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Problems for learners in South KoreaCommon Problems for english Learners in South Korea (10). english learners in South Korea face a unique set of problems when learning to speak, write, and listen in english. Educators of Korean learners of english must keep in mind the reoccurring patterns and common mistakes that many Koreans make while they learn english. Since the Korean language is fundamentally different from the english language, Korean learners face problems with phonology, verb tense, grammar, and issues involving honorifics, which are absent from english. In addition to language conflicts, Korean students may be tired and uninterested in english because of the rigorous education standards prevalent in Asia, and a lack of foresight when it comes to why english is important for their education. Luckily, Korean students have been heavily influenced by english as America and South Korea have had close relations for decades. Therefore, english is present on signs, streets and businesses in Korea, and students may not have as many issues with writing and recognizing english letters as one would think. Phonology and Pronunciation: Korean is a syllable timed language in which word stress is insignificant, therefore learners have problems pronouncing english 'flatly,' and when attempting to express themselves during speech and/or presentations. When it comes to pronunciation, the Korean language lacks specific sounds and letters that are present in english making it difficult to reproduce certain english consonants. D/T is interchangeable in Korean, so 'then' becomes 'den.' There is no sound for 'V' or 'F' in Korean, which leads to 'fan,' or 'van' becoming 'pan.' R and L are pronounced differently in Korean, making strong R and L sounds difficult for Koreans (and Asians in general). Many students skip the pronunciation of the letter 'S' or, mis-pronounce it as 'Sh" which presents many problems because of the prevalence of S in english verbs. These consents need specific attention in order for Korean learners to comply effective pronunciation. Additionally, Koreans tend to ass on extra sounds to english words such as, 'ee' or 'eu' when they are not needed. They may end up saying 'I am learning Englishee,' which becomes problematic when a native english speaker is trying to understand a Korean using english as a second language. When teaching english to Koreans, special care must be given to rhythm, stress and correct pronunciation. Verb tense and Grammar: Korean does not use verbs the same way that english relies on auxiliaries to connivery a verbs meaning, making it difficult for learners to accurately produce verb phrases. Sentence structure varies greatly between Korean and english. Korean uses a subject>object>verb order, where personal reference is unnecessary. This results in learners struggling to maintain a good grasp on the strict subject-verb-object present in english. This results in words being placed incorrectly when speaking or writing english. Honorifics: Much of the Korean language revolves around honorifics, meaning that much of the nouns, verbs and pronouns used in Korean depend on the status of the person you are addressing. Since this allows Koreans to know the right language to use in which situation, the lack of honorifics in english can be confusing. Therefore, Koreans can struggle with establishing the appropriate amount of respect or assertiveness when using english. In conclusion, the common problems that Koreans face while learning english can be seen as a difficult hurdle to overcome and much care must be given to help students stay motivated and keep practicing english. Since Koreans value english education highly, there is pressure for Koreans in all walks of life to learn english. Korean's are motivated to learn english to attend Universities abroad, conduct successful businesses, and to practice cutting edge medicine and technology. Educators may find adults students especially motivated, and as a result, young students are encouraged to leaner english from a very young age.