Korean Language Resources
Korean is the official language of Korea, both South and North. There are about 78 million Korean speakers worldwide.
Resources in the Language Resources Centre
Korean Resources Catalogue
The PDF file contains all resources for Korean that can be found in the Language Resources Centre. It is divided into 3 categories:
- Audio CD/DVD
In the 'Notes' column you will find details of, for example, CDs that accompany textbooks and vice versa. Other information had been included throughout the catalogue to help identify a specific item if viewing these off-site.
Please note that these resources are offered on a reference-only basis.
Indiana University - Korean Alphabet
An introduction to written Hangeul but with the bonus of clickable sound files to also aid listening comprehension. Vocabulary is also aided by clickable pictures which also have sound files.
KBS World Online Course
Korean broadcaster KBS World offers this online course. There are 30 chapters on offer, starting out from basic conversational practice to more extended speech. Romanisation is used alongside Hangeul (written Korean script) throughout the chapters. Flash captions are available if a visual aid to learning is required and sound files are also available at every level of the chapters to aid listening skills.
Sogang Korean Program
Hosted by Sogang University, this course is aimed primarily at US English speakers but others may find it useful as it starts out from an introductory level, then goes to 'novice' level and then concludes by taking the learner to intermediate level. Sound files and animation are used at all levels.
Korean Language Education Clearing House (KLEC)
Hosted by Monash University (Australia). An online textbook 'My Korean 1 & 2' (PDF file) is offered to enable one to work through the various levels of exercises. Audio files and visual aids are used throughout.
Introduction to Korean
A basic, but useful site with sound files for a range of beginners phrases and topics and with some assistance given for aspects of grammar.
A mixed site that covers Korean language learning (beginners level upwards) with an introduction to Korean culture. There are free online courses available, for which registration is required, although there are many sample files to experiment with beforehand. Another useful feature is the free downloadable resources.
A mix of basic tools that beginners may find useful plus links to other sites (e.g. Korean TV drama)
Seoul National University
SNU's Korean Language Education Centre' has a section of it's website called 'Click Korean'. This is divided into chapters covering various aspects of grammar and vocabulary, complimented by sound files and an online dictionary. There are 20 units to work through.
Let's Speak Korean
Broadcaster Airrang has compiled a number of lessons culled from it's programming.
Talk to me in Korean
This site makes intensive use of videos (downloadable), useful for students who prefer a more visual approach to their learning.
Play Korean! Learning Korean through K-Pop
Fronted by MLC Korean teacher Youkyung Ju, this brief (12 minutes) video is the first in a series of learning Korean using K-Pop as a prompt with which to look at Korean vocabulary and usage.
Study Korean at King's
Korean Cultural Centre, London
Opened in 2008 and located near Trafalgar Square, the Korean Cultural Institute offers a wide variety of activities and resources for all levels of Korean language or those who simply want to investigate the culture further. Film shows, art exhibitions and a specialist Library of books, audio materials and DVDs make this an invaluable resource for anyone based in London.
A long-running site (from 1999) with an exceptionally comprehensive collection of information about Korean films from the 1940s, through the 'Korean wave', right up until releases in the past month. Full production details are available for each film listed plus in-depth reviews of many of the films listed. Essays from prominent film scholars are also hosted.
Aimed at a UK audience and a 'fan site', nevertheless this website offers much for students and enthusiasts of Korean film. Links to trailers and UK theatrical and DVD release information will be very useful for those wishing to investigate a film much further.
A wide-ranging resource for those seeking a comprehensive introduction to life in the Republic of Korea (ROK) with updated news and reviews of all aspects of everyday life in Korea. Click on the 'Library' tab to view a wide choice of online videos and slides.
London Korean Links
The most comprehensive site around for those based in London (and beyond) to learn more about all aspects of Korean culture and language in the capital. Very topical and fresh (it is updated daily) it is easily navigated and has a really useful archive for previous articles and features.
Anglo Korean Society
The Society was founded in 1956 to foster friendship between the UK and the Republic of Korea, and its primary objective is to bring together all those in the UK who are interested in Korean matters. The Society provides opportunities for contacts between British nationals and Koreans living in Britain, and acts as a forum for social and cultural exchange in an environment of friendship and understanding.
A video streaming website with over 18,000 hours of licensed content and 20 million active monthly users. You would need to subscribe to this service in order to use it.
Evening Language Courses
Members of the public can study Korean at King's beginners levels.
Doing an undergraduate or postgraduate degree? You can take Korean course as part of your course (beginners only)
We also offer tailor-made courses in Korean for individuals and groups.