Morning Lands’ Korean Vocabulary
On the Eighteenth of November I will be taking TOPIK in London as you might have read in a previous post. Preparing for this exam will require me to learn a lot of new Korean words. To help me, I have spent this entire week doing nothing but working on a person Korean vocabulary list. I think I went a bit overboard.
Korean Vocabulary Over 1 900
When you start learning a language the most fun part is probably learning vocabulary. Learning new words is simply too fun. However, at the same time learning words is both time consuming and difficult. It is is time consuming because it takes a long time to transition a word from your passive language to your active language skills. The first issue, of course, is getting a new word into your passive language in the first place.
To fully pass TOPIK I – level 2 (TOPIK I – 2급) it is recommend to know at least between 1 500 and 2 000 words. That are a lot of words. Learning that many words requires a strict regimen. However, the first thing you need to do is decide on what words you are to learn. There are many vocabulary lists out there, but I decided on making my own vocabulary list so I have a bit more control over the words I am about to learn. So I have spent this entire week doing nothing else but working on my TOPIK vocabulary list.
I think I went a bit overboard, but I’m glad I’ve put so much work into this. Yesterday I called it quits and I finished at 1 943 Korean words. That is a lot, but I think that if I manage to integrate the majority of these words into my active Korean language, I will have improved my Korean a thousandfold.
한자어 And Synonyms
Some of the challenges that I’ll endure are: synonyms and Hanjaeo (한자어). Synonyms are a difficulty because there are seldomly true synonyms. This means that while they might have the same meaning in a broader sense, in truth thee usage of the words is still quite different in nuance. Hanjaeo (한자어) are another difficulty because they create a lot of homonyms that have widely different meanings, an example would be 연기하다. Depending on its hanja the meaning of 연기하다 can either be “to delay” (延期) or “to act, to perform” (演技). There are a few of these synonyms and Hanjaoe in my Korean vocabulary list.
As you can imagine my coming days of vocabulary cramming will be fun.
모르닝 랜드 한국어 어휘
However, this would not be Morning Lands if I did not share my hard work with others. Yesterday I spend a bit on uploading my entire vocabulary list to Memrise, a flash card application for your smartphone. The course I created of this vocabulary list is called 모르닝 랜드 한국어 어휘. I hope that this will help any of you to improve your Korean
I plan to keep updating this vocabulary list, although infrequently. The words I will add to this vocabulary list will be words I encounter as I continue to explore the wonders of Korean. Do you know a Korean word I have yet to include, but you think I really ought to add, please let me know in the comments. Also let me know if you spot a spelling mistake, it can happen.