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By Pankaj Agrawal
When Samsung hired me in 2004 from IIT Kanpur, India for the GSP-SNU program, I did NOT even know how to say "Hi" in Korean. Today, I am very comfortable with the Korean language. I thought of sharing my point of view on learning Korean (or any foreign language for that matter).
Before knowing the “How” of learning a new language, it’s important to know the “Why?” (reason, motivation) of it. I was lucky to have identified many “Whys” very early on. The Big 3 motivations for me to learn Korean were/are as follows.
The above mentioned reasons still motivate me and I continue to learn new Korean words/phrases every day. Once a student – Always a student!
Coming to the “How” part, there are many ways to learn a new language. If you search on Google alone, you will get access to a huge bundle of resources and tips. While I have used many generic tips (such as taking Korean lessons, watching Korean movies/dramas, making informal language buddies, etc.), the methods which I found the most effective were/are as follows.
Nothing beats hard work and practice. Keep on speaking/writing/ reading as much Korean as you can. Use whatever opportunity you get. Having learnt many foreign languages (Chinese/ Japanese/ French/ Deutsch), I can bet you that Korean is the easiest of all the languages. So, be happy about it and start speaking Korean.
Somebody asked me –“When do I know that I have learnt “enough” Korean?” I would like to repeat here what I responded to him –“The day you get up after a good night sleep dreaming in Korean language.” I had my first dream in Korean in 2007 –Wish you all experience yours soon.
Thank you for your attention and Best of luck. Please let me know if you have any questions.