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Korean phone number – All you need to know (+how to get one)

Do you have your Korean phone number? You might have gotten one before, or you plan to get one for your next trip to South Korea.

A pink analog telephone

In this article, we will introduce you to what Korean phone numbers look like and how they are formatted. And even more importantly, we will also give you some information on how you can actually get a phone number in South Korea!

Is a Korean phone number necessary when visiting only?

Even if you are in South Korea for just one week, it may be handy to rent a sim card and have a local phone number in your possession.

Especially if you are coming in for a longer visit or living in Korea for some time, having a phone number in Korea will be quite essential to you. During the height of the pandemic, for example, it was even required for each incoming foreigner to possess a local phone number.

Why should one get a Korean phone number?

When you are equipped with a local phone number, daily life in the country will be so much easier for you. For example, sometimes your foreign number may not work properly when in the country. Whereas with Korean local numbers, you can easily connect with people over the phone.

You may also be unable to register for some services without a local phone number and can only get a data plan with a local number. That means, without a local number, you’ll be stuck relying on spotty wi-fi internet and may not have the option to reach out or be reached out to everywhere, even in the city!

In cases like this, you’ll realize how convenient calling or sending SMS to people you know can be!

What Do Korean Phone Numbers Look Like?

We have already given you some information on what Korean phone numbers are like in our article on Korean numbers. Drawing from that article, you might already know that there are two types of phone numbers in Korea: mobile phone and telephone.

In both cases, Sino-Korean numbers are used to spell out the phone numbers. In that linked article, you can also learn some useful phrases related to Korean phone numbers. Here is a visual example of a number used for mobile and telephones in the Seoul region:

Mobile phone number: 010-6203-3087

Telephone number: 02-9674-5122

The South Korea country code is +82. You can use it with both mobile and telephone numbers. For refreshment, here is how adding in the area code modifies the numbers:

For mobile phones, the number goes from 010-6203-3087 to +82-10-6203-3087

While telephone number goes from 02-9674-5122 to +82-2-9674-5122

So, thankfully, not too difficult for you to quickly remember! Although, do note that the area codes for Ulsan and Busan are 52 and 51 respectively, as opposed to 82 for the Seoul code. However, in total, the number consists of 10 digits, still, so there will be one digit less in the middle section.

How many digits are there in a Korean phone number?

Each mobile or cell phone number in Korea consists of 11 numbers. On the other hand, telephone numbers have 10 digits each. Below, we’ll also tell you more about the specific formats used for mobile and telephone numbers in Korea.

Mobile number format

For the 11-digit mobile numbers, they start with the three-digit codes 010 before moving on to an 8-number combination that is unique to each number.

Sometimes it is possible to get to choose the last 4 digits yourself, but the middle 4 are always automatically generated.

Telephone number format

For telephones, the numbers usually start with the combination 02. You likely won’t find many households that still carry a landline phone, but many government offices and other businesses still have telephone numbers like this.

A girl on with her right hand raised while on the phone

How do I get a phone number in Korea?

If you are in South Korea, it’ll be advantageous for you to have a local number, even if it’s just for a short amount of time. There are three ways you can get your own phone number in Korea. We’ve listed them below.

Alien Registration Card

The process of getting yourself equipped with a South Korean phone number is easier when you are staying in the country for more than three months and will get the Alien Registration Card as well as a local bank account; however, it is not impossible without one, either.

With the ARC, you can walk into any Korean phone store (with Gwanghwamun’s KT Olleh being especially popular among foreigners) and register for a phone plan, either with a contract or a pre-paid option.

Data-only plans

In some cases, it may also be beneficial to get a local phone with the number, as well. It is possible to also get a data-only plan if you so wish. The cheapest plans start from just 12,000won. With a data plan added on, the plans ofter start from 30,000won.

SIM card rental

And if you happen to only be visiting for less than three months, you can rent a SIM card – and even a whole cellphone! – at the airport. You can order it online in advance and then pick it up from the airport upon arrival.

