Korean Language Resources

Korean Language Resources

Tools for learning Korean

  • Pronounciation guide
    A super amazing programme. Type in anything in Hangul and it churns out the correct pronunciation for you. No more worries on how to pronounce complicated looking words like 옮다.

Online Tutorials

  • Sogang Online Lessons
    Created by Sogang university, the site offers a range of online lessons with exercises catered for the elementary to the intermediate. Highly recommended for self learners. Good for learning grammar.
  • KoreanClass101.com
    Interesting podcasts that is updated really frequently. It has lessons ranging from newbie series to the advanced lessons. I particularly love the audio blogs which is entirely in Korean (helps to train your listening skills). Requires subscription to access its pdf lessons.
  • Click Korean
    20 Lessons by Seoul University suitable for beginners. I like the fact that there is korean subtitles below each conversation window so that we can follow the conversation easily.
  • College Korean Intermediate
    The online version of the book of the exact title (featured below). Excellent for learning new grammar points.

For Kids (and the language learner!)

E-books / Reading Materials

Podcasts

Advanced Internet Resources

Korean Language Learning Books

Textbook Series – Beginner to Advanced

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Others

Feel free to check out the categories Korean Textbook Reviews andKorean Studying Tools for more resources not listed here!

140 Comments

  • Reply
    eleanor
    19 November, 2008 at 11:39 PM

    Hi. May I know how to get the KLPT textbooks? Thanks!:)

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    hangukdrama
    20 November, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Hello Eleanor ^^ I’ve alr emailed you. But for others who want to know..

    NUS extension (Park Mall 12 Floor)

    There are 3 different books (elementary,intermediate and advanced). Each costs $45.

    You may want to call them up to see if they have the books in stock. (: Tel: 6338 8400
    Of course, that’s provided you live in Singapore.

    For those overseas, you can check out online bookstores i guess ^^ not too sure (:

  • Reply
    g3rr1
    3 December, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    hihi! may i know how different is the textbook by kyunghee uni that you have and the one being used by SKS? is the cover design different, ‘cos i don’t see it in the picture..

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    hangukdrama
    3 December, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    hello (: Well, basically the content is the same just that it’s in chinese instead of english. and it does not come with the CD. It’s supposed to be sold separately but the shops didn’t have them.

    The cover design is different, I’ll upload a pic for you tmr, com is lagging now

  • Reply
    g3rr1
    3 December, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    hey it’s okies! no need for that trouble ya! =] anyway if you are looking for the english version with cd, nus has it. but it’s 38.30bucks..

  • Reply
    Gilles
    10 January, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Hello,

    I have used some of the resources you mention on this post and I would like to give you my opinion about them.

    I have been using “Elementary Korean” and “Continuing Korean” as a basis to learn Korean by myself.
    These books are great at teaching vocabulary and putting it into meaningful contexts and discussions.
    However, I thought that the grammar part in these books is relatively limited.
    After studying the first book, I had learned many words, but I was unable to use them in meaningful ways.

    Therefore I looked for another source for Korean grammar. And I found the website http://www.koreanclass101.com which provides great grammar points.
    But in this case, the vocabulary that is offered to the reader is quite limited in comparison with the grammar that is taught.

    So for me, the combination of these 2 books and this website has worked very well!

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      10 January, 2009 at 9:30 PM

      Hi Gilles!
      hmm yeah I agree with you about the grammar part being limited. I didn’t really like their explanations too. I fele that the grammar points in ‘Continuing Korean’ are relatively simple compared to the intermediate books of other series. Try the integrated Korean series, I find it good too (:

      I love koreanclass101.com too! That was the first online learning site that i went to.

      nice to meet you!

  • Reply
    koreannewbie
    22 January, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    thanks for compiling this list of resources! I cannot understand the Chinese resources unfortunatley -_-

    but you have helped me out a lot! I am going to try some of them as soon as I get out of school! =)

  • Reply
    hangukdrama
    22 January, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Hello (: I’ll be adding more resources soon!

    anw there’s a broken link for the pronouncation guide. It seems that they took that software off the server ):

  • Reply
    koreannewbie
    23 January, 2009 at 9:18 AM

    Here is another link someone recommended in the K101 forums:

    http://www.wordshowers.com/page.html?pageid=10

    It has a massive amount of vocabulary audio files with english and korean to listen to while driving or whatever!

