Free Online Resources for Improving Your Korean

A picture of palace guards in Seoul

You don’t have to leave home to learn a new language. Luckily, with the advent of the internet, you can learn almost anything from the comfort of your living room. Here are some free online Korean language resources you can use to improve your Korean.

1)Wiktionary’s Korean vocabulary frequency list: If you know approximately 5,000 words you should be able to understand 95% of all that you read or hear. If you know 8,000 words, you should be able to understand 98% or essentially close to everything you come across.

*Just as a note, you may want to double check the definitions for the words you come across. They are not all complete or accurate. A great place to do this is on Naver, which has a great multi-lingual dictionary complete with example sentences.

2) Online lectures offered by EBS:  Even though these lectures are meant for college students preparing for their language exams, I find them to be helpful.

3) KOCW: This Korean open-courseware site offers pre-recorded college lectures on almost any subject. My favorites include: “국문학개론” and “언어지도.”

4) Podcasts:

  • “심용환의 타박타박”: Guests talk about everything from Korean history to current issues and pop culture.
  • 아침 &뉴스 류서민“:  This show is a fun daily twenty minute news program. While listening this morning, I learned that labrador retrievers can be great companion animals for cheetahs. Who knew?
  • 여행 라디오“: This podcast follows Koreans as they recount their overseas travel experiences. Really great insight into how some Korean travelers view other cultures.

What are some of your favorite online resources for learning Korean?

Author: Will Schick

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