Some superpowers are overrated.
A fear of heights might keep you from using your flying abilities.
Your power of invisibility could get super annoying when you’re trying to get the barista’s attention to order your venti mocha.
But there’s one superpower that you’ll never tire of: The ability to learn Korean with a fun, versatile resource like YouTube.
YouTube channels provide varied content for learning Korean, cover a huge array of subjects and are appropriate for multiple levels. With the power of YouTube, you can even take your skills from complete beginner to advanced proficiency.
Ready to try out your superpowers? Start with these 14 unbeatable resources to learn Korean with YouTube!
How to Maximize Learning Korean with YouTube
Keep paper and pencil handy.
When you’re watching Korean videos on YouTube, be sure to have writing materials with you. This will help you in several ways.
First of all, having writing materials ready will allow you to jot down notes, like vocabulary words or grammar rules. With your new handy notes, you can go over what you’ve learned without having to rewatch the whole video.
Additionally, writing things down is a helpful way to practice writing in Korean. YouTube videos can help you memorize characters and even show you stroke order, but if you haven’t practiced actually writing, it might be difficult when the time comes that you need to write in Korean.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
One of the big things that sets YouTube apart from other Korean learning websites is that it’s interactive, giving you the opportunity to ask any nagging questions you have.
If you’re watching a video and don’t understand something, just scroll down to the comments section. Someone else may have already had the same question, so the answer may be waiting for you. If not, don’t hesitate to post. YouTubers love audience engagement, so you might get a reply from the video’s producer or from another viewer. If your question is compelling enough, the channel may even post a video specifically addressing the question.
One of the best ways to learn a language is through repetition. Luckily, YouTube naturally invites repetitive viewing because it offers so many viewing options.
Regardless of how you do it, watching Korean YouTube videos frequently will help reinforce what you’ve learned.
Rewatch the same video multiple times.
You don’t have to watch a video just once! In fact, watching it multiple times can help you learn the material even better. Repetition can help you memorize words, perfect pronunciation or even just remember key grammar rules. So if you find a useful video, don’t hesitate to rewatch it!
Know your limits.
Watching hours of content on end may feel productive, but you might not retain as much as if you spread out your viewing. When using YouTube to learn Korean, be aware of your limits. For instance, if you know you can only learn a few vocabulary words at a time, watch a video that presents a limited vocabulary set. If you know you tune out after 30 minutes of viewing, just stop and try again another time. Knowing and respecting your limitations can help ensure you don’t waste time by pushing yourself too hard.
Once you get the basics down, consider starting your own channel.
Sure, you might not be an expert yet, but teaching what you’ve learned can help reinforce it. It’s using a skill you’ve learned in a new context, which is always helpful. Plus, once you’ve gathered viewers, they’re likely to correct you in the comments section if you get anything wrong.
Turn On the Tube! 14 Ways to Learn Korean with YouTube
FluentU is a handy way to streamline your YouTube learning experience. Whether you’re just starting out or have been studying Korean for much of your life, FluentU is a flexible resource for learning Korean through awesome videos.
FluentU takes real-world videos from YouTube—like movie trailers, music videos, news and more—and turns them into personalized language lessons.
The videos are captioned and the captions are interactive, giving you quick access to any word’s definition, example sentences and an associated image.
If you want a new twist on learning, you can also try Quiz Mode. Quiz Mode fuses videos, images and example sentences into activities and flashcards for an engaging, interactive and authentic learning experience.
FluentU is also highly flexible and personalized. You choose what you watch and when. While you’re watching, though, FluentU’s algorithm tracks your learning. Then, it presents you with questions based on what you already know, building on your unique skills.
Plus, any FluentU plan includes access to the iOS and Android app, and your progress will be synced across devices. Try it out with a two-week free trial now!
FluentU offers a variety of videos for learners of all levels, but if you’re just starting out, you might want to try some of the fun, authentic kids’ videos. With options like “Animals and Their Sounds,” “Learn Korean Consonants” and “Fox, Fox What Are You Doing?” you can learn Korean using culturally relevant, native-language material intended for Korean children and supportive features that take you through it.
If you’re new to learning the Korean language, Study Korean Together is a great place to start. Most of this channel’s videos focus on basic vocabulary, grammar rules and pronunciation to give you the foundations you need starting out.
This channel is run by a native English speaker who’s learning Korean, so the videos are catered directly to the needs and challenges of beginning learners from the perspective of someone who understands that the struggle is real.