  • Reply
    Hazel
    26 January, 2009 at 6:09 AM

    Thanks for this abundant list of Korean Learning resources! I look forward to your next batch soon! 😀

    I was really planning on buying the “Elementary Korean” book, but I’m not so sure it’s worth it… :S

  • Reply
    hangukdrama
    26 January, 2009 at 7:21 AM

    Hi Hazel (:

    nice to meet you! I’ll add more links soon. ^^

    anw, it’s best if you are able to borrow a copy from the library or browse through it in the bookshop first. in this way, you can be sure if you wanna buy it. (But i still think the price is a little steep >< )

    • Reply
      BeginnerInKorean
      17 May, 2010 at 12:07 AM

      hi im from Singapore too. i wanted to know if Korean textbooks are found in Singapore? Quite desperate here… 😀 SHINee’s(famous korean group which you can google) reality shows got me really interested in learning Korean….

  • Reply
    twinnystar
    1 March, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    hi, may i know the link for the pronunciation guide? because it seems to be broken on the link.

  • Reply
    hangukdrama
    1 March, 2009 at 7:45 PM

    hi twinnystar (:

    thanks for reporting the broken link. I managed to find another site that hosted the programme. so the link is fixed 😀

  • Reply
    g3rr1
    5 March, 2009 at 3:21 AM

    hi!

    thinking of buying the KLEAR workbooks from amazon.. but not sure if it’s going to be worthed it. any idea how much are they sold in singapore? if possible, could you scan the content pages and email me? it’s okay if you can’t! =]

    thanks!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      13 May, 2009 at 12:45 PM

      Don’t know if you’ll be checking back through here or not, but I recently purchased the KLEAR textbooks from amazon.com and they have taught me a lot. But, unless you get the textbook and workbook, you won’t get enough repetition or grammar practice as you would otherwise.

  • Reply
    hangukdrama
    5 March, 2009 at 7:54 AM

    Hello (:

    Are you from Singapore? If so, you can go borrow the books from the library (: It’s so much cheaper and convenient. I’m not sure if it’s worth it to collect the textbooks, once I finished them I don’t really need to refer to it again.
    I’m sorry I can’t scan it for you, I did not borrow any at the moment. 😀

  • Reply
    g3rr1
    6 March, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    hello!

    yups, i’m from singapore! oh? they have workbooks in the library too? cool.. thanks! how’s your korean coming along? ^^

  • Reply
    hangukdrama
    6 March, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    ooh oops! sorry i misread your comment. I kept thinking about textbooks rather than workbooks. so sorry! :X

    hmm I have not seen the workbooks before. So I can’t give my opinion on them. ><

    My korean’s coming on fine 😀 I will be taking TOPIK this year. ^^ Are you currently taking any korean course?

  • Reply
    zaizai27
    8 March, 2009 at 1:31 AM

    안녕하세요..

    whoaa.. u have really nice blog.. u share a lot of info that i need..

    저는 말레이시아 사라미에요.지금 한글을 배워요. 하지만 아직 잘 할수 없어요. so if u notice any mistake, please correct me.. ^__^

    i will sit KLPT end of this year. i’ve been looking for KLPT book here but i cant find any.. can u please help me get it from spore?

  • Reply
    hangukdrama
    8 March, 2009 at 7:32 AM

    안녕하세요 ^^

    정말 반가워요. I’m happy to hear that you like my blog (: haha I’m going to take KLPT this year again and try for TOPIK too.

    as for the KLPT books, I heard from my friend that they recently had a new rule saying that only NEX students can buy the books. >< So perhaps it will be easier to order from Korea.

    I’ll be updating this page soon will more resources (:

  • Reply
    zaizai27
    10 March, 2009 at 8:58 AM

    huhuhu.. so sad.. i really need workbook to practice my korean..

    do u have any suggestion regarding workbook?

  • Reply
    hangukdrama
    10 March, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    hmm not really >< I usually rely more on textbooks. For exercies, I just do those on the Sogang’s online programme. I chat with my korean friends too (best form of practice) ^^

  • Reply
    wan
    22 March, 2009 at 6:01 PM

    안녕하세요!
    Thanx for all these information.
    Do you know where to buy any Korean storybooks by the way?

  • Reply
    hangukdrama
    23 March, 2009 at 9:24 AM

    안녕하세요 wan님!

    you mean korean novels? the only place I know is Sol Mart (a korean mart) I always go to the outlet at B1 Cineleisure (: I know Square 2 has an outlet too!

    좋은 하루 되세요

  • Reply
    twinnystar
    18 April, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    korean friends? how do you find them>??

