Korean Learning Resources – Best websites and language tools

Last Updated on September 28, 2021 by 90 Day Korean
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Looking for the top Korean learning resources? We’ve got you covered!

We’ve compiled the best sites for Korean language learning.  There’s something for you no matter what stage you are at–from absolute beginner to season Korean speaker.

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Below is a free PDF guide that you can download and take with you:

Korean Alphabet (Hangeul or Hangul)

Use these sites to help you learn the 24-character Korean Alphabet (Hangul) for proper pronunciation. You should be able to learn Hangul in about one hour.

Korean Alphabet at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

  • How to Learn the Korean Alphabet Guide: A great way to start Korean language learning, especially for beginners. Download the 90 Minute Challenge guide for free and learn the Korean alphabet in about 60 minutes. Pictures, stories, and associations make it easy to learn and hard to forget. Find out more here.

  • Langintro: Basic site teaching the Korean alphabet and learning Korean. They cover intonation as well, with audio clips to make sure you are pronouncing the words correctly.

  • The National Institute of Korean Language: Korean Courses to learn Korean. It focuses on the Korean alphabet, including example words and intonation. The irregular pronunciation examples are helpful but may be confusing for new Korean learners. Requires plugins to be downloaded.

Korean Dictionaries & Translators

Dictionary for Learning Korean

  • Top Korean Dictionaries: A resource for the best Korean dictionaries, translators, and romanization tools. A must-see list for beginners who want to learn Korean.

  • Naver Dictionary: This is one of the more popular Korean language learning resources. Naver dictionary is a Korean dictionary that you can use to look up Korean words in various languages. Very popular for new Korean learners who want to learn Korean quickly. It Has lots of example sentences showing the real usage of the word.

  • Daum Dictionary: Another Korean dictionary with translations in multiple languages and real-life sample sentences.

  • Naver Papago Translator: While online translators are generally not recommended for Korean language learning, Papago was made specifically for the Korean language. It breaks down all of the vocabulary in the phrase and its meaning. So if you absolutely have to use an online translator, this is one of the better ones.

Korean Grammar

  • Korean Grammar for Beginners:  Among the many language learning resources out there, you should always have one that goes back to the basics. This page has the essentials for getting started with learning Korean.
  • Korean Conjunctions: This page shows you the basic Korean conjunctions and sentence connectors that Koreans use daily.
  • ZKorean: Contains easy-to-use guides on simple grammar and teaches the exceptions to standard pronunciation rules. Contains vocabulary lists, including Korea-specific vocabulary lists like Taekwondo and Calligraphy.

  • 101 Languages: A general resource site for Korean learners to learn Korean with free language tools to help with Korean studies.

Korean Pronunciation

  • Korean Pronunciation: A quick and simple guide for perfecting your Korean pronunciation skills.  If you want to learn Korean, pronunciation is definitely one of the things you want to master. This is one of the Korean resources that you should start with.  It contains helpful audio bytes to help you practice–listening is the best way to learn Korean!
  • Naver Pronunciation: Search for a Korean word, then click on the button that looks like a speaker. Listen and repeat for pronunciation practice. Also popular for beginners who want to learn Korean.

Korean Phrases

  • Korean Phrases Complete List: Key phrases from 90 day Korean. Includes basic and useful phrases for certain situations like going to the bank or the dry cleaners or talking to your landlord. Definitely one of the most helpful Korean resources, especially for travelers or new Korean learners.

  • Korean Drama Phrases: The best way to learn Korean is to have fun with it! Learning Korean by watching your favorite K-Drama is definitely a popular technique among students. This guide lists the most common Korean drama words, phrases, and expressions used in your favorite shows.

  • Korean Love Phrases: This guide covers what you need to express your love, including phrases to flirt, giving compliments, and romantic Korean phrases.

  • Matthew’s Korean Study and Reference Guide: Phrases listed by category and combined with vocabulary for that category. Includes some less common topics like Korean history and nursery rhymes.

  • KBS World: Has 29 situations, including renting a car and finding a lost item. Phrases have an audio track so you can listen to their pronunciation. Available for speakers of other languages such as Arabic, Spanish, and Russian.

