Laddering So Far

So, I’ve decided to pick up my Korean again.

This time, however, I’m using the laddering method, using Japanese as my base.

How is it going, you ask.   Here’s the answer.

I have immediately noticed a giant leap in comprehension, which is most likely a combination of:

  • Decent level of Japanese
  • Prior experience with Korean
  • More familiarity with sentence structure because of Japanese study

Word lists/Dictionaries

To get on the more technical side of my study, I’m making  cards with cloze deletions using a 200 word frequency list via this page.  There is also a 1000 word frequency list on Quizlet, but that one does not include particles and is more verb heavy. I think I will move one to that one after I get through the first list I found, which is full of those “connectors” that are essential for comprehension. I look up each word in this handy Korean-Japanese Online Dictionary (with [TTS] audio for almost every word/example sentence).


I still have a bunch of Korean shows from back in the day when I was “studying” hardcore, so I watch at least one episode of something a day.  I also still have my korean music collection, the greatest hits from 4 years ago…. so pretty much all K-pop and  Epik High.


I actually found a very nice plugin that automatically generates Text-to-Speech audio for cards.  I had to change my card layouts a bit for it to work nicely, but I’m used to doing that now.   Ideally, I would have a real person speaking, but TTS has made significant improvements since I last bothered using it.  I’m finding that the TTS is very accurate with pronunciation rules, such as when the 파침changes the sounds and all that jazz I don’t remember or never studied.  I was able to speak with my friends just fine without knowing, so I’m not worried about it.

I add 5 cards for each word in the frequency list mentioned above.



Right now, my study consists of basically no reading outside of my cards.  Reading was always my weakest skill in Korean.  I find it amusing that it is my second strongest skill in Japanese.  Anyways, I will definitely start reading after I get through my first 200 word list.  The reason I’m making that the deadline is so that I can still focus on my Japanese for my remaining time in Japan(~2 months). At my current rate, I should be done with the list right around the time I return to America.  I’m doing very little at a time to avoid burnout and neglecting日本語.


What do other Korean learners have to say about this?  Any recommendations for dictionaries or word lists?  Leave a comment sharing your favorite Korean learning resources!


Author: Koyami

I'm Koyami. I am a freelance Japanese-English Translator and I enjoy learning new skills and reading in my spare time. Current pursuits include juggling, piano, and collecting all of the 十二国記 books. Follow me on Twitter and Google+ for blog updates, my Japanese word of the day, and more!

  • I know that Korean dramas are on the rise in popularity these days. You should have plenty of new fun media to work from.

    • Thanks for the comment!

      I always find myself trying out new shows for language “study”. It’s one of my favorite study methods. I imagine it’ll be a little harder this time around since there are (presumably) a bunch of new actors and actresses to sort through in order to find the good ones. Still looking forward to it, though.

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