[MA-SOC] OT but useful: The Endless Hangul Drill

Serdar Yegulalp serdar at genjipress.com
Sun Feb 14 14:02:40 EST 2010

Thanks for mentioning this! Korean is one of the languages I've been 
meaning to add to my roster after Japanese (although I'm discovering 
that by itself may well be a lifelong adventure), and I've been casting 
around tentatively for some easy ways to get some Korean-language 
comprehension, mainly written, under my belt.

On 2/12/2010 3:35 PM, Jill Sophia wrote:
> I recently added Korean 101 to the language courses I'm taking on LiveMocha
> (all free, BTW).  The problem is that the LiveMocha speakers go so fast,
> it's hard to hear what they're saying, and the vocabulary words are all
> displayed in Hangul.  So I decided I'd better give myself a crash reading
> course in Hangul before even attempting the LiveMocha course.  But LiveMocha
> doesn't offer a Hangul course -- just several sets of flashcards with Hangul
> characters so tiny that they're hard to read if you don't already know them.
> Anyway, there are numerous other websites with charts of Hangul characters,
> but I was having a difficult time memorizing the sounds they represent....
> until I came across the following site:
> http://www.aeriagloris.com/LearnKorean/
> The "Learn Korean" title isn't exactly accurate.... it's more like "The
> Endless Hangul Drill".  Here's how it works:  As soon as you access the
> site, it gives you a random Hangul character, and you have to click on the
> equivalent (or near-equivalent) English sound.  It will then tell you
> whether your guess is correct or incorrect.  If it's correct, it gives you
> another Hangul character to guess; if it's incorrect, the answer you chose
> is dimmed and you have to keep guessing until you get the correct answer.
> In the meantime, the site keeps a running tally of your score in percentage
> form.  And it goes on.... and on.... and on.... as long as you wish.
> Another neat thing about this site is that you can choose your own drill
> parameters.  For example, if you click on the "Hangul" and "Roman"
> indicators, you can toggle them to reverse the testing mode -- i.e., the
> site will give you an *English* sound, and then you have to choose the
> equivalent (or near-equivalent) Hangul character.  Below that are indicators
> to choose which Hangul characters you wish to be tested on:  Basic Set, Full
> Set (which includes combinations of characters), or just Vowels.  Below the
> set indicators, you can select the number of possible answers to choose from
> when you test yourself -- three, four, or five.  Finally, there's a reset
> button so you can start from scratch -- although since the drill is
> literally endless, it really isn't necessary to do so.
> Of course, it probably isn't a good idea to come to this site "cold".  The
> best thing is to check out one of the many sites with Hangul charts,
> memorize whatever you can, and then test yourself with this drill.  I've
> found that the more you use it, the more likely you are to remember the
> characters.  As for sounding them out aloud, or writing them -- that's where
> the actual language programs come in.  This is just a bare-bones drill, but
> it's an exceptionally useful tool for practice.... and kinda fun too.
> ~ Jill ~
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