If you watch Korean videos with unofficial subtitles, I’m sure you’ve been in a position where you've read the translated text and wondered if what you read was what was actually said. Yes?
Perhaps you’re tired of relying on translations and want to learn Korean yourself, so that you can understand the videos. Or maybe you want to impress a special someone you have been wanting to meet. Whatever the case, it is never a bad idea to be able to speak and understand an additional language, and in this day and age, there are a few
websites that can help you learn Korean fast. Also, learning a new language is a great way to stimulate your mind and expose yourself to a deep cultural experience.
A simple search on the World Wide Web will return lots of different results, but how do you choose the right one?? How do you find the best platform that will adequately meet your learning expectations? Well, this is what I’m hoping to help you within this blog post. Based on my research, I will list a few excellent website sources for you to learn Korean flexibly whether you’re a beginner or you’re advanced.
KoreanClass101 is an established Korean language learning site for all levels (beginners to advanced) which offers fun, interesting, effective and culturally relevant lessons that are easy to listen to through the power of their user-friendly mobile apps, desktop software and website with free Korean lessons released every week. It’s loaded with over 1840 audio and video lessons, knowledgeable and energetic hosts, ubiquitous learning and lively discussion forums. However, many of its resources require a paid plan or membership which guarantees access to PDF lessons, reviews, dialogue audio and interactive learning features. You can start using the website or download the app from iTunes or Google Playstore
Duolingo is the world’s most popular way to learn a language and you can learn Korean in just 5 minutes a day whether you are a beginner starting with basics or looking to improve your speaking and writing. It is 100% FREE, fun and science-based. Learning a language on Duolingo is addictive because lessons are split into bite-sized skills that make it feel like games. There is personalized learning by adapting its curriculum to your strengths and weaknesses, immediate grading and keeps you motivated with rewards. Start using the
website or download the app from iTunes or Google Playstore
3. Rocket Languages
The award-winning language learning platform is preloaded with effective, practical learning solutions that guarantee your language learning success with interactive audio lessons, reinforcement activities, voice recognition, easy learning, motivational tools and unlimited 24/7 lifetime access to a team of Korean language teachers. It has a free trial version but a $99.95 paid Online Access which guarantees 32 interactive audio lessons, 28 language and culture lessons, 2074 phrases with voice recognition and a BONUS survival kit
worth $49.95. Start a Free trial www.rocketlanguages.com
Coursera offers a FREE elementary-level Korean language course, consisting of 5 lessons with 4 units and covers 4 cardinal skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. It is offered by the Yonsei University, the oldest private university in Korea. The syllabus is interactively broken into 4 weeks which takes about 9 to 12 hours to complete. It is 100% online, preloaded with English, French and Spanish subtitles and allows users to set deadlines in accordance to their schedules. Enroll in the class www.coursera.org/learn/learn-korean
5. Korean Movies on Youtube
You probably already know that YouTube is a free and amazing tool for learning languages. The amount of content is mind-blowing, thus, it is an excellent resource in a quest to learn a language. Finding a Korean language course is pretty simple. In the YouTube search box, type “Korean online courses” into the search bar and it will populate
a range of exciting free contents to choose from. Consider multiple channels in your learning plans and ensure to watch videos covering grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. You can also find videos with transcripts to read as you listen, by doing this, you will find it easier to keep up with what’s being said. You can also upload your practice videos and progress which can help in many ways.
Netflix is a World Wide Catalog of movies and it contains a plethora of Korean collections across a paid subscription. Pick a Korean Movie you like (your preferred genre: romance, sci-fi, war, adventure) and ensure it is preloaded with subtitles in your language, learn the story and break the movies into segments, write down new words and phrases, expose yourself to the cultural situations and explore the nonverbal cues of the language
These sites will give you a range of options for whichever learning level you are (beginners or advanced), style (audios, videos, PDF, forums) and category you want to focus on (writing, reading, speaking or reading).