(By David Kim) So if youâ€™re someone like me, a 2nd generation Korean-American born and raised in the states, learning to speak better Korean may be somewhat of a challenge. Most of us probably know the basics of the Korean language and have spoken it enough to communicate to our parents. But how many of us can really speak the language fluently enough with little or no flaws?
I know for myself I was fortunate enough to attend Korean language school at church – and also my parents consistently spoke Korean to me. I was able to pick up the language quite fast and was able to speak pretty fluently at a young age. However, I still encounter times when my speaking hits a brick wall and I have no idea what I am saying. I cannot say that I am a perfect, fluent Korean speaker at this moment, but I am still trying to improve it in little ways. I am hoping to improve enough so that I can one day engage in a long conversation without having to hit those brick walls. In my process of learning to speak better Korean, I’d like to suggest some pointers to assist in those attempting to enhance their Korean speaking skills.