Duolingo is just a fragment of your Korean learning process

Do not rely on one method especially when learning a complex language like Korean.

These are methods I use personally.. I get bored easily, so I like to switch things up during the week.

  1. Read content ( Naver articles, webtoons, dispatch news in Korean, Kdrama transcripts)

  2. Speak with natives ( Free: Hellotalk, Tandem etc)

  3. Write about what you read (on a diary or blog)

Tip: Post your write-up on hellotalk; that way natives could correct your mistakes and give you pointers --> improvement

  1. Record your self speaking. Not only is this a great boost (since you see your progress), but also gives you more confidence in using a word/phrase. So you become less timid when speaking with natives.

  2. Listen even if you do not understand

For Kdrama addicts (like me) : Try watching an episode before the eng subs are out. This forces you to understand or pick up a couple of words. It really helped my listening. Afterwards, you can watch with eng subs; that way you confirm how "accurate" your understanding was.

For Non-Kdrama addicts (whet? how? :D ): Watch Korean YouTube vids ( I do this a lot! helps with getting acquainted with different accents ) or online Korean radio or Naver Audio podcasts (i recommend Madam sherlock).

  1. Use Duolingo or/and Anki to track your passive vocab list.

Hope this helped! Good luck! Where I blog:

January 4, 2019


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January 6, 2019 is also a really great resource!

January 5, 2019

Good post and thank you very much

January 7, 2019

I really like this post and I am learning Spanish and it is very different than English and your information was really good and helpful here is a lingot:]

January 4, 2019

thank you! I just started learning Spanish. we can do this!

January 4, 2019

Good post and very helpful. A lingot:

January 5, 2019

This is really helpful, thank you <33

January 8, 2019

This is so true. You can only pick up some vocabulary here and some things, but when it comes to making your own sentences it's different. But you can use the sentences here as a basis.. to make more sentences of your own.

January 10, 2019

are there other app similar to hellotalk or tandem for exchange? spanish/korean or english korean

January 5, 2019


As of May 2017, KakaoTalk had 220 million registered and 49 million monthly active users. It is available in 15 languages. The app is also used by 93% of smartphone owners in South Korea, where it is the number one messaging app.

January 5, 2019

i have no idea how to find ppl to talk on KakaoTalk with :( i have the app but idk how to find/make friends to text on there

January 5, 2019

I just installed Kakao Talk.

I tried the following in the Search box:

Learning Korean, Learning English, Language Exchange

I think you could type almost anything in the search box and see people to talk to. I didn't have the courage to talk to anyone yet.

Get this: I can't find myself on Kakao Talk. I tried to use my name for my ID, and they said it was taken. Why can't I find anyone by that name?

January 5, 2019

Although it sounds counter-intuitive, I like to listen to the same audio clips over and over again because it forces me to really listen and I start to pick up different vocabulary as I study over time. I also like to take those audio clips and break the sentences down and study them using Anki cloze flashcards. Your tips are real useful, though! Do you have any tips for starting up a relatively cheap blog?

January 9, 2019

I do the same thing occasionally tho.. but because I get bored easily, I listen to the audio like 2x weekly e.g Monday and Friday. I hate actively memorising vocab, so I rarely do flashcards . But I like to jot down my "problem" phrases when every I am speaking in Korean;repeat these phrases in text and conversations, so I almost never forget them.

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January 9, 2019
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