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

Best Korean textbooks for various levels

Go! Billy Korean: Korean Made Simple. Billy is a Korean learner of many years and his content is catered to self-studiers.

Beginner 
Buy on Amazon

Korean Grammar for Speaking 2 is one of my favorite grammar textbooks. Simple layout with lots of vocab and activities. 

Intermediate
Buy on Amazon

Korean Grammar in Use Intermediate The best Korean grammar textbook I’ve used for years! The activities are fun the pages are wonderfully designed.

Intermediate
Buy on Amazon

Yonsei Korean 1
I used this when I just started learning Korean and it was a really solid guide to get started. It’s made by a Korean university so you can be sure the content is great.

Beginner
Buy on Amazon

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.

Free beginner lessons online from Ohio State University: Pathway to Korean

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!

Online Intermediate College Korean – lessons with dialogs, grammar and audio. Not for beginners.

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

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

Apps to learn Korean

Beginners

Learn Korean with Master Ling app

kGrammar
Teaches Korean grammar points.

WriteIt 
Learn how to write Hangul

Intermediate +

Wodeu
App to learn Korean by reading

Audioclip app
Listen to Korean content for free 

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

Naver Audioclip app for podcasts

Korean pronunciation

 

Korean pronunciation guide
for the IPA system

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

Learn and improve Hangul

Hangeul Master on Amazon: textbook from TTMIK

Improve your handwriting using Korean Wongoji paper:
Blue notebook on Amazon
Brown notebook on Amazon 

Learn Hangul on HowtostudyKorean

Useful Korean videos

Podcasts, radio & music

KBS World Let’s Learn Korean
Stream Korean radio
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)
Podbang for podcasts

More Korean textbooks

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!

Korean merch

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

My K-indie playlist

Korean praise

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 sign up and book your first lesson here.

HelloTalk app to meet native speakers and practice with.

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