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Korean Online Courses

  • 90 Day Korean: Study Korean through our free blog and Korean lessons by email. Register for the free email lessons and learn as new content becomes available. We also have a step-by-step, structured online course that will teach you how to have a 3-minute conversation in Korean in only 90 days. The Inner Circle course, which is part of the program, is definitely one of the Korean courses you should look into if you’re serious about learning Korean.

  • Sogang University Online Program: Korean courses that are heavily focused on dialogues. There are a large number of  Korean lessons on here. The quality of the Korean lessons is higher for the beginner levels than for the other levels.

  • Seoul National University Online Program: The twenty lessons here are very clear to use, and there are lots of activities to check your progress. The Korean courses only go up to a high beginner level, but the clarity provided makes self-learning possible.

  • University of California, Berkeley: These Korean courses only cover intermediate-level Korean. It uses dialogues and grammar explanations, but the exercises are quite cumbersome.

  • LP’s Korean Language Learning: Explains beginner and intermediate-level grammar. Easy to find the particular piece of grammar that you don’t understand, and the explanations are easy to follow.

Korean Video Lessons

  • 90 Day Korean Official Youtube Channel – This channel is one of the best resources for learning Korean. Apart from language learning, you’ll get to discover many things related to Korean culture. The videos are also a good complement if you’re subscribed to 90 Day Korean’s Inner Circle membership program.
  • Seemile Korean: Has a group of short videos, each about two minutes long and containing one or two phrases. It also contains a short video series (about two hours long) that explains how to read Korean.

Korean 1 on 1 Speaking Practice

  • Live Lingua: This is our go-to recommendation for getting Korean-speaking practice. We have tried out their service, and we loved it so much that we decided to partner with them. Live Lingua tutors are proper Korean language teachers who get you the conversation training you need to improve your skills. Try out a class for free, and you’ll be happy you did.

  • italki: This website allows you to find an online language teacher for any language. It also has online language exchanges but is focused on helping students find an online teacher. The teachers set their own prices and explain their own style so that you can find somebody who matches your learning style and budget.

Korean Books

  • Best Korean Textbooks for Language Learning: A comprehensive list of the best Korean textbooks for Korean learning.
  • Yonsei University Korean: Covers reading, writing, speaking, and listening and has a workbook that goes with it. The Korean course is in polite Korean, and it is designed for students in a class, so it might be a little bit difficult to use without help.

  • Sogang University Korean: Like the Yonsei book, this is designed to be used in a classroom and has an accompanying workbook (and grammar book). Very colorful, and the activities inside involve user participation rather than just passively reading. It is focused on speaking and doesn’t contain a writing section. Written in Korean as it is aimed at students of Sogang Language school.

  • Gangada Language Institute: Has detailed grammar explanations in English and is relatively easy to use for self-study.

  • Korean Made Simple: Written in English with lengthy explanations about Korean language and culture.

  • Korean Made Easy: Written by one of Sogang University’s teachers. This series of books have detailed English explanations about when you should use certain words. The series has books targeted at certain students, from phrasebooks to vocabulary and common expressions books.

  • Monash University: Free to download from their website. For a beginner book, the words that it asks students to learn include many uncommon words. Many of the activities require a partner.

  • Basic Korean: A Grammar and Workbook: Focuses on grammar explanations and how things like word order are different in Korean and English, but it doesn’t include dialogue.

  • Lonely Planet Korean Phrasebook: Has many useful phrases but doesn’t explain the different politeness levels and word parts, so it may be difficult for a beginner to use on its own

  • 2000 Essential Korean Words for Beginners: This book contains the most common Korean words with usage examples. It is useful for learning frequently used in Korean but not frequent in other languages such as English. Also available is ‘6000 Korean words’, but that book lacks usage examples.

Korean Flashcards

  • Anki: A downloadable program that allows you to create your own flashcards and test yourself. Creating the cards is quite a slow process, but you can make them really detailed and personal.

  • Quizlet: Create your own mini-quizzes to help you remember vocabulary. You can also add sound and pictures.

  • Surusu: Similar to Anki, but online rather than as a download. It looks very basic but allows you to make cards in the same way as Anki.

  • Memrise: Contains lots of vocabulary lists from most Korean textbooks and courses. You can also make your own vocabulary lists. It works well on a smartphone, so it is useful for studying while commuting.