  • Reply
    hangukdrama
    18 April, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    hi twinnystar:

    오랫만이네요! haha you can try http://www.tt4you.com it is a language exchange website. (: I met some of my korean friends there.

    ^^

  • Reply
    twinnystar
    19 April, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    Hi, may i know whether the tt call is free or not.
    Thanks a lot

  • Reply
    hangukdrama
    19 April, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    haha yeah it’s free (:

  • Reply
    twinnystar
    20 April, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    고맙습니다 ~

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    22 May, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    hello everyone!

    i’m from the philippines and is really interested to learn the korean language…it seems, you guys are friendly here, so i was just wondering if, maybe, any one could be my friend…? i’m just a starter so basically, i’m zero-knowledged so far…

    by the way, thanks for the links and infos..really appreciate it…

    =)

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      22 May, 2009 at 7:36 PM

      hello! (:

      wow nice to meet you ^^ I’m always delighted to meet others who are interested in korean as well.

      what got you interested in korean? dramas? 😀

  • Reply
    kira
    25 May, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    hi!

    yeah, that is actually my primary reason..:)(boys over flowers!!!!i love lee min ho!)

    i’ve been looking for some textbooks here but unfortunately i haven’t seen a good one..haaay..

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      25 May, 2009 at 3:39 PM

      haha! i LOVE bbf too! (: haha take your time to look for the textbooks. You will find one that is suitable for you!

      • Reply
        kira
        25 May, 2009 at 3:53 PM

        hope so..=)
        hey! can i ask if how long it took you to learn korean? was it difficult? but you’re from singapore so i guess you didn’t have a hard time?

      • Reply
        hangukdrama
        25 May, 2009 at 3:58 PM

        haha i have been learning korean for nearly 1.5 years already. ^^ I’m now able to read novels (with the help of the dictionary of course). haha
        hmm where are you from?

  • Reply
    kira
    25 May, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    philippines…

    wow really! did you have tutorial lessons or learned just by yourself?

    so you now understand korean dramas even without subs? wow..that is so amazing…

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      25 May, 2009 at 7:17 PM

      haha i had formal elementary lessons in Singapore Korean school. After that it’s all self study ^^
      haha i can follow korean dramas without subs only 50% of the time 😀 trying to improve on it these days

  • Reply
    Chloe
    7 June, 2009 at 6:58 AM

    I have finished elementary Korean, and I think it gave me a solid base for a beginner.
    I was wondering what level you think the Continuing Korean textbook is equivalent to in the Integrated Korean series? Intermediate 1? Or lower than Intermediate 1?

    Thanks for the list!

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      7 June, 2009 at 7:50 AM

      hey chole (:

      haha i think that there are about the same standard. however, i prefer the explanation in the integrated korean series.

      by the time i am at intermediate 2, the continuing korean texbook looks quite easy to me. (:

      화이팅!

  • Reply
    Chloe
    7 June, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    Thank you for your advice hangukdrama! then I will go for the integrated korean series next!

    may i also ask how far you got up to in the integrated series? i just looked it up and saw that they have a High Advanced level! That is really intimidating right now but you will be my inspiration ha (im sure you always hear that a lot).

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      7 June, 2009 at 4:03 PM

      haha i haven’t been using that series for quite some time. Been brushing up my vocab these days.

      I’m in the middle of advanced intermediate! (:

      haha what got you interested in korean? kdramas? 😛

      • Reply
        Chloe
        8 June, 2009 at 12:27 AM

        I will reply to both comments in one place. Music got me interested in learning! It started 4 years ago listening to DBSK..but there was a 3 year span where I didnt do anything. And just this year I started learning cause my university has many korean 교환학생.

        I am not from Singapore! I wish i was! many celebs go there ^_^ I am from 밴쿠버. And thanks for the correction: ‘double edged sword’ Now I like that quote a whole lot better!

      • Reply
        stellar
        23 February, 2011 at 1:19 PM

        Hello Korean language genius, I was wondering if you know how to get the answer solutions (answer key) to the questions inside the Integrated Korean KLEAR textbook series. I’m always wondering whether I answered the questions correctly or not…

      • Reply
        hangukdrama
        23 February, 2011 at 8:33 PM

        Hi Stellar, nope i dont know any ways of obtaining the answers

  • Reply
    hangukdrama
    10 June, 2009 at 8:49 AM

    haha cool (: i got started becos of kdramas.
    have fun studying korean and do drop by often!

  • Reply
    Cathy
    20 June, 2009 at 9:24 PM

    Hi! I´m planning to get some Korean books for autumn in the summer, and I may go to China, where these books are available and quite cheap.

