Changing your keyboard for Windows 8

안녕하세요!

If you have a computer with Windows 8 (I have Windows 7), it’s a bit more difficult to change your keyboard’s input. This article helps explain what changed between Windows 7 and Windows 8 and guides you to the screen where you can change your keyboard’s input language by adding Korean and other languages to its repertoire.

NOTE: A comment on the article says that pressing Win + X opens the “Power user shortcut menu (Device Manager, Control Panel, Command Prompt etc.) and then you can select Control Panel from it”. Another comment explains that rather than clicking on all the different options in Control Panel, put “language” into the Control Panel Search, then go from there.

The “from there” should entail clicking on Add an input method to access the list of other keyboard input languages. Remember to add both Korean and Korean IME.

감사합니다!

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Richard Bach

꿈은 반드시 그것을 실현할 수 있는 힘과 같이 주어진다. 그러나 이루기 위해서는 노력해야 한다.

-리처드 바크

You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.

-Richard Bach (famous American writer)

Courtesy of Hwangssabu’s Twitter.

Extra Help with Hangul

안녕하세요! Are you still struggling to read Korean? Maybe you mix up certain vowels all the time, or you just cannot seem to ever pronounce a specific letter correctly. While I still think that practicing writing out words, phrases, even lyrics to entire songs in Korean can really help you master Hangul, it’s always nice to have a quick and easy reference to check when you’re struggling. My best friend sent me this post from Pinterest; it explains how to read Hangul through a comic-style format by associating the different symbols with words and objects that use the same pronunciation. I definitely recommend this Pinterest post whether you’re just beginning to learn Korean or if you’re a seasoned champ who reads a chapter book written in Hangul a day.

Check it out here if you still haven’t clicked: http://pinterest.com/pin/227642956135413610/

감사합니다!

the write way to learn hangul

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(Don’t want to read my wordiness? Just use these links: Hangul Basics & Read, Write, and Pronounce Korean.)

WRITE IT. (And yes, my title is written incorrectly as a bad pun. Deal with it.) That’s the right way to learn Hangul, and eventually Korean. Unless you’re solely intent on learning to speak and comprehend spoken Korean, the proper first step for language-learning is studying the Korean script known in South Korea as Hangul or Hangeul (I prefer romanizing it as Hangeul although it is most commonly written as Hangul in English).

한글 Hangeul:

Han = “great”

Geul =”script”

Hangeul is a beautifully designed alphabet from the Joseon Dynasty (1443) that relies on grouping 24 vowel and consonant symbols into syllabic blocks. It’s read from left to right like English.

First, give yourself some background. The history of this script is interesting, and skimming the Wikipedia page is actually pretty valuable to provide a rudimentary understanding.

Secondly, use this fantastic free site for learning the individual symbols, their sounds, and how they fit together. It’s divided into six lessons, but currently only the first five are available. However, those five are sufficient to get you reading and writing Hangeul! The sixth lesson would teach you about double letters, but those are easy to recognize (they are simply smaller versions of the single letters!), ie ㄲ is the double letter for ㄱ.

EDIT: Also check out this post for some extra help.

It took me a couple days, spending twenty or so minutes each day, to learn Hangeul from this site. Don’t be lazy; dedicate one of your raggedy old unused notebooks to Hangeul and write out those words that the lessons give you. Include the romanization (the word written in English) as well as the pronunciation. Write the correct pronunciation the best way you will recognize it. You’ll feel intelligent, your notebook will suddenly seem much more valuable and interesting with all the Hangeul symbols covering its pages, and you’ll start impressing people with your Korean doodles.

If you don’t have much time or even if you do, do one or two lessons a day, as early in your day as you can. Throughout the day, take little pauses to write out a few of the symbols you learned. Read it aloud to yourself (quietly, so you don’t look as crazy), square your shoulders, and feel proud of what you’ve learned so far. Look at signs and visualize how they’d be written in Hangeul, and sound out all those fine phonetics. You might get it wrong at first, but practice, practice, practice – and then it’ll become second nature.

Don’t be intimidated; it’s one of the easiest alphabets to learn. 행운을 빌어요! ^_^