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09 May 2018


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Christy P.

This inspires me to at least acquire the list of 600 words to learn. I have spent a lot of time in Korea the past few years and can say shockingly few words. My ear can understand even fewer. My eyes can recognize lots more - even with a different alphabet! - than my ears can hear or my mouth can pronounce. I want to blame frequent ear infections and/or some genetic difference because I can't really hear music either, but in reality I could probably overcome it with practice.


Christy: Try Anki and Forvo!

One of the things suggested for ear training is looking for lists of word-pairs that sound nearly alike, obtaining recordings of the two words, and making pairs of flashcards to learn to distinguish them. Wyner even has a template called "Minimal Pairs" that's all set for you to fill out, and it'll generate cards -- actually cards to compare triplets of sound-nearly-alike words.

There are more than 50,000 recorded Korean words on Forvo.

I feel like the time I spent making cards was useful in and of itself, and it continues to pay off every day that the cards come up.


Thanks for pointing Anki out to me! And also Quizlet. I'm trying to keep an eye out for 'tech tools' to help my reluctant reader/speller over the summer. It looks like I might at least be able to use Anki to play audio clips and get him to type the word. If only child-voiced-letters weren't such a challenge for computers!

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