    I was wondering how do you find the Yonsei 100 hours books? I´m thinking of getting hold of those, since they come with a CD. Is there audio available for the Kyunghee books? Are there explanations in the books (I guess they are in Chinese, but that´s okay)? Thanks for your advice! 🙂

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      21 June, 2009 at 8:47 AM

      yes audio is available for the kyunghee books, but workbooks are sold separately and so far, I haven’t manage to find them yet. There are explanations for grammar points too.

      I bought my Yonsei 100 hours books in singapore, but i guess they should be widely available in china. yeap the explanations are all in chinese.

      both sets of books are good in their own ways ^^ so you can think of getting both so that it’s more comprehensive

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    Cathy
    21 June, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Okay, thanks. I think I will have a look at both, which one I like better. 🙂 But I think I may buy book s from both series, if they´re great, since here it is so hard to get Korean books or they are just too expensive.
    Thanks! 😉

  • Reply
    Weema75
    14 November, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    Hi, which of the books that you have listed are workbooks? (With the exception of the KLPT book) And what Korean workbooks can be found in Singapore bookstores?

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      14 November, 2009 at 8:48 PM

      hello! none of them are workbooks actually. ^^ but there’s exercises (with no answers) in the textbooks.

  • Reply
    Weema75
    14 November, 2009 at 6:18 PM

    And is it possible to learn Korean purely through self-studying, cos’ I am in Sec 4 now… Don’t really have time to go SKS for elementary lessons. (Btw, I have stable Japanese basics)

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      14 November, 2009 at 8:49 PM

      hmm that really depends on the individual (: But if you are self studying, you must make sure that you get the basics/foundations right ^^ especially the pronounication.

  • Reply
    Weema75
    14 November, 2009 at 8:53 PM

    any good workbooks u recommend that can be bought in SG? I really need workbooks cos i cant depend on sogang due to my slow Internet.

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      14 November, 2009 at 8:57 PM

      hmm there really aren’t any workbooks that i know of in singapore. >< compared to jap resources, korean textbooks are really limited in choice! most workbooks have to be ordered through the internet.

  • Reply
    Weema75
    14 November, 2009 at 8:58 PM

    hmm guess i’ve to persuade my parents to get the integrated korean workbook. Thanks anyway, hangukdrama.

  • Reply
    sarahrah
    19 November, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    韩语点样用, is this available in the Chinese section? Cos’ I’ve been to the main Korean language section (near Japanese language books) but I didn’t see any thing like this. 😡

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      19 November, 2009 at 7:21 PM

      yup this is at the chinese section. ^^ (at the langauge section near their storeroom)

  • Reply
    pingupp
    23 November, 2009 at 4:01 PM

    新标准韩国语 (初1-2,中1-2,高1-2)
    Hihi

    do you have the accompanying mp3 files for these books?

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      23 November, 2009 at 4:54 PM

      nope I don’t have. ><

  • Reply
    CHANTAL
    30 November, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    HI!i’m new at learning korean. Can you recommend me some books which i can borrow from the library that i can use for self study?

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      1 December, 2009 at 7:50 AM

      Hi Chantal! ^^

      Are you Singaporean? If so, you can find the integrated korean series or Beginning Korean in the libraries ^^

      • Reply
        CHANTAL
        1 December, 2009 at 6:27 PM

        hahas yes i am Singaporean. Which publisher is the integrated series from? I saw some korean textbooks but i do not know which i shld choose.

      • Reply
        hangukdrama
        5 December, 2009 at 8:27 AM

        hmm i think it’s from the university of hawai’i press. ^^ you can check it online~

  • Reply
    RYOTSUKI
    7 December, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    Hey, may i know if only NUS students can buy those KLPT practice books? Is there a book for B-KLPT? Thank you very much!

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      7 December, 2009 at 4:40 PM

      hello~ When I bought the books, there were no restrictions on who can purchase them. But I heard that only NEX students can purchase the KLPT books now. (not very sure whether it’s true, you can call them up to check ^^)
      hmm i’m not sure about the B-KLPT book too. >< so sorry!

