Play On: 7 Cool Korean Games for Offline and Online Learning

Games are a thrilling way to expand your Korean vocabulary, reinforce your knowledge of Korean grammar and discover unique facets of Korean culture without even trying!

Some Korean learning games can be played solo, but we recommend you take it a step further and gather friends to make your learning even more engaging.

So what are you waiting for? Drop your books and join the party.


Why Learn Korean with Games?

  • Learn Korean in a relaxed atmosphere. This targets a couple of common issues for learners. Some people underperform because the rigid, old-school classroom format causes them to panic. They either want to do too well and get paralyzed or they aren’t receptive and properly engaged. Games do a great job of taking the stress and anxiety out of the language learning process by making learners feel at ease. With games, you’re learning Korean along the way. Games remove the fear of making mistakes and promote natural, spontaneous communication.
  • It creates a positive attitude towards the Korean language. Games help you stay motivated and engaged because you’ll see a direct purpose and immediate goals. It’s not just about accumulating word lists for the sake of it, it’s about making it to the finish line and taking your team (or yourself) to victory. Learners tend to do a lot better when they’re properly rewarded and see a direct, immediate result. And what’s better than winning because of your superb Korean skills?

7 Winning Korean Learning Games to Play Your Way to Fluency

끝말잇기 (Last Letter Game)

This fun Korean word game does wonders to activate your vocabulary and challenge your memorization skills.

In this game, players have to quickly say words from which the first syllable is the last syllable of the previous word. For example, if one player says “치마” (skirt), the second player can say “마지막” (last), and the third could say “막걸리” (makkeolli), and so on. Players have three seconds to say a word. If they fail to come up with a word under this timeframe, they score a negative point. Whoever has the most points wins.

This game is a great way to learn new words and test your knowledge of the Korean vocabulary. The pressure factor also tests your ability to think (in Korean!) under pressure.

Syllable Game

This game is a fun way to test your pronunciation skills. It’s a rather popular game that Korean native speakers also play. The first half of this game can be seen in this video.

To get started, start with a long word or phrase. You can write it down so it’s easier to say it or challenge yourself and your partners by triggering your memory. Players must say the word or phrase over and over with a different emphasis on each individual syllable, starting with the first syllable, then moving on to the second, then the third, until the last one. For example, if your sentence is: “배가 고프다” (to be hungry), the first player says the sentence by putting the stress on 배, the second player says the sentence by stressing 가 and so on until every player has said the sentence or until you’ve reached the last syllable.

This is a great game to practice Korean pronunciation, and is tremendous for helping you to remember the spelling of the different syllables in a word. To spice things up, add a time limit where players have to finish a sentence correctly in 30 seconds for short words or 1 minute for full sentences. It’s a great way to make sure that you enunciate properly under pressure!

Raon: Korean Scrabble

This board game is the Korean equivalent of our Scrabble. To adapt to the particular structure of Korean words, each tile features a single letter that can be positioned at will in space to form a syllable and eventually a word. Rectangular tiles feature vowels, and square tiles, consonants.

To play, each player receives 15 consonant tiles and 5 vowel tiles. The objective is to position letters in a way that forms a Korean word using their tiles. Like Rummy, there must be some combination of 3 things (in this case, syllables) to count. After that limit, players can create words that contain any number of syllables. The first player to use all their hand tiles wins the round.

The game will teach you Korean vocabulary and proper spelling. It’s a fun way to test your knowledge of Korean words considering the constraints of the game. Players are often tempted to make up new words, but don’t fall prey to that temptation!

Bravolol Learn Korean



Ever wished a friendly bird would whisper you Korean words and sentences until you reached fluency? Enter Bravolol Learn Korean.

With this app, you’ll learn useful Korean words and sentences from a chatty, colorful, Korean-speaking parrot. The parrot works together with you to help you practice your speaking and listening skills, wherever and whenever you are. Words are accompanied by audio recordings and are organized into themes, such as hobbies, romance and eating, to coach your memorization, listening and pronunciation skills.

The app is a helpful way to enrich your Korean vocabulary and practice your Korean listening and speaking skills on the go. The best part? The app works offline, so you can turn on your smartphone and play anywhere you are!



FluentU’s website and app give you personalized language lessons with authentic media like movie trailers, music videos, kdrama clips and more. You’ll be able to quickly find videos that fit your skill and interests the most by applying level, format or topic filters, giving you total control over what you learn.

Although the videos might not be entirely like games themselves, the interactive features will keep you engaged in a similar fashion. The flashcards and quizzes, for example, use audio, image and video to test your knowledge and practice by selecting, typing or speaking your answer. The subtitles are also interactive, letting you hover over or click on any word for a definition.

You can set daily goals to keep yourself motivated and coming back. For instance, you could make sure you hit a certain number of points each day, much like many of those addicting games you find all over the internet.

PopPopping Korean



A beginner-only app, this game makes reading Hangul fun and exciting. Combining animations with sounds, PopPopping Korean helps you master Korean pronunciation and promotes visual associations to get you to read faster and faster.

In the app, cute monsters help you learn the Korean writing system and basic vocabulary. There are three games you can play: Hangul Pronunciation, where you view animations to learn the pronunciation of Korean letters, Hangul Rhythm, where each letter is associated with a beat to facilitate memorization, and Secrets of Hangul, where players learn about the history of Hangul and the key principles that govern the system.

A must if you’re looking to consolidate your knowledge of Hangul and learn some useful words along the way!




Need a game to sharpen your focus during your Korean studies? Try KBubbles.

This mentally-challenging KBubbles app is an action game designed to help you learn Korean words and Hangul characters using a game format.

To start, players are in control of a space vessel that targets bubbles containing Korean letters. Your goal is to hit the right bubbles. Players then move on to more difficult levels where they’re presented with a Korean word and various bubbles containing possible translations in English. The goal is to be as accurate as possible while you’re playing against yourself and against other players!

Most helpful isn’t only the fact that the app keeps track of your score, but also makes personal recommendations to help you with your progress. You can go back to difficult words and characters until it finally sinks in!


Now that you have a great list of games to learn Korean, all you need is to gather your friends to make it more fun. Good luck!

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