Typing in Korean

  • The Art of Korean Typing: Simple 5-step explanation for learning to type in Hangul on your computer. Includes associations and stories to help you remember.Korean Keyboard

Korean Dramas

  • HanCinema: HanCinema is an independent Korean Movie and Drama Database. Whether you’re watching to learn Korean or for entertainment, you can discover South Korean cinema and TV drama diversity here. You can also browse through movies, dramas, directors, actors and actresses, film companies, updated news, find Korean film and drama-related info, and links.

  • Daehan Drama: The only UK website dedicated to Korean dramas and their actors. Catering to the local audience, it covers UK-relevant news, events, offers, and discussions. It is also the voice of the London Korean Drama Club for its upcoming events and initiatives.

  • SoompiTV: You can watch Korean dramas legally from this site with English subtitles. Only available in the USA and Canada. Has a large catalog of shows and dramas.

  • Viki: Features dramas, TV shows, and movies from all over the world that you can watch on your computer or smartphone through an application.

  • Hulu: Korean dramas, available depending on where you are located.

  • DramaBeans: Detailed analysis and discussion about Korean dramas in English.

Korean Subtitles

  • Cineast: This website has lots of content. It has some English movies with Korean subtitles and some Korean movies. Look in the section called ‘자유실’ to find some movies to watch.

Korean TV and Radio

  • KBS: Has information about all the upcoming KBS shows and TV schedules. Clicking on the ‘on air’ button allows you to watch a limited selection of shows broadcasted at that time.

  • MBC: Has information about MBC’s programs. You can watch and download episodes of programs here, but you need to log in to do so.

  • SBS: Members can download past episodes of their favorite SBS shows. News can be watched without a membership and has an article written below each news video, which could learn new words from the broadcast.

  • EBS: These educational channels can be watched live for free. They are aimed at Koreans, but some programs may be of interest.

Korean Music

  • Allkpop: Website with Kpop news and forums in English.

  • Seoul FM: Listen to Korean music online. More recent songs have readable lyrics.

  • Big B Radio: Asian radio station with a Kpop specific channel.

  • Kpoplyrics in English: Search for your favorite K-pop songs, and get the lyrics in both Romanized Korean and English.

  • Gasazip Lyrics in Hangul: Korean site for finding lyrics to your favorite Korean songs in Hangul. If you can’t find the song by searching in English, try using Hangul.

  • United Kpop: United Kpop is the go-to source for K-pop news and events in the UK. They also organize their own events to help spread the word about K-pop around the world.

Korean Snacks

  • Korean Snack Box:  A subscription service where you can get a box of different Korean Snacks every month. Free shipping worldwide. You can use coupon code 90DAYKOREAN at checkout to save $2 off your first order.

  • Korean Snacks: 24 You Must Try!: A list of popular Korean snacks that you should try.

Korean Newspapers

  • Chosun Ilbo: Has news in Korean and an English site that is updated several times a day.

  • Donga Ilbo: Has news in Korean and an English site.

  • Joongang Ilbo: Has news in Korean. Includes a bilingual column that could be useful for studying the news in Korean.

  • Hankook Media Network: Has news in Korean only.

Korean Language Exchanges & Meetups

  • HelloTalk: Chat with native speakers of any language. Language exchange is done with chat, voice, and video through an app on your smartphone.
  • Meetup.com:  A great way to find language learners and native speakers alike. There are several language exchanges in Seoul that you can find on meetup, and it should be possible to find one that fits your schedule. Languagecast is one of the groups that run regular language exchanges in Seoul. It is also possible to find language exchanges in other cities, but it is good to check with the organizer to see if many Korean speakers are in attendance.
  • Hi!PenPal!: Another free-to-use pen pal service. Not used too frequently.
  • Mylanguageexchange: This language exchange is free to use, but you need to pay to become a premium member to start a conversation. Also, a nice way to find a native speaker to have a conversation with. However, it is used relatively frequently.

Korean Tests

  • TOPIK (Test Of Proficiency In Korean): The official website for the TOPIK test. Use this site to find out the TOPIK schedule, register for a test, and find your results. The site has an English, Japanese, and Chinese language version, but to register for the test, you need to be able to read Korean quite well for some parts of the application process, so if you want to try and take the level one test, you might need a Korean to help you register. Exam tests get booked up very quickly, so keep your eye on the registration dates. It also includes old test papers for downloading.

