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Language Studies: Japanese, Korean, & Chinese

Korean Language Resources

 

How to study Korean: How to Study Korean has over 100 lessons for all levels. Every lesson covers several grammar points and related vocabulary. According to the site ‘by the time you are done, you will know 9000 of the most common Korean words and 99% of the grammar used in Korean conversation’.

TTMIK: (TTMIK) is a fantastic interactive resource for anyone looking to start learning or improving their Korean. Hyunwoo and co. have designed a solid curriculum of 9 levels with around 25 lessons per level. TTMIK takes full advantage of modern technology to deliver its lessons. They use audio, video, as well as traditional textbooks to teach their course.

KoreanClass101: Korean Class 101 is an established Korean language learning site for all levels. They cover all four language skills, but place a strong emphasis on conversational Korean. When you sign up you get your own personalised dashboard so it’s easy to track your progress on the course.

Loecsen: Loecsen developed a method of rapid assimilation of foreign languages that can be learnt over the internet or on other mobile devices. It is intended for people who want to manage in most situations of everyday life without having to go through a lengthy learning process.

Learn with Oliver: Learn with Oliver is an online flash card tool that allows you to learn words or phrases with several ways to test yourself on the content. 

Korean Comics: Korean Comics is a webcomic created by a Korean language learner to provide a way for them to practice writing in Korean. The site also has a vocabulary section so that other Korean learners can view translations of the words used in each episode.

Dom & Hyo: Dom + Hyo are illustrators who use their design talents to create beautiful infographics that teach the Korean language and give their subscribers fun facts about Korean culture.

Forvo: If you come across a new word, especially with Korean that has rules related to changes in pronunciation, Forvo is a great place to listen to words spoken by a native speaker. It has a large database and is a good reference for pronunciation.

KoreanClass101: In addition to their free podcast lessons, KoreanClass101 also has an excellent YouTube channel with hours of free content.

Talk to me in Korean: Updated regularly, you’ll find some interesting content that will help you better understand the Korean language and culture, such as sessions focusing on Korea’s top sights and tourist attractions, discussions of popular Korean dishes and even tips to describe your allergies in Korean (if you happen to have any).

Easy Languages: In the Easy Language series, the hosts go out into the streets of Korea and interview the people they meet there. It’s a great way to hear the way people really speak the language, pick up useful conversational language, and practice your listening comprehension.

Sweet and Tasty TV: This YouTube channel features a little bit of everything. From vlogs that showcase trips to the Korean market to short but sweet Korean lessons, Sweet and Tasty TV is a great way to learn about Korean culture and the Korean language.

Seemile: Seemile videos are very traditional. The set itself looks like a typical Korean classroom! If you enjoy learning in that kind of environment, this channel was made for you. The lessons are also very didactic and detailed.

GO! Billy Korean: Go! Billy Korean is another channel with Korean lessons taught by a fellow Korean language learner. He uses everything from games to travel to teach the language.

Conversational Korean: Conversational Korean has several lessons that range from dialogues to conversational phrases to grammar lessons. The majority of the lessons are three minutes or less, so they’re great when you’re pressed for time.

 

TuneIn: You can listen to radio from either North or South Korea on TuneIn. Test out a few stations, see what catches your attention and enjoy.

KoreanClass101: The Innovative Language podcasts, including KoreanClass101, are free to sign up for and have an impressive amount of content available at a variety of levels.

TTMIK: The Talk to Me in Korean podcast has free lessons and entertaining video shows that teach colloquial phrases and words. They even have episodes that feature popular K-drama expressions so that you can really get into your favorite series.

KBS World Radio: Designed by Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) World, a South Korean TV Channel aimed towards a global audience, this vast selection of Korean audio podcasts will get you on track with your Korean studies with structured, well-designed courses.

Survival Korean Phrases: This series is all about simple phrases that might come in handy on a trip to Korea, such as “I’m sorry” and “Where is the bathroom?” You won’t find any more advanced content on this podcast, but it’s a good place to learn some basic greetings and prepare yourself for more advanced lessons.

IYAGI: This podcast is produced by the team behind Talk to Me in Korean but is a slightly more advanced podcast than their beginner audio lessons. The idea is to improve your skills by following along with natural conversations by native Korean speakers. Topics include work, travel, school, and holidays. You’ll also learn about Korean TV and the martial art taekwondo.

