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:

Online Korean lessons

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


Learn Korean with Master Ling app

Teaches Korean grammar points.

Learn how to write Hangul



Intermediate +

App to learn Korean by reading

Audioclip app
Listen to Korean content for free 

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

Naver Audioclip app for podcasts

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

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
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
Audioclip for podcasts

My K-indie playlist

Korean praise

K-rap & hip hop playlist

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!

Language exchange

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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