099: How to cope with a different alphabet

<p>Isabelle asks: "I'm learning Korean, but I'm slow at reading. How can I improve?"</p>
<h2>In this episode:</h2>
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<li>An unfamiliar alphabet can be off-putting</li>
<li>Some alphabets present significant challenges (e.g. Chinese)</li>
<li>Korean is relatively easy - only 24 characters</li>
<li>The pronunciation is reflected in the characters (unlike Chinese, for example)</li>
<li>Learn all the characters and associated sounds at the beginning</li>
<li>Improving is really just a question of practice</li>
<li>Keep away from romanisation</li>
<li>Persist!</li>
</ul>
<h2>Resources mentioned in today's episode:</h2>
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<li><a href="http://www.omniglot.com/writing/korean.htm" target="_blank">About the Korean language</a> - a great summary from the Omniglot blog</li>
<li><a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/polyglotpub/">Polyglot Pub Facebook Group</a> - language meetups I run in London</li>
<li><a href="http://iwillteachyoualanguage.com/polyglotpub">Polyglot Pub Email List</a> - get email notifications about events</li>
</ul>
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