Have you thought of enrolling in Korean classes? If so, you may check out my previous post regarding places where you can learn Korean language in Manila. However, if you’re the kind of person who has no time to go to classes (it takes some time to travel to these institutions too), works well with self-study, and just want to learn Korean on the side, you might want to study the language on your own. I’ll be sharing 8 Online Resources that I personally use as I study Korean and as I self-study as well. So, let’s boost your simple “Annyeong” to that conversational level!
8 Online Resources (Websites, Apps)
1. Talk to Me in Korean
I actually love this site as one of my online resources because they are very organized in putting their lessons depending on level. As a self-learner, i would like to study each material from the easiest to the hardest. They have audio and downloadable PDFs for free but if you would like to download it by bulk, you could buy their book. Moreover, they also have a Youtube channel so you could see and imitate how they speak the language. Their lessons are not boring and everyone would feel like they’re not even studying. You can know more about what they offer here.
2. TOPIK Guide
TOPIK means Test of Proficiency in Korean, and there are millions of learners out there like us, who wants to get certified in the language their studying. This website doesn’t just offer tips and tricks regarding the exam but hacks on how to converse fluently in Korean. The founder, Satish Chandra Satyarthi is definitely not Korean, but finished his Masters on Teaching Korean Language and of course, want to help fellow learners. The good thing about this online resource is that it provides mock exams to those who wants to get ready before the judgement day. Get your TOPIK resources by browsing on their website.
3. My Korean Notebook
Do you like watching Korean Dramas? Definitely. A lot of the learners I met before told me that one of the main reason they would like to study Korean is because of watching K-Dramas. It would be less of a hassle to watch without subtitles, right? My Korean Notebook is established in a way that the author takes scripts of dramas and translates it to English and then extracts the rule out of it. The author is also a learner of Korean and uses inductive approach to his learning. Sounds genius. However, the author teaches it to the subscribers by showing the rule as seen in the photo above. After all, drama is a great source of conversational language patterns. Learn more here.
Now you’ve learned the grammar structures, what’s next? You need to talk to people. If you don’t have Koreans around the area, this app is a good way to build connections with Koreans and practice your speaking skills. It has a lot of features (recorder, translator, group chats, etc.) which is made for learning and if you’re confident enough, you can even meet them in person. I met friends here from study groups so be sure to choose who you connect with wisely because after all, they’re strangers. Fortunately, I met good people in here. Aside from Korean, you can learn other languages here as well. The app is downloadable in AppStore or Google Playstore.
If you’re familiar with spaced repetition, there are a lot of apps which are built through this. It is a technique in memorizing vocabulary same on how we memorize flashcards, with the words spaced over time and with the words commonly forgotten being increased in frequency. I am a supporter of this method because I have seen it become helpful in my students but then of course, the best way to remember a language is to use it. This is utilized best when reviewing vocabulary especially when exams are approaching and to learn new information as well. I am currently learning Hanja since most of the Korean words originated from it. You can use it using web, or download it via AppStore or Google Play.
This is similar to Memrise, the difference is that from words, the goal is to memorize phrases in the target language. It also uses spaced repetition in memorizing vocabulary. In Memrise wherein there are different books as basis for the vocabulary, here they have categories (food, exercise, shopping, etc.) in which the words are organized. When I was doing self-study, I use both apps to maximize my memorization. You can learn through the website, download it on your phone for iOS, Android or Windows.
7. Papago and Google Translate
I’ve been translating works and phrases before (as a job) and these two websites was recommended by my professor. Some people might find weird translations in Google Translate and so I translate it in Papago (powered by Naver), and vice versa. By comparing the two translations, I can make an accurate or a better depiction of what the sentence really means. Papago is launched by Korea and you can use it here or download in Google Play or AppStore. For Google Translate, well of course you know where to go.
If everyone has Google, Korea has Naver. This has been their default search engine and thus, if you would like to take your Korean learning to the next level, apply it and one of the ways would be browsing websites in Korean. I made an account here as well and I have tried online shopping, too. Moreover, you could also use their dictionary because it is much comprehensive and accurate than translating it using the search engines I mentioned above. You can download this on AppStore and Google Play.
As you have seen, most of the online resources I mentioned come in handy. They could be accessed via smartphones if you download their apps. Fellow learners, what other online resources could you suggest? Feel free to comment below!
- Talk To Me In Korean – http://talktomeinkorean.com/
- TOPIK Guide – https://www.topikguide.com/
- My Korean Notebook – http://www.mykorean-notebook.com/
- Hellotalk – https://www.hellotalk.com/
- Memrise – https://www.memrise.com/
- Duolingo – https://duolingo.com/
- Papago – https://papago.naver.com/
- Google Translate – https://www.translate.google.com/
- Naver – https://www.naver.com/