  • TOPIK Guide: A complete (and up-to-date) guide about the TOPIK test-taking process, including many old and mock test papers and answers that you can download. The website also includes vocabulary and idiom lists and tips about how to study for the test.

  • Naldaramjui: This website has questions from test 22 on it. Be aware that the TOPIK format has changed since then. The writer has a YouTube channel (linked on this site) that explains some Korean idioms.

Korean Search Engines

  • Naver: The most popular search engine used by Koreans.

  • Daum: Another popular search engine in Korea, similar to Naver.

  • Nate: Another Korean search engine, although less popular than Naver or Daum.

  • Google: Korea-specific Google search.

  • Yahoo: Korea-specific Yahoo search.

Korean Government

  • Social Integration: Also known as 사회통합 프로그램 (sahoetonghap peurogeuraem), this is a government program people use to get residency in Korea by studying Korean.

  • Study In Korea: This website has information about how to study in Korea. It is beneficial for people wishing to do a university degree in Korea. The website includes information about government scholarships and shows when each university’s application periods are open. It also contains recent news related to studying in Korea.

Recruiters for Jobs in Korea

  • DreamWorks Recruiting Service: A family-run recruiting company, DreamWorks treat candidates like family. They’ll help you find the best position possible and make sure your Korea experience is a memorable one with no regrets. Be sure to speak with placement consultant Joanne, who has over 10 years of experience teaching in Korea and is a native English speaker.

  • Footprints Recruiting: A highly popular choice for job seekers, Footprints is always innovating to help teachers find work in a faster, more effective way. Contact them, and they will do their best to find you the best Korean English teaching job available to you.

  • ESLstarter: Contact ESLstarter, and you can expect an experienced team of advisers that will provide as much information as possible, ensuring you know everything you need to know before your departure. Not only will they help you secure your dream job, but they’ll help guide you through the visa process, assist with travel arrangements and provide a comprehensive aftercare service once you arrive in Korea.

  • Say Kimchi Recruiting: Say Kimchi provides only quality teaching jobs and closely vets applicants to ensure quality teachers fill quality jobs. After signing your contract, they’ll help you along the way with their amazing team that works from Korea to make your stay more comfortable.

Korean Language General Resources

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    8 replies to "Korean Learning Resources – Best websites and language tools"

    • Avatar for HJ Kim HJ Kim

      I recommend another great Korean Language YouTube Channel titled “Choppy Korean 뚝딱뚝딱 한국어”. It is available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIPyOhneKCXOkTqw4oY6TpQ
      Please feel free to include it in your resources.

    • Avatar for Ash Kook Ash Kook

      Heyyy!!! Thankyou soo muchh for all the 90 day korean content, its helped me advance soo much, especially the 90 mins speaking challenge, i finished it in around 65 mins only soo it rlly rlly helped me out. I actually was looking for some cheap but good korean textbook for self-study purposes. I’d love to improve my listening and speaking skills especially and my won’t allow me to spend too much time on electronics so if you could please suggest some good korean textbooks that’ll help me improve a lot but at a cheaper price (I wanted to get Integrated Korean but the entire series is too costly and my mom isn’t as it is too excited for me to learn korean soo she’s not willing to spend a lot). If you could please tell some me good reccomendations, I’d rlly rlly appreciate it and once again, thankyou soo much for working on the entire 90daykorean website, it has truly helped sooo many of us improve our korean skills 😁😁😁Thankyou!!!

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Ash! All of the books listed here (https://www.90daykorean.com/best-korean-textbooks/) are great for self-study! You can go to a big bookstore in your city and see if they have Korean books in the language learning section. If they do, looking over the books in person will be very helpful to choose the book you like the most! Please remember, no matter which book you choose, finishing the book is the most important thing to improve! ^^

    • Avatar for Dian Dian

      Thank you for the great resource list.

      Dramafever has been gone for a while now. May want to remove it from the list.

    • Avatar for JANG-MI JANG-MI

      I’m a bit young to get all this and I’m in an extremely different country so, what am I supposed to do?
      Please help me,
      THANK YOU^^

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, JANG-MI! These are online resources and you don’t have to pay anything for most of the list. I think dictionaries will be very helpful. ^^

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