Can I get a Korean phone number if I’m outside Korea?

Of course, if you are not in South Korea, you will not need their local number. There are ways these days to get a virtual phone number for Korea or any other country, from wherever in the world you are.

For example, Call Hippo offers such a service. However, although available and cheaper in comparison to traditional international calls, services like these are mostly used for business purposes only.

Did you find our article on South Korea phone numbers useful to you? What else would you like to know about the process of purchasing plans and mobile phones in South Korea? Let us know below in the comments!

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Master Politeness Levels with Billy Go | #14: Making Casual Speech

No matter how you typically speak Korean or who you speak with, it's essential to know about Casual Speech and how it relates to politeness levels. This lesson will introduce the basics of Casual Speech, including several common grammar forms.

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Wonwonsa Temple – 원원사 (Gyeongju)

The East and West Three-Story Stone Pagodas at the Wonwonsa Temple Site in Gyeongju.

Temple History

Wonwonsa Temple is located in the southeastern part of Gyeongju and east of Mt. Bongseosan (360.8 m). Wonwonsa Temple was first built during Unified Silla (668-935 A.D.). The temple is believed to have first been built by the monks Anhye and Nangyung, who were esoteric Buddhist monks, as well as Kim Yu-sin (595-673 A.D.), Kim Ui-won and Kim Sul-jong. In fact, and alongside Sacheonwangsa Temple and Geumgwangsa Temple, Wonwonsa Temple was a leading esoteric Buddhist temple during Unified Silla and the early part of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). And much like other temples built at this time during the early part of Unified Silla like Gameunsa Temple and Mangdeoksa Temple, Wonwonsa Temple was a place for people to pray for national security. In fact, Wonwonsa Temple is located in the spot that blocks enemies from invading from the east by way of the sea. Gwanmun Mountain Fortress was made to defend against enemies coming from the East Sea, and it stands near Wonwonsa Temple. So Wonwonsa Temple acted as a spiritual defence against invading forces, and Gwanmun Mountain Fortress was made to physically resist any and all invaders.

Wonwonsa Temple remained as a temple up until the late Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The current configuration of the temple was recently constructed. The older temple site for the Wonwonsa-ji Temple Site is located slightly to the east, where you’ll find the East and West Three-Story Stone Pagodas at the Wonwonsa Temple Site, which is Korean Treasure #1429. These two pagodas were restored by the Japanese during Japanese colonial rule (1910-1945). As for the Wonwonsa-ji Temple Site, it’s a Historic Site.

Temple Layout

As you first approach the temple grounds from the road, statues of the Four Heavenly Kings will greet you. Passing by these rather large stone statues, you’ll next make your way through the temple parking lot and up a set of stairs that guide you towards the Cheonbulbo-jeon Hall. Just to the right of these uneven stairs is a large image of Podae-hwasang (The Hempen Bag).

Having finally climbed the set of stairs, you’ll be welcomed to the main temple courtyard by the Cheonbulbo-jeon Hall. The main hall is fronted by a pair of ferocious stone lions and a bronze incense burner. Also, there are two tall statues book-ending the front of the Cheonbulbo-jeon Hall. They are of Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife) to the left and Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion) to the right. The exterior walls to the Cheonbulbo-jeon Hall, on the other hand, are adorned with a set of elegant Shimu-do (The Ox-Herding Murals). And rather uniquely, there is a monkey-like image sitting on top of a decorative dragon’s head on the left rear corner of the main hall’s eaves.

Stepping inside the Cheonbulbo-jeon Hall, you’ll be greeted by three rows of smaller sized statues backing the main altar triad. These images are gold, white, and bronze coloured statues, and they represent various Buddhas. As for the triad of statues on the main altar, it’s centred by Birojana-bul (The Buddha of Cosmic Energy). And this central image is joined on either side by Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha) and Nosana-bul (The Perfect Body Buddha). Rounding out the interior of the Cheonbulbo-jeon Hall is a nice Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural) on the left wall.

