Here are my most highly recommended resources for learning the Korean language.
I frequently refer to them in many of the articles I write on this site because I know they’re fantastic and they’ve been crucial to my own learning.
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Best overall Korean conversation course and training
90 Day Korean: The 90 Day Korean “Inner Circle” is one of the most successful beginner training programs for Korean.
Using a unique approach based on psychology and storytelling, the program guarantees you’ll be holding a Korean conversation in 90 days. Overall, it’s a very popular program.
Learn Korean with podcasts
KoreanClass101: This is an excellent Korean course in the form of audio podcasts and downloadable lessons.
As well as podcast-style lessons, you’ll find videos, a vocabulary database and dictionary, grammar explanations and various other useful features.
Best online Korean structured audio course
Rocket Korean: This is one of my favorite online courses which has some of the highest quality Korean dialogue material available.
Rocket Korean doesn’t follow a ‘cookie cutter’ approach like other well-known programs such as Rosetta Stone or Pimsleur, and it has a tonne of excellent audio content for all levels ranging from beginner to advanced.
Here’s a video I made recently showing the new edition’s features:
Korean fluency courses and guides
Glossika Korean: This is another very unique product that improves your fluency through a highly repetitive ‘listen and repeat’ approach.
It is, in my opinion, one of the the most useful resources I’ve seen for training Korean listening comprehension (read my Glossika review). Definitely not a conventional course but you’ll be amazed at how effective it is at improving your Korean fluency if you use it daily.
Inexpensive Korean lessons via skype
italki: Not too long ago it was really difficult or impossible to practice Korean without actually traveling to South Korea.
Thankfully, tools like italki have made it possible to connect with native speakers from all over the world to practice or to take personalized lessons over Skype.
The great news is, Korean lessons over Skype through italki are incredibly cheap compared to most teachers in person (many are as low as $6-8 an hour depending on what language you’re learning!). All the frustration of payments and scheduling is handled brilliantly by italki too which makes it very easy and stress free to arrange sessions.
Read my massive italki review for more info.
Learn Korean with video resources
It has many of the same features as Yabla (which doesn’t currently offer Korean).
Other free tools and resources to help your Korean
Naver: The “Korean Google”. Naver’s a powerful Korean search engine/web portal with an amazing Korean-English dictionary feature.
Daum: Another excellent alternative to Naver.
Memrise: This is an outstanding online vocabulary training tool that lets you select Korean ‘courses’ to study (or create one yourself). Many of the courses also include audio.
AnkiSRS: A highly versatile flashcard app.
Forvo: If there’s ever a Korean word or expression that you’ve seen written but don’t know how to pronounce, you can search for it here (or request it) and hear a native speaker pronounce it for you.
TalkToMeInKorean.com: Without doubt the most comprehensive and useful Korean resource available.
Check out these relevant posts and Korean resources:
- 7 Things That Helped Me Pick Up Korean Quickly
- 10 Reasons Why The Korean Language Being Difficult Isn’t True
- Things Every New Korean Language Learner Should Be Aware Of