  • Reply
    RYOTSUKI
    7 December, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    oh thank you for your reply. Do you know about any books for B-TOPIK? 😀

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      8 December, 2009 at 8:51 AM

      hmm i haven’t seen any before ^^

  • Reply
    RYOTSUKI
    7 December, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Sorry to ask you so many questions !! Also, are there guide books for Topik/Klpt in Singapore? :D. Kamsahamnida (:

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      8 December, 2009 at 8:52 AM

      yep there are. but the ones i’ve seen are in chinese. you can check out the chinese department (language section) in kino orchard ^^ [for TOPIK]

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    Weema75
    10 December, 2009 at 9:07 PM

    eh sorry to bother you again… If i have the budget, is it possible to get books from SKS? As in, if there is a bookshop in SKS, can I just walk in and buy their textbooks?

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      10 December, 2009 at 10:03 PM

      haha nope, they do not sell textbooks. You have to enroll in their course to get them~

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  • Reply
    Balqis
    20 February, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Hello~ ^.^

    I would like to ask if u know about the KLEAR textbook?
    May I know which part of Singapore Is it sold at?

    Thank u very much~!!

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      20 February, 2010 at 9:13 PM

      hi~! it’s not sold in singapore. you have to order it online. however, you can find the books in the national libraries ^^

  • Reply
    kawaiileafy
    10 March, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Hello~ It’s really nice to find your blog here. I’ve just started learning Korean language (I’m trying to find Korean Books in Singapore so I googled it, and your blog showed up). I’m very grateful to be able to find your blog so now I should know where I could find the books I wanted. Very nice recommendations. If you don’t mind, I’ve linked your blog to mine, so I can check back often.

    Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      11 March, 2010 at 1:19 PM

      heyy (: thanks for linking me! If you dun mind, you can give me your blog address too! 😀 Have fun learning korean~~

  • Reply
    Myyong
    18 April, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Hello!
    I have been reading your blog for quite sometimes. May i know what are the different between Topik and klpt? Seen this 2 words alot in your blog. hehheh. 😀

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      18 April, 2010 at 4:49 PM

      hi Myyong! (:

      TOPIK and KLPT are basically the 2 korean proficiency test administered by Korea. Both tests can be used if you want to work/study in korea, but certain organisations may prefer one over the other!

      TOPIK is more difficult in that it has a writing and essay component while personally, i find the KLPT has a more rigourous listening component!

      Perhaps I’ll do a proper post on the differences between the 2 next time! (: it’s tough to write everything out in the comments section ^^

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    Myyong
    20 April, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    ohh thks! It would be great if you make a post for that. 😀 Looking forward to it!
    Erm, do you know anything abt internships in korea? I only know there’s summer campus in korea university.
    Thanks!

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      1 May, 2010 at 3:12 PM

      oops really sorry for the late reply! (: mmm i dunno anything about internships in korea >.< sorry i can't help!

  • Reply
    BeginnerInKorean
    17 May, 2010 at 12:00 AM

    where did you manage to get the textbooks? isit from kinokuniya? i want to learn but i can’t kind korean textbooks etc etc anywhere

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      17 May, 2010 at 8:02 AM

      Yup! Kinokuniya sells most of the Chinese/English texts that I’ve mentioned but the English ones can get real ex! Some of the English books are available in the library too. So it’s much cheaper (actually free) to borrow! ^^

      • Reply
        BeginnerInKorean
        17 May, 2010 at 9:15 AM

        Thanks alot!!!! You really helped me with this! but do you also know where they are located? because i went there a couple of times but i still can’t find it (i suppose i searched the wrong floors ><). thanks 😀

  • Reply
    flyndancez
    28 May, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    I am gonna start buying some of the books you mentioned… hehe… =)

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      29 May, 2010 at 8:26 PM

      heh! alot of the books can be found in the libraries too! 😀

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    Gillian
    12 June, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    Hi 😀 May I know the names of some of the book stores that sell Korean textbooks ? I only know some of the basics, so I want to improve on it 😀 Thank you (:

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      12 June, 2010 at 11:34 PM

      If you are in Singapore.. Kinokuniya, Borders are good places to start from! ^^

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        Gillian
        13 June, 2010 at 4:20 PM

        Is it very expensive ?

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    Miko
    15 July, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    do you have the ISBN number for 新标准韩国语 (初1-2,中1-2,高1-2. Give at least 1 ISBN number, so that i know the cover page and the author name ^^

    Thanks

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    Miko
    15 July, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Sorry…

    Wonder what is the english title for these books:新标准韩国语 (初1-2,中1-2,高1-2).

    Do anyone here could give me the ISBN numbe ^^

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    Rien
    15 July, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Hi, I am now learning Korean with TTMIK @ Level 2. Which book should i buy 1st??

  • Reply
    Sharon
    20 July, 2010 at 8:02 AM

    Hello!!!

