zKorean: Review of zKorean

zKorean: Review of zKorean

The zKorean review was originally published in Dulaboo.comI used to write for the said website before my contract expired. Republishing here for archiving purposes. Edited to suit Yoast’s requirements.

zKorean is one of those online Korean language tutorial services that is blunt enough to say that while they have a free version of their service, a premium version is recommended.

zKorean

Getting an orientation about the Korean language itself is a perk that I appreciate though. It wasn’t gung-ho, upfront ramming of the Korean language to my face insisting that I rush up on learning the language itself. No matter how urgent the lesson may seem on my end, I still need to be informed of the basics from the Romanization to the characterization of the words that I need to learn to write.

zKorean

The square and the ovals in the characters illustrated immediately give Hangul a writing style distinct from Chinese and Japanese calligraphy. The strokes are also more disciplined and controlled, at least based on how I see them in comparison to the rest of the East Asian alphabets that I have seen.

zKorean

On previous Korean language tutorial reviews that I have written like Loecsen.com and Korean.Sogang.Ar.Kr, I would often try to look for words that are written in English form. I finally saw the language tutorial method here at zKorean. 

Not only the Romanized sentence is written but also the regular version of the sentence sample. There is a play icon beside the Romanized version of the sentence you can click to listen to the audio version of the Korean sentence being taught.

Korean Lessons

zKorean also clarified the common cause of confusion in Korean words and names: the letters “G” and “K”. In the Romanized version, these 2 consonants use the same Korean character when writing names.

For example, actress 송혜교 has her name commonly written in 2 versions: “Song Hye-kyo” and “Song Hye Gyo”. But the generally accepted version is “Song Hye-kyo” in accordance to how her name is pronounced in Korean.

Korean Lessons

Now speaking of the premium version that zKorean offers, you can see the monthly subscription fee on the home page itself: $4.95 per month payable either by PayPal or Amazon Payments. You have the option to cancel your subscription after a month. Otherwise your account would be automatically charged on a monthly basis.

zKorean’s Premium services include the use of flashcards, tracking your progress and the option to put back an unlearned word into the queue.

Here’s a common complaint in learning Korean: too many vowels for syllables that can be pronounced shortly. For example, the name “Seon Deok-man” is pronounced as /son-duck-mahn/. This causes spelling and pronunciation confusion among those who are prematurely exposed into the Korean language.

Korean Lessons

Less understanding on how Romanized Korean text gets translated into complicatedly spelled words causes some words to get misspelled and mispronounced. With the software offered by zKorean, learning Korean becomes less complicated and easier to understand.

 

zKorean is still online. Most of their free Korean lessons are on Twitter for easy digesting. Click here for the premium version of their Korean language lessons.

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