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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1680 on: October 14, 2016, 02:52:53 PM »
@Moonbrie. There are definitely some Koreans who seem to think it's easy to learn Korean and that we should magically become fluent after a ridiculously brief amount of time.

I think the nicer ones mean that they think it's easier for foreigners to learn Korean than for them to learn English. I think. Some of the ones whom I tell "Korean is difficult" (in Korean), seem to get it. However I think a goodly number genuinely have no idea that Korean is one of the harder languages to learn-- especially for those with English as their L1.


Also, if someone's been here more than a year and can't read Korean (in terms of at least being able to sound things out, not necessarily understanding it) and can't string together a few basic sentences and get a handle on basic pronunciation, I can 100% understand Koreans feeling irritated towards said person.

Like, Korean is mad hard to learn. But... getting a grasp of some basics is not hard. At all. And reading is jokes easy.

And then having a grasp of the basics tends to only raise some people's expectations. Like, oh you only know how to say "blah blah blah and blah?" Why don't you learn Korean?? With those kinds of people though, you can probably never win. On the other side of the coin, you also get people who are overly impressed if you can say "hello" or super basic things.

But also, agreed. The alphabet itself and just reading it aren't difficult unless you perhaps have trouble learning languages to begin with.

I just don't know what I'm reading unless there's vocabulary I already recognize in there. Ha

My problem is that my speaking is 100 times better than my listening. But this is the problem with any 2nd language. I know every single word that I can speak in Korean (DUH!).

Listening? Well, I'm only going to know a few words. So yeah, I can say, 주말 뭐하고 싶으세요? But as soon as you start to really lay into how you're going to ponder the intricacies of calculus with your aunt (and not your aunt your other aunt! You know, your mom's sister, not your dad's sister! Yes, for those that don't know, there are two separate words for these two individuals) , I'M GONE!

Haha really? I thought usually it was the other way around - listening is better than speaking. It is for me at least. When I hear the words or grammar I'm like oh yeah, this means that, but when trying to remember it to say it... uh... lol

I only just remembered how you actually say "this is better than that" because I'm teaching it and when I asked my students to say it in Korean I was like oh right, that is how you say it

I've been struggling to remember it whenever I want to say something to that extent in conversation for a while lol

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« Reply #1681 on: October 14, 2016, 02:56:13 PM »
If someone tells you Korean is the most scientific language and you're a fool for not being fluent, explain the grammar is tough, as it hearing and replicating the many sounds of the language.

I proceed to lecture them on the meaning of scientific. Then they never talk to me again.

Win, win really.

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« Reply #1682 on: October 14, 2016, 03:02:10 PM »
@Moonbrie. There are definitely some Koreans who seem to think it's easy to learn Korean and that we should magically become fluent after a ridiculously brief amount of time.

I think the nicer ones mean that they think it's easier for foreigners to learn Korean than for them to learn English. I think. Some of the ones whom I tell "Korean is difficult" (in Korean), seem to get it. However I think a goodly number genuinely have no idea that Korean is one of the harder languages to learn-- especially for those with English as their L1.


Also, if someone's been here more than a year and can't read Korean (in terms of at least being able to sound things out, not necessarily understanding it) and can't string together a few basic sentences and get a handle on basic pronunciation, I can 100% understand Koreans feeling irritated towards said person.

Like, Korean is mad hard to learn. But... getting a grasp of some basics is not hard. At all. And reading is jokes easy.

And then having a grasp of the basics tends to only raise some people's expectations. Like, oh you only know how to say "blah blah blah and blah?" Why don't you learn Korean?? With those kinds of people though, you can probably never win. On the other side of the coin, you also get people who are overly impressed if you can say "hello" or super basic things.

But also, agreed. The alphabet itself and just reading it aren't difficult unless you perhaps have trouble learning languages to begin with.

I just don't know what I'm reading unless there's vocabulary I already recognize in there. Ha

My problem is that my speaking is 100 times better than my listening. But this is the problem with any 2nd language. I know every single word that I can speak in Korean (DUH!).

