Korean News – Learning new information and vocabulary

Last Updated on January 13, 2023 by 90 Day Korean
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Did you know Korean news can also be an excellent tool for furthering your Korean language learning?

As a helpful tool that keeps us up to date, many read the news at least once daily. Besides being a great way to teach us about current events and offering other helpful information, we can also learn a bunch of vocabulary from the news!

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Read on as we learn more about utilizing news for learning Korean.

What is “news” in Korean?

There are two Korean words for “news,” which are 소식 (sosik) and 뉴스 (nyuseu).

How can Korean news help with Korean practice?

Obviously, reading Korean news serves as excellent practice for reading comprehension. And similarly, listening to Korean news will give your listening comprehension a great exercise.

However, besides these two skills, news in Korean can also help expand your vocabulary.

Besides that, reading local news from any South Korean newspaper serves as a gateway to a better understanding of Korean culture and society – and even other aspects, such as economy or geography of Korea. It’s also a free tool to use!

Korean news sources

Below we’ve listed a few sources from which you can find news from South Korea.

Korean newspapers

동아일보 (dongailbo) is one of Korea’s main newspaper outlets, as well as one of its oldest. It is a great source for news itself, actually; however, its section for children, Kids Donga (어린이동아, eorinidonga), can prove to be especially useful if you are still getting started with reading practices.

Besides 동아일보, there are a few others you may also want to refer to. One is 중앙일보 (jungangilbo) and another is The Korea Times. There’s also The Korea Herald and 연합뉴스 (yeonhapnyuseu). Many of these big newspapers also have an English-language website, which can work as a supporting tool for understanding what you’re reading in Korean.

Korean news articles

On Naver’s site, you can find news articles sourced from all over the Internet via Naver News (네이버뉴스, neibeonyuseu), perhaps coming across even articles from the above-mentioned newspapers. Its content is perhaps the most diverse of all these resources.

YouTube

The YouTube channels of the major broadcast stations in South Korea are a great tool for watching the news.

You can search for the current hot topics, and thanks to how short and focused many of them are, you can keep watching the video on repeat until you understand what they mean. You can find this content on channels like MBC News, SBS News, and KBS News.

Apart from the news, you can also find popular videos on YouTube, such as mukbang videos, videos of your favorite K-pop groups and K-pop songs, K-drama, and many more!

Podcasts

If YouTube is not your thing, try finding a podcast to listen to! As there are no visual elements in play, podcasts may be easier to stay focused on listening to. However, the lack of visualization may also make it more troublesome to understand the content.

Korean News: Podcasts

Why you should learn Korean through Korean news

As we mentioned briefly above, there are benefits to reading news in Korean for those who want to learn Korean. Let’s get to them one by one.

Improves your Korean reading and listening skills

News articles in South Korea rely on using accurate vocabulary, correctly formatted sentences, and straightforwardly describing the content. Therefore, it makes for excellent material to practice reading and listening. It takes fewer liberties with sentence structures and grammar than prose in a novel or dialogues in dramas do.

It also doesn’t, in any manner, dumb down the content like a coursebook for foreign learners may. In addition, all of the information presented is fresh and related to daily life and current affairs.

Know the current events

Learning Korean through the news doesn’t only prove helpful if you’re in Seoul or other parts of Korea, but you’ll undoubtedly be kept updated on the current events in the country.

So, not only are you potentially learning new vocabulary and familiarizing yourself with complex grammar, you are simultaneously staying on board with world events. From the war in Ukraine to the fighter jets deployed from the U.S. to any local events in Korea, you’ll have more information on them through the news!

Simply put, you are educating yourself in multiple ways at the same time whenever you read or listen to the news in a language other than your native one.

Improves your Korean vocabulary

While news alone isn’t enough, it is a great, low-stress way to develop your vocabulary, use your knowledge, and learn new things through real-life situations.

In other words, it’s a practical way to learn and practice rather than something you’ll never actually need or use outside the classroom. And, of course, it will bond you tighter with real Korean society and culture.

How much Korean do I need to learn to understand news from South Korea?

There isn’t one correct answer for this. Of course, the more Korean you know, the more you will understand any material you read. However, you do not need to be an advanced level learner – or even intermediate – to start reading news in Korean.

You can start with easy and short pieces of news and then move on to harder ones as your skills develop. You may even wish to start with cartoons, weather forecasts, or celebrity gossip, and that’s fine! And once you’re a more seasoned news reader, you may get more into reading about politics, economics, and the like.

When it comes to watching the news, you may want to be able to understand more right off the bat. It’s harder to stop and look up vocabulary or grammar patterns, and it can get quite frustrating if you understand nothing.

Vocabulary related to Korean News

Before we let you go, here is some basic terminology related to the news. Knowing these terms will also be helpful if you plan to start learning with news in Korea.

EnglishKorean
Breaking news 속보 (sokbo)
Fake news 가짜뉴스 (gajjanyuseu)
Headlines 표제 (pyoje)
Good news 좋은 소식 (joeun sosik)
International news 국제 뉴스 (gukje nyuseu)
Interview 인터뷰 (inteobyu)
Interviewee 인터뷰 대상 (inteobyu daesang)
Journalist 기자 (gija)
Live news 생방송 뉴스 (saengbangsong nyuseu)
Local news 지방 기사 (jibang gisa)
National news 국내 뉴스 (guknae nyuseu)
News 소식 (sosik), 뉴스 (nyuseu)
News anchor 뉴스 앵커 (nyuseu aengko)
News article 뉴스 기사 (nyuseu gisa)
News channel 뉴스 채널 (nyuseu chaeneol)
News source 취재원 (chwijaewon)
News website 뉴스 웹사이트 (nyuseu waepsaiteu)
Newspaper 신문 (sinmun)
Newsworthy 뉴스 거리가 되다 (nyuseu georiga dwoeda)
Online news 온라인 뉴스 (onlain nyuseu)
Press conference 기자 회견 (gija hwoegyeon)
Reporter 리포터 (ripoteo)
Rumor 소문 (somun)
To report 보도하다 (bodohada)
Trending news 트렌딩 뉴스 (teurending nyuseu)

Wrap Up

With enough practice, you’ll be able to easily read a sign in Korean or communicate with locals more naturally.

Do you often read or watch the local news? Do you think South Korean news would be helpful for you to watch and read while learning Korean? Share your thoughts with us below in the comments!

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