If you’re at the advanced-intermediate-ish level in Korean have a Twitter account, make sure you’re following @urimal365, if you’re not already! This is the official twitter account of The National Institute of the Korean Language (국립국어원), where they answer several questions on a daily basis about everything and anything related to the language – grammar, usage, spacing, spelling, honorifics, meaning, shortened forms, expressions, etc.
Keep in mind, this is supposed to be for native speakers so all of the questions and explanations are in Korean. You may need to brush up on your Korean grammar terminology (check out my list – which I need to update) but if you’ve been using Korean websites to help with learning grammar, the explanations are pretty simple to follow. I noticed that a LOT of questions are about 띄어 쓰기 and spelling. Some of the questions surprise me because it’s stuff that I actually already know but then it made me realize – there are a lot of things about “proper” English grammar that I don’t know and have to look up too. Or things that I know but can’t explain very well. For example, a native English-speaking friend of mine just asked me the other day about the difference between ‘further’ and ‘farther.’ I think native speakers of any language don’t really think about why we say something a certain way and just say what sounds right. That’s why this Twitter is so great for native Korean speakers.
But, of course, it’s not just for native speakers. I tweeted them a grammar question today that I couldn’t find a great explanation for anywhere online and got a really clear, helpful answer in return.
I still feel the need to preface my questions with “I’m a foreigner learning Korean…” in case I make a mistake when I’m composing my question or when I’m about to ask something really simple (like this). I guess I’m still not too confident in myself. ><
Anyway, I’ll have to jot this down in my grammar notebook. I know it’s easy to go to your Korean friends or teachers or the TTMIK staff about grammar questions, but I’m a really big fan of making a sincere effort in trying to look it up yourself. I promise you will learn so much more effectively that way. Really. The more time you spend trying to look up something online or in a textbook, the better it’ll stick.
But this is still an awesome resource. I’ll be honest and say I don’t read ALL of their tweets, but when I do, I always learn something.