"The Clock Theory"
Hi, and welcome to the first chapter of the Korean Very Mastery course.
This is my own personal method of teaching how Korean verbs are categorized and then conjugated based on which category they belong to. I created this method based on the "discoveries" I had as I struggled to teach myself Korean more than a decade ago.
Since I began teaching it, I have had countless people comment as to how it has simplified and helped the better understand and conjugate Korean verbs, helping improve the fluency and confidence of their speaking. I hope you find it equally as helpful.
Video 1 (of 4): Some Important Concepts, Including:
(1) WHY knowing how to conjugate is so important;
(2) the past tense structure and which form of the verb it uses;
(3) the future tense structure and which form of the verb it uses.
We will use these concepts and structures A LOT throughout the course, so I highly recommend you watch this video first, then you can get into the main videos below.
TIP (for getting through the content quicker!):
You probably already know this, but in the bottom right corner of every Youtube video there is a settings icon (a "cog"). Click that and you can set the video speed to higher than 1x, which will allow you to shorten the time it takes to get through the content. I wouldn't put it on 2x as you could risk missing something, but I do acknowledge and admit that I tend to speak slow as I would rather make sure I explain things clearly. But if you feel it's too slow, just speed it up.^^ Enjoy!
Video 2 (of 4): The Easy Way to Classify Korean Verbs
NOTE: in the beginning of this video, I say welcome to the "The Key to Korean Fluency video mini series." The reason I call it that is because that is what I originally called it when I made these videos (because I really do believe this skill to be the key that takes someone from beginner / novice and opens the door to becoming conversational), prior to calling it what I call it now, which is the "Korean Verb Mastery" course. Not a big deal, I realize, but just wanted to clarify in case that first part through you off. Cheers!
Video 3 (of 4): "The Clock Theory"
Video 4 (of 4): The Next Step (Please complete before moving on!)
(This next video talks about your "Korean Prayer'. Please note that this has ZERO "religious" implications whatsoever. As you will see in the video, the naming is based on nothing more than a very effective approach an old math teacher of mine used, and the name derived from what he used)
Homework for Chapter One:
NOTE: I know it will be tempting to just skip these and move on (especially the first one), but I promise you that completing them all will serve you VERY well for the remainder of the program, and your Korean-learning journey:
1) Memorize the "Korean Prayer" (from the last video)
2) Complete the activities from chapter #1 of the workbook
3) Memorize the past and future structures and the form of verb they use, i.e. 'changed' or 'unchanged' (from "intro" video found at top of chapter one page)
4) Memorize vocabulary from chapter #2 (mp3 files can be found in the language booster pack)
보다 (to see)
좋다 (to be good)
놀다 (to play / hang out)
나오다 (to come out)
높다 (to be high)
오다 (to come)
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