Learning Korean is a good idea not just to converse with the 78 million Korean speakers worldwide, but also to better comprehend the underlying context of K-dramas!

With the help of these apps and websites, we’re confident you could dramaticallyimprove your Korean beyond oppa eotoke. Let’s take a look!

1. Talk to Me in Korean

A team of 5 Koreans help over 500,000 devoted students from over 199 countries on talktomeinkorean.com. They’ve got 1300 free Korean lessons at your service, with which studying Korean on your own won’t be stressful! They also offer video courses and 22 textbooks which are available in major bookstores.

2. How to Study Korean

The howtostudykorean.com writer is a self-taught Korean speaker. The website was founded on his study notes which date back to 2008. Over the years, the site has become an informative archive of the writer’s Korean-learning journey. The lessons are “a reflection of each concept I learned and explained step-by-step in a way that I would have wanted them to be explained to me as a Korean learner.”

3. Duolingo

Duolingo is “the world's most popular way to learn a language.” You can practice Korean and other languages on duolingo.com or on the apps. Following a structured curriculum, you will play games, earn points, and level up.

4. Mango

Learn Korean on Mango through real-life conversations. Mango dissects every word in a sentence for you and, before you know it, you will have memorized a conversation between two native speakers aboutGyeongbokgung palace in Seoul! This paid app becomes free when you sign up through a local public library.

5. HelloTalk

HelloTalk app lets you read, write, speak, and listen to any language you wish to learn. When you publish a written or recorded post, others will engage constructively and fix any errors they see! In return, this community-based app asks you to edit posts written by non-native speakers of your language.

6. Parrot

Parrot app pairs Korean and English speakers for language exchange sessions through video/audio chat. It's simple: 7 minutes of speaking in Korean, 7 minutes of helping your partner practice English, then switch partners! All sessions are moderated through a timer to ensure that both learners spend a fair amount of time learning as well as teaching, making it a win-win for everyone.

Of course, to be exposed full time and immerse yourself in the language, it is best to live in the country. When in Korea, attend language exchange groups like this one where many locals attend. Language exchange is the easiest way to meet new people and make friends with the cool ones.

Where have you learned Korean and how? Could you share your language learning tips with us below? Have you used your Korean skills to travel or make friends? Tell us how it went!!

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