Have you ever wanted to visit Korea? South Korea, that is. It would be pretty weird if you wanted to visit North Korea. Anyway, if you said yes, then I definitely think you should learn the language first, at least a little bit. If you’re like me, you likely want to know at least how to say hello. So, I made a list of apps you might want to use when learning Korean. Plus, here is another list I found online and thought was pretty good.
Now, if I know anything about language learning is that each person looks for something different in their learning medium. Some want to learn grammar, while some people simply don’t have the money to pay for lessons. So, I decided to sort apps into two categories.
- Apps for Learning Korean Grammar
Grammar is the first step to learning any language. You need to know how to say something properly before you actually say it. As such, I have compiled a couple of apps that are good for this purpose.
Apps: Memrise, Learn Korean
Memrise is a pretty unique app, as it allows you to chat via video with real Korean speakers. This way you can really immerse yourself in the language. You can also complete lessons on your own and play games. I think that if you are a beginner, then this app would be great for you. However, if you are an advanced learner, you may get a bit annoyed by it. You are forced to start at the beginning. There is no skipping ahead, which can be frustrating if you already know the basics and what to start with more advanced stuff right away.
On the other hand, Learn Korean is more of a classic app, that teaches you through flash cards and pronunciation exercises. I think it is less fun than Memrise, and it is definitely also for beginners. The thing I liked, however, was the fact that you can make your own flashcards. I can definitely see this coming in handy for more advanced learners as well as you can organize the flashcards to your liking. The main flaw for me is that the lessons lack depth, so if you already knee deep into Korean, you might want to check another app.
- Best Free Korean Learning Apps
Money may not buy happiness, but we should all agree that it is important. Even a couple of dollars in your savings account can mean the world one day, so why not use a free app and save those dollars? These apps are free to use fully so you can get the most value for the least money. They might lack some features paid apps have, but the listed two are a good starting point.
Apps: LingoDeer, Innovative
LingoDeer is a flashcard app with a few tweaks that make it more than just a flashcard app. You can view your progress on every word and see which words you need to work on. You can also decide how many flashcards you want to use at one time. On the downside, it is only flashcards. But if you consider it’s free, I found you’re getting a good value for your buck.
Innovative also utilizes flashcards to teach you, but what I really liked is that you can search for a word and find the meaning easily with the dictionary function. I think that makes this app pretty valuable as a travel dictionary. So, if you are planning on traveling to Korea, this app really might help you out! Once again, this app is pretty simple, like LingoDeer, there is not much too it. I would say that it is good for beginners, though.
These are just a few apps that I found and liked enough to share with you guys. I hope at least one of them catches your eye and helps you with Korean!