To the rear of the main hall, and to the left, is the Samseong-gak Hall. Housed inside this shaman shrine hall are wood reliefs dedicated to Chilseong (The Seven Stars), Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit), and Dokseong (The Lonely Saint). Rather interestingly, the Samseong-gak Hall also houses a mural dedicated to Indra and Brahma. Obviously both are Hindu gods; however, with the advent of Mahayana Buddhism, which Korean Buddhist is a part of, these two gods became guardians. So alongside such images as the Four Heavenly Kings, both Indra and Brahma are thought to be important guardians in Buddhism. These two central images of Indra and Brahama are then joined by the Sibiji-shin (The Twelve Spirit Generals) in a row at the bottom of the mural, as well as various other guardians that surround the central images of Indra and Brahma.

To the right of the Cheonbulbo-jeon Hall is a simplistic Jong-ru Pavilion. Housed inside this bell pavilion are the four traditional percussion instruments in Korean Buddhism. Also in this area of the temple grounds is the Myeongbu-jeon Hall. The rear side of the Myeongbu-jeon Hall is adorned with four frightening judgment murals. As for the interior of the Myeongbu-jeon Hall, you’ll find a solitary statue of Jijang-bosal sitting all alone on the main altar. He’s backed by a rather unique mural of himself, and Jijang-bosal is joined in this mural by the Siwang (The Ten Kings of the Underworld). To the right of the image of Jijang-bosal is a triad of statues centred by Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise). Amita-bul, in turn, is joined by Gwanseeum-bosal and Daesaeji-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Wisdom and Power for Amita-bul). And hanging on the wall to the right of this triad is yet another Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural).

However, the real highlight to Wonwonsa Temple is the Wonwonsa-ji Temple Site to the east of the newly constructed temple grounds at Wonwonsa Temple. Up a set of stairs that’s situated between the monks’ dorms and the Myeongbu-jeon Hall is the former temple site. All that remains at the temple site are twin pagodas that are officially known as the East and West Three-Story Stone Pagodas at the Wonwonsa Temple Site. Both pagodas stand approximately seven metres in height, but were destroyed during the temple’s decline. They were subsequently restored by the “Society for the Preservation of Historical Relics in Gyeongju” during the fall of 1931. The twin pagodas are identical in both style and size. The lower part of the pagodas are adorned with the Sibiji-shin (The Twelve Spirit Generals) with three reliefs on each of the four sides. Each of the twelve images rest upon a stone lotus relief. And the first story of the three-story structure is adorned with the Four Heavenly Kings (one on each side). Unfortunately, the finial of the pagodas were largely damaged. It’s believed that pagodas date back to the mid-8th century. Additionally, it’s thought that these pagodas were the first to have reliefs of the Sibiji-shin on them. And between the pair of pagodas is a stone alms bowl similar to the one found at Tongdosa Temple, but smaller in size. Like the one at Tongdosa Temple, this alms bowl is believed to be made for Mireuk-bul (The Future Buddha) upon his return to Earth in the future.

How To Get There

From the Ulsan Intercity Bus Terminal, you can catch city Bus #1402 to the Taehwa-bangjik bus stop in Gyeongju. The bus ride lasts 34 stops, and it’ll take you just over an hour to get there. After being dropped off at this bus stop, you’ll then need to walk 3.3 km up a twisting road that is well-marked with Wonwonsa Temple signs. Other buses you can take to get to Wonwonsa Temple from Ulsan are Ulsan city Bus #112, #402, #412, and #702.

Overall Rating: 6.5/10

Obviously, the main attraction to Wonwonsa Temple is the Wonwonsa-ji Temple site and the pair of pagodas that date back to the 8th century. The stone reliefs that adorns these religious structures are stunning especially the Sibiji-shin. Other highlights at Wonwonsa Temple is the interior of the Cheonbulbo-jeon Hall, the Indra and Brahma painting inside the Samseong-gak Hall and the judgment murals that adorn the backside of the Myeongbu-jeon Hall. All-in-all, Wonwonsa Temple makes for a nice little getaway from the more famous temples in Gyeongju.

