BEST WAYS TO LEARN KOREAN ONLINE || TOP 10 TIPS
Learning a new language is always difficult. That’s why we’ve put together this short list of 10 tips to help you learn Korean online.
Some people think it’s easy to learn Korean, but as you should already know, learning a new language takes time and requires courage, motivation and rigour.
Korean is not an exception.
We hope these tips will help you reach the next level of learning, and perhaps become bilingual.
Learn Korean Online – Tip 1 | Learn Hangul
Learn Korean Online – Tip 2 | Write & Translate K-Pop songs
Learn Korean Online – Tip 3 | Expose Yourself to Korean
Learn Korean Online – Tip 4 | Use Social Media
Learn Korean Online – Tip 5 | Enroll in a Course
Tip 1: Learn Hangul
For those who don’t know, Hangul 한글 is the Korean alphabet. When you start learning Korean, the first thing you need to do is master Hangul.
Learning Hangul is a piece of cake, you can learn it in just one afternoon. Quick, isn’t it?! It’s like the English alphabet, once you know it, you know it.
It may take a bit of work at first, but once you are familiar with Hangul, it will be much easier for you to continue working on your Korean skills and read it more fluently.
You are probably wondering “where can I learn Hangul?”. If you want to learn the Korean alphabet with us you have 2 choices:
- Learn Hangul with our article dedicated to hangul and how to learn it.
- Take classes with our Korean teachers.
Note – Flexi Classes has 4 classes dedicated to Hangul (Intro Level). That’s 4 hours in total – more than enough to get you on your feet with Hangul.
BONUS | Practice Hangul with our handwriting worksheet.
Tip 2: Write & Translate K-Pop songs
If you are a Kpop lover, you will like this tip. After learning hangul it is time to practice writing it.
Writing your favourite Kpop song, or any other Korean song you want, will help you feel comfortable when you have to write in Korean.
After writing the lyrics, the second step is to translate the song.
This will allow you to learn new vocabulary while discovering the meaning of your favourite Korean song!
You kill two birds with one stone.
Tip 3: Expose Yourself to Korean
If you want to improve your Korean, one of the best ways is to expose yourself as much as possible to the Korean language.
There is a lot of content in Korean that you can get your hands on. The first thing you think of is watching Korean dramas.
This will help your ear get used to hearing Korean and you will hear everyday conversations.
Another site that should be utilised is Vlive. On this platform, you can watch the lives/videos of your favourite celebrities and thus be exposed to Korean.
Tip 4: Use Social Media
You can learn Korean on several different platforms, but we don’t often think about Social Media.
Social Media is often a distraction that takes time and concentration away from our work.
But if you follow the right accounts, you can learn a lot.
Once you follow the right accounts on social media, they are no longer a waste of time but become great tools for learning the language.
You will never again feel guilty for wasting an hour browsing social media.
As you can already guess, we are present on several different Social Media where we offer content to help you learn Korean and to share things about Korean culture.
Here is the list of our channels and accounts:
Of course, you won’t become fluent using just social media, but it’s such a fun way to learn new vocabulary or facts about Korea, why not try it!
Tip 5: Enroll in a Course With a Real Teacher
If you want serious results from your Korean studies, then you need solid foundations, good explanations, and a plan of attack!
Learning a language is not easy and sometimes you need help to go further in your learning.
This is where the online courses come in. Nowadays, it is increasingly easy to find online Korean courses.
You may be wondering, if LTL offers online courses? Well, the answer is yes, of course.
To understand how our online courses work, here is a video that introduces our Flexi Classes website.
Don’t hesitate to take advantage of our free 7-day trial.
Tip 6: Find Koreans Partners to Learn Korean
This tip is an extension of the 2 previous points.
Making Korean friends on social media is a fantastic way to surround yourself with the language.
This allows you to practice your Korean while chatting with your friends and talking about your hobbies and putting into practice what you have learned in class.
This will allow you to get out of your comfort zone and help you become more fluent, but also more natural and native-like.
It is very easy to find native Korean speakers.
For example, you can use the Hellotalk application to find a Korean partner or simply make friends on your social networks.
