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Korean [한국어]

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.

Courses/Tutorials

Language Courses

Free

  • New ! BusyAtomdotcom
    103 videos. Korean 101, lessons for beginners, phrases, alphabet leftovers, vocabulary, Hangul, more.
  • Updated ! Foreign Services Institute - Korean
    Two books and 34 audio tapes including evaluation quizzes. Live Lingua.
  • New ! Korean Basic Course for Beginners
    20 videos running for a total of 11 hours. Alphabet and vocabulary.
  • New ! 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 New ! Korean Portal.
  • New ! 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.

Fee-based

  • New ! Korean Lessons Online [VerbalPlanet]
    ‘Enjoy interactive online Korean language lessons with some of the best native speaking Korean teachers from around the world’.
  • New ! 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’.

Tutorials

  • Introduction to Korean
    The basics of reading and writing all Hangul characters, vocabulary, grammar, conversational phrases, links to textbooks.
  • New ! Korean Tutorials
    ‘Free Korean language tutorials, help with Korean grammar, and other free Korean language lessons’.

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Language Tools

Alphabets

Hangul

  • New ! 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’.
  • Hangul
    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.

Videos

Dictionaries

Software

Apps

  • New ! Hangul [Korean Alphabet]
    Android, Free; In-app purchases. ‘Learn the Hangul at your own pace using easy-to-navigate lessons, quizzes, and flashcards’.
  • New ! iStart Korean
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Aimed at beginner-level learners of Korean, it contains over 6 hours of full audio tutoring’.
  • New ! 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’.
  • New ! 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’.
  • New ! Nemo Korean
    Apple & Android, Free; In-app purchases. ‘Nemo is designed to start you speaking the most useful words in Korean immediately and confidently’.

Free Software

  • New ! 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’.

Other Sites

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Language Usage

Grammar

Vocabulary

Other Sites

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Other Information

Culture

  • About Korea
    Geography, History, The Korean War, The Arts, The Culture, Korean food, Customs, Youth Culture.
  • New ! Culture in Korea
    Lifestyle, Han Style, Taekwondo, Korean Buddhism, UNESCO World Heritage, Entertainment, Books, more.
  • New ! Korean Culture and Traditions
    ‘Use the table to quickly jump to the section you are interested in’.

Other Sites

  • 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

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