The stairs leading up to the Cheonbulbo-jeon Hall.
A better look at the main hall.
The uniquely designed image from the Shimu-do (Ox-Herding Murals) with the twin pagodas of Wonwonsa Temple.
A look inside the colourful Cheonbulbo-jeon Hall.
And the picturesque view from the main hall.
The mural inside the Samseong-gak Hall of Indra and Brahma.
The mokeo (wooden fish drum) and Braham Bell inside the Jong-ru Pavilion at Wonwonsa Temple.
One of the Judgment Murals that adorns the Myeongbu-jeon Hall.
The main altar inside the Myeongbu-jeon Hall with a green haired image of Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife).
And Jijang-bosal is joined inside the Myeongbu-jeon Hall by this triad centred by Amita-bul (The Buddha of the Western Paradise).
The western pagoda and stone alms bowl of the East and West Three-Story Stone Pagodas at the Wonwonsa Temple Site.
And the eastern pagoda.
A closer look at the eastern pagoda with three Sibiji-shin (The Twelve Spirit Generals) and one of the Four Heavenly Kings.
Again, three more Sibiji-shin (The Twelve Spirit Generals) and one of the Four Heavenly Kings.
A closer look at the eastern pagoda and Jeungjang-cheonwang (The eastern Heavenly King)

Master Politeness Levels with Billy Go | #13: Intro to Casual Speech

In this lesson you'll learn about Casual Speech, and how it fits into the rest of the politeness levels. You'll also learn some of the most common situations where this style of speech is used.

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Korean level test – A way to gauge your language skills

Have you taken a Korean level test before? If you haven’t tested your knowledge of Korean in a while, maybe it’s high time you took a level test to best understand how far into your learning journey you actually are.

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Oftentimes, if you want to study Korean courses with a structured program – be that an online program like ours or at a language school in Korea – you need to complete a level test first. It may sound like a dull idea, but more than anything else, it is helpful to you. So actually you should be quite excited about the chance of getting to take one!

What is a Korean level test?

As the name entails, a level test gauges your skills in a particular language, in this case, Korean. Each level test may not be identical, but typically each of them tests your understanding of the language’s grammar and the diversity of your vocabulary, each question getting progressively difficult. The format is often multiple-choice questions. There is usually also a section that tests your reading comprehension skills.

In some cases, such as in TOPIK, there will also be sections for listening comprehension and writing abilities. And if you want to sign up for courses in a Korean language school, you often will have an interview that will measure your ability to converse in Korean.

Though this can sound overwhelming and nerve-wracking, it is quite a useful test to take. The worst things you’d want to do, especially if you are paying big money for the course, is to land in a class that’s just a repetition of everything you already know or to end up taking a course at a level too high for your skills.

A level test may be useful to take even if you’re primarily studying on your own. With its help, you can gain a proper understanding of the exact point from where to continue your learning journey, especially if you have been on a break from studying Korean.

Tips on taking a Korean Level Test

Now that you have a better understanding of what level tests are, let’s go over some quick tips you can employ to prepare for one. Technically the same techniques can apply to any type of language exam, but it’s good to refresh your mind on provenly successful tactics.

1) Give equal amounts of time for practicing each skill

Instead of simply scrolling through vocabulary lists, also do some conversation and listening practices. Perhaps create a cohesive timetable that has dedicated sections for each area you might get tested on.

Of course, focus on rehashing what you’ve already studied before, rather than trying to learn copious amounts of new things before a level test.

2) Make the language a part of your everyday life

This shouldn’t be a tough one to do if it’s a tactic you are employing with your language studies in general already. It’s an excellent way to complete your listening and reading comprehension practices, for example, and one of the most fun ways to prep up your language skills.

3) Utilize flashcards

To best memorize the vocabulary learned thus far prior to taking a level test, create stacks of flashcards that will be easy to take a look at during any random moment of the day, such as during a commute.