    I have been looking for an English-Korean dictionary online with Korean audio pronunciation online but couldn’t find it. Any idea if there’s one somewhere?

    Great blog. Keep going.. 🙂

  • Reply
    Raymond Chong
    10 September, 2010 at 7:21 AM

    Hey, may I just ask how long you’ve been learning korean? Self learning and you’ve achieved such standard, you must have been very self disciplined?

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      10 September, 2010 at 8:23 AM

      Hi Raymond,

      I’ve been learning for 2 years 8 months ^^ nahh, it’s just that i have loads of interest in Korean~

  • Reply
    shuxuan
    25 October, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    is there any bookstores in singapore still selling 싱표중 한국어 新标准韩国语? corse i found this quite good. currently i know basic korean, know how to write, know how to say and roughly know whats the meaning. so now i only not sure of the proper sentence structure.

    • Reply
      hangukdrama
      25 October, 2010 at 11:42 PM

      yup kino has them in the chinese section! if the books are not avaliable on the shelves, you can place a order at the chinese counter.

      • Reply
        Anonymous
        26 October, 2010 at 11:05 AM

        oic. thanks for ur info^^

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    13 June, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    anyone wanna buy Basic KLPT please contact me at minping.ping@gmail.com. I have this book at brand new status.

    http://www.kyobobook.co.kr/product/detailViewEng.laf?ejkGb=ENG&mallGb=ENG&barcode=6108995530879&orderClick=LAG#N

  • Reply
    closet
    21 June, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    hi shanna! i listened to your interview on talktomeinkorean.com, omg you’re soooo fluent! i’m mad jealous but then i only started learning a month plus ago hahaha. i have such a long way to go, it’s not even funny.

    i was wondering when you stopped classroom learning and started self-study?

    i’m now taking beginner 1 with nus extension and supplementing it with talktomeinkorean’s podcasts. i wish the nus ext classes could be more intensive/frequent. i’m at a point where i have plenty of time (and enthusiasm), so i’m contemplating switching to a private language school that does more frequent lessons for beginner 2. 3 times a week would be awesome 😉

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      hangukdrama
      22 June, 2011 at 10:21 AM

      HI! Don’t worry about not progressing as fast as you would like to, learning a language takes alot of time and patience ^^

      I stopped classroom learning after 2 levels in SKS (it’s around 20 weeks?). I started self studying at the point of time when I was very free too xD So I think I was lucky. I wouldn’t have been able to invest so much time if it was during sch time. ^^

      Are there any good private language schools? I think it’s still quite hard to find decent intensive Korean lessons in Singapore (correct me if I’m wrong >.<).

      There are plenty of good books and online resources to self study with. Personally, TTMIK is the best! It wasn't established yet when I started learning korean ): The teachers there are the best (:

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    Anonymous
    23 June, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    hey do you know of any books that will teach you the korean language? becouse me and my sister both want to learn the language. 🙂

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      hangukdrama
      24 June, 2011 at 7:26 PM

      urm i’ve listed down quite a few books in this post….

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    Nikkole
    23 June, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    do know of any books that can teach me the korean language

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    ald
    22 July, 2011 at 6:48 AM

    hey, I just found your blog and I love it! 🙂
    but, I was wondering if you had any recommendations for reading material (I’m not very advanced, but I don’t mind something hard – I enjoy learning lots of new vocab). I have lots of listening practice from dramas/music, and I’m using a combination of textbooks/online websites (like TTMIK) for grammar and exercises. But I’ve found that I’m very slow at reading 한굴 and I’m not picking up much vocab.
    It might be a bit to specific, but just any kind of low-level books or readers? I’ve tried looking around on the internet, but everything is too difficult or full of slang for me to understand :/
    Anyway, if you can help at all, that would be great! Best of luck on your language endeavors 🙂

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      hangukdrama
      22 July, 2011 at 11:29 AM

      Thanks for leaving a comment! ^^

      Are you looking for textbook reading materials or ‘real’ reading materials? I started out on reading entertainment news as I find that they are the easiest and the jargon is easy to pick up after awhile.

      http://news.naver.com/main/main.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=shm&sid1=106

      if you are looking at textbooks, the upper intermediate levels of Integrated Korean are good ^^

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        ald
        22 July, 2011 at 4:36 PM

        Thanks so much for the quick reply! The entertainment news is easier to understand than real news – I’ll start reading that regurlary 🙂 And I’ll definitely check out the Integrated Korean series, I’ve hear good things about them.
        Thanks again!

