안녕하세요! Hello everyone! I was able to talk conversationally in Korean for a year and it helped me on my freelancing career as I’ve mentioned here. Thus, I’ve listed five of many places where you could learn Korean language in Manila.
1. University of the Philippines – Extramural Classes
I was fortunate that in my university before, we get to choose our foreign language elective. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t my intention to study Korean but due to the lack of slots of Chinese class (which I really wanted to take), I booked the Korean class and, no regrets! Aside from courses offered to students, they offer courses to outsiders as well.
University of the Philippines Diliman Linguistics Department offers classes from Korean 1- Korean 7. Most of their classes are held on Saturdays so it would be good for those who are employees and students that have no time on the weekdays. One cycle is done for around 2 months. You can reserve a slot online but you need to pay it onsite. Other Asian Languages are also available. The downside of this, based on my experience (I took Japanese and Chinese for extramural classes), would be it’s once a week, thus, if you don’t have time to study and it is not really your priority, the retention of information might be difficult. My Korean classes were effective because it was done everyday.
For more details, please visit their Facebook website here.
2. UP Arirang TKT (Talk Korean Today)
If UP Linguistics has extramural classes which is paid, UP Arirang offers free Korean classes. However, that would be for Basic Korean only. UP Arirang is a community of students in UP Diliman who experienced a lot of Korean culture, has an extensive knowledge in the language, and has a good friendship and connection with Korean students and universities. Proud to say, I am an alumnus of this organization.
They also conduct their language classes every Saturday and again, it’s free. The students who had exchange programs in Korea are the ones conducting the classes thus even though they are not teachers yet, they’ve experienced Korean culture already. There are limited slots for this so be sure to keep updated by liking their Facebook page.
3. Korean Cultural Center
4. Learn Korean PH
5. King Sejong Institute
UP Extramural Classes – https://www.facebook.com/uplinguisticsextrams/
UP Arirang – https://www.facebook.com/uparirang
Korean Cultural Center – https://koreanculture.ph/
Learn Korean PH – https://www.facebook.com/learnkoreanph
King Sejong Institute – https://sejonghakdang.org