South Korea in the Perspective of a Filipino Expatriate

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

5 Reasons Why "TALK TO ME IN KOREAN" is the Best Online Korean Language Resource

Korean Language is one of the most interesting languages in the world. I realized this when I arrived here in South Korea a few months ago. When I was in the Philippines, I studied Korean language through Youtube because I need to pass the exam in order to go to Korea. The only reason why I studied the language is because of the exam. To cut the long story short, I passed the exam and I came here in South Korea with mediocre knowledge of Korean language, not even enough to help me survive a daily conversation with Koreans. I felt the need to learn their language more so I enrolled in this free training program designed for expatriates by the Human Resource Department of South Korea.

At start, learning phase is very difficult. But if you will get the hang of it, you will find it very interesting and you will be eager to learn more. Aside from the Sunday class, I found this very reliable and informative website that teaches nothing but Korean Language. This website is called "TALK TO ME IN KOREAN" or abbreviated as TTMIK. I was so excited to learn again on my own, so I watched the videos, downloaded the audios and read the PDF files on the website. I really enjoyed learning Korean language through their platform, so I am sharing this to everybody who are interested to learn Hanguk Mal. To make it clear and easy to understand, I will state my five reasons why TALK TO ME IN KOREAN is the best online resource using the abbreviation TTMIK.



Timely

As time goes by, language is also changing and Korean language is not exempted about this fact. There are some words that have been altered by new generation Koreans. Although it is not bad to speak using those standard words, but in a colloquial conversation, it is still better if you can express your thoughts using the improvised way of saying words.

There are some Korean Language tutorial tools available online but I find most of them bookish. I don't want to sound like a textbook talking to Koreans. TTMIK have a lot of lessons that tackle information about how to converse in everyday Korean. The lessons are very realistic and it will teach you how to speak naturally. Through the help of proper conjugation, pronunciation and enunciation, TTMIK can help you speak the way modern generation Koreans speak.

Technical

TTMIK introduces lessons in a timely manner without compromising the technicalities. There are still some textbook rules that must be followed and must not be altered, that's why you will get a lot of lessons about conjugation rules, spacing rules and playing with the verb ending sentences. These, despite the evolution of Korean language, could not be taken for granted.

Multivalent

Studying with TTMIK will never be boring because it does not stick to only one application. It has a lot of fun elements that you can choose to enjoy while learning. If you want to study through videos, there are video lessons available. If you are too busy and you just want to listen to podcasts, you can download their audio lessons. And if you want to read and familiarize the spelling of the words and the sentence structure, you can download their PDFs. You see, you have multiple choices and you just need to choose in what manner you want to study.

Interactive

You can chat with the hosts and staffs, you can ask questions through comment box and you can even "Ask Hyojin". That is how interactive the website is. It is not just a one way learning process. TTMIK is a platform where you can ask questions and get relevant answers. They also have a Facebook Group where you can interact with other K-language enthusiasts too. I once posted in one of their Facebook groups and I got answers from fellow members immediately. TTMIK is one big online community and I think that is one of the big factors why it's more fun to study with them.

Kind Hosts and Staffs

I once went through the recorded video chats available in the website and I really like the people behind TTMIK because they are all humble and kind. When I listen to their audio lessons, the voices of Kyeong-un and and Hyunwoo are very heart-warming that you can still feel relax eventhough they are discussing complicated sentence structures and conjugation. I know they are kind people through their voice. You can check out the profile of the team here.

On that note, I would like to salute all the people behind TTMIK. Thank you for giving us free and relevant information about Korean Language. Personally, I am now more than interested to master the language because you inspire me to do so. I haven't completely explored TTMIK website just yet but after applying some things that I learned from the website, I got compliments from Koreans because I can speak the language in proper structure. I couldn't find any other resources online that could teach Korean language in Timely manner, Technical, Multivalent, Interactive and with Kind Hosts and Staffs.

TTMIK 감사합니다.

17 comments:

  1. Cool site. I bought Sparkling months before and they recommended sites where you can study Korean. I didn't notice this if it's included in their list.

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    1. probably... I found that TTMIK has also an application in android with all their audio recordings

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  2. It's nice that it's up to date as new lingo's are coming up every now and then.

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  3. I have always been fascinated by the Korean culture. Good to know that now there is TIMIK where the Korean language can be learned by anyone, anywhere. I am sure to visit this site.

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  4. I think i will look into Talk to me in Korean. I'm planning to go to Korea soon. It will really help

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  5. I have always been wanting to learn the Korean language and this one should help me achieve my goal. :)

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  6. Thank you for recommending this site. My wife and daughter will probably enjoy this, and me too.

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  7. The tourism industry can benefit from this. Trivia : Korea is the number tourist now in our country and there is only one Filipino that can speak fluent Korean Language. Opportunity is big here you may want to give it a shot.

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  8. Speaking of translation, I remembered the time when I was a kid and my mum bought me a bunch of cassette tape with audio lessons of different languages including Korean. Man, I didn't had the patience to learn everything. I think TTMIK is a nice and enjoyable way to learn the Korean language.

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  9. A very comprehensive article that helps readers to know about how to study Korean. Also, noted that in learning to speak other languages besides Filipino language is a must nowadays. Great piece!

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  10. Thanks for the information. I previously used learnkorea101 ... I think this talk to me in korean has more features to offer

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  11. hello ask ko lng po kng mag self study lng ako pwede po ba ko mag apply as factory worker or kelangan ko pa po ng certificate n nag aral ako ng korean language. at kng mag enrol ako kayo po ba magrefer ng pag aaralan ko ng korean lang. and magkano po? thanks!

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