While it won’t serve you well to learn much new vocabulary prior to this test, it would also suck to get placed on a lower level just because you happened to forget a couple of odd words here and there.

4) Recheck your grasp of grammar

Do go over all of the grammar you’ve studied so far in your language journey and deeply reflect on whether there are still crucial grammar concepts you lack understanding.

In some cases, a simple revision will do and carry you over a language test. But sometimes, you may even come to realize your understanding of some specific grammar patterns is lacking enough that a lower placement may be better for you after all.

What comes next after taking a Korean level test?

If you already know your test results, the next step is to start learning Korean again. A method that is proven to be effective is our 90 Day Korean Membership Program.

With our Inner Circle program, you can learn Korean online in a fun and effective way from the complete beginning of your language journey until you are well into your intermediate-level learning.

What’s in the Inner Circle program?

Starting from Module 1 until Module 4, you get to move at your own pace utilizing all the materials available to you. It’s up to you whether you’d like to receive coaching and homework checks from us, too. The lessons are easy and memorable, and you also get to utilize audio files for pronunciation practice and join conversation classes over Zoom.

Overall, we currently have 4 modules consisting of 3-month courses. By the end of them, you’ll know not only the basics of Korean but how to navigate everyday life conversations like a native speaker. If you go for VIP membership, you’ll also get additional pronunciation practices that’ll truly perfect your Korean pronunciation skills.

Can I still join the membership without taking a Korean level test?

If you haven’t taken any level test prior to signing up for the membership, that’s totally fine! This membership gives you full access to the program so you can skip the lessons that you are already familiar with. You can easily navigate through the modules until you find the lessons that fit your level.

Now that you know what to expect in taking a level test, you will be more prepared in taking one. This way, you’ll get more accurate results! If you’ve tried a level test before, let us know about your experience by leaving a comment below.

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Jusaam Hermitage – 주사암 (Gyeongju)

Madang-bawi on Mt. Obongsan at Jusaam Hermitage in Gyeongju.

Hermitage History

The little known Jusaam Hermitage is located on Mt. Obongsan (632.8 m) in western Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do. Jusaam Hermitage is a branch temple of the famed Bulguksa Temple, and it was purportedly founded by Uisang-daesa (625-702 A.D.) during the reign of King Munmu of Silla (r. 661-681 A.D.).

As for how the hermitage got its name, it’s related to a myth that’s told in the “Shinjeungdonggukyeoji Seungram.” There’s another myth concerning Jusaam Hermitage and why it’s located where it is. While constructing the Busanseong Fortress in 663 A.D., which is Korean Historic Site #25, Uisang-daesa predicted that if the hermitage was placed inside the fortress, the Silla Dynasty would never fall. And while Silla did eventually fall, it took hundreds of years to actually fall. Very little is known about Jusaam Hermitage after the Silla Dynasty (57 B.C. – 935 A.D.), so it’s assumed that the hermitage was rebuilt some time during the late Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).

Hermitage Layout

Jusaam Hermitage is located up a side-winding mountain road that eventually leads to the hermitage. The road is precarious in parts, until you eventually arrive at the end of the road where Jusaam Hermitage is located.

Between two large boulders, you’ll make your way into the hermitage courtyard. In the fall, this part of the hermitage is especially beautiful. Past the hermitage’s administration office, you’ll find a row of hermitage shrine halls. The first is the main hall, which is called the “Keun beop-dang – 큰법당” at Jusaam Hermitage. The entire interior of the main hall is lined with miniature statues of Gwanseeum-bosal (The Bodhisattva of Compassion). And resting on the main altar are five smaller sized statues. Sitting in the centre of the five statues is an image of Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha), who is joined on either side by Jijang-bosal (The Bodhisattva of the Afterlife) and Gwanseeum-bosal. And hanging on the far left wall is a highly detailed Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural).

