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Learn Korean with Kpop

Looking for a fun way to learn Korean and improve your singing skills at the same time?

Well, if you like Kpop, you’re in luck! One of the most effective ways to learn Korean is to study Kpop song lyrics.

The great thing about this study method is that song lyrics are easy to memorize. If you learn Korean with Kpop, then the new grammar or vocabulary that you pick up from the songs can help speed up your Korean learning and also make learning more fun.

Below, we’ll go over some of the lyrics for a few popular songs, and give you explanations about what they mean. Then you can use them in your day-to-day interactions in Korean, or sing along to the songs.

Let’s get started!

Top Kpop Groups You Don’t Want to Miss

One of the best parts about learning a language like Korean is being able to tap into an entirely new culture that you previously did not have full access to. Sure, Korean music and television can be fun for everyone — even for people who cannot speak the language. However, as you begin to understand different words and phrases as you continue on your journey to learn to speak Korean, songs, movies, and TV shows take on a whole new level of meaning and become infinitely more enjoyable.

Warning: Do Not Learn Korean This Way

When learning a language, it is very easy to struggle or become demotivated because of the way that you are studying.

Think back to when you learned a language in high school. Many people can’t remember much of the languages they learned at school despite spending many hours studying them. And as a result, they believe that they are naturally bad at languages.

The good news is that usually that’s not true, and now you have a second chance. If you make use of better techniques you will find that language learning can be surpingly fun, simple, and effective!


Korean Slang: The Good, The Bad, & The Strange

If you want to talk like a native, then you are going to need to learn some Korean slang. Of course, there is so much slang in any language that it is almost impossible to keep pace with it, and it certainly isn’t possible to write an article containing every piece of slang ever, especially when some slang is only used on a particular television show or by a small group of people.

Instead, this article aims to teach you the most common and useful Korean slang, the stuff that you need to know. It will teach you the good, the bad, and the weird, which incidentally the name of a Korean movie that will teach you the first slang word of the article. ‘The Good, The Bad, The Strange’ is a Korean ‘western’ (no prizes for guessing which western film the title is based on) starring Lee Byeong Hun (이병헌) of G.I. Joe fame.

A How-To Guide for Korean Texting

Have you noticed that your speaking, listening, reading, and writing are all getting better, and then suddenly in a text from a Korean friend you understand nearly nothing of what they’ve said? You’re not alone, and we’ve all had to deal with the same thing.

Today we’ll give you a few words or phrases that you’ll definitely run into from time to time when texting your Korean friends, as well as a couple of tips for how to understand things you’ve never run into before.

Let’s start with some of the Korean texting short hand that you’ll run into on a daily basis, and make you look more native as well. The biggest tip I can give when trying to read Korean text messages, if you don’t understand the word by itself, is to read the message out loud. You’ll very often find that a lot of Korean texting slang is in fact a word that you do know, just written faster or shorter to speed up texting.

5 Easy Ways To Learn Korean NOW

Let’s make things easy on ourselves!

If you’re new to the Korean language, you may think it’s very difficult. After all, it has it’s own alphabet and the sentence structure is different than English. We’re not off to a good start!

However, there are ways to simplify the Korean language. On this page we’ll tell you about five easy ways to learn Korean.

Try them out, use the ones you like, and forget about the rest.

Sounds simple enough, right?

Let’s get to it!

1. Sixty Minute Korean Alphabet

One easy way to learn Korean is to first study the Korean alphabet (Hangul).

Study Korean in Korea: A Waste of Time?

Whether you’re thinking of coming to Korea, on your way to Korea, or you’ve lived here for years, the question frequently comes up: Should I study Korean in Korea?

Great question!

This commonly comes up among people who will be living in Korea as some point. The thing is, the answer is different for everyone.

To help solve this mystery, first we will answer the top ten common questions that come up.

Then, we will let YOU be the judge. Let’s get to it!

1. Do I Need to Study Korean in Korea?

You can get by in Korea as an English speaker and never learn Korean. Plenty of people have done it and have lived in Korea for many years.