Listening? Well, I'm only going to know a few words. So yeah, I can say, 주말 뭐하고 싶으세요? But as soon as you start to really lay into how you're going to ponder the intricacies of calculus with your aunt (and not your aunt your other aunt! You know, your mom's sister, not your dad's sister! Yes, for those that don't know, there are two separate words for these two individuals) , I'M GONE!

Are you sure you're not actually talking about your dad's brother's wife? :P

Also, to add to the conversation, although I'm fluent in Korean, I still struggle with jargon and some hanja words. What gets me every time though is when I've known someone for quite a while (as in, at least a few months) and I don't understand one word they're like "Oh, well, if you study more, you'll get better" in a way that implies that they think I suck at Korean. ... Besides the obvious, my Korean is 10x better than your English. :rolleyes: This doesn't happen often but when it does... :evil:

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« Reply #1683 on: October 14, 2016, 03:04:57 PM »
I just remember 이모 vs 고모 as "this aunt" and "that aunt" and obviously your maternal aunt would be "this aunt" because your mom is close with her sister whereas your father wouldn't be close with his sister so she's "that aunt"

lmaooo

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« Reply #1684 on: October 14, 2016, 03:09:48 PM »
I just remember 이모 vs 고모 as "this aunt" and "that aunt" and obviously your maternal aunt would be "this aunt" because your mom is close with her sister whereas your father wouldn't be close with his sister so she's "that aunt"

lmaooo

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: Makes sense. :laugh: To add to it, I don't like my 고모 so she's even more "that aunt" whereas I love my 이모.

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« Reply #1685 on: October 14, 2016, 03:12:17 PM »
@Moonbrie. There are definitely some Koreans who seem to think it's easy to learn Korean and that we should magically become fluent after a ridiculously brief amount of time.

I think the nicer ones mean that they think it's easier for foreigners to learn Korean than for them to learn English. I think. Some of the ones whom I tell "Korean is difficult" (in Korean), seem to get it. However I think a goodly number genuinely have no idea that Korean is one of the harder languages to learn-- especially for those with English as their L1.


Also, if someone's been here more than a year and can't read Korean (in terms of at least being able to sound things out, not necessarily understanding it) and can't string together a few basic sentences and get a handle on basic pronunciation, I can 100% understand Koreans feeling irritated towards said person.

Like, Korean is mad hard to learn. But... getting a grasp of some basics is not hard. At all. And reading is jokes easy.

And then having a grasp of the basics tends to only raise some people's expectations. Like, oh you only know how to say "blah blah blah and blah?" Why don't you learn Korean?? With those kinds of people though, you can probably never win. On the other side of the coin, you also get people who are overly impressed if you can say "hello" or super basic things.

But also, agreed. The alphabet itself and just reading it aren't difficult unless you perhaps have trouble learning languages to begin with.

I just don't know what I'm reading unless there's vocabulary I already recognize in there. Ha

My problem is that my speaking is 100 times better than my listening. But this is the problem with any 2nd language. I know every single word that I can speak in Korean (DUH!).

Listening? Well, I'm only going to know a few words. So yeah, I can say, 주말 뭐하고 싶으세요? But as soon as you start to really lay into how you're going to ponder the intricacies of calculus with your aunt (and not your aunt your other aunt! You know, your mom's sister, not your dad's sister! Yes, for those that don't know, there are two separate words for these two individuals) , I'M GONE!

Haha really? I thought usually it was the other way around - listening is better than speaking. It is for me at least. When I hear the words or grammar I'm like oh yeah, this means that, but when trying to remember it to say it... uh... lol

I only just remembered how you actually say "this is better than that" because I'm teaching it and when I asked my students to say it in Korean I was like oh right, that is how you say it

I've been struggling to remember it whenever I want to say something to that extent in conversation for a while lol

I suppose it reminds me of The Tragically Hip's line

"I remember every fuc*king thing I know."

Well, of course you do. You have to know it. This is the same with speaking. You will always have 100% of your ability to speak Korean at any given time. If you don't remember how to say something, then you don't know it. You will always be running at 100% of what you know, whether it's 10 words or 10 000 words. Listening skills will never be 100%, even in your native tongue. There are 1000s of English words that you don't know, maybe they're scientific, maybe they're from a bygone age , maybe they're seldom used and only used in the by the most lugubrious folks.

