Learn Languages

To have another language is to possess a second soul.
- Charlemagne

DRAFT POST

I love learning languages. It is the best way to make friends from different cultures. A whole new world of literature, songs, films, and news open up with each language. A foreign language also exposes you to local foods and their authentic recipes.

The following is the list of resources that I have used to study each language. Because my native tongue is Korean, I mainly learned Japanese and Mandarin Chinese from resources written in Korean; however, I included some resources in English that I found helpful as well.

General Resources

Learning applications

Dictionaries

Writing systems

Pronunciation & Phonetics

Japanese

  • [일본어 문법 무작정 따라하기]
  • [일본어 필수 표현 무작정 따라하기]
  • [시나공 일본어 보카 VOCA 15000] Although it contains less than 15,000 words, it is one of the most comprehensive and difficult Japanese vocabulary book I have seen for Korean speakers.
  • IMABI 文法 One of the most comprehensive, freely-available, Japanese grammar guide I’ve seen so far.

Authentic materials

Mandarin Chinese

  • [중단기]

Spanish (Castellano)

Learning tools

AnkiDecks

Authentic materials

Newspaper

TV Dramas

Classical Latin and Attic Greek

Good dictionaries

English

  • Wordsmith: A newsletter that delivers interesting English words daily.

Korean

My Anki setup (add-ons)

Unpil Baek
Unpil Baek
Ph.D. student in Physics

Sees the world through a quantum, musical, linguistic, and Christian lens.