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Podcast Review: Talk to me in Korean

Podcast Review: Talk to me in Korean

Stars: 4.5/5
I started listening to Korean learning podcasts shortly after I arrived in August ,2011. But it wasn’t until a few months later that I found and stuck with TTMIK (Talk to me in Korean). In this review, I want to tell you why I listen  and encourage you to put on the earphones too.

Why TTMIK is an awesome podcast

1. Excellent bilingual delivery
This ones kind of a no-brainer. An essential element for a language podcast. As with any podcast, having at least two hosts is kind of critical. For language learning, you need a person who is natively fluent in both languages.

When the hosts in TTMIK speak to eachother (at least in the lessons I’ve listened to in levels 1 – 4), host Kyeong-eun Choi (최경은) always speaks KR and host Hyun-woo Sun (선현우) will speak in both KR and EN. When they speak in KR it sounds all natural, but they will speak in a way such that you’ll understand most of what’s being said. That’s because they’ll speak mostly using grammar and voc. already covered. And if there is any chance you won’t understand, your English-using host Hyun-woo Sun will respond naturally in English, rephrasing what was said in Korean.

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Language, and The Osmosis Point

Language, and The Osmosis Point

A Beginner’s Guide to Passive Language Learning

The Osmosis Point

Osmosis /ɒzˈmoʊsɪs, ɒs-/

The passage of a solvent through a semipermeable membrane… // The gradual or unconscious assimilation or adoption, as of ideas… [1]

How can one learn a language with little effort…?
I have some advice for you. And if you are a person who is going to live in a foreign country, I think it’s an essential one. It’s one strategy among others, but
      This is for you if:
-You will live in a foreign country for ~6+ months
-Your aim is naturally acquire language from your surroundings; not to break your back studying

The suggestion is: learn by Osmosis.
This nerdy expression of ‘learning by osmosis’ is an inference from the biological definition. Many cells and small lifeforms are surrounded by a solutions. Simply by being in that solution, things will pass in and out of the cell through its ‘skin’ (the semipermeable membrane). “Live in a foreign country, and since you are bathed in its native language on a 24/7 basis, you won’t have to study. It’ll just seep into you from the surroundings.”

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