If you are looking for the best free apps to learn the Korean language, then guess what? You are in the right place.
But before I talk about them, let me tell you I love Korean. I have watched countless Korean movies, and dramas always close to my heart.
But the only problem is, I watched them with subtitles. I know it sucks not knowing the language and depending just on the subtitles, but that’s the only option I had.
That’s when I started developing an interest in learning their language and was always keen to put those subtitles in the dustbin.
I looked up at several apps that teach Korean and based on that I am going to share the best ones.
If you are like me or you just want to master Korean, then this post is a must-read.
7 Best Apps to Learn Korean in 2020
Korlink is an unofficial app of TTMIK (Talk to me in Korean), which is already a popular Korean learning platform.
It is originally a website where you can find all the PDF’s, videos, audio files related to the Korean. The Korlink app just makes it easier to access all those materials via your smartphone.
I believe this app has the most resources out of any Korean learning apps out there.
But the only downside with Korlink is that sometimes the hosts in the video are too upbeat. They speak fast, which makes learning difficult for slow learners.
However, that’s not a problem because there are people who love upbeat videos, and even if you don’t like it, you can always change the speed of the video.
You can also get into Korean typing mode, which is very helpful for anyone who is having trouble learning how to type in Korean.
Other than this, there are a lot of good helpful English explanation videos & many more resources that make this platform one of the best.
2. TenguGo Hangul
Hangul means Korean scripts or alphabets, and that’s what TenguGo teaches you. If you want to learn how to read and write the Korean alphabets, then this app is a great addition.
TenguGo uses lessons, quizzes, flashcards for teaching & you can even see the animation of how to write various alphabets that make it easier for learning.
If you have difficulty with pronunciation, Hangul provides a voice option where you can click it to know the actual pronunciation.
Additionally, you can learn the history and structure of Hangul, which is a great thing being a beginner.
In general, I prefer the TenguGo app to learn Hangul scripts.
Drops is a simple app that helps you in learning language vocabulary.
The great thing about this app is that it can toggle between Hangul and romanization. So depending on what you’re comfortable with, you can choose either of them.
The audio & visual quality is amazing, which makes it easier to listen & watch the lessons.
Drops also provide fun and helpful games to learn Korean vocabulary. With their SRS (spaced repetition system), you get quizzes on the things you have learned earlier. This way you won’t forget what you have learned.
Talking about the downside, the only thing I didn’t like is the five minutes practice session per every ten hours.
It can be a great thing in a sense if you only have a couple of minutes per day to practice. But if you are someone who has a lot of spare time, the 5-minute thing can let you down.
But, if you spend some bucks on their subscription (a little expensive), you can get rid of it.
Overall, If you really want to dedicate your time to learning Korean, then I think it’s one of the perfect apps to go for.
Duolingo is an American language learning platform where you can learn over 30 different languages with fun games related to reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
It is free to use, but they also have a paid version at $6.99 a month that lets you save courses offline & is ad-free.
Duolingo was originally for Spanish & French. So, I don’t think it is better than other apps in this list. In fact, it is best for revision purposes rather than learning from the basics.
Talking about the drawbacks, there are a few complaints I heard from disappointed users. According to them, Duolingo throws a bunch of vocabulary to memorize. There is no proper build-up of basic Korean foundation which could disappoint a lot of beginners.
The pace for the words can go fast so they don’t give you enough time to compute into your brain.
Many users have also complained that Duolingo has poor audio quality, which could be a problem if you want to hear the pronunciation of these words.
The best thing about Lingodeer is that it is designed for Asian languages. So the design, layout, and structure, is very well-fitted to learn Korean.
It provides early test sections for users who are not a beginner and are already familiar with basic Korean. This way the users can save a lot of time and pay more attention to learning new things.
There is audio for every passage you do & the lessons are very well designed. You can find a lot of them for beginners and intermediate users.
The best way to learn any language is to communicate with people who know the language. But where do you find them? Well, you can join HelloTalk for that.
It connects you with native speakers from around the world, and you can communicate with them via text/audio/voice messages.
You can even do audio & video calls for free along with sharing resources which makes this platform quite better for learning Korean or any language.
Being a social networking site, the only drawback it has is that it can also bring very creepy people who talk about weird things.
But you don’t have to worry much as HelloTalk does a better job of limiting those kinds of inappropriate interactions.
Other than that, it’s a perfect app for talking to native speakers and learning more about their culture.
Memrise is a popular app that uses the SRS (spaced repetition system) of flashcards to teach the Korean language.
It helps with memorizing vocabulary, and you can customize it to your needs. The free version lets you go through three modules whereas the pro version offers six modules.
The learning tool options involve mix-and-match games, auditory quizzes, spelling challenges & much more that help to memorize in a fun way.
Korean Language learners can also download free lessons from Topik prep books, Sogang and Yonsei University curriculum studies, or native language indexes using this app.
The only downside I found is that it doesn’t teach much grammar concepts but focuses heavily on teaching words and phrases. It always nags about its Premium plans, which I found annoying.
However, the good thing is that it gives access to native speaker videos which lets you listen to a wide variety of native speakers while you learn the language.