Learn Korean in 2015 With These 5 Articles

2014 was a great year for Korean learners around the world, and also for the team at 90 Day Korean. Over the past 12 months, we’ve helped over 4000 people to get settled in Korea, read Hangeul, learn to speak to loved ones, make new friends, and understand more of their favorite music and dramas — and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the progress students are making! On top of that, we added a second Module to our Inner Circle Korean lessons and the third is nearly complete. Get ready for more Korean in 2015!

Learn Korean in 90 Days — No Natural Gift for Language Learning Required!


I’ve always dreamed of learning languages and traveling the world (haven’t we all). I daydreamed about how I’d order sushi in Japan, travel around South America speaking Spanish and learn taekwondo in Korean.

Learn Korean: The Ultimate Internet Resource

WARNING: Know all your options before getting started learning Korean!


Wanting to learn Korean, but not sure where to start?

Just do a Google search and dive right in, right? Start plugging away? Well, sadly that doesn’t pan out into being able to speak Korean in most cases.

That’s definitely not because there isn’t enough Korean material on the internet. Quite the contrary! The internet is filled with sites giving free tips and strategies, vocabulary and lots more!

It’s great that there’s free content out there on the interwebs but it’s not always the best for YOU!

Learn Korean Online: How to Avoid Choosing the Wrong Program

When you hear the phrase “learn Korean online”, what kind of images come to mind?

1. Attending a webinar-style class at a scheduled time

2. Taking Skype lessons 1:1

3. Logging into a Korean langauge website

4. Downloading worksheets

5. Watching pre-made videos

Everyone has different views of what it means to learn Korean online, and for very good reason: There are lots of options out there!

You’ve probably also heard horror and failure stories about how these online Korean courses don’t work.

There is some truth to that. They don’t work if you choose the wrong course!

Learn Korean at Your Keyboard: The Art of Typing Korean

Learning to type Korean has many benefits. Once you achieve mastery in the art of typing Korean, you can chat with friends online, comment on websites, look up words in the dictionary, search Naver — and the list goes on!

Plus, the skill of typing Korean has double the benefit since most newer phones have the ability to install full Korean keyboards. You’ll put these exact same skills into use when texting!

But perhaps one of the biggest benefits to learning how to type is that it is one of the best ways we know of to help you get better at Korean. It connects you virtually to the world of Korean speakers and at that point, your options are limitless! 

From solidifying the basics of fitting characters together to learning new slang phrases, texting and typing in Korean will be a linchpin in your journey toward Korean fluency.

10 Mysterious Korean Phrases (That Aren’t What They Seem)

Some Korean phrases are confusing because they have cultural subtleties. If you study Korean as a second language, they can be hard to understand. In some cases, they’re hard for even Koreans to explain!

Below are some common everyday Korean phrases that you’ll hear on a regular basis. Below the phrase is the literal translation, and the explanation of what it really means. Uncover the mysteries of these expressions, and feel confident using them yourself!

The expressions are written in Hangeul, the Korean alphabet. If you haven’t learned to read Hangeul yet and want to study Korean, you can learn how to read in about 1 hour for free by downloading the 90 Minute Challenge here.

시작! (Let’s start!)

1. 우리 나라 (oori nara)

Literal Translation: “Our country”

Korean Credit Card Roundup

If you’re living in Korea, then you probably have seen how much credit cards here are a way of life. Most stores nowadays are equipped to take payment with credit cards. With the fast Internet speeds, expedited delivery services, and convenient smart phone apps, online shopping is quickly becoming the standard for how people make purchases.

For expats in Korea, the situation can be a bit of a challenge. Online shopping is available through bank transfer, but it’s not as convenient as a credit card. Also, some sites will only take domestic cards issued in Korea. If you’re trying to streamline your life here, Korean credit cards can make life much easier.

If you haven’t gotten a Korean credit card yet, then the process can seem overwhelming. There are different requirements for each card company and the system has some unique parts that are specific to Korea.

Quick Korean Phrases for the Cafe

If you’ve been to a cafe in Korea, then you probably hear the same phrase over and over. Since the baristas and cafe employees are often being polite, they will be using more formal wording.

For those who are learning Korean and are used to talking in the casual form, it may be more difficult to understand what they’re saying. And if you don’t understand what they’re saying, it’s makes it difficult to respond! This can make for some awkward dialogue using lots of hand gestures and sentence fragments.