Next to the Keun beop-dang Hall is the newly constructed Nahan-jeon Hall. Housed inside this temple shrine hall is a triad of statues resting on the main altar. Sitting in the centre is a rather squat, golden statue dedicated to Seokgamoni-bul (The Historical Buddha). This triad is then joined on either side by sixteen wooden statues dedicated to the Nahan (The Historical Disciples of the Buddha). And rounding out the interior of the Nahan-jeon Hall is another Shinjung Taenghwa (Guardian Mural) on the far left wall.

Out in front of the Nahan-jeon Hall is a beautifully placed Jong-ru Pavilion that commands a scenic view of the mountains off in the distance and the rolling valley folds below. Just to the rear of the Jong-ru Pavilion, and up a set of side-winding stars, is the hermitage’s Samseong-gak Hall. Housed inside this shaman shrine hall is an older collection of murals dedicated to Sanshin (The Mountain Spirit), Chilseong (The Seven Stars), and Dokseong (The Lonely Saint), as well as a bonus image dedicated to Yongwang (The Dragon King). Also housed inside the Samseong-gak Hall, rather uniquely, is an image of the monk Ichadon (501-527 A.D.).

Down the set of stairs to the left of the bell pavilion, and to the right of the monks’ dorms, is a beautiful, rocky ledge that looks out over the rolling mountains from six hundred metres up. The name of the rocky cliff is Madang-bawi, and it was the location for the popular Korean TV drama about the famed Queen Seondeok of Silla (r. 632-647 A.D.).

How To Get There

From the Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal, you’ll need to board Bus #704 that heads towards Ahwa. You’ll need to take this bus for 18 stops and get off at the Ahwa Intercity Bus Terminal. From here, you’ll then need to take a taxi the rest of the way to Jusaam Hermitage. The ride will take about 30 minutes, and it’ll cost you around 15,000 won (one way).

Overall Rating: 7/10

The main highlight to this hermitage is its location. It’s especially beautiful during fall foliage, when the valley and the mountains are painted in fall colours. Additionally, you can enjoy the beautiful shaman murals housed inside the Samseong-gak Hall, as well as the interior of the Keun beop-dang Hall. While one of the trickier hermitages or temples to get to in Gyeongju, a beautiful view awaits you if you can get there.

The parting of Mt. Obongsan that gains you entry into Jusaam Hermitage.
The Keun beop-dang Hall at Jusaam Hermitage.
The Nahan-jeon Hall at the hermitage.
And a look inside the Nahan-jeon Hall.
The scenic view from the Samseong-gak Hall.
And a look down above the Jong-ru Pavilion from the Samseong-gak Hall.
The set of shaman murals housed inside the Samseong-gak Hall. From left to right: Sanshin (Mountain Spirit), Chilseong (The Seven Stars), and Dokseong (The Lonely Saint).
A mural dedicated to Ichadon (502-527 A.D.) inside the Samseong-gak Hall.
A closer look at the hermitage’s bell pavilion.
The trail leading up to Madang-bawi.
A look towards Madang-bawi and its amazing view!
Stepping out onto Madang-bawi.

Korean Tutors – Finding a Teacher for Online Hangeul Lessons

You might have come across this article in search of a Korean tutor.

Are you someone who has been studying Korean for some time now and are still hoping to enhance your studying effectiveness? Are you someone who’s only just started and would love some additional support in your language learning journey?

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Are you simply curious about starting Korean classes because you love K-pop, Korean drama, and movies? Perhaps you’re looking to be best prepared for an upcoming trip to South Korea? Whatever is your reasoning, finding the best Korean tutors around could be the key to making the best of learning Korean for you.

Below we’ve offered some tips on how and where to find Korean tutors best fitting for you. It’s totally up to you whether you prefer Korean lessons over Skype or Zoom, or if you fancy taking a different type of an online Korean lesson or simply finding Korean tutors online.

How can Korean tutors help with language learning?

With the help of a good Korean tutor, you can learn Korean well beyond the essential basics – which we’re sure is something you’d like to do.