But you will always have 100% of your readily available content at your disposal. If you have a brain fart, you don't really know it yet.   

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1686 on: October 14, 2016, 03:13:59 PM »
If someone tells you Korean is the most scientific language and you're a fool for not being fluent, explain the grammar is tough, as it hearing and replicating the many sounds of the language.

I proceed to lecture them on the meaning of scientific. Then they never talk to me again.

Win, win really.

How and when is that stock phrase engrained in Korean's minds. I'v heard it many times.

"It's a scientific language"

ok great...but like...how exactly?

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« Reply #1687 on: October 14, 2016, 03:15:44 PM »
I just remember 이모 vs 고모 as "this aunt" and "that aunt" and obviously your maternal aunt would be "this aunt" because your mom is close with her sister whereas your father wouldn't be close with his sister so she's "that aunt"

lmaooo

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: Makes sense. :laugh: To add to it, I don't like my 고모 so she's even more "that aunt" whereas I love my 이모.

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

I honestly couldn't remember which was which for the life of me before, but now that I have "this" and "that" it's like the only one of the complicated kinship terms I'm solid on

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #1688 on: October 14, 2016, 03:25:16 PM »
If someone tells you Korean is the most scientific language and you're a fool for not being fluent, explain the grammar is tough, as it hearing and replicating the many sounds of the language.

I proceed to lecture them on the meaning of scientific. Then they never talk to me again.

Win, win really.

How and when is that stock phrase engrained in Korean's minds. I'v heard it many times.

"It's a scientific language"

ok great...but like...how exactly?

This is a misquote/misconception. It's not Korean they are talking about, it's Hangul.


Side rant to my rant a few pages previous about acoustic guitars and rock and such- People who freak out that you don't think The Beatles and Bob Dylan are the greatest thing ever. I can't stand either one of them (with a few exceptions for songs). . I have plenty of rock bands I like, but man people freak out if you say you don't like either one of them.

I guess it's like how I freak out when people say they didn't care for Deadwood or Better Call Saul. :sad:

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« Reply #1689 on: October 14, 2016, 03:26:43 PM »
Maybe it's because I'm at an intermediate level of Korean, I don'tget many people saying "you should study more."

I get this every once in a while even though I am fluent. Obviously, I don't know all of the hanja words and I can't always follow political discussions but that's true of English as well. :laugh: Actually, that's kind of sad. :sad: Back to the point, I scored a level 6 on the TOPIK so a lot of Korean people assume that I've mastered all of Korean vocabulary and get disappointed when I come across a word I don't know. :rolleyes:

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« Reply #1690 on: October 14, 2016, 03:28:23 PM »
All this talk of Korean reminds me... that I ought to study.

I've not done so in a very long while. FOR SHAME  :cry:

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« Reply #1691 on: October 14, 2016, 03:45:35 PM »
Maybe it's because I'm at an intermediate level of Korean, I don'tget many people saying "you should study more."

I get this every once in a while even though I am fluent. Obviously, I don't know all of the hanja words and I can't always follow political discussions but that's true of English as well. :laugh: Actually, that's kind of sad. :sad: Back to the point, I scored a level 6 on the TOPIK so a lot of Korean people assume that I've mastered all of Korean vocabulary and get disappointed when I come across a word I don't know. :rolleyes:

Lol. This happens to everyone. My girlfriend is born and raised Korean and also distressingly intelligent. And yet even she was at a loss for a word in Korean. She didn't know what 'cardboard' was called. I showed her a cardboard box and was like, "What is this stuff called?" And she was like, "I don't know. We don't even have a word for that."

Also, I DO totally get the 'study more.' My Korean is passable for conversation and getting stuff done online, reading forms, whatever. But like, I've been in Korea for six years and never studied. If I'd ever actually taken the time and initiative to study regularly, I'd probably be close to fluent now.

My point is that it's obvious that I can't know every word in the Korean lexicon--not even Koreans born and raised in Korea can do that--but if I come across a word that I don't know but the other person does know it, they can just explain to me what it means instead of being condescending and implying that I can't really speak Korean that well.

