Before I picked up my very first Korean textbook, I had no idea whether learning Korean would be something I would stick at.
I’ll let you into a secret. I have a habit of picking up new hobbies and getting bored a few weeks later. Just a few things I’ve tried (and failed at) include karate, pottery and learning how to bake.
It’s not that I didn’t enjoy them, it’s just picking up a new hobby can be kinda expensive.
For that reason, when I started to become interested in learning Korean, I decided not to enrol in a class right away.
For me, I just couldn’t justify paying so much money for something I would more than likely give up.
Who would have known over 5 years later I would be working and living in Korea, speaking fluent Korean!
Anyway, keen to save as much of my hard-earned cash as possible, I decided to take my language learning online.
And when I first started, there wasn’t a huge choice.
Thankfully today, there are some fantastic websites to learn Korean, helping you to pick up your new skills entirely from home.
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The Best Sites For Learning Korean
Learning Korean online is an excellent option for many reasons.
Some of the benefits of sitting in front of my computer instead of going to a physical classroom are:
- I can take a class in my pyjamas!
- I can study at my own pace
- It’s around 30% – 40% cheaper than attending in-person sessions (this alone is enough of a benefit for me!)
Today I’m taking a look at five of the best websites out there when it comes to learning Korean online.
All of these sites I have used in my journey to become a better Korean speaker. Although we have ranked these from 1 – 5, don’t pay too much attention to their position.
Each website is a fantastic resource in its own right (otherwise it wouldn’t have made the list!) Any of these websites will teach you the absolute basics to get you going.
Why not use one or two of these websites to mix things up and keep things fresh!
Without further ado, let’s dive into our list of the top websites to learn Korean!
1. Korean Class 101
KoreanClass101 is a superstar in the Korean language learning community.
In our opinion, it’s definitely one of the best sites for learning Korean.
KoreanClass101 cater to all levels, so if you already have some basic knowledge of Korean, you can skip right past the introductory lessons and go straight to something that better suits your abilities.
Now it’s no exaggeration when we say that Korean Class 101 has a LOT of content.
At our last count, there were over 3,000 videos across all levels. Can you imagine sitting in a classroom for that long?
Talking about value, the cost of membership is super affordable, and you can sign up month-by-month to make the cost even more manageable.
Current prices start at:
- Basic Subscription $4/Month
- Premium Subscription $10/Month
- Premium PLUS Subscription $10/Month
You can find more details of the different packages on the KoreanClass101 site here.
The best part is that the classes are available on-demand, so you can literally pick them up and start learning whenever works best for you.
If you’re looking for a one-stop Korean language website, you can’t go far wrong with KoreanClass101.
2. 90 Day Korean
If you’ve read our complete review of 90 Day Korean, you’ll know we are big fans.
Their course is designed to take you from an absolute novice to being able to hold a short, 3-minute conversation in just 90 days.
And it works.
The amount of content available in 90 Day Korean is incredible and super easy to digest.
And the best part? The guy behind 90 Day Korean is a foreigner like you and me.
That means he can use his own experience of what works, and what doesn’t, to deliver a better Korean learning experience.
The course from 90 Day Korean is called the Inner Circle, and the learning methods they use are based on the scientifically backed 80-20 principle.
You can read more about that here, but to put it simply, it’s a way to work smarter, not harder.
If you opt for a premium subscription, 90 Day Korean will provide you with your very own (real-life) Korean tutor, who you can contact at any time over email.
90 Day Korean offer flexible memberships, and significant discounts if you take out a long term package (which is incredible value).
And if you often find yourself struggling with motivation, your personal tutor will keep you on track each week by sending you accountability emails.
We honestly think this is one of the best websites to learn Korean, so head on over and check it out!
PS. Take their 90 Minute Challenge to learn hangul in less than 2 hours!
3. Talk To Me In Korean
Another excellent website to learn Korean is Talk To Me In Korean (also known as TTMIK).
Now TTMIK are mostly known for their marvellous textbooks (we did a full review of their books and we loved them!)
TTMIK are kind of a big deal, and were recognised by the South Korean Prime Minister for their fantastic content.
If that isn’t a good enough reason to check them out, what is!
TTMIK also have a very active Youtube channel. Their content is fun, friendly and engaging, which is precisely what you want when studying a tough subject. And you can expect much more of this in their course.
There are three different levels of membership, and the best part is the lowest level is completely free.
- Basic (Free) – Featuring essential Korean courses and PDF notes
- Premium ($12.99/mo or $93/yr) Includes everything in the basic membership as well as premium lessons, certificates, quizzes and extra videos.
Some Korean language websites really struggle to keep their students engaged, but you won’t have a problem with TTMIK.
As we mentioned, we can’t recommend the TTMIk textbooks highly enough, so check them out if you’re looking for some new learning materials.
4. Go! Billy Korean
Billy is another foreigner who has mastered the Korean language, having taught himself since 2005.
Learning from someone who has been in the same position as you is incredibly helpful. Using their experience, they can let you know exactly the type of problems they faced, and teach you to avoid them.
Although Go! Billy Korean are mostly known for their YouTube channel, Billy publishes the top-rated learning resources “Korean Made Simple“, an incredibly straightforward and easy to use beginners guide to the Korean language.
So what about their website?
The site accompanies the books by providing free videos, articles and PDF resources to help support you on your journey.
You can also download an audio guide to the books, to give you an immersive language experience.
There are currently 3 textbooks (Korean Made Simple 1, 2 & 3) a workbook, and a reading guide, which helps you to read Korean through the use of comics, news articles and poems.
The best part about Go! Billy Korean is that his website resources are entirely free to use, and you can’t put a price on the value you get from the lessons on his YouTube channel.
If you’re looking for a laid-back, low ego learning experience, we are sure you will love Billy.
5. How To Study Korean
Last but not least is a completely free website dedicated entirely to learning Korean online.
How To Study Korean has a pretty basic design, but don’t let looks fool you. The information inside is extremely valuable and informative, plus, we find the characters kind of cute.
If you’re looking for basic resource and money is tight, How To Study Korean is a solid choice.
On the website, you’ll find 7 units of material (0 – 6) which start from complete beginner all the way through to advanced level.
Each unit contains 25 individual lessons, and each lesson comes with its own PDF workbook to guide you through. The workbook will set you back $10 per unit but is not necessary to complete the lessons, it’s just there to give you extra practice.
If you’re a visual person, How To Study Korean may not be a good fit. As we mentioned, their website is very basic, with very little in terms of design.
Those who have trouble focusing or get distracted easily may find this style of learning a little boring, so keep that in mind.
But you can’t argue with free, so it’s an excellent website to use alongside some of the other great mentions on this list.
Which Korean Language Learning Site Is Best for You?
Well, this is a tricky one to answer.
Everyone learns differently, and what works for one person, may not work for another.
But if I have learned one thing over the years, it is this.
Pick a method and stick with it.
If you’re anything like me, you’re always thinking there is something better out there. A better app, resource or course to learn.
The truth is, you can pick up a textbook tomorrow and teach yourself to speak fluent Korean if you put in the time and practice.
The hardest part is often taking the first step, so just get going!