Dan Alexis
Opinion(s) about passive listening in Korean

Since I only have limited time to study Korean because I'm busy with with work also, I'd like to gather up some opinions about PASSIVE LISTENING.

Before I sleep, I make sure that my phone with tons of Korean audio tracks is playing. Actually, I put the phone under my pillow so I could hear it without much better. Do you think, does it help, even a little? I've read an article that a baby learns a certain language by listening. But it could be a looooooong long process, I guess.

Although when I wake up and scanning some reviewers for Korean language, I think I could understand it better.

By now, I'm practicing with the time, date and currency. (Do Koreans tend to speak that fast? I'm getting confused at times. Haha.)

Thanks in advance for your answers.

Oct 6, 2016 10:40 AM
Comments · 6
I'm just going to straight up say no to this one. Any language you learn will not be learned at all just by listening. If you don't have time, make the time. Honestly an hour of your day will not kill you. I'm not an instructor but take one of these guy's lessons. Constant exposure will help but only when you apply it can you retain and communicate constantly.
October 17, 2016

The way babies learn is that they connect visuals/expressions/feelings to sounds. They don't just listen to people speaking non-stop, people are showing them a bottle, mimicking taking a sip and then saying "Milk?" or "Drink?", so that's how they connect and learn the words.

If you're just listening to the language without any additional connections, you will maybe get better at pronounciation because you're familiar with the "flow" of the language. Once you start learning words in other ways, all the listening may also help your listening skills.

But unfortunately I'm pretty sure you won't be able to learn the language just by listening..

October 11, 2016

I commend your effort.


I tried the same, and I quickly found out that listening without knowing what you are listening to does not help at all. You pick up a word here and there, but what good is it if you don't know what they are or can't use them? I did gain one skill; I could tell Korean accent from other languages. But producing correct sound was a different story.

October 11, 2016

I heard that you could learn things even while you're sleeping. So in korea, in the contrary, i saw some mothers just turning on the english radio or tapes while their baby's sleeping. 

And I think, if you want to learn the language by listening like that, you at least should know the basic things. (Structure of sentences, grammar, words) 

Think about this : you don't know anything about Chinese, for example, and you are listening to chinese radio everyday. Do you think you could understand anything after a while? I don't think so. It would be chaotic. However, if you know some words and basic structures of sentences, you could be like 'oh! This word! Ah, this person is asking about this!'.  

I saw your profile, and you're from the philippines, right? Tagalog and Korean is really different. So if you study first, and keep listening, I think you would improve your korean soon! 



October 7, 2016
I've done this and I feel it helps. It's not as good as active listening, but your brain will still absorb general sounds even when you're not actively focused on the audio. 
October 7, 2016
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Dan Alexis
Language Skills
English, Filipino (Tagalog), Korean
Learning Language
Korean