How To Meet Korean Friends Online

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Whether you’re already in Korea, learning Korean as a second language, or simply thinking about making connections with people in Korea, we’ve got good news for you: there’s several great ways that you can meet Korean friends online right now, from wherever you are!

Luckily for all of us, the advancement of technology has given us near limitless options  – without ever leaving the comfort of our homes!

“How” you ask? “Just get online!” 

Below, we will introduce you to a few great means through which you too can immediately make Korean friends online!

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There are some fantastic sites and apps that will help you meet Koreans, both inside and outside of Korea. We’re going to cover them for you so you can choose the best way that works for you.

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Meetup

The first way to make Korean friends online is through a site called meetup.com. This site is great, especially if you’re already in Seoul, as it is not a chatting app but instead a listing of events happening near you where you can go and make those new friends in person! But if you can’t make it to the event, they still have discussion boards where you can interact with the regular members and plan to meetup with them.

MEEFF

This chatting app has been gaining popularity lately, and for good reason. Its interface makes it quick and easy to get in touch with new people, and not just with Koreans in Korea, but with all sorts of people from all over the world! Through this app, you can find Korean friends online, with whom you can share stories, practice languages, and form connections that could lead to meeting them in person one day. Just search for MEEFF in your app store.

HelloTalk

Though the purpose of this application is to practice and exchange languages with people from all over the world, it’s also proven to be a good tool for making Korean friends online. Unlike MEEFF, it is also easier to remain anonymous in that, while uploading a profile picture is needed, it is such a tiny thumbnail that it is not really the focus. After all, it is primarily a language exchange app! But it is also a way to protect your identity while still getting to meet new people. If the way MEEFF operates you makes you feel uncomfortable, give HelloTalk a try. Search HelloTalk in your app store.

Interpals

Unlike HelloTalk and MEEFF, Interpals is a website as opposed to a mobile phone app. As such, it has also been around much longer. It’s a great way to not only meet new Korean friends online, but to meet new friends from every corner of the world! There are functions for simply chatting on the site, but in addition to that you can also become penpals with the people you talk to. So how about we all sign up on the site and make snail mail a thing again?

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Penpalkorea

Penpalkorea is another website operating in a similar way to Interpals. It advertises itself as a platform for making friends all around the globe, which will be a great plus for you! However, its main focus is to connect Koreans interested in making friends from other countries with people from those other countries looking to learn Korean as well as make Korean friends online. What a great way to squash two birds with one stone!

Hipenpal

Hi! Penpal! is another website with the same idea as Penpalkorea and Interpals. Though it is not specifically concentrated on connecting people from all over the world with Koreans, you may notice that it is specifically popular with Koreans wanting to make connections with people from other countries. Thus, it would also make for a great opportunity for you to meet Korean friends online! If you want to connect with someone through this site, instead of sending them an instant message, you’ll be connected to them by sending them a message directly to their e-mail. If you’re on the younger side, you’ll also be glad to know that young people are fond of using this site.

Mylanguageexchange

Yet another great site to make Korean friends online is Mylanguageexchange! It’s geared towards those wanting to learn and practice languages by conversing with native speakers of their target language. As such, it’s perfect for someone like you who’s in the process of learning Korean right now! And what would be better than forming genuine friendships while also getting to learn a new language and about a new culture? It is not limited to just learning Korean but also many other languages are available, so you’ll be getting a whole bunch of value out of it.

Conversationexchange

Lastly, there is the website Conversationexchange. This site is similar to My Language Exchange, except its purpose is to try and find native speakers, in your case native Korean speakers, living in your area to meet and practice Korean with. So through this site, you could have the chance to make new Korean friends online AND offline!

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Above, we have introduced you to several sources through which you can make new Korean friends online, but also practice the Korean phrases you’ve learned with us. As we all have our own preferences, it is up to you to decide which site or application would be the best fit for you. If you are currently in Korea or planning to come here soon, the applications HelloTalk and MEEFF, as well as the website Meetup, would be our suggestions for a good place to start meeting your new Korean friends. And for those overachievers, you can study up a bit on the culture of Korea and really impress your new friends! Now, go on and have fun meeting Korean friends online!

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    39 replies to "How To Meet Korean Friends Online"

    • Kwame Apenteng

      Hi, My name is Kwame, I am Ghanaian-american. I live in the United State America. I am looking for friends in South Korea who likes to talk about business and education. My dream is to open a private schools in Ghana and my friends become part of the dream.

    • Honnieca

      Hi! I just want to have friend like korean also i want to learn their language. Hope to meet someone here

      • 90 Day Korean

        Great! You can try the links in the article. ^^

        • Brianna

          Hi Im from Calfornia I learning Korean and I hope you anseer and we can try to be friends.

    • janice

      hello!
      I was just trying to look for a site where i can learn korean language , Is this site for younger people only? ? i wish i could meet Korean moms or any moms who still like to meet new friends from other parts of the world.

      • 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Janice! You can find different age groups on our blog, but you can also try the links listed above! Hope you find good friends! ^^

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