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June 4, 2007
the korean language is difficult; not just because of the alien alphabet, or virtual absence of punctuation, but mostly due to the strange sentence postioning of the words themselves. in english, one usually pieces together sentences in a subject-verb-object format. Ex: John rode the bike. in korean, that order goes subject (or object)-subject marker-verb. Two examples: the bike john (marker) rode; or john (marker) the bike rode. in fact, some sentences don’t even have objects or subjects—they’re just filler followed by a verb. You really have to reinvent your entire way of thinking to fully understand the korean language.