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Are you wondering how you can learn Korean for free? Learning Korean doesn’t have to empty your pockets. But it can be tricky to find the right resources that work for you on a budget.
Here’s a list of the best free resource to help you:
Table of contents
- Free Korean Language Apps
- Free Online Korean Courses and Systems
- Free Podcasts and Online Audio to Help You Learn Korean
- Free Video Korean Lessons on YouTube
- Advanced Learners: Find Free Korean Language Reading Materials
- Advanced Learners: Learn From Korean Vloggers for Free on YouTube
- What Free Online Korean Classes and Resources Do You Use?
There are countless resources online that teach you Korean. The only problem is how do you know which are good quality, without wasting hours weeding through them?
The good news is that I’ve put this post together just so you won’t have to waste your study time researching resources.
While doing my Korean language project, I had the chance to find and test many of them and the result is this list of Korean learning tools that won’t cost you a single 원 (“won”).
So, let’s take a look at these free online Korean apps, language classes, and other resources.
Free Korean Language Apps
Apps are an outstanding way to learn a new language. Especially for those who don’t have the time to sit down and study or who like to study on the go.
These are 7 of the best free apps to learn Korean:
Eggbun is available for both iOS and Android. It was how I finally learned to type in Korean and I picked up quite a few useful Korean words using their system.
Keep in mind that it is based on the freemium model, so only a limited set of lessons are available for free.
Pop Popping Korean
TenguGo has apps for a variety of languages, but its Korean Alphabet and Vocabulary apps are popular amongst Korean language learners. They are free for Android and iOS.
For those interested in taking the TOPIK exam or for using it as a frame of reference, the S-TOPIK app is a great choice. It’s free for Android and iOS.
If you’re struggling with Korean grammar, Dongsa is an app that can help you with conjugation. It is only available on Android devices.
Memrise and Anki
The desktop version of Anki is free as are both the app and browser versions of Memrise.
Free Online Korean Courses and Systems
If you’re interested in guided lessons, there is an exceptional selection of free online Korean courses and systems available.
Here are some of the best websites that offer free Korean lessons:
How to Study Korean
How to Study Korean is one of the best free resources I found for the language. It was one of my go-to resources for Korean grammar questions when I was learning Korean.
How to Study Korean is essentially a free digital course book with incredibly in-depth lessons.
The online learning portal Coursera has a free Korean language course from Yonsei University called First Step Korean. The course has several free video lessons taught by one of its university instructors.
Dom + Hyo
Dom + Hyo are illustrators. They use their design talents to create beautiful infographics that teach the Korean language. They also give their subscribers fun facts about Korean culture.
Learn with Oliver
Learn with Oliver(https://www.learnwitholiver.com/korean/) is an online flashcard tool. It allows you to learn words or phrases with several ways to test yourself.
I personally love their email newsletter and look forward to seeing it in my inbox every day.
*Learn Langs is a free Korean course for beginners created by Judith Meyer. It has five lessons to get you started on learning Korean script.
The course on the website is completely free. An updated version has also been turned into a book.
Free Podcasts and Online Audio to Help You Learn Korean
Listen to Korean audio in either bite-sized podcasts, as sound-bites, or even dive straight into native-speaking radio stations.
Here’s where to start with Korean language audio:
Talk to Me In Korean
The Talk to Me In Korean podcast has free lessons and entertaining video shows that teach colloquial phrases and words.
They even have episodes that feature popular K-drama expressions so that you can really get into your favorite series.
TuneIn North Korea or South Korea
Test out a few stations, see what catches your attention, and enjoy.
If you come across a new word, especially with Korean which has rules related to changes in pronunciation, Forvo is a great place to listen to words spoken by a native speaker.
It has a large database and is a good reference for pronunciation.
Free Video Korean Lessons on YouTube
YouTube is an excellent place to find free Korean language classes and resources. Plus, video has the added benefits of letting you see facial expressions, body language, and other non-verbal aspects of the Korean language.
Here are some of the best YouTube channels to get engaging free Korean lessons:
In addition to their free podcast lessons, KoreanClass101 also has an excellent YouTube channel with hours of free content.
Talk to Me In Korean is another podcast that also has a YouTube channel with loads of free videos.
I love the Easy Languages channel because it offers you a lot of local culture and context.
