Korean is a language spoken almost exclusively in both Korean Republics, as well as one Chinese Prefecture. Around 80 million people speak Korean. There is some dispute over the language family to which it might belong. It presently uses a writing system called Hangul.
This page provides access to online courses, Korean/English/Korean dictionaries, grammar, vocabulary, writing form and characters - Hangul & Hanja, podcasts, cultural information, free and fee-based software, other resources and information.
103 videos. Korean 101, lessons for beginners, phrases, alphabet leftovers, vocabulary, Hangul, more.
- Foreign Services Institute - Korean
Two books and 34 audio tapes including evaluation quizzes. Live Lingua.
- Korean Basic Course for
20 videos running for a total of 11 hours. Alphabet and vocabulary.
- Korean Class 101
‘Learn Korean in the fastest, easiest and most fun way ! New audio and video lessons are released weekly’. You can pay to access several hundred archived lessons.
- Korean K101
Indiana University. Multiple lessons available including MP3 files. Access this page, further levels, a Multimedia Dictionary, Recorder Materials Archive, Korean Facts and Figures and Hangul information from the Korean Portal.
- Learn Korean Free [Livemocha]
‘Learn a new language. Practise with native speakers’.
- Let’s Learn Korean
Vowels & Consonants through to conversation. Extended through Let’s Learn Korean [New] which adds 20 lessons.
- Mr Oh’s Learn Korean
Lessons, Hanja classes, technical notes, discussion forum, crash course, links.
- Online Intermediate College Korean
‘The objective of this project is to assist in learning/teaching intermediate level college Korean by providing a direct online access to the audio, visual and written materials accompanying the text’. Check the “How to Use” section.
- Sogang Korean Program
Multi-level introduction covering Introductory, Novice [3 levels] and Intermediate [3 levels] learners. Each section has multiple lessons plus aspects such as a Grammar Index, Dialogue Index and Reading Index. Developed a while ago.
- Welcome to APSnet
‘Offering educational spaces to learn the Korean language through the internet’. Registration is free. Language study at different levels, sites, chats, downloads, more.
- Korean Lessons Online [VerbalPlanet]
‘Enjoy interactive online Korean language lessons with some of the best native speaking Korean teachers from around the world’.
- Learn Korean Online
Rocket Korean. ‘Great tools, great tips, audio lessons, and the inside word on how to speak Korean confidently and understand Korean quickly and effectively’.
- Korean Alphabet
Basic vowels, complex vowels, consonants. Images and audio. Multiple sections.
- ZKorean, Korean Alphabet, Hangul
History, appearance, structure, pronunciation, Romanisation.
- Appearance and Sound of Hangul
‘To hear a sample of the pronunciation of each letter, click the icon to the left of the Korean character. Hear its name and pronunciation’.
Names, history, Jamo, Morpho-syllabic blocks, orthography, readability, style, references, external links. Wikipedia.
- Hangul Computer Keyboard Layout
- Korean - Hangul [and more]
Omniglot. Origins of writing, Hangul, alphabet chart [download], transliteration, links to Korean language sites.
- Korean Alphabet 1 [Vivi Korean]
22 minute video covering multiple aspects.
- Korean Hangul #1 Alphabet
- Learn Korean Alphabet - Hangul
11 videos, link to updated information and learning materials.
- Learn to read and write Hangul - Part 1
TalkToMeInKorean.com. Find Part 2 here.
- alphaDictionary - Korean
Links for dictionaries, specialty dictionaries, grammars and language resources.
- Korean Dictionary
‘Built by people who speak the Korean language on a daily basis. KoreanDictionary.net maintains the most comprehensive and accurate Korean dictionary online’.
- Korean Dictionary [Babylon]
Links to Korean to English and English to Korean dictionaries, translations, more.
- LingvoSoft Korean/English/Korean
Translate and find information in both directions.
- ZKorean Dictionary
Part of a larger site with alphabet, study tools, more.
- Hangul [Korean
Android, Free; In-app purchases. ‘Learn the Hangul at your own pace using easy-to-navigate lessons, quizzes, and flashcards’.
