and I am here with another edition of Chingu Chats. I have been studying with AKC for close to three years now, and it has done wonders for my language learning. Here is what you might have missed from AKC in April, and some other interesting things you might like:
Listening and speaking: I use Helena 선생님’s videos for listening and speaking practice all the time, and to great effect!. 선생님 released several new videos in April: one podcast and 3 lesson videos. Her podcast video was a great way to learn about what Spring is like in Korea. I had no idea that there were carols sung in Spring. And did you know that the school year starts in the Spring in Korea? The second video was about money, and who doesn’t like money? Watch that video to learn how to use Korean currency, and what you can buy with each note. I also love the last two lessons 선생님 released on YT as part of the Spring Speaking challenge (spending money, and going grocery shopping). There are a lot of vocab words to learn (eg. 장을 보다, 떨어지다 etc), and it also affords us excellent listening practice. She uses a lot of sentence patterns that are great for beginners and intermediate learners to practice. Make sure to give them a watch. Cool tip: I recommend watching the videos first without the subtitles and then with the subtitles to see how much you know. You can also download the transcript and read it.
Reading: Literature is my lifeblood, and of course I am heavily interested in k-literature. In April, Whale (by Cheon Myeong-Kwan 작가님) is now on the shortlist of the international booker prize. I have my fingers crossed for it to win when the award winner is announced later this month. Han Kang 작가님’s book, Greek Lessons, also came out in English last month. Then Shin Kyoung-sook 작가님 also has a new book out, titled I Went To See My Father.
Watching: I started watching the new k-drama, Dr. Cha, starring Uhm Jeong-hwa. It is hilarious but also very touching. I am learning a lot of medical vocab (excellent for me, since I am a med student).
Before we part ways this month, we'd love to hear from you! How has K-Pop influenced your Korean language learning journey or ignited your passion for Korean culture? Share your personal stories and experiences with us, and you might be featured in an upcoming edition of our newsletter! Send your K-Pop impact stories to [email@example.com] by May 20th, and let's continue building our vibrant community of Korean learners and enthusiasts.
Stay inspired, Chingu, and see you in the next edition!
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