So you've taken the leap and decided to start learning Korean. If you're like me then you're super excited to start learning a new foreign language. If you're also like me, you might not be sure where to start. There's a lot of resources and tools ought there and it's hard to tell what's good and what's not.
You've heard about Babbel. Maybe you've read about their 1 million users worldwide. Or you might have read about how theirs courses help beginners learn foundational grammar and vocabulary.
There's just one problem....
Babbel doesn't have a Korean course
The Korean and English languages are world apart. They don't share much in the way of similar words or grammar. This makes teaching as well as learning Korean pretty difficult.
Many companies take what used to be a Spanish or French course and stuff it with Korean words and call it a course. It's easier to take the template of a course from a language close to English and repackage it as the "Best way to learn Korean", than it is to develop true Korean course.
Fortunately Babbel hasn't cut any courses with teaching Korean. Hopefully in the near future they will take the time craft a great Korean course for new students. Until then here are some useful alternatives :
Rocket Korean is built around recorded audio in the form of dialogues. The dialogues have English explanations and usually teach the language in "chunks" or phrases versus individual words (this is great for conversational Korean).
Overall Rocket Korean is a comprehensive course that does a good job of incorporating speaking and listening, as well as reading and writing.
Koreanclass101 uses primarily audio lessons in a podcast format. It has flashcards, vocabulary, and word sheets. The podcast is a great to learn grammar, vocabulary, and work on your Korean pronunciation.
While not quite as structured as other courses, the lessons are effective and engaging. It's also cheaper than Babbel with a basic monthly subscription for $8.
Italki is an online market place that connects language learners and language teachers. The site allows you to book individual langauge lessons with a teacher over Skype. There are over 80 professional teachers and informal tutors for Korean on Italki
*Use this link to purchase a minimum of $20 (US) of Italki credits and receive an extra $10 free! (Bonus added after completion of 1st lesson)
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