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    WineOtaku
    9 August, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Dunno whether Fred Lukoff’s “An Introductory Course in Korean” and “A First Reader in Korean Writing in Mixed Script” are still available – maybe at Kyobo – but they were the best textbooks for English speakers back then. Very solid foundations.

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    Emroger
    7 September, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Hi there! i chanced upon your website and i am glad that i did! i currently learning Korean at NUS extension and is in level 6 of the basic level.I still confused with the subject/topic.object maker till now..which is kind of sad to say so.I wonder is there any textbook or assessement book that you can recommend on that issue? I am so going to bookmark your webby and read up diligently.You inspire me to study harder!

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    rachel
    10 September, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    hi,
    what textbook is nus extension using for the korean course?

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    jane
    21 January, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Hi,

    SNU has updated their webbie. Click Korean is now located at http://language.snu.ac.kr/site/en/klec/click-korean/index.jsp

    Happy CNY! 🙂

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      hangukdrama
      22 January, 2012 at 8:54 AM

      Thanks Jane! Updated it ;D

      Happy CNY too ^^

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    Ernest Teo
    8 February, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Hi there! Ernest here and I came across your blog by accident and found it fascinating! I would like to ask for your advise on the textbooks you used during your beginnings of self-learning. I am currently in Seoul now planning for my Korean wedding and will be heading back on this Sunday so hope you can enlightened me before I return as planning to grab some textbooks before i go. I live near Lotte World and saw they have a great bookstore there for texts but do you have other bookstores to recommend which could be cheaper or better options? Take care and my respect for your proficiency in the language as I have always dream attaining the levels you have achieved. Cheers!

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    Xiu Hui
    2 April, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Hello! I’m currently interested in studying the Korean language and I wonder if you have any good language schools in singapore to recommend? Also, I’ve been debating as to whether I should learn my lessons in a language school or should I do self study. How did you start our learning Korean? Can you advise me please? Thank you((:

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      hangukdrama
      3 April, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      hello. u can try singapore korean school! ^^ mm you should see how much time and effort you can commit, what is your learning style etc before deciding on what is the best rute to study korean (: i have written about my learning journey in the ‘about me’ section ^^ Everyone will have their own learning style (:

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        Xiu Hui
        5 April, 2012 at 6:39 PM

        I see! did you think that it was important for you to learn your foundations at the language school or do you think it’ll be the same as self studying? You are so inspiring! I hope one day I’ll be as good as you((:

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    Qyshia
    15 June, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Hi,
    I am interested to learn korean language seriously. But as a start, can you suggest to me the best books to buy for self-study? And I would like to enrol in a language school in Singapore but I’m not sure which provides the best education. (Cos I went to cambridge for the beginner’s korean class but i think it’s not that good) Thanks!!

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    Bunnie
    11 July, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Hi 😀 I’m a singaporean ^^
    And I like to ask where you bought this :
    http://hangukdrama.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/korean-textbook-reviews-%E9%9F%93%E8%AA%9E%E8%AA%9E%E6%B3%9550%E8%AA%B2-%E5%91%A2%E5%8F%A5%E9%9F%93%E8%AA%9E%E9%BB%9E%E6%A8%A3%E7%94%A8-2/
    Is it from Hong Kong? If it’s from Hongkong do you still remember which part?
    ^^ thanks! I really love your Korean Sources! 😀

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    meme
    17 August, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Hi Shanna,
    I bought the complete guide to the topik from gmarket after reading your review. Recently, I saw a new product in gmarket: topik master final 실전모의고사. Have you come across this book? Pls do a review!!! :)) Would like to compare this to the complete guide to the topik:)) Thanks^^

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      hangukdrama
      17 August, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      mmm i havent come across it. i’ll try to find it and even if i dun, maybe i can do a ‘first impressions’ kinda thing given its table of contents etc etc thanks for letting me know of the book!

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    MyeongSoo
    6 November, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Could you E-mail me on where to get KLPT books? Sorry, I just don’t understand what you wrote as a reply on Eleanor’s comment.

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      hangukdrama
      6 November, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      hello! the books are no longer available at that place. Also, KLPT has stopped since last year (or is it this year), so I think the book will be going out of print too

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    orbiter
    24 November, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Does anyone have problems with 띄어쓰기 ? I found a site that does it for you. 자동 띄어쓰기. How cool is that. Haha. http://s.lab.naver.com/autospacing/?

