My struggles with verb conjugation continue. For example, I can be shown the following conjugation of the verb 쓰다 to write/use/bitter.
I can’t perceive the pattern, let alone know how to reproduce this myself.
Incomprehensible pig latin. I can’t even describe where my problem is.
All I know is the only verbs I can manage to use are the ones I have memorized already conjugated. The amount of vocabulary and sentences coming at me far exceeds my ability to memorize all those individual facts. I need patterns. I need a way to organize. I need a way to create verbs.
I suspect the reason I have trouble with knowing how to use these conjugated verbs I have memorized is I just don’t have a way to look at some collection of hangul symbols and know what tense it is, how it got the way it did, what logic there is. I am sure there IS logic. I trust Korean as a far more logical language than English. But without my map, without a key, I am a lost traveler.
I can do ok with the vocabulary review, but when it comes to being asked to conjugate something into the different levels – nothing. My brain produces nothing. A total blank slate.
This was James’ response when I asked for help figuring out verb conjugation,
Haha! Made me laugh. OK, so you taught me a new word CONJUGATION James, but that won’t help me with my current inability to conjugate verbs. He rattled off a few conjugations of the verb to eat, then gave up with “and so on, many many conjugations.” Yes, dear. That is my problem!
Another of my Korean pen pals got dragged into the conjugation discussion. He went above and beyond the call of duty by consulting a fellow teacher and emailing the text below to assist me. So I learned 2 new words today: euphony and phoneme deletion.
‘씁니다’, ‘써’ etc. can be analysed into ‘쓰+ㅂ니다’ and ‘쓰+어’.
because a basic style of these verbs’ form is ‘쓰다’.
‘ㅂ니다’ and ‘어’ are “endings”.
However, when we conjugate some verbs, a part of basic form of a verb,
there could sometimes be a peculiar euphony which is dropped out in Korean.
This is a kind of representative example like in the case of that if conjugating with “쓰다‘ will be turned into ’써‘.
As we know in case of ‘써’, when an ending starts with vowel, ‘어’, ‘으’ of the stem, ‘쓰’ should basically be omitted.
this is the same as ‘쓰+었+다’ can be ‘썼다’.
After ‘으’ of ‘쓰’ is of phoneme deletion, if vowel ‘어’ combines to the remainder of ‘쓰’, it becomes ‘써’.
Here are the verbs I am suppose to be able to conjugate for class 17:
to play/hang out
to come out
to wake up
to go out
to take a taxi
The fact that I feel like I am drowning is just a normal stage in the learning process, right?
It is like I need to reverse engineer the information. I can’t understand what is going on from the video, the accompanying documentation only gives sample sentences and a quiz on conjugating. Where is the part where it say “in this tense take verb stem X + ending Y = conjugated Z?
(Note to self: When you want to find screen shots on your phone, look in the Phone\Pictures\Screenshots directory. To take screen shots, press and hold the S Pen anywhere on the screen while holding down the S Pen button. The screenshot will be copied to the clipboard and saved to the Screenshots folder in Gallery.)