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By evadumonteil Last updated: July 24, 2020
5 Must-visit Websites for Learning Authentic Korean Online
Learning a new language is a fun, challenging and incredibly rewarding experience.
And as it turns outyouve also probably heard this one beforeKorean is one of the most difficult languages for English speakers to learn.
Or is it?
Thanks to the dawn of the Digital Age, learning Korean (or any foreign language!) has truly never been easier.
There are plenty of online resources and a wealth of support to learn and speak Korean like a native, if only you know where to search.
Let us fast-track that for you.
Here are the best and most effective ways to learn Korean online.
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5 of the Most Fun and Effective Ways to Learn Korean Online
Learning Korean online can be dauntingunless you know how to approach it!
As a matter of fact, the web has just what you need to help you reach fluency or near-fluency if you dedicate sufficient time and effort.
If youve never heard of Naver, read up! The leading Korean search engine offers arguably the best Korean-English online dictionary. And its entirely free!
What It Is
A very comprehensive English-Korean, Korean-English dictionary.
The dictionary features an instant translation service (much like Google Translate), pattern recognition, thorough definitions that provide plenty of context and nuances of word usage, extensive lists of examples to demonstrate usage and a thesaurus. This will quickly become your go-to resource for decipheringunknown words and idioms.
How to Use It
Use it like any dictionary: type the word you dont understand into the search box and note down the results. If you dont have a Korean keyboard on your computer yet, you should go ahead and get on thisits almost too easy, for Mac and PC users alike.
On a Mac, go to System Preferences, then International and finally Input Menu. Thats where youll add Hangul (Korean) as a keyboard. On Windows, go to Control Panel and click Change keyboards or other input methods, then Keyboards and Languages and finally Change keyboards to get to where you can add a Korean keyboard to your options. Choose Korean, add it as your secondary keyboard and even assign a keyboard shortcut to instantly swap your keyboard into Korean when the need arises. Doing this on your smartphone, tablet or any other gadget is just as simple.
If youre feeling lazy, you can always copy and paste aKorean word into the search bar and let the Korean-English Naver dictionary display the results.
Make sure to review the new words you look up regularly, and if possible, write them in a Word Notebook that you can always keep on hand, whether it be a paper notebook or a digital one. An effective way to use this notebook is to arrange words by topics or ideas (for example, have a page just for colors, another page for travel, etc.).
Naver also offers a decent translating platform, audio resources to correct pronunciation and writing help to improve your Korean.
For advanced learners, Naver also offers a Korean-Korean dictionary thats used by Korean natives and even an encyclopedia with great content(think of it as the Korean Wikipedia).
If youre near fluent and learning hanjas, Naver offers a resource to help you identify the meaning of hanjasas well!
If you cant travel to Korea but want to take your Korean language learning to the next step nonetheless, FluentU offers a great language immersion experience.
What It Is
FluentU takes authentic videoslike music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talksand turns them into personalized language learning lessons.
You can try FluentU for free for 2 weeks. Click here to check out the website or download the iOS app or Android app.
Try FluentU for FREE!
Its a fun and interactive language learning program using immersive techniques and authentic content to teach you quickly and naturally. You can use it on your tablet or computer by logging into the main website, or you can download the FluentU iPhone or Android app.
It offers a library of authentic, carefully annotated Korean audio and video clips that will continue to grow as its updated regularly. All of these clipscome with interactive subtitles and have accompanying mini-lessons with explanations, word lists, multimediaflashcard decks and downloadable PDFprintouts. Videos range from short clips to K-pop songs, talks, cartoons, news clips and more!
All videos come with lesson roadmaps, letting you review the key vocabulary, grammar and conjugation youll be exploring.
How to Use It
Customize your lesson plan. Sign up for an account and select the videos that most appeal to you. Youre free to organize your lesson plan by interest, topic and skill level. Customize your own lesson plan using the save feature and track your progress accordingly. Individuals learn more effectively from whats most useful to them, so FluentU lets you select content thats most relevant to your needs, ensuring that youll absorb as much knowledge as possible from chosen videos.
If you dont feel like learning about colors is a priority but are passionate about food and want to learn everything about Korean cuisine, its definitely best to start therewatch clips taking place in restaurants, kitchens and dining rooms. Being highly curious about a subject and wanting to knoweverything about it is truly the best way to learn, bond with people from other cultures and start communicating!
Be regular and organized. Devote at least 20 minutes a day to your lessons, and youll see progress quickly!
