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Quick Tips on Learning Korean
Mastering a new language can be daunting, especially if you’re new to the language learning process. You may find yourself coming up with questions such as where do I begin?

Don’t worry, anyone who has learnt a second language has felt like that at one time or another. The good news is you can learn a new language, no matter how daunting it may seem! Better yet, there are some tried and proven ways to help you learn your language quickly and proficiently. So take a deep breath and read on, then you’ll have the basic knowledge you’ll need to start learning Korean.

Be Dedicated
The first step may seem like the simplest, but in fact, being truly dedicated to learning Korean is often the missing piece for many learners. Learning any language takes time and commitment, and you will be sure to face some unwanted and unforeseen challenges along the way. The key is to be dedicated enough in your learning to get through the more difficult times and stick with it. Ask yourself the question: do I really want to learn this language and do I have the time to commit to it? If you answered yes confidently to both parts, then you’ve already passed the highest hurdle in your learning.

Find Your Resources
It would be a little difficult to start learning Korean without any resources at hand, and let me tell you, there are tons out there, both free and for a fee. Here is a short list of some of the many resources you’ll find on the web that give you access to some valuable Korean learning material. Make a quick web search yourself to uncover some more of these gems!

As you probably know LRNGO is a site offering a free platform for you to connect with a tutor, online class, or language exchange partner. If you’re looking for a free way to learn, consider the latter option and connect with a language exchange partner. Use your skills to teach them and let them teach you Korean—without paying a penny.

Whether you make use of a paid option or a language exchange partner, having human guidance during your learning process is essential as they will be able to adjust lessons to fit your needs, give you cultural input, and be a conversation partner.

Korean 101 has it all. From outside links to Korean radio, news, and TV for practice, as well as in-site pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar help, you’ll be sure to find this site valuable no matter what your skill level.

Weekly Korean is a site full of valuable tools, but they are best used for their great podcasts. You can listen from anywhere doing most anything and get valuable listening practice. These are recommended for those who have a grasp on Korean basics.

Korean Class 101 is a YouTube channel that is dedicated to teaching the basics of Korean to beginners, for free. From vocabulary, writing, and pronunciation help, this is a great place to get started on your learning.

Digital Dialects is a site that focuses on providing users with free online exercises to help test their language learning progress. This is a perfect way to take a break from rigorous study and see how much of it is actually sinking in.

Make a Schedule
Because of that dedication and commitment previously mentioned, if you’re truly interested in learning Korean, you’ll have to plan out your study schedule to ensure that you make enough time each day for your studies and that you get well-rounded practice on all aspects of the language. Figure out what works best for you in terms of time and material; just remember that you must keep it consistent. Don’t try to cram once a week and expect to see results, spread your studies out daily or every other day, which is much more efficient than cramming all your studies into one day.

Practice, Practice, Practice!
Now that you’ve decided that you’re dedicated, you have your resources in line, and you have a study schedule, your next step is to really get practicing. It’s important to recognize the multilayered components of a language and dedicate sufficient practice to all of them. Be sure that you work on reading, writing, speaking, and listening to Korean so that you really will have a working knowledge of the language.

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Becoming a Master of the Norwegian Language
Looking to learn Norwegian but aren’t sure where to begin? Fortunately for you, the info you need is right here. There are several ways to go about getting the Norwegian language study that you’re searching for, so consider the advice and resources listed and try them out to see what works best for you.

Connect with a Norwegian Speaker

As much as you may like to think you can learn all you need to know on your own, to really take command of a language you need the guidance and practice of working with other people. There are several ways to do this. If you’re willing to pay for lessons, you have the options of hiring a tutor or joining a class. You can look for tutors in your area through sites like Craigslist or other job posting sites, and look for classes at your local college or online. Online classes are valuable because you can learn a new language from the comfort of your own home, at your pace, on your time. Online study courses are usually very affordable and flexible and designed to fit with any schedule, including yours.

There is also the option of connecting with a language exchange partner. If you don’t know what language exchanges are, they essentially give you the opportunity to have the advantages of one-on-one tutoring for no charge but your time. The idea is that you can teach your partner valuable skills that they want to know and they can teach you what you’d like to know, like Norwegian. Of course, sites like LRNGO allow you to connect with an exchange partner near you or anywhere in the world through video chat.

Find Your Resources

In order to learn Norwegian, you’ll have to have resources to draw from. Consider which methods of study work best for you. There are tons of free resources on the web that are meant to help aid your studies. Talk with your tutor, teacher, or language exchange partner to help you pick your resources. YouTube channels, podcasts, online exercises, and other sites are all great places to search.

Make a Schedule and Stick to It

When it comes down to it, practice is the only way you will be able to learn. It is necessary to create a study plan and stick to it. Devote multiple days throughout the week to study and be sure to practice all aspects of the language, from speaking and listening to reading and writing. You can also spend free time reading books (children’s books are a good place to start for beginners) and watching Norwegian movies with subtitles for more relaxed and enjoyable practice.

Whichever methods you choose for learning Norwegian, remember that the most important part of learning a new language, or learning anything new, is to believe that you can do it. If you keep this in the forefront and continue your dedicated study, you will succeed!

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Czech Out the Basics: Learn and Teach Czech
The Czech language was often referred to as the Bohemian language in English until the 19th century. It is similar to Slovak and also has similarities to Polish and Sorbian. Today, it is spoken by about 12 million speakers worldwide and is the official language of the Czech Republic.

Learning Opportunities

Learning the Czech language can prove to have its challenges at the beginning for native English speakers, but don’t let that scare you off! There are tons of opportunities for you to build a foundation or add on to your Czech skills out there, if you know where to look.

LRNGO is a free site where you can connect with a language exchange partner and get one-on-one guidance for your Czech learning journey, for no fee. The idea is that everyone has a skill that they can teach, so why pay a tutor when you can exchange time teaching one skill for learning another? Find a partner near you or anywhere in the world and meet up via video chat.

Czech 101 offers links to Czech radio, newspapers, and television so you can practice what you’ve learned in natural situations, and give yourself a taste of the surrounding culture. The site also provides vocabulary lists, pronunciation guides, and English-Czech translation tools so that you are sure to get a broad understanding of the topic.

Learn Czech on YouTube is a great playlist compiled by Learn Czech in Prague, which gives you easy access to over sixty YouTube videos teaching you foundational Czech.

Learn Czech by Czech Class 101 is a great podcast which helps you get a grasp on the basics wherever you go—listen in the car, in a plane, in the home, or anywhere you go and start learning in your free time.

Teaching Opportunities

There are over 10-12 million Czech speakers living in the Czech Republic, another 200,000 emigrants spread across the globe, and over 90,000 Czech speakers living within the continental USA, meaning that teaching opportunities for Czech speakers span the globe.

If you’re interested in tutoring, you can post your information on sites like LRNGO and My Czech Republic. There may also be opportunities with your city’s cultural center, community college, or university, depending on your credentials.

Your Czech skills are not limited to teaching the states. There are many opportunities for teaching an English language course (ESL), or other course materials at universities in the Czech Republic. Teach Away offers great advice for ESL teachers abroad, and you can start finding available listings at Dave’s ESL Cafe, Expats, or ESL Jobs.

The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, whose members span across the nation, has a quarterly newsletter that is published online, an annual conference with scholarly panels, workshops, and roundtable discussions held by an energetic cross section of leading scholars. The four-day conferences focus on gathering attention to communication and aesthetic characteristics of the rich Slavic cultures, providing support to Czech teachers.

If you find yourself with the valuable skill of being able to speak Czech, put it to use and start exploring your options as a teacher!

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