Korean belongs to the Koreanic language group and is mostly isolated to the Korean Peninsula in Eastern Asia. It has roughly 80 million speakers and is an official language in two countries: The Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). Korean as a foreign language has grown in popularity in recent years, which Korean authorities attribute to an interest in Korean K-Pop music. South Korea has also become a popular place for native English speakers to teach English because of high demand, reasonable pay, and good living conditions. Korean as a whole is considered one of the most challenging languages for native English speakers to learn but the writing system (Hangul) is relatively simple and can be learned fairly quickly.

Online Resources

Hangul Training Videos is a good series for learning Hangul, the writing system of Korean.

Talk to Me in Korean is a team native South Koreans are cooking up some amazing content for learning Korean. 9 levels and too many lessons to count. Also lots of printed materials, videos, and downloads available.

How to Study Korean is a very comprehensive website with over 100 lessons split into 6 units. The website offers free and paid resources and is very user friendly.

FSI Korean is a course offered by the Foreign Service Institute

Learn Korean Now is a paid monthly or yearly access to comprehensive Korean lessons. Website offers a free trial for those who do want to commit immediately.

Learn Korean Language is a cool website written by a Korean lover. Lots of info presented by the author based on their personal experience with the Korean culture and its peoples.

Online News

Dong-a Ilbo


Kyunghyang Shinmun

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Where Can I Study It?

Middlebury Language School has immersion programs for learning Korean

Ohio State University offers a BA in Korean

University of Washington offers a BA in Asia Studies with Korean concentration

Indiana University offers a BA in Language and Culture with Korean concentration

University of Hawaii at Manoa offers BA's and MA's in Asian Studies, Korean language, and various other disciplines with a Korean emphasis.

Famous Speakers

Ban Ki-moon
Former Secretary-General of the United Nations

Girls' Generation
K-Pop superstar band

Kim Jong-un
Supreme leader of North Korea

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