I've been having a hard time with Korean spelling. And I don't mean remembering the Hangul, (although I've been having a hard time with that) I mean remembering in which order the Hangul go. Korean seems to be not quite as phoenetic as I thought it was.
For example, I can't remember if it is 한국어 or 한구가, and they sound the same to me.
I was just wondering if I have to memorize how words are spelt, like English. I already have a hard time remembering that there are two ㄴ
in 안녕하세요, and whether a word has ㅐ or ㅔ.
Like a lot of people, I've come from Japanesepod, and Japanese has an almost 100% phonetic system. Korean is taking a little getting used to!
It takes a little getting used to. But as you learn more and more words, you will be less and less confused about the spelling, because for example, you get confused between 한국어 and 한구거 and maybe even 항구거 maybe because you're not familiar with the word '한국' yet, and you won't really have to wonder whether to choose between 안녕하새요 and 안녕하세요 once you understand that 하다's honorific polite form is 하세요.
It's not 100% phonetic, so dictation tests are considered to be very important in elementary school. But once you're over a certain stage, everything will be much easier. And it won't take very long either ^_^
If you have any questions about spelling, please feel free to ask!!
It seems like Koreans take great pride in the fact that they have a very high percent literacy rate. But even though Korean is a phonetic language there is a learning curve for spelling. Even Koreans will ask each other "is it 아 이 or 어 이?" to determine whether the proper spelling is 애 or 에 if it is unclear. And there are exceptions like the possessive particle 의. (is it 아 이 or 어 이? )
Wow! A post resurrected from August of 2007! For a minute I thought Hyunoo was back and I was shouting "HooRay!".. but then I realised the awful hoax --it was an old thread.
I actually spelled better in Korean before I could speak it well - the little I knew I had basically memorised -- but now I often get similar vowel sounds mixed up and other errors. The best way to get around this is to copy book/lesson pages by hand the more you write it out the easier it becomes to remember how it should be spelled.