And if you get distracted by too many visuals, this channel is definitely for you. The host rarely appears (with the exception of celebrating her 1000th subscriber milestone), so you can focus completely on the vocabulary and grammar rules, which are shown on screen as she speaks. Her style is calm and soothing, so she can help you learn Korean while squelching some of your language learning anxiety.
“Basics of the Korean Alphabet” is a terrific jumping off point for anyone thinking of learning Korean. This video breaks down the Korean writing system and introduces letters. It even provides images to help you remember which letters make which sounds and explains how to produce some of the trickier sounds the language uses.
Beeline Language is a service offering free YouTube videos that are a helpful take on the language. These videos are unique in that most are quite short—you don’t need to worry about getting overwhelmed with long lists of vocabulary to memorize. In fact, many videos are around one minute long. If the Korean language seems daunting, these short videos can be a great opportunity to dabble in Korean learning without diving in full force.
The channel features multiple styles of video. Some videos don’t show the speakers, instead focusing on key vocabulary. Other videos do show the speakers, who come across as fun and friendly. If you watch enough videos, you might start to think of the hosts as your friends rather than teachers (or at least you’ll wish they were your friends).
If you’re looking to learn a little basic vocabulary, you might try “How to Say Thank You in Korean.” This brief video can help you get pronunciation down and prepare to be polite. Plus, if you don’t know Hangul yet, it’s no problem, as the video doesn’t use any.
Learn Korean with GO! Billy Korean is run by an American who has studied the language extensively. Between getting a degree in Korean, living in Korea and having studied the language for over a decade, suffice it to say, he knows his stuff. However, as an American who himself learned the language from scratch, the perspective he brings to the channel might be inspiring for beginning learners.
Learn Korean with GO! Billy Korean features an array of different videos that are perfect for beginning learners. They cover grammar, vocabulary, culture and food. If you prefer more traditional classroom learning, this channel even features videos of classroom-style instruction. For instance, once you’ve gotten down Hangul and learned some basic vocabulary, you might try moving on to “Korean Sentence Structure,” a two-hour lesson on how to form Korean sentences.
If you’re looking to embrace Korean culture while learning the language, look no further! Margarita covers an array of topics, including Korean travel, K-pop, K-beauty, K-drama, K-nail art and, of course, Korean language lessons.
Most of Margarita’s videos are fun and chill. They often feature the host chatting with friends or speaking directly to the camera like you’re her BFF. All in all, it’s a fun, lively channel that might give you the energy boost you need to keep studying a little longer.
While many of these videos are in English, they’re often speckled with useful Korean vocabulary. However, if you want to focus more squarely on the Korean language, Margarita’s “Weekly Korean” series is fantastic. Each video in the series focuses on a theme, and these themes tend to be appropriate for beginning learners.
For instance, if you’ve already learned some Korean, you might consider watching “Weekly Korean, Episode 60: Proverbs in Korean,” which introduces Korean proverbs, breaks down the meaning of the individual words and gives the meaning of each proverb as a whole.
Conversational Korean offers all the great material beginning learners need when starting out.
Videos cover grammar rules, sentence structure, conversation, thematic vocabulary and more. And perhaps best of all, the videos range from complete beginner to nearly intermediate level.
The videos feature the host sharing information and vocabulary in a slow, soothing manner. And if you appreciate the sort of light jazz you hear on elevators, this channel is definitely for you. Rather than physically moving upwards, you can watch your Korean skills gradually ascend as you enjoy the smooth tunes!
One irresistible video for beginning students is “Basic Korean Classic 03 – Adjectives.” This video provides a lesson on the usage of adjectives, gives common adjectives along with example sentences and features a dialogue showcasing rules and vocabulary you’ve learned.
Motivate Korean aims to provide clear explanations of complex Korean learning concepts. You can’t go wrong with that!
The channel offers an array of beginner-friendly material, including vocabulary and learning tips. And since it features hundreds of videos, you’re unlikely to run out of material any time soon.
Motivate Korean lets you learn the language from someone who has been in your shoes, struggling to master the language. The videos are intended for serious learners, and feel a lot like traditional classroom Korean lessons.
One of Motivate Korean’s most useful features is the pronunciation videos. Beginning students might try watching “#KoreanPronunciation Quick Tip – Drop your jaw” for a quick trick to help you improve your pronunciation.
Dino Lingo may be designed for kids, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be an adult learner’s favorite tool.
