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It’s finally here! Learning Korean with Hearthstone. A project I’ve worked on for the last month or so…

Learning languages while playing games? Sign me up! Try using Hearthstone to learn more Korean. Increase your gaming vocabulary or practice your Korean listening skills!

This web application brings you the following features:

  • The full Hearthstone card database. In Korean & English!
  • Dictation practice. Listen to the unique dialogue of Hearthstone and dictate along.
  • Grab a list of all the required vocabulary to play Hearthstone in Korean, without peeking at the cards database.
  • Find out how to play Hearthstone in Korean yourself.

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Want to give it a look? Click here: Learning Korean with Hearthstone

Not going to lie, this pattern hurts my brain. A pattern that corresponds to “only” or “nothing but”. Only followed by negative forms with the exception of 아니다.

So why do I think this is hard? Here’s an example:

저는 그것밖에 몰라요.
저는 그것 밖에 몰라요
I that thing nothing but don’t know

Very literally translated: “I don’t know nothing but that (thing)”. Sounds awkward, right? So the actual translation you would use is: “I know nothing other than that”, or even better, “That is all I know”. The very switch from don’t know (몰라요) to know (알아요) for me is extremely hard, especially when trying to speak.

Another example:

너밖에 그렇게 말하는 사람이 없다
밖에 그렇게 말하는 사람이 없다
you only so to speak, noun modifier person to not exist

You are the only one who says so.

Ahhh my brain! 😛

eSports has always been a passion of mine. I am a very competitive person and video games are my greatest hobby, it all makes sense really. eSports was also one of the key things that got me into Korean culture actually. Watching StarCraft, trying to figure out why these Koreans are so much better than all of us.

With that said, Korean commentary is SO fun. It’s so energetic and even if there’s boring parts they fill it up wonderfully and it’s just a pleasure to listen to in general. With the League of Legends All-stars going on in Paris right now I’ve had two streams open simultaneously to get high quality video, with Korean audio. It’s so good!

OGN has been wonderful this tournament and has put the VODs on their Youtube channel! Here’s a tidbit…

It’s so cool, they talk really REALLY fast at times, but even so I can understand quite a lot which is such a confidence booster ^^

The infamous F word… fluency! Haha! Recently I’ve been reading up on the theory of language acquisition instead of actually doing my Korean studies, which is kind of funny if you ask me. However, I stumbled across a blog post titled “Tips For Developing Fluency Early” by HowToLanguages and it had some interesting points.

The 7 points he mentions are:

1. Study sentences rather than words in isolation.
2. Read out loud in your target language from the beginning.
3. Memorize frequently used “chunks” of language.
4. The “Minute Self-Talk Exercise”.
5. Learn some conversational connectors.
6. Shadowing
7. Talk more.

For the full explanations I refer you to his blog instead. While I think some of these are obvious (and I already do them) there are some things that I want to incorporate from now on. First of all, I think studying sentences is a lot more interesting than single words for example.

Another exercise that I really want to try out is the “Minute Self-Talk Exercise”. One of my main problems with Korean is producing actual content of my own. If I read or hear something, (and I know the vocabulary), I will understand right away. Producing my own sentences is always problematic, probably because of a lacking vocabulary. What I noticed from most of the points above, most of them are focused on remembering vocabulary simply by using it.

I’m doing the flashcard thing andI am great at remembering lists and what not… but it’s just too boring to keep up. Yes I know the word “psychology” in Korean, but c’mon? When would I ever use that (in the near future). Let’s give these exercises a shot! :)