Okay, so the title sounds really strange so I’ll explain. In every language app, it’ll ask you the language you speak vs. the language you’re learning. So, for language I speak, I chose Korean and for language I’m learning, I chose English. I muted the sound and solely worked by translating sentences and written instructions.
Before I start by saying the pros and cons, I’ll say this, it didn’t hurt to test the app and it didn’t hurt to see things reversed, but was it more helpful?
Not really. But we’ll get to that.
Working in the reverse forces you to remember things you’ve learned in Korean and apply in context to English. All the instructions are written in Korean vs. English but I muted the sound because it wasn’t really necessary to hear the app pronounce words in English for me.
It’s not all that much different. Granted, the vocabulary chosen will be different because it’s not teaching Korean, it’s teaching the closest words to English. In some ways, I feel it’s a bit regressive almost because you’re thinking in English but reading in Korean. That defeats the whole purpose of learning Korean. Part of learning Korean is teaching yourself to think in the language as well.
그 텔레비전이 방에 있습니다.
If you think in Korean, you should see that sentence and immediately know that it’s talking about a TV being in a specific location without translating the sentence.
s/n: It’s okay if you’re still translating but work on just reading and comprehending without putting it in English. That takes time and practice.
However, if you use an app in the reverse, the app wants you to see that sentence and translate it to English. So it’s a little counterproductive because not only do you have to think more in English but you also have to remember English rules and grammar for sentence structure.
Overall, if you’re using it as a supplement to your Korean studies that you already do weekly and you’re pretty advanced and looking for a challenge, it’s a pretty interesting way to challenge your translation skills occasionally.
Would I do this again or regularly? Maybe not.