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BIG Collection – Free Online Korean Courses for Beginners

Hi there,

Some people like to learn Korean with textbooks.

Others prefer 5-minute mini lessons.

Then, there people who want the ACTUAL thing – a Korean online course. Something that will teach you Korean from ZERO to speaking and understanding. Not a dinky app or an internet article.  So, what are some top Korean courses?

Pick an online Korean course

For each one, you will learn

  • it’s strong points
  • who’s it for
  • the price (most are free or have free options)
  • and what you can expect.

1. KoreanClass101

KoreanClass101 is an audio/video based online Korean course.

online korean course

If you’re interested in speaking and understanding Korean, they have lessons by real teachers made for you.

Lessons are just 3 to 10 minutes long and you can replay them as much as you want.

online korean course

What are its strong points?

  • You learn to learn and understand Korean
  • You get lessons based on your level (when you join, you set a “level” and their Dashboard recommends you lessons (from Beginner to Advanced)
  • Audio and Video lessons, unlike textbooks, are an easy way to consume the language. Lessons are just 3 to 15 minutes in length.
  • New lessons every week (very few programs can offer this)

Who’s it for?

  • Absolute Beginners & Beginners

I think Intermediate and Advanced users can find value here. But, to be honest, some lessons use too much English. Plus, when you’re at a higher level, you no longer want “easy” lessons but pure-native-Korean-no-English material.

What kind of results you can expect:

  • If you know no Korean, you will speak your first words with them.
  • You can go from Absolute Beginner to a pretty decent level with them.
    • I hesitate to say “fluent” because no program will get you fluent.
  • You can learn entire conversations (and learn words and grammar indirectly).

Click here to visit KoreanClass101 and get a free lifetime account

What’s the cost?

  • Free, Basic and Premium accounts. From as low as $4/month. They also offer discounts if you’re sharp enough to catch one.

2. Learn Korean for Beginners: The Ultimate 100-Lesson Course

You get a big bundle of video lessons: 100 in total.

online korean course

If you  don’t know, Udemy is a popular platform for online courses. So, you can learn Korean there. This online Korean course covers the basic beginner level stuff: writing, reading, grammar and listening.

In total, you get about 5 hours of lessons.

And that means you can finish this in a few days.

online korean course

What are it’s strong points?

  • Video lessons are easy to do
  • Easy to finish

Who is it for?

  • Absolute Beginners (brand new learners)

What results can you expect?

  • learn to read and write
  • beginner words and phrases

What’s the cost?

  • $13 but it can vary. Udemy has a lot of sales. There’s no free trial so you need to pay.

Note: Yes, you’ll still be a beginner when you finish this.

3. Learn Korean: Rosetta Stone Online

Rosetta Stone is a pioneer of language learning software.

And here’s their online Korean course.

You can get 6, 12 or 24 month access with this.

Strong points: Rosetta teaches you Korean the way kids learn. You see something. You’re given the word for it. You repeat it. And it does this through picture quizzes and courses based on topics like: dining out, shopping, conversations, introductions meeting people, daily phrases and more.

Who is it for:

  • It’s good if you’re a beginner. I think mostly beginners would benefit from this friendly approach. Advanced learners would want something faster.

What results can you expect?

  • You learn to recognize Korean words and phrases.

What’s the cost?

4. Learnkoreanlanguage.com

Here’s a free online Korean course on a website.

No downloads. Just articles for you to read.

online korean course

If you can’t yet spend money, this is a good place to start. There are 12 articles at the beginner level for you to read.

  • Strong Points: You learn the Korean alphabet, basic words and phrases and basic grammar. Also, because it’s limited, you can easily finish it.

Essentially, everything students in class learn in their first week or so.

  • Who’s it for? Beginners
  • The price? Totally free.

Now, what results can you expect from this online Korean course? Just the basics. Grammar rules. Basic words. My suggestion is to take notes in a notebook as you do the lessons. That way, you can review later. Or, print the pages out. Most of us don’t come back to a website that we find on Google… and don’t “save” that information.

5. learn-korean.net

Here is another free online Korean course.

online korean course

You can find their Beginner level lessons here.

There are bite-sized text lessons (yes, you have to read) that you can easily do in a few days.

online korean course

  • Strong Points? For learning words, phrases and grammar.
  • Who’s it for? For beginners. They have “intermediate” and “advanced” classes but they’re definitely not that hard. You’re still learning basic grammar rules and words that you would learn in a beginner class.
  • The price? Free.

What kind of results can you expect? I say go through this course after you finish the other free one above. It will be a good review for you. But do it quickly. Results-wise, you can expect to add more words and grammar rules to your brain.

6. Quick Korean by the Cyber University of Korea

This is an interesting and free online Korean course.

Made by the University of Korea.

online korean course 6

Overall, it’s a video course with audio and pdf supplemental materials. The videos are quite long – 20 to 40 minutes or so. The hangul lesson is over an hour.

  • Strong Points? Beginner phrases, grammar.
  • Who’s it for? Beginners. Anyone that has a LOT OF TIME and patience. Why? See length of lessons above. It’s a lot. If you’re getting homeschooled, this can be a good option.
  • The price? Free.

What kind of results can you expect? You can expect to learn basic Korean conversation, basic grammar and how to read and write.

It’s a surprisingly extensive course but one “slight” complaint is that the site is slow. But, if you have a 20 minute lesson playing, you’re not going anywhere anyway.

These some of the top online Korean courses.

I will add more as I find more.

Thank you for reading!

– The Main Junkie


P.S. What do I recommend? KoreanClass101.com click here

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