Twinkling Korean: The Twinkling Korean podcast has around 100 episodes available on iTunes and other podcast apps. The episodes typically feature a Korean speaker and an English speaker having a conversation that alternates between both languages. This way, intermediate learners can follow along with the dialogue even if they don’t understand every word.

Spongemind: Sponge Mind is one of the most popular podcasts for Korean learners out there. Each episode is recorded in both English and Korean, so you can listen to it first in English to get familiar with the context and subject matter, and then listen to it again in Korean to see how much of the episode you comprehend

Sparkling Korean: Sparkling Korean is an intermediate podcast with around 50 or so episodes that cover a variety of topics, such as how to talk about the weather, date, and time. It may be too advanced for beginners, but the host talks slowly and carefully enough that intermediate learners should be able to follow along pretty well.

Korean Podcast for Beginners: Although it’s called Korean Podcast for Beginners, this podcast is actually more suitable for intermediate learners. The episodes are mostly in Korean and deal with a variety of topics, such as a trip to visit Ayers Rock in Australia. Unfortunately, there are only a handful of episodes available.

TenguGo Hangul: A beginners-only app, TenguGo Hangul mainly illustrates the pronunciation of the Korean alphabet through audio and animated demonstrations of mouth and tongue position. Though the content of the app is rather limited, the animations are clever and clear with the added bonus of having a cute monster theme!The “Secrets of Hangeul” section also provides valuable information on the basis for the creation of Hangul and might help learners to solidify some of the concepts.

Learn Korean Phrases & Words: This app offers practical words and phrases neatly organized into categories such as Romance (“Can I have your number?”) and Shopping (“What kind of colors do you have?”). For each piece of vocabulary, you’re given the usual Hangul/Romanized spellings and audio clip in addition to the option to listen to the audio at a slower speed or to record your own voice for comparison.

Talk to me in Korean Lessons+: If you’ve been studying Korean for any length of time, you’ve likely heard of the website Talk to Me in Korean (TTMIK). The app is a must-have as well, bridging access to lessons from that site and allowing users to easily access grammar listening lessons and YouTube videos. If you prefer to learn your Korean with a fair bit of English explanation, ample examples, and witty banter between presenters, TTMIK is a good option for you.

NAVER Korean Dictionary: Naver, Korea’s most popular search engine, has developed what is arguably the most accurate and comprehensive Korean dictionary around. Available in 33 languages—which is very convenient if English isn’t your mother tongue—this free app will change the way you learn Korean vocabulary. It features a wealth of examples and model sentences to show you how to best use words, popular Korean idioms and even grammatical structures in context.

Topik One: For those interested in taking the actual TOPIK exam, this app presents you with a real previous version of the test split into the former beginner, intermediate, and advanced test levels. Within each, you can practice the four sections of Vocabulary and Grammar, Writing, Listening (requires downloading extra files), and Reading by clicking on the appropriate answers. For some, seeing and trying just this one version of the test might be useful enough.

Learn Korean - Phrasebook for Travel in Korea: Learn Korean Phrasebook delivers what it promises: a mobile Korean phrasebook to help you learn and look up useful sentences in Korean quickly. The app uses high quality audio recordings of native speakers to get you practicing and understanding authentic Korean pronunciation.

Mango Languages: The sweet and simple language learning app, this app is geared towards teaching you practical phrases and having you use them in everyday life. The content is very auditory-heavy, with clear voice recordings of every phrase and prompts to repeat and record yourself. Vocabulary and grammar lessons are combined together in units called “getting around”, “asking opinions”, and similar phrases. We loved the timer feature on the lesson quizzes, which added a competitive edge, as well as the option to download lessons offline.

DuoLingo: This app mainly focuses on fun games that are tailored to improve your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Users will start off by learning basic phrases, verbs, and sentences from a daily selection. Also, you may improve your vocabulary and grammar abilities by completing lessons and quizzes. With each lesson that is completed, you will be promoted to higher levels of learning.

Drops: Full of fun and attractive visuals like animation and illustrations, Drops is a great way to learn Korean for beginners. All the new verbs are 100% illustrated which reduces the chances of you using another language to identify and then translate. The short duration of each gamified session is both fun and addictive which is key in learning a new language. You do have to remember that Drops only offers verbs. There aren’t any grammar or expressions. So if you want to expand your vocabulary and know more words, this is the ideal app for you.

Memrise: Memrise is a free app that has tons of user-created courses. These can be anything from characters to restaurant items to slang words. It’s sort of a gamified flashcard system that you can use to learn new characters. It also uses mnemonics but the quality can vary significantly on a course by course basis.