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Korean resources

A regularly-updated list of language resources to help kickstart your studies.

Korean textbooks

Korean Grammar for Speaking
Korean Grammar in Use
Yonsei Korean
Sogang Korean
Vitamin Korean 1 for beginners – they have more in the series
Tuttle Korean for Beginners
Intermediate and Advanced TOPIK exam prep book

You can buy Korean textbooks at Twochois or directly from the Talk to me in Korean website (TTMIK) if you want their series.

Textbooks I use:

The best Korean dictionary

Hands down, the best dictionary for Korean learners is Naver Dictionary. If you download the app, you’ll get awesome content like videos, dialogues, Kpop content, daily phrases and more. You can also use the mobile website if you prefer. It’s pretty robust and is clearly geared at Korean learners.

Naver also has a translator called Papago. You can use the audio feature to listen to a native pronunciation. It’s awesome! 

Screenshot of the Korean dictionary app, Naver Dictionary

Online Korean lessons

KoreanClass101 
Lots of podcasts and lesson transcripts for various Korean levels. Somewhat spammy marketing, but solid content which I’ve been using for years.

K2nlearner – a brand new, robust website to learn natural Korean in the context of phrases. The site is run by my friend Jimmy and he updates it regularly with useful phrases and even texting slang.

Talk To Me In Korean 
The be all and end all of Korean resources. If you aren’t using TTMIK, what are you doing? Just kidding. They have podcasts, free lessons, textbooks, videos, you name it. 

How To Study Korean 
Comprehensive website with lessons from beginner to advanced. One of the most comprehensive out there, although sentences can sometimes sound a little robotic. Use it as you like but remember to use a mix of resources!

Sogang Korean Course 
Are you stuck in the early 2000s? Would you like a useful resource with a really … retro design? Sogang Korean is the site for you. 

Introduction to Korean on Futurelearn
First Step Korean on Coursera

Korean blog posts

Korean Apps

Lingodeer
Readers of my blog can get 15% off any Lingodeer app subscription by using my code LINDIE15 upon checkout!

Learn Korean with Master Ling app

Clozemaster
Useful for learning phrases, filler words, prepositions and vocabulary in context in a gamified format.

Wodeu
App to learn Korean by reading. 

kGrammar
Teaches Korean grammar points.

WriteIt 
Learn how to write Hangul

How to learn Hangul

Learn Hangul on HowtostudyKorean
Improve your Korean writing (my video)
Hangeul Master textbook from TTMIK

Korean pronunciation

 

Korean pronunciation guide
for the IPA system

Forvo
Allows you to type a word and listen to how it’s pronounced

Useful Korean videos

Podcasts, radio & music

KBS World Let’s Learn Korean
Stream Korean radio
Podbbang to listen to podcasts
KBS News app
Red Book Cafe
라디오 다이어리 그 남자 그 여자 Calm radio diary from male & female perspectives
If you’re a UI/UX designer like me, you’ll love Design Table (no English translation)

Spotify
My Kpop playlist
My K-indie playlist
My K-Rap and Hip Hop playlist

Korean merch

I design Korean stickers, notebooks, shirts and more with motivational phrases. Check out my site!

The best app for Korean: Lingodeer

If you’re looking to improve your Korean rapidly, I suggest Lingodeer! Lingodeer is great for beginners to upper intermediate learners. It has…

– video lessons
– grammar explanations
– fun games
– flashcards
– pronunciation guides
– vocabulary in the context of useful sentences
– gamification and levels so you stay motivated

And the best thing is it’s not just for Korean – you can learn a ton of other languages there too!

You can get 15% discount on a Lingodeer subscription (one month, a year or a lifetime – up to you!) if you use my discount code LINDIE15 upon checkout.

This is an affiliate link, so I will earn a small percentage of the cost. Don’t worry, I will never recommend anything I don’t personally use or trust! I made a review here, although the app has updated and improved a lot since this video.

Miscellaneous resources

Advice and FAQ

I’m pretty active in answering questions related to language learning and Korean on my Tumblr blog. You can see all posts tagged Korean here!

My K-indie playlist

My K-rap & hip hop playlist

Language exchange

italki
Affordable language tutors that you can book according to your schedule. I use italki often for speaking practice. Get $10 credits after you book your first lesson with a tutor using my affiliate link.

HelloTalk app to meet Korean native speakers and practice with.

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