In the Easy Language series, the hosts go out into the streets of Korea and interview the people they meet there. It’s a great way to hear the way people really speak the language, pick up useful conversational language, and practice your listening comprehension.
If you’ve been learning Korean for some time already, you may have seen one of the viral videos from Seemile. I’m talking about the one where a teacher poorly pronounces the phrase “Please give me coke” in order to teach students how to ask for Coca-Cola in Korean.
This aside, this channel offers short grammar lessons that are really helpful.
Sweet and Tasty TV
This YouTube channel features a little bit of everything. From vlogs that showcase trips to the Korean market to short but sweet Korean lessons, Sweet and Tasty TV is a great way to learn about Korean culture and the Korean language.
Weekly Korean is great for Korean language learners because it’s presented from the perspective of a fellow learner rather than that of a native speaker.
The host, Margarita, went through the process of learning Korean so she’s able to offer an angle on learning the language that’s different from some of the other channels out there.
Go! Billy Korean
Go! Billy Korean is another channel with Korean lessons taught by a fellow learner. Billy uses everything from games to travel to teach the language.
Conversational Korean has several lessons that range from dialogs to conversational phrases to grammar lessons.
The majority of the lessons are three minutes or less, so they’re great when you’re pressed for time.
If you enjoy learning by watching video content, check out this list of Korean movies!
Advanced Learners: Find Free Korean Language Reading Materials
Korean uses its own unique writing system so reading practice is an important part of your learning journey.
Finding material appropriate for your level in the language can be a challenge. Thankfully, there’s a decent selection of Korean reading resources available to you as a learner online for free.
Use Korean Wikipedia to read short articles in Korean. You can switch back to your native language to check your comprehension.
LingQ is a popular online learning system that helps you acquire new vocabulary through its reading interface. It is only free in part — you need to help other learners in order to earn points to use the system for free.
Korean Comics is a webcomic created by a Korean language learner to provide a way for them to practice writing in Korean.
The site also has a vocabulary section so that other Korean learners can view translations of the words used in each episode.
Advanced Learners: Learn From Korean Vloggers for Free on YouTube
If you’re looking for native and relevant material for your Korean language learning, YouTubers are a great source.
Korean vloggers cover everything from comedy to beauty to food, so you’re sure to find a YouTube personality who covers a topic that you’re interested in.
Here are a few of my favorite Korean vloggers to learn Korean from:
- Goteng: Goteng is a comedy blogger with a variety of videos and skits on his channel. The videos are in Korean, but you can watch them with English subtitles.
- 데이브 The World of Dave: Dave is another comedy blogger who shares videos in Korean as a non-native speaker. Many of his videos are culture-related, so it’s a great source for those of you interested in learning more about the language and Korean culture.
- The World of Erina: I discovered The World of Erina through The World of Dave. She is a Japanese vlogger who posts videos in Korean. She even teaches Japanese to Korean speakers so her channel is great if you’re interested in language laddering.
- 신별 ShinByul: If you’re a foodie, ShinByul is the perfect channel for you. In her videos, she tries out different Korean foods and snacks and comments on them.
- WhitneyBae: WhitneyBae is another Korean learner who vlogs in the language. Her videos are self-defined as ‘goofy’ and she often talks about what it’s like to live in Korea as a foreigner.
- 영국남자 Korean Englishman: Korean Englishman is a pair of Englishmen, Josh and Ollie, who make videos in Korean and English. Their videos are often comedic in nature and always entertaining.
- 백종원의 요리비책 Paik's Cuisine: Paik's channel is full of delicious Korean recipes. He speaks clearly, but the videos are still subtitled in Korean, which will help you pair the sounds with the script. You can also turn on English subtitles.
- Stimboy: Stimboy is a popular Korean vlogger who is really varied in the content he puts out. He does a lot of product reviews and mukbang videos.
- HeoPop: HeoPop is a comedy vlogger from South Korea. His videos are available in Korean with English subtitles.
To have a good base to understand the life of these vloggers, try to read this post on Korean culture.
What Free Online Korean Classes and Resources Do You Use?
It’s incredible how many excellent resources are available to learn Korean at no cost online.
Though I’ve featured 35 places you can learn Korean for free, I’m sure there are many more. Is there anything you feel that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments!
If you want to use more Korean resources, check out Benny's favorite Korean Resources.