This language learning program features cute, animated videos intended to teach kids languages. However, if you’ve already learned a little Korean and are looking for easy listening practice, Dino Lingo is an ideal option. The Korean used in the videos uses basic vocabulary and is spoken slowly. Plus, the animations provide contextual clues to help you figure out things you don’t understand. The videos are also captioned in Hangul to allow you to read along.
Beginning Korean students can reinforce some basic vocabulary and practice listening with “Korean learning stories for kids – Korean Numbers storybook.” Check out Dino Lingo’s Korean playlist for even more video options.
Talk To Me In Korean is a Korean lesson service that offers books, e-books, audio courses and video courses for purchase, but also has a YouTube channel.
The video presentation style is generally calm and friendly, so you might find yourself reminiscing about your favorite elementary school librarian or kindergarten teacher when you watch (even though the material is definitely more advanced than you could have handled in your paste-eating years).
Talk To Me In Korean’s videos cover vocabulary, reading, learning techniques, common mistakes and more. For intermediate students, there are even special video lessons.
For instance, “Intermediate Korean Lesson – 귀신이 곡할 노릇이다” covers a tricky Korean phrase. And as a big bonus, the whole video is in Korean, but Korean subtitles allow you to read along, giving you some extra reading and listening practice.
Seemile’s videos vary from classroom-style instruction to on-location adventures. The channel also features a number of different hosts. But regardless of the material, the videos tend to come across as personal and really informative without being uptight.
Not only does the channel offer useful learning videos on topics like pronunciation, reading, listening and conversation, it also offers some videos on location that teach intermediate-level vocabulary and show you authentic interactions.
For instance, “A Selfie Stick in Korean 셀카봉” teaches you some helpful tech-related terminology while taking you along on a shopping trip.
Easy Languages offers a fun, authentic approach to language education with on-the-street interviews. And lucky for you, they have a Korean playlist with over 20 great videos shot on location.
Not only do these videos feature authentic Korean in use, they cover cultural topics that will help intermediate Korean students understand the culture in more depth.
For instance, “Korean Culture Festival | Easy Korean 19” takes viewers to a fun cultural festival.
While the videos are in Korean, don’t be too worried if your skills aren’t quite advanced enough yet. Each video is captioned in both Korean and English to allow you to read along.
Heechulism is a YouTube channel that follows the adventures of Heechul Yoon, an avid traveler. This channel is a great opportunity for advanced students to put all they’ve learned to the test!
Some videos are in English, others are in Korean and still others feature a mixture of the two. Videos cover Yoon’s travels along with relevant Korean topics.
For instance, “North Korean Defectors in Korea” features on-the-street interviews that will give you insight into the differences between North and South Korea as well as listening practice.
And don’t worry about being in over your head—many videos are captioned in English, Korean or both.
The World of Dave is the YouTube channel of an American living in Korea. However, most of the videos are entirely in Korean and feature many of his friends from around the world, giving you an idea of how accents can vary.
The YouTube channel features chats, vlogs, cultural and pronunciation comparisons, comedy videos and more. However, what makes this channel particularly great for Korean students is that videos are captioned in both Korean and English, allowing you to read along as you see fit. Even if you’re not quite advanced yet, you might try watching a few videos to see how much you can understand.
For instance, Korean students might enjoy “[VLOG] 살면서 처음으로 염색 해봤어요 Dyed my hair for the first time in my life,” which takes viewers into a salon and shows the dying process.
MasterTOPIK is an online service that helps prepare students for the TOPIK exam. MasterTOPIK also has an awesome YouTube channel with free learning material.
To give you some background, TOPIK is a Korean proficiency test for non-native speakers. Once you’ve gotten really good at Korean, you might consider taking this exam to show your proficiency. However, even if you have no intention of taking the test, using test prep materials can help you improve your Korean skills.
MasterTOPIK’s YouTube channel offers practice tests, vocabulary, grammar and more. While most of the videos are in Korean, some are in Vietnamese, but you’ll likely be able to tell the difference pretty quickly since some titles and written explanations are in Vietnamese.
One great learning video for more advanced Korean students is “[중급 I] 한국어 재미있어요! – 1강 (Korean for Intermediate Learners I ).” While it’s described as “intermediate,” the video is entirely in Korean and spoken at a fairly fast clip, so it’s likely to make for some good listening practice for intermediate and advanced learners alike.
If you want to learn Korean, never fear, YouTube is here!
With these 14 resources to learn Korean with YouTube, your newest and most exciting superpower might just be speaking the language.
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