Further Korean learning resources at the courtesy of Korean public sector :D
Hello, my dearest Korean learners! Hope you are all doing well! In addition to my previous posting, have made some additional discoveries on free learning resources by Korean public sector for your Korean learning.
FYI, my previous posting on the same topic is here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/26247615
Again, some of them seem to be useful enough. Others need some more brush up, I think (ex. relying too much on Adobe flash which might not work without additional installation of Adobe plugin for iPhone, Mac etc.)
Would appreciate greatly once again if you can quickly take a moment to try out and let me know your valuable, honest and humble thoughts if any. (No need to spend more than 5min. per each site. If you like it/them, bookmark it/them and enjoy, take full advantage of it/them pls.)
If they can help your Korean learning journey, kindly do make use of them, please. ;)
1) SNU (Seoul National Univ., 서울대학교)
They seem to provide a diverse set of learning programmes (mostly face to face) ranging from 3 weeks to even several months.
- Free eLearning course
Tried it and it seems amazingly nice (especially practice Qs) yet one has to enable the use of Adobe to flash in one's browser. If one is using iPhone or Android tablet/tablet, one can access by using web browser that supports Adobe Flash such as this: (https://dolphin.com )
Scholarship info. for those serious learners of Korean http://www.useoul.edu/apply/language/scholarships
Exchange & summer programmes at SNU (If you are currently a full-time student)
2) Various government-sponsored websites, initiatives to support newly settled foreigners in Korea via marriage, immigration & others.
A husband or wife of foreign origin who settled down in Korea fall under a category called "multicultural family" (다문화 가정) and receive diverse and generous financial and non-financial, administrative benefits including free Korean learning opportunity.
- Danuri (다누리) : It seems to provide a list of websites offering free online Korean classes:
- EBS - Durian : Quickly checked and am not sure who the target audiences are. Interesting site though. http://www.ebs.co.kr/durian/us/introduce
3) Various government-owned or sponsored media
It is the BBC equivalent in Korea. They seem to have some good stuff for Korean learners.
a. 두근두근 한국어 (Pit-A-Pat Korean)
Quick examples of video and note(Season 2, Lesson 1):
My biggest wonder here is they did such a good job yet the supplementary PDF materials are well concealed in a separate Korean only webpage. Have no idea why. lol
Arirang is a state-run international English-language network based in Seoul, Korea. It has a number of dedicated Korean learning resources. They've got to be good at this as an army of bilingual Koreans, Korean Americans and Korean British work there.
a. Learn Korean Channel
Well, they seem to have benchmarked Michel Thomas's teaching method.lol, Am sure late Michel Thomas in heaven would be amazed to see his teaching method being used even in Korea. haha
"Let us learn Korean" - New version :
"Let us learn Korean" - Old version (There are old versions produced during the late 90s. Each video is about 15min. long with more in-depth explanations.) http://bit.ly/2BnRzJ4
b. Homey Korean
c. Traveler's Korean
Again, Korean government-owned network mainly targetting domestic student population. It seems to have some Korean courses of its own. Yet, I think Beginners might find them a little hard as the videos seem to be targetted towards expats who are already living in Korea, exposed to "Korean only spoken" environments due to various reasons. (i.e. work, study)
a. 한국어 쉬워요 (Korean is easy)
b. K-POP으로 배우는 다문화 한국어 (Learning Multiculturalism & Korean via K-POP)
For those serious Korean learners from English speaking countries, there are 2 government-run programmes that you can take advantage of to work as an English teacher for 6 months or 1 year in Korean elementary schools while improving your Korean here. (free housing & return flight/freight expense covered by the Korean government in addition to monthly salary)
For details please check the below:
- Teach & Learn in Korea (TaLK) Programme
- EPIK Programme
P.S: 16th of February is Lunar New Year in Korea. Believe many other countries in northeast Asia (ex. PRC, Vietnam) also celebrate the same lunar New Year except for Japan and DPRK. Happy Lunar New Year, everyone! Believe 2018 is the year of golden dog! lol, 새해 복많이 받으세요! ;D
Yeah, check them out. including this one:
Public sector folks are often doing outrageous giveaways yet they do a terrible job of advertising it/them so no one really knows what the heck is going on.