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« Reply #1692 on: October 14, 2016, 08:03:51 PM »
If someone tells you Korean is the most scientific language and you're a fool for not being fluent, explain the grammar is tough, as it hearing and replicating the many sounds of the language.

I proceed to lecture them on the meaning of scientific. Then they never talk to me again.

Win, win really.

How and when is that stock phrase engrained in Korean's minds. I'v heard it many times.

"It's a scientific language"

ok great...but like...how exactly?

This is a misquote/misconception. It's not Korean they are talking about, it's Hangul.


Side rant to my rant a few pages previous about acoustic guitars and rock and such- People who freak out that you don't think The Beatles and Bob Dylan are the greatest thing ever. I can't stand either one of them (with a few exceptions for songs). . I have plenty of rock bands I like, but man people freak out if you say you don't like either one of them.

I guess it's like how I freak out when people say they didn't care for Deadwood or Better Call Saul. :sad:

Point still stands. Hangul is also not scientific. Highly consistent and logical yes, scientific no.

I do you get you on the Bob Dylan thing. There's a teachers guitar club at my school that is obsessed with him. They ask me the meaning of his songs and I'm just at a loss. I'm pretty sure his music is from before my parents time....

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« Reply #1693 on: October 14, 2016, 08:28:02 PM »
He just won the Nobel Prize.

Which is the most prestigious award anywhere.

Roughly a million dollars.

He's the first musician in history to get it.

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« Reply #1694 on: October 14, 2016, 10:13:40 PM »
He just won the Nobel Prize.

Which is the most prestigious award anywhere.

Roughly a million dollars.

He's the first musician in history to get it.

Get ready for more musicians to win it.  I suspect the Beatles are next, maybe the Doors. And in the future you can look forward to Snoop Dog winning the prize. The Nobel committee needs writers man. That being said, why didn't they look into the past for other influential writers of literature?

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« Reply #1695 on: October 14, 2016, 10:21:37 PM »
He just won the Nobel Prize.

Which is the most prestigious award anywhere.

Roughly a million dollars.

He's the first musician in history to get it.

Get ready for more musicians to win it.  I suspect the Beatles are next, maybe the Doors. And in the future you can look forward to Snoop Dog winning the prize. The Nobel committee needs writers man. That being said, why didn't they look into the past for other influential writers of literature?

Not sure if I agree with B.D.'s nod but as far as musicians go it's not a bad choice.

What's wrong with Snoop, some of his shit is classic? What's the criteria/cutoff for admission to this jam?

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« Reply #1696 on: October 14, 2016, 10:31:14 PM »
Alfred Nobel left his fortune to finance annual prizes to be awarded "to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind."

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« Reply #1697 on: October 14, 2016, 10:33:39 PM »
He just won the Nobel Prize.

Which is the most prestigious award anywhere.

Roughly a million dollars.

He's the first musician in history to get it.

Get ready for more musicians to win it.  I suspect the Beatles are next, maybe the Doors. And in the future you can look forward to Snoop Dog winning the prize. The Nobel committee needs writers man. That being said, why didn't they look into the past for other influential writers of literature?

Not sure if I agree with B.D.'s nod but as far as musicians go it's not a bad choice.

What's wrong with Snoop, some of his shit is classic? What's the criteria/cutoff for admission to this jam?

Well, I admit that Snoop is pretty deserving of the award. That's why I used his name in juxtaposition with the others.

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« Reply #1698 on: October 14, 2016, 10:39:48 PM »
Alfred Nobel left his fortune to finance annual prizes to be awarded "to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind."

Nobel was a moron. If he wasn't, then he would clearly be able to see that mankind has different ideas about 'benefit'. I'm sure those arguments existed in his day as well.

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« Reply #1699 on: October 14, 2016, 10:54:46 PM »
Nomination forms are sent by the Nobel Committee to about 3,000 individuals. These individuals are generally prominent academics working in a relevant area.

I have a feeling you won't be among the 3,000 receiving a nomination form. Just a wild guess. But what do those guys (and gals) know anyways? Snoop should get the Nobel Prize. After all, he's the most eloquent living writer out there right now.  :rolleyes: