I started learning Korean almost a year ago. I'm still very much a beginner, but I can read Hangeul with little effort, and I'm beginning to be able to figure out what part of speech a word is based on its spelling with good accuracy. I've still got a long way to go. It was a struggle getting to this point with no formal instruction. If you're looking to learn Korean on your own, I hope that I can separate some of the good resources for learning Korean from the bad.
In a post published June 21, 2015, I said I hoped that Korea would be MERS-free by the time I arrived in Korea for my trip this August. Good news! South Korea says the MERS threat is no more. There hasn't been a new case of MERS in Korea since July 2, 25 days ago, and the incubation period for MERS is usually no longer than 14 days.
One technique I find extremely useful when writing a letter, essay, or research paper is to search through the paper for a portion of a word. Suppose I'm interested in finding a section of my paper that uses the word "converter", or maybe it was "conversion"? I don't remember, so I hit Ctrl+F and type "conver". This brings up both "converter" and "conversion".