As a fan of Korean popular culture, you've likely become interested in learning the language. It might be so you can better understand your favourite songs, or so you can enjoy K-dramas without subtitles: whatever the reason, learning languages is a great way to become more informed about a culture and find new ways to communicate with people.
Korean can look daunting at first, but there's plenty of ways you can incorporate K-pop and K-dramas into your studies to make it fun. Plus there's more online resources than ever before for learning languages, so if you don't have easy access to irl classes, you can still self-study from the comfort of your home.
FYI, some of the tips below apply to more than one language, so whether you're interested in Korean, Chinese or Japanese, some of the resources mentioned below offer multiple options!
Here's some cool resources we think you'll find useful as you study.
1. Get on your phone!
There's so many apps out there it can be overwhelming. A good place to start is with DuoLingo and Lingodeer - both of these are available for free on mobile. DuoLingo is well known to anyone learning a language (curse you sad owl!), and it's a great place to start with learning the Korean alphabet before moving forward.
If you've got the basics down, Lingodeer gives you more detailed grammar rules and examples to learn, and it also lets you test your pronunciation by recording your voice and making you listen back to it. It's not an entirely free app, but you can still get a lot out of the parts that are not charged.
2. Watch those K-pop idols!
Want to learn some fun vocabulary from K-pop idols? How about the new Learn Korean with BTS series? It's pretty basic so far, but if you're a beginner, it's a fun way to connect your fave's face with the language.
Plus there's a bunch of videos out there with idols teaching Korean slang and vocab, it's never been easier to keep up to date with the latest terms!
3. Put on your headphones!
If you're busy going about your day and don't have time to sit down and read through notes, it can help to listen to them instead. Especially if you're someone who thrives on non-visual learning. Talk To Me In Korean has an incredibly thorough podcast series that covers grammar with fun examples that'll help the rules stick in your head!
4. Put your fingers to the test!
We live in a digital world and once you get to grips with the language, a great way to learn more is by consuming more Korean content. Of course, it helps to be able to search it in Korean too! It'll take some practice, and luckily there's fun websites like these Malang Malang typing challenges that turn typing into a game, and also test your vocab knowledge.
If you need to learn the basics first, you can learn the keys from this website.
5. Netflix and chill - with subtitles!
Need an excuse to make all your tv viewing seem more educational? Throw on the Language Learning with Netflix extension. It shows Korean subtitles simultaneously with ones in your language, so you can compare the audio and text between the two languages. You'll get some study in, and keep up with your fave shows!
Of course, it'll also help if you start using Korean subtitles on any content you stream online, where you understand the original language and the subs are available. It's a small thing that'll help you pick up on details over time!
What tips do you have for learning Korean?
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