- iStart Korean
Apple, Not Free. ‘Aimed at beginner-level learners of Korean, it contains over 6 hours of full audio tutoring’.
- KDrama Talk
Apple, Free. ‘Study and learn common words and phrases in KDrama Talk. Many of the commonly used words, phrases and slang are included’.
- Learn Korean - KR Translator
Android, Free; In-app purchases. ‘Works together with you to practice your speaking and listening skills, wherever and whenever you are’.
- Nemo Korean
Apple & Android, Free; In-app purchases. ‘Nemo is designed to start you speaking the most useful words in Korean immediately and confidently’.
- Byki Language Learning Software
‘Play games, use flash cards, perfect your Korean accent with native speaker sound, test yourself, and take your learning with you on MP3 audio’.
- Basic Korean Grammar
Three main section, 25 lessons in all.
- Complete Beginners Korean Grammar Level 1
20 lessons in this series.
‘Providing explanations about conjugations and pronunciation guides for Korean verbs’.
- Korean Grammar
‘Introduction to Grammar, Grammar Bank, About Korean Verbs, Verb Conjugation Chart ’.
- Digital Dialects : Korean
‘Language resources include games for learning phrases, numbers, useful words, spelling, verb conjugation and alphabets’.
- Korean Vocabulary
Provides English, Korean [script] and Hangul forms. Select additional resources from the menu on the left.
- Korean Vocabulary with
Video lessons cover a range of topics.
- Korean Words
‘Vocabulary Lists, Word of the Day, 100 Most Common Words, 2 000 Most Common Words ’.
- Learn to Speak Korean
Learn Korean through Words and Phrases and related vocabulary videos.
- Phrases & Vocabulary - Basics
Select other vocabulary pages from this section of the menu on the left.
- Korean Grammar and Vocabulary Reference
11 Grammar lessons are included and 15 Vocabulary lessons.
- Learn Korean - Grammar and Vocabulary
‘Check about adjectives, adverbs, articles, gender [feminine, masculine …], negation, nouns, numbers, phrases, plural, prepositions, pronouns, questions, verbs, vocabulary, exercises … to help you with your Korean grammar’.
- About Korea
Geography, History, The Korean War, The Arts, The Culture, Korean food, Customs, Youth Culture.
- Culture in Korea
Lifestyle, Han Style, Taekwondo, Korean Buddhism, UNESCO World Heritage, Entertainment, Books, more.
- Korean Culture and Traditions
‘Use the table to quickly jump to the section you are interested in’.
- e-Asia Digital Library
Main interest is where you can select the country of interest [e.g. North and South Korea]. Images, audio, maps, database, even a toolkit.
- Free Korean Lessons and Courses
‘Free language lessons and courses, along with some other Korean language resources, such as Korean online newspapers, Korean dictionaries, Korean internet radio sites, and other sources relevant to the student of Korean’.
- Korean Language
Classification, history, geographic distribution, dialects, sounds, grammar, speech levels and honorifics, vocabulary, writing system, differences between North and South Korean, references, external links. Wikipedia.
- New South Wales HSC ONLINE - Korean
While for the HSC, it provides revision on all aspects of senior secondary Korean.
- Wikijunior : Languages - Korean
Writing system used, how many people speak the language, where it is spoken, the history of the language, some famous authors or poets using the language, basic Korean, a song/poem/story to learn in this language.
Podcasts & Videos
‘Learn Korean in the fastest, easiest and most fun way. Get your Free Lifetime Account in 7 Seconds’.
- Sparkling Korean Podcast : Beyond
learning Korean [Geeone.Kim]
Through iTunes. ‘While you enjoy this programme you will learn Korean and see much more about Korea’. Free.
- Korean Language Lectures
‘A crash course of Korean, designed for those who need Korean words and phrases for unexpected reasons, yet urgently, or just for fun’
- Survival Phrases Korean
60 lessons. Podcasts, links to feeds, MP3 files. Not all files are free.
‘TalkToMeInKorean is a website and community where learning Korean may not be magically easy, but is fun and exciting’.