Republic of Korea, commonly known as South Korea and most commonly Korea, is among the most powerful Asian countries with highly developed economy. Moreover, Korean culture wave expands its effects not only in the region, but also across the world, which drives the economic development of this land of kimchi to a high level in the continent.
Learning a foreign language and Korean language in particular is a long and difficult process. Vietnamese people, who use Latin alphabet, find it hard with complex Korean ideographic characters. For those who are used to Latin characters, it is not simple to memorize and master ideographic alphabet. And self-study of Korean translation requires a lot of efforts and time.
Following are experience and methods from Tomato Media Vietnam to study Korean effectively for those who want to learn Korean and become a Korean translator.
First and foremost, suitable textbooks
Textbooks are of extreme importance to provide you with access to the language. Containing huge volumes of knowledge textbooks should be chosen which match your capability. If you are at beginner level, start with elementary textbooks. Using intermediate or advanced textbooks in this case or vice versa can be time consuming, ineffective and even counter-productive.
Therefore, below are textbooks for self-study of Korean language you may need:
General Korean for Vietnamese
This is a bilingual, easy-to-understand and well-presented textbook for beginners. This carefully-written book is suitable for learning at school and self-study.
Korean grammar in use – Beginning
Compiled by Korean language professors, as its name suggests, the book provides a full range of essential and common grammar issues. It is currently seen the most outstanding textbook. For those who want to become a Korean translator, grammar plays a crucial role, so this textbook is a must.
Korean communication self-study textbook
Expert Le Huy Khoa was in charge of writing of this useful textbook. If you want to study to become a Korean translator, you can find common conversations for communication.
Hard work to improve grammar and vocabulary
Vocabulary and grammar are two key elements in learning Korean. As an ideographic language, Korean poses big challenges to learners to memorize the vocabulary. You should study in certain topics which are common issues in daily life and outstanding topics are easier to remember and understand.
Korean grammar is more complex and difficult than Vietnamese grammar, so you should apply vocabulary learned to learning grammar. Furthermore, you should speak and write in Korean regularly for quick responses.
If you want to become a Korean translator, you should specially concentrate on sentence structure and grammar to avoid basic grammar mistakes.
Daily practice of listening and speaking skills
Great command in listening and speaking is a prerequisite for a Korean interpreter. Most translation companies hire interpreters who have interpretation experience in different areas and used to live or work in Korea. If an interpreter does not have any experience abroad, his or her Topik level has to meet requirements of the translation company.
You can choose to watch TV series, listen to music or watch reality shows to understand their language style and use. Additionally, communication with native people helps greatly improve your responses.
Korean speaking forums and communities
Apart from theoretical knowledge and listening and speaking practice, joining Korean learning forums will provide you with opportunities to exchange experience in learning Korean for better understanding of Korean custom and tradition.
Above are our tips for you if you want to self study Korean and become a Korean translator or interpreter.
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