    I got it off a really interesting Korean teaching site which teaches basic grammar and stuff using interesting pictures, CFs etc. Strange thing is that it…. is in Korean. I won’t expect beginners to be able to read the explanations which are in Korean. But oh well. I had fun revising my basics with it.

    http://korean101.tistory.com/

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    BigBangVIP
    25 December, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Hi!
    I’ve just started watching your videos and reading your blog today and I’m really impressed at how well you can speak Korean. I’m a Singaporean and I’ve just started learning Korean a month ago. Could you recommend some good textbooks to buy (for beginners) to self study please? Also, I’ve been wanting to learn Japanese but I’m not sure if it’s a good idea since I just started Korean. Could you give me some advice please?
    Thanks! I love Bigbang too! TOP’s so sexy 🙂

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    BigBangVIP
    25 December, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Hi!
    I’ve just discovered your YouTube channel and this blog and I’m really impressed and inspired! I’m a Singaporean and I’ve just started learning Korean a month ago. I was wondering if you could recommend some textbooks to buy for beginners for self study? Also, I’ve been wanting to learn Japanese but I’m not sure if I should since I just started on Korean. Could you give me some advice?

    Thank you! I love Bigbang too but Daesung’s my bias haha. TOP’s pretty hot too 🙂

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    Teemeah
    26 January, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    Hi! I disagree about Teach Yourself Korean. Yes, the romanization is a pain, but otherwise it can work really well, the grammar points are clear, the practice is nice and you can move at a nice pace with taking one lesson into halves. Lots of vocab. It’s good for starters, and for people who cannot afford the fee of a course with a teacher.

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    Yeoo
    12 January, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Hi! You’re blog is great! I just discovered your blog just now while I was searching for Korean collocation sources.

    I’m also stuying Korean in TTMIK and currently in level 8. I’m already that far but I keep forgetting some grammar structures(but I already familiarize myself with them). Because of this, I decided to take notes while reading thier lessons. I’m going to start over and take notes especially those parts that I forget most often. Haha
    Hearing these structures used in korean dramas helped me to familiarize the structures and Ive also learned new words.

    I’m studying the language by myself but got no bucks to buy those books so I’m relying heavily to the free lessons and dictionary online. But it’s not all the time that I’ll be able to have an internet connection. Good thing the lessons are in pdf but some dictionaries are based online.

    Please recommend some good android apps and free sources hehe. Thanks! Fighting!

    Btw, How about giveaways? Haha

    Subscribed! 🙂

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      Hangukdrama
      16 January, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      Hello!!

      Since you are already at level 8, you should look into reading more Korean articles / webtoons online! I don’t really use apps for language learning so can’t recommend anything as of now. (:

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    Su
    13 January, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Hello,
    I’m a newbie in Korean. I was thinking about taking some lessons for beginner level and then I will self study from there. Currently I’m torn between 2 schools ; one use active Korean 1 and the other use sogang text book. Which one will be better if I want to learn all 4 skills? Pls help me haha

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      Hangukdrama
      16 January, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      ohh you emailed me right? (: The textbooks may not be that indicative of the quality of the lessons, so maybe you will want to look at class size, teaching methods etc! Both sets of books are pretty good for the beginner stages

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    12 May, 2014 at 5:15 AM

    http://dic.impact.pe.kr/ I thought that this dictionary might be worth noting. It’s different in that I think it was made for Asians learning English. Still have to check it out more though.

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    Charles Vought
    12 December, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Wow! The best resource article I have ever seen!

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    Stephanie
    25 June, 2015 at 6:42 AM

    Hello Shanna

    I came across an old of your books reviews about a book meant for koreans. Could you please list down the books that you own or know that are meant for koreans or at least where I can find books meant for korean?

    I want to learn more about the language, but I feel like I won’t get to know much If I keep using only books meant for foreigners.

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      Hangukdrama
      26 June, 2015 at 11:32 PM

      erm I guess all the novels in Korean are meant for Koreans? I’m not sure what you mean ;; Are you looking for novels or other resources?

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        Stephanie
        29 June, 2015 at 12:14 AM

        I mean, like textbooks Korean student use in school. Like the literature textbooks.

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    michelle
    13 August, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    Of all the Korean language textbooks written by Korean universities (SNU, Yonsei, Ewha, Sogang…), which would you say is more in-depth and has clear explanations on grammar? I just finished taking a summer korean class at SNU where we used Active Korean 1, but the content seemed lacking in my opinion and didn’t really offer much.

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      Hangukdrama
      14 August, 2015 at 9:37 PM

      If you want good explanations on Korean grammar, I would suggest getting a separate grammar dictionary instead

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