Wish there were similar programmes for French, Russian, Arabic, Chinese and Spanish native speakers. The kind of Korea I truly want to see is a country with highest % of polyglots in the world.
Trust me. There might be more. I mean different entities never really talk to one another but do their own thing, reinventing the wheels over and over.
Quickly checked and both government-sponsored initiatives kicked off during the previous administration. Since Normally when a new administration takes over they try to d away with everything done in the previous one. Am so surprised that they have not done their usual denying on this. lol
Since Normally when a new administration takes over they try to d away with everything done in the previous one. Am so surprised that they have not done their usual denying on this. lol
I think in the current presidency it might be good to you know, do away with the previous administration's stuff.
Happy Northeast Asia Lunar New Year to you too! :) Well I can understand 100% since the concept of lunar new year is a bit tricky for many. Even JPN did away with it long ago. lol Last year, I got some "Happy New Year" email from some Israeli agency in September. Thought it was some sort of weird Jewish joke at first but I was wrong. Rosh Hashana (New Year) in Israel according to their lunar calendar was 21th of Sept. lol This yea I believe their new year is 10th of Sept.
p.s: Read your comment on middle Chinese, traditional Chinese characters versus the simplified. Let me get back to you on that once I finish my daily practice. :)
Well, yes it is one of the ASEAN member state for sure. ;) Viet Nam seems to be either far south end of the far east or far north border of SE Asia. lol, At least I have always thought of Viet Nam as the southern frontier of northeast Asia as Viet Nam or at least north Viet Nam seems to have a tie with southern China. For example, Hakka Chinese, ancestor of Singapore's national father went all the way to SE Asia via various land and sea routes including Vietnam. Am sure there are descendants of migrants from S. China in Viet Nam. Speaking of New Year celebration in Sept by Jews, well, why not? I just consider it as fiscal year for companies. Not all companies have the same fiscal year start point. haha
P.S: Can I assume you are from Vietnam or are you just super knowledgeable about their language and culture? Where are you from? :)
Please let me keep my nationality in secret now. By the way, have you read my profile? I am wondering if you can accept my identity.
I'm still learning Vietnamese, and almost know nothing about Korean except Hanja-eo and some grammar. My real specialty is Classical Chinese.
2) Various government-sponsored websites, initiatives to support newly settled foreigners in Korea via marriage, immigration others.`
A husband or wife of foreign origin who settled down in Korea fall under a category called "multicultural family" (다문화 가정) and receive diverse and generous financial and non-financial, administrative benefits including free Korean learning opportunity.`
For the record, the Korean Integration and Immigration Program (KIIP) provides free Korean language training for free to anyone these days, not only marriage immigrants. The only requirement is to have a valid visa other than the tourist visa.
Hey Nick! Hope your Lunar New Year break went well! Big thank you for this! Great point indeed!
Well someone in this forum also contacted me to find out some more details so I actually called them today! ;)
To cut a long story short, even you are a tourist VISA, you can take a free Korean class originally intended for marriage immigrants. They just ask for a photocopy of your passport front page (your face and other details page) plus an ID photo. They also charge you 7,000 won for the textbook. Courses are level 1-4 plus those preparing for TOPIK.
Level test is mandatory for signing up though.
The only thing you do not get is a certificate of course completion issued by Danuri centre as one is an observer student rather than properly registered one. LOL
I mean I took several free online courses at the courtesy of Danish and other governments myself so I knew government-funded programmes are generous. ;)
Furthermore, there are many free Korean classes by local YMCA branch targeting foreign workers in manufacturing and agricultural sector. Obviously, those Korean courses focus on teaching basic conversational Korean rather than TOPIK prep. In such case not just tuition fee is free but they usually give away free Korean text book and study materials also. ;)