We’re going to fix that! We’ll identify some common phrases at the cafe that you’ll hear, and then give you some response options to make you sound like a native. Not only will you be learning Korean to make your interactions smoother, but you’ll also get some great practice studying every time you visit a café!

Korean Name Creation: 5 Killer Ways to Write Your Name in Korean

What’s in a name? Well, in Korea — quite a bit actually!

Many Korean parents will spend a lot of time and money to come up with the perfect name for their child. They believe that a person’s name can determine their destiny. With a child’s future on the line, it’s important to come up with a good name.

Here at 90 Day Korean, we want you to have a Korean name as well. While it can be tough to come up with the perfect name, we’re going to help point you in the right direction so that it becomes much more likely. 

As an expat living or traveling in Korea (or even living in your home country and interacting with Koreans), it’s easy to notice a barrier at times due to cultural differences. 

10 Unusual Korean Foods for the Daring


10 Unusual Korean Foods for the Daring

Don’t Make These 10 Mistakes When Visiting Korea

Back when we were elementary school students, our teachers always encouraged us to make mistakes. After all, mistakes are how we learn, right? And who is to say that a duck can’t be purple?

Even though we aren’t little kids anymore, it’s still okay to make mistakes. However, now that we’re a little older and wiser, it’s better if we can avoid them. This goes doubly for embarrassing cultural mistakes. Best to know what to do in advance!

Korea has certain customs, traditions, and rules that have developed over the years, and many of them are different than what occurs in most other countries. While Koreans are generally accepting of any cultural faux pas that visitors make, it’s much better to be informed so you can make the best impression possible. Not only will you honor the group, but you’ll also increase your chances of being invited out again.

7 Warning Signs You Need to Learn Korean

There are many reasons you may procrastinate starting a big new project, and learning a new language is no different. When you think too much about learning a foreign language – especially an Asian language like Korean – the task can become a real mental monster. There may also be other reasons to avoid learning it, and one may be that you don’t see it as necessary. But the fact is, even if you’re just travelling to Korea short term, a little bit of basic language knowledge will go a long way.

If you are living in Korea and have still not started learning Korean, here are 7 warning signs you need to start doing so immediately:

The 20 Korean Words That Your Friends Will Love

Often times, people who learn Korean have spurts of motivation, and then lose momentum at one point or another. One of the most critical pieces to successfully learn Korean is to make sure that you make it fun! This is true whether you are just starting to read Hangeul (Korean characters) or you’re approaching fluency.

If you want to spice things up when you learn Korean, impress your Korean friends, and have a lively conversation topic for most occasions, then read on!

Perhaps you are familiar with the term “onomatopoeia” in English. This simply means a word that imitates a sound. For example, “beep-beep” for a car horn, “woof-woof” for a dog, and “bang” for the firing of a gun.

Stop Studying Korean for the TOPIK

If you’re reading this, then you likely:

  1. Studied for the TOPIK
  2. Currently are studying for the TOPIK
  3. Are thinking of studying for the TOPIK

I’m here to ask you to be honest with yourself and write down the top 3 to 5 reasons why you are studying Korean for the TOPIK. Once you do that, ask yourself if the TOPIK will help you achieve those goals that you just wrote.

For those of you who don’t know what the TOPIK is, it’s the Test of Proficiency In Korean. The test is designed and administered by the NIIED (National Institute for International Education) and given 4 times a year. It is used as a gauge of how well you know Korean, and is often required to work at a Korean company or to attend a university in Korea.

Announcing a new e-book: 500 Korean Sayings - let your iPad do the Korean talking for you!

Think of it as 500 Korean phrases if you like - either way, the idea here is a bit different from most other 'learn Korean' books. Take a look at it on iTunes, or keep reading to learn more.

Book review: Wild Korean (야생 한국어) – Sanghyun Ahn

Stop being stuck at the basic level.

Calling itself “A Fieldguide to Real Korean Conversation”, Wild Korean promises to get you conversational by the time you’re finished with the textbook. While my own book, Korean Made Easy, teaches you enough to get started and make your way around, I was delighted to hear about Wild Korean. Kudos to Ahn Sang-hyun for writing it and Jo-Anna Lynch over at The View From Over Here for her role as editor.

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