If you can’t find a Korean pen pal, you always have the option of talking to yourself. This is a good way to get used to speaking Korean out loud.
Tip 7: Learn Korean and English Words that Have Similarities
You may not believe us if we tell you that even without having learned Korean, you already know many Korean words.
Perhaps you already noticed this when watching Korean Dramas or just in your Korean learning, but there are a lot of Korean Loanwords (or Konglish) out there to learn.
For those who wonder, what Konglish is? The answer is really simple:
Konglish = Korean + EnglishKoreans took the English word and pronounced it in Hangul/Korean.
This is such great news for you if you want to learn Korean, as it is a motivating way to learn vocabulary more easily.
Let us give you some examples: 👇
- Cake – 케이크 (keaikeu)
- Chocolate – 초콜릿 (choko-lit)
- Ice Cream – 아이스크림 (iseu-keulim).
- Hot Dog – 핫도그 (hat-dogeu)
- Menu – 메뉴 (menyu)
- Sun Cream – 선크림 (seon-keulim)
- Taxi – 택시 (taegsi)
- Team – 팀 (tim)
- Smart/Hand Phone – 핸드폰 (haen-deu-pon)
- Apartment 아파트 (a-pa-teu)
Isn’t it a good way to easily learn new Korean words?
Tip 8: Repetition & Consistency
Repetition is one the most important ways to learning a language. Consistency is key, like with anything in life.
You can’t remember a word that you only see once or twice, I know that because I can’t either!Unless you are a very lucky or gifted individual of course!
You need to review grammar and vocabulary points very often if you don’t want to forget them. You will only realise what you have forgotten when you revise!
One thing you can do to help you learn faster and smarter is to create flashcards.
This is an amazing and very effective way to learn vocabulary and grammatical structures.
Tip 9: Have Goals
Why do you want to learn Korean?
This is a fundamental question you need to ask yourself at the start of your studies.
Knowing why you want to learn Korean will help you to remain motivated because you will want to achieve this goal.
Every person learns Korean for different reasons. Some people learn Korean to go to Korea and just have daily conversations.
Other people learn Korean so that they can work in South Korea.
But there are people who have shorter-term goals.
For example, for some people their goal will be to learn 20 vocabulary words in 1 week; for others, it will be to challenge themselves to pass the Topik in 3 months…
Finally, for some people, the goal is to become bilingual. As you can imagine, this is quite a long process, requiring motivation and hard work.
Tip 10: Come to South Korea
Last but not least, come to South Korea! What better way to learn Korean than to come to Korea?
Coming to Korea will allow you to immerse yourself in the Korean culture and language.
Your level of Korean will improve so much because you will be confronted with Korean all day, and you will have no choice but to speak Korean.
If you still don’t know we offer courses in South Korea!
Here’s the plan: you take a Korean language course, then go out on the streets of Korea to practice what you’ve learned in the course. Great, right?
Learn Korean Online – FAQ’s
What is Hangul?
Hangul 한글 is the Korean alphabet.
When you start learning Korean, the first thing you need to do is master Hangul.
Why is Korean so popular?
There are several possible reasons for this.
Korean films have also come to the forefront not only in Asian culture, but also worldwide.
For example Parasite or Train to Busan.
Many people in the West have quickly become fascinated with Korean and Korea as a country.
You just have to think about BTS and their global impact.
What are some examples of Korean loanwords?
Here are some examples: 👇
Cake – 케이크 (keaikeu)
Chocolate – 초콜릿 (choko-lit)
Ice Cream – 아이스크림 (iseu-keulim).
Hot Dog – 핫도그 (hat-dogeu)
Menu – 메뉴 (menyu)
Sun Cream – 선크림 (seon-keulim)
Taxi – 택시 (taegsi)
Team – 팀 (tim)
Smart/Hand Phone – 핸드폰 (haen-deu-pon)
Apartment 아파트 (a-pa-teu)
Don’t forget to check out our article for more Korean Loanwords.
Do you have a blog where I can learn more about Korea?
Where can I learn Korean grammar?
We have written an article on the top 5 basic grammar points.