So frustrated with Duolingo’s Korean Lessons

I am learning 5 different languages. Four of them are fantastic! However Korean is HORRIBLE! There are no lessons, no hints, and I save Korean for my last language because I lose my lives and have to stop with my lesson. This is not conducive to learning a new language which is what duolingo is advertising that they want to promote. I am learning Korean with NO HELP what so ever. Also, a friend that knows some Korean says that the romanization of Korean on this program is incorrect in many instances. HELP!

June 26, 2019


I agree, the course is not optimal for learning. Some of the sentences are unnatural, and sometimes incorrect (or so I've heard from natives) However, it is alright for practicing what you've learned from other resources. I recommend and the Korean Grammar in Use series.

As for your issue with romanization, you shouldn't be using it anyway. The very first step in learning Korean is Hangeul, which Duo does a fine job teaching.

Good luck (:

June 26, 2019

I don't know why but unfortunately Duolingo doesn't offer Tips and Notes for some languages on mobile devices, but there are Tips and Notes for Korean on the website. And also you can see all the Tips and Notes on your page on

June 26, 2019

After many other websites & apps, I am learning Korean with Duolingo. I think Duolingo is unique, from what I've seen, in that grammar is included with the vocabulary without the need to study the grammar by itself.

Studying grammar by itself can be very dry, and held me back from much progression. Learning vocabulary without grammar was also dull. Learning to read sentences by combining the grammar with the vocabulary, interactively, was stunning to me. Zowie, loving it and practicing is now fun!

June 26, 2019

Duolingo uses the correct romanization. I'm pretty sure it has no errors, but you shouldn't use it anyways.

June 26, 2019

Yea i did not learn anything from the course its really disappointing its always the hardest languages that have short poorly made courses while easy languages like Italian are very long and well made it will take me 10+ years to learn Korean using other methods its even harder than Chinese to me.

June 26, 2019

I agree with the OP. Korean on duolingo is not the best thing ever. I took two courses of Korean at the local community college a while back, and thought duolingo would be a good way to keep learning and supplement retention, but I find the audio pronunciations to be lacking (everything sounds the same!) and the romanization to be confusing. It's been a struggle to just get through the first two alphabet lessons, and that's with actual classroom instruction under my belt! O.o

June 30, 2019

The Korean tips and notes are excellent. If not using a desktop, you can probably access them using the the url suggested by Sophiafilm. Otherwise, provides access to tips and notes for more than 30 Duo languages, including Korean.

As FrenchCamile correctly states, "you shouldn't be using romanization anyway." Not only is it a waste of time, but it will actually hamper your ability to read or pronounce the words correctly. The course has improved greatly since it was introduced and the team continues to work on it, but again FrenchCamille is correct in saying it is not "optimum." And unfortunately, the weakest part of the course is the beginning.

I strongly urge you to learn the Korean alphabet before continuing your Koreanstudies on Duo. There are a number of excellent Youtube sites. My favorite is You will have an excellent understanding of the alphabet after spending 45 minutes on the 3 videos offered. Listen to one of the other youtube instructors as well, and you will pretty much have it, with less than a day of study.

July 1, 2019

Just learn in a different site

July 1, 2019

We have similar language interests. I only recently started using Duolingo again (after deciding it was too random a few years ago). What I've found is that one platform generally isn't going to work well for all different types of languages. LingoDeer was developed for Asian languages with a focus on Japanese, Mandarin and Korean. It's excellent for those languages and I use it to learn Mandarin and Korean. I tried German and found that I didn't like it. It wasn't set up well for practicing gender, plurals and articles. LingoDeer is much better at Asian languages. I think Duolingo is better for German and I'm also using it to review/relearn Spanish. I'll come back and try the Mandarin and Korean courses here when I'm done with both on Lingodeer.

July 5, 2019
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