sakurakofahl wrote:My main reason to study Korean is interest; I've been studying Japanese for many years, and when I heard Korean on TV or in music I first thought that it was Japanese but was puzzled why I couldn't understand a word of what they were saying, and why I couldn't distinguish the sounds.
I read that in Korea (like many other East Asian countries) politeness is very important, but to my ears, being used to Japanese, Korean sounded very negative and impolite; many polite verb endings, to me, sounded very "wrong" since they sounded like the Japanese informal verb endings, and the "melody" sounded somehow complaining and accusing. It didn't make any sense to me.
Also the sounds themselves sounded very blurry, and I had no idea how to transcribe them into Roman letters.
The language was quite a mystery I got attracted to and wanted to "solve".
I once talked to a Japanese teacher (she's Japanese) and she said she sometimes mistakes Korean for Japanese if she doesn't listen well enough. Also as a teen I bought Japanese dubbed animes and watched them at home, my mom would come in and say "Is that Korean?".
I found that funny. I guess the languages are qute similar but I can distinguish them well, maybe b/c I got used to Japanese in my teens??
It seemed that in Japanese a sentence ending in "yo" would be very rude and impolite. That's the impression I got. Like you know now, "yo" is a polite ending in Korean!! The irony.
In some ways Korean and Japanese are very similar and then again they can be so different. Japanese normally has the pattern consonant vowel, consonant vowel, etc. and the language is written in these kind of syllables; whereas in Korean the syllables are also written separetedly but w/ the option to have a "batchim", i.e. a syllable ending in a consonant. I think Japanese can sound very staccato and Korean "rounder".
Either way, I like both languages
. Hopefully some day I will be able to learn more Japanese, I know some random words and I can read hiragana and katakana.
I'm happy writing Korean is way easier and doesn't necessarily need kanji/hanja...