안녕하세요! (An-nyong ha-se-yo!) Hello! I'm Billy from GO! Billy Korean on YouTube.

A lot of people have asked me, “Why should I learn Korean?” Today I’d like to answer that.

Maybe you haven’t started learning Korean. Or maybe you’re just not sure if you should keep going.

If you have a good reason to learn Korean, then the answer is definitely “yes.” So with that, here are a few good reasons to learn Korean.

You can watch the video here and read along in the article.

#1 Employment

Being able to speak Korean might help you to get a job.

In college, I had a few jobs speaking and translating Korean. These jobs paid well since there weren’t many people who could do them, and the hours were flexible. After I graduated, I could use those jobs on my resume.

Employment depends on where you live. In a major city, it’s likely there are many companies looking for fluent Korean speakers. If not, at least knowing Korean could help to make you a more desirable job candidate.

#2 Making Friends

There are over 80 million Korean speakers in the world. That’s a lot of people who could potentially be your friend.

Some of my best friends are Koreans. I would not have met them if I couldn’t speak Korean.

Having Korean friends means that you won’t have to travel alone when you visit Korea. You might even get a place to sleep (hotels can be expensive!). And having Korean friends means that you’ll experience Korean culture first-hand. You might be able to do things you couldn’t do if you were traveling alone. But only if you know Korean.

#3 Dating a Korean

Don’t be embarrassed. If you’re learning Korean to make a boyfriend or girlfriend, that’s fine.

I know lots of people who’ve learned Korean, dated a Korean, and who are happily married now. If this is your goal, then good luck. You will definitely need to know as much Korean as possible.

#4 K-drama & K-pop

While you can watch your favorite Korean dramas with subtitles, you might have to wait weeks or months until they’re translated.

Or even worse, sometimes subtitles can be incorrect, if you find them on less-reputable web sites. DramaFever is a great site for subtitles that you can trust.

But sometimes English translations miss details about the language which can be difficult to translate. For example, words like 오빠 (op-pa) and 누나 (noo-na) lose all of their meaning when they’re written in English.

If you consider yourself a true fan of Korean drama or K-pop, then you really need to learn Korean.

Korean is worth it.

Even though it takes time and effort to learn Korean, it’s still worth it. If any of these four reasons applies to you, then it’s definitely worth it to learn Korean.

If you want a better job, want to make Korean friends or date a Korean, or just really enjoy Korean dramas and K-pop, then I’d highly recommend that you start learning Korean.

Anyone can learn Korean. Whatever your reason – as long as you have a reason – you’re more likely to reach your language goals. I hope that you make the choice to start learning Korean today.

If you have any questions for me, you can also comment below this article. I love teaching Korean, and I'd love to help you.


If you're learning Korean for the first time, check out my book here. --> Korean Made Simple: A beginner's guide to learning the Korean language

And you can check out the sequel here. --> Korean Made Simple 2: The next step in learning the Korean language

Also visit my YouTube channel, where I upload videos about Korean every week. --> GO! Billy Korean on YouTube