Focus on pronunciation and listening. Korean is a challenging language forEnglish speakers due to its unique sounds. From experience, watching videos is the best thing you can do to fine tune your ear to the subtleties of Korean pronunciation.
Make sure you get plenty of exposure and feel free to take notes on surprising pronunciations, new words and useful grammar patterns from the videos you watch.
Youre free to decide whether you want to challenge yourself and view video without subtitlesor with them, and if so, in which language.
And beyond Korean, your FluentU membership lets you learn any of its other offered languages at the same time!
Start using FluentU on the website or download the app from the iTunes or Google Play store.
Oh, and before we forget, the FluentU Korean Learner blog(where you are right now!) is a great resource for receiving resource recommendation, tips, learning motivation and updates on the FluentU Korean program.
If youre interested in putting your language skills to practice and speak with a Korean native, eXlogue is the way to go!
What It Is
eXlogue is a fun and effective language exchange community backed by Harvard Innovation Labs. Its the perfect resource to find native Korean language partners online and practice your Korean listening and speaking skills!
The platform is free to use. In exchange, all is you need is to reciprocate and give back to the community. Youll just need to offer to teach your own language in exchange, or teach any skill that a member is interested in learning that you already master.
How to Use It
Simply create an account and get involved in the community. eXlogue works on a credit basis and rewards active members. Spend time teaching a skill or language that you know and find the right partner to exchange with.
Friendship! The best part of using this platform is that youll make great relationships with people from all over the world. Additionally, beyond Korean, eXlogue lets you learn any language or skills that you want. Italso offers great motivational support from the community and tips to improve your learning experience.
Reddit needs no introduction. As a confirmation ofthe modern adage that theres a subreddit for everything, Reddit really does have a great Korean community!
What It Is
This subreddit is a great resource to turn to and ask any questions you may have about the Korean language. There are many Korean natives and Korean learners who visit it regularly and are genuinely interested in helping you progress. They will give you plenty of tips and feedback about points that you may be struggling withjust be sure to say thank you and reciprocate!
How to Use It
Read the guidelines! Every subreddit is different, so if youve used Reddit before, be sure to know the specific etiquette that applies to the Korean subreddit.
Ask a detailed question and give as much context as possible. General questions may already have been answered on this subreddit, so members tend to feel that you can find the answer in a simple Google search, by searching the subreddit (which you can do with Reddits built-in search bar) or by reading past posts.
Give back! Dont be a takerintroduce yourself, spend time making yourself known to the community, share your own insights about subjects you know firsthand, reply to comments and always thank the community for the answers they give when needed!
This is a really fun subreddit with lots of interesting and helpful people, and can sometimes leads to meaningful friendships outside Reddit.
Checkout their Ultimate Beginners Resource Threadand Ultimate Intermediates Resource Threadfor recommendations from seasoned learners. Theres also a live chat that you can use to throw out quick questions and to better connect with the community.
Subscribe to this subreddit (and other related ones) so that you regularly see Korean-related posts on your home page!
For those interested in a more structured approach to learning Korean online, this is the site youre looking for!
What It Is
A vast library of free online Korean courses for beginners and intermediate learners. Each lesson features easy explanations to deepen your knowledge of Korean grammar and vocabulary, and its all specifically targeted to English speakers and the challenges theyll encounter early on.
Lessons range from anintroduction to the Korean alphabetto verb tenses and colors.
How to Use It
Courses are organized into a basic curriculum that lays things out nicely for you, but you dont need to follow it. Simply take the classes at your leisure and at your own pace.
Keep a notepad handy and take your own notes. Feel free to rephrase grammar and conjugation explanation things in your own words. What matters most is that your notes are personal and that you understand them when you go over them. Make sure to review the lessons effectively and be regular. Its best to spend a littletime here every day,rathera lot of time once a week!
Lastly, be sure to combine these theoretical courses with a language exchange platform for maximum efficacy, and so that you can effectively practice speaking and listening skills with a native.
For those of you who are curious about the Korean culture and society, this site offers a lot of interesting articles, facts and insightsabout Korean culture,covering topics likeTaekwondo,the Korean Warand many more.
Korean sure is a fascinating languagewere happythat youve decided to take the leap and learn it. If youre a more advanced learner looking for resources, then we applaud your desire to find new sources of information.
Most of all, were very excited for all the enriching experiences that are bound to come your way as you progress with Korean.
안녕! (annyeong! goodbye, so long!)
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