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  • Introduction to Foundational Korean: Grammar Basics

    Welcome to Class!

    • Survival Korean
    • Survival Korean
    • Survival Korean

    Grammar Basics

    Introduction

    We are so glad that you have enrolled in Foundational Korean: Grammar Basics! We hope that over the next four weeks you enjoy learning the general structures underlying the Korean language. It is this larger macro view that we hope provides you with a strong foundation for learning the individual grammar patterns and features that will allow you to communicate. Each module will provide you the necessary knowledge to understand key aspects of the language such as word order, the usage of word-class markers, morphology, etc. When you feel comfortable please also rate our course with the block on the right so we what you thought!

    Sincerely

    The Survival Korean Team

    Overview

    Time: 4 weeks

    Level: Beginner to Intermediate

    Skills: Reading, Listening

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    Course QnA Forum

  • Module 1: Morphology - The Structure of Korean Words

    Morphology

    • Morphemes
    • Morphology
    • Morphemes

    The Micro Structure of Korean Words

    Let's Begin!

    Korean is an agglutinating language. Wait? What? Not, it isn't a kind of food product! Compared to other languages such as those in Europe or even Chinese, Korean is characterized by its heavy use of morphology. The term for this in Linguistics is agglutinating! Thus, to better understand the many words you will eventually learn in Korean, it is very helpful to understand what morphology is, as well as what this looks like in Korean.

    To Do

    • Read though Lecture 1.1 to 1.4.
    • Study and review the keywords in the glossary.
    • Evaluate your learning with the Knowledge Check.

    Activity Overview

     Lesson: 1-2 hours

    Keyword Study: 1 hour


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    Lesson 1 QnA Forum

  • Module 2: Lexicology - The Origins of Korean Words

    Lexicology

    • Words
    • Lexicology
    • Words

    The Origins of Korean Words

    Let's Begin!

    Lexicology very broadly refers to the study of words. This can happen in extreme micro detail from looking at morphemes and phonetic segments to as broad as etymology or origin of the words themselves. In Lesson 2, we will take a crash course into the origins of Korean words to help you better understand where they come from (spoiler: most words in Korean are not "native" Korean words) to get a better social and historical perspective on the language, as well as related grammatical features that tend to be used based on the originating source.

    To Do

    • Do Lesson 2.1 to 2.4.
    • Study and review the keywords in the glossary.
    • Evaluate your learning with the Knowledge Check.

    Activity Overview

     Lesson: 3-4 hours

    Keyword Study: 1 hour


    Any Questions?

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    Lesson 2 QnA Forum

  • Module 3: Syntax - The Order of Korean Words

    Syntax

    • Sequence
    • Syntax
    • Order

    The Order of Korean Words

    Let's Begin!

    Languages can be classified in many different ways. One way of doing this, however, is by word order. Generally speaking, there are 6 basic orders that any language can have: SVO, SOV, VSO, VOS, OVS, OSV. However, for reasons unknown, the human brain really, really likes to arrange language in either SVO or SOV orders - these two word orders alone account for the vast majority of human language! Korean happens to be classified as SOV and with that classification comes important grammatical features to be aware of.

    To Do

    • Read through Lesson 3.1 to 3.4.
    • Study and review the keywords in the glossary.
    • Evaluate your learning with the Knowledge Check.

    Activity Overview

     Reading: 1-2 hours

    Keyword Study: 1 hour


    Any Questions?

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    Lesson 3 QnA Forum

  • Module 4: Semantics and Pragmatics - The Meaning of Korean Words in Context

    Semantics and Pragmatics

    • Gestures
    • Semantics
    • Meaning

    The Meaning of Korean Words in Context

    Let's Begin!

    We understand words not only by their intrinsic meanings (i.e., water means, well, water) but we also understand the meaning of words due to context and their usage. Water, in addition to be a mineral, can also have poetic meaning based on the human experience - or in other words - context. The culture of Korea is highly contextual (when compared with Western cultures) thus a lot of meaning is derived from context. In this lesson, we will take a look at the role of culture, context, and understanding what things mean when sentences or phrases may otherwise seem so vague to Korean language learners.

    To Do

    • Read through Lesson 4.1 to 4.4.
    • Study and review the keywords in the glossary.
    • Evaluate your learning with the Knowledge Check.

    Activity Overview

     Reading: 1-2 hours

    Keyword Study: 1 hour


    Any Questions?

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    Lesson 4 QnA Forum