By learning Korean, you’ll not only be able to better sing along to your favorite K-pop tunes, you’ll be able to understand the lyrics, too! And while there are numerous ways to learn Korean, one method you definitely should look into and try out is to get yourself a Korean tutor.

Things to consider before getting Korean tutors

Before you settle on any Korean teacher, you need to be clear with yourself on what you are after. Also, you need to make sure they operate in a time zone that fits you and perhaps even try out some lessons before you decide the tutor in question is worth your time.

If you are already determined to connect with a tutor, you can go through some detailed tips below on how you can find the best Korean teachers and tutors for yourself.

What are your Korean Language Goals?

Before you do anything else, make sure you know what your personalized Korean goals are. That is the key that opens all the doors! If you’re yet to figure it out, now’s the time for it.

Knowing what you are learning Korean for is how you stay motivated on your language learning journey, after all. Here are some common goals that Korean language learners have:

  • A language lover wanting to learn a new language for fun
  • You plan to live in Korea for work or studies
  • You plan to travel around Korea and communicate well with the locals
  • You are interested in all things related to Korean culture and thus would want to gain intimate knowledge of its language as well
  • You’re married to a Korean person and you want to learn some Korean for them

Essentially, it doesn’t matter what your Korean language goal is, as each person has their own. However, you do need to have it specified for yourself so that you can not only stay motivated but also plan your upcoming studies accordingly.

By having a specific goal you are trying to reach, it becomes so much easier to achieve a desired level of Korean, too.

Find Korean Teachers online that work for you

Besides having clear goals set up, for you and your Korean tutor to work together effectively, you need to choose a tutor that will work for you. As in, they seem to offer the type of studying environment where you believe you can effectively learn a language in.

You do not need to limit your requirements to any one thing, you can have a checklist of multiple points that any Korean tutor needs to check off before you will sign up for their services.

Their usage of language learning terms

Some important requirements to take into consideration is especially whether they use language and terms you think you can understand. If you cannot understand the way you are being taught, then it’s honestly going to be a waste of your time. Not everyone learns things the same way, and that’s why there are also many different kinds of Korean tutors and online lessons out there for you to choose from.

Additionally, simply put, not every single Korean class out there is of acceptable quality. Thus, you need to be careful when picking the lesson you intend to sign up with.

The tutor’s personality

Another requirement you may want to include, especially when looking for a Korean tutor (more so than when searching for general Korean lessons) is the type of personality they seem to possess. For the most efficient learning, you will want to have a tutor with whom your personality matches well.

Again, as we all have unique personalities, the same Korean tutor will not be the best fit for all of us. Therefore, you need to make your decision based on your unique learning method and personality. Of course, even then you can limit your search to a pool of the highest-rated Korean tutors.

Do a trial lesson 

If it’s at all possible, do a trial lesson before you fully commit to any Korean tutor. You wouldn’t want your hard-earned money to go to waste, and a trial lesson is a great way to experience firsthand if the tutor and their lesson structure match your style of learning.

Many Korean tutors do like to offer trial lessons for new potential clients, so don’t be shy about accepting such an offer. They may not be entirely free of charge every time, but they are typically offered at a reduced rate in comparison to a full commitment.

Trial lessons are beneficial for the Korean tutors themselves, too. It offers them a chance to test out how their current style of classes is received and can provide them feedback on how to improve their teaching methods.

But most of all, it is a chance for you to know if you’re connecting with a suitable tutor and get a feel of the type of learning experience.

Find Korean tutors that are focused on speaking Korean and real-life dialogue

Now, when it comes to getting yourself a tutor online, most of the time you wouldn’t want them to simply teach you the same things you could learn in any online classes. Instead, you’ll want them to take a deeper or at least a differentiated approach.

More specifically, you’d likely get the most out of a tutor or a private teacher if you got one that especially focused on speaking exercises. Becoming a natural speaker of Korean isn’t easy, and yet it’s also not something that many classes can properly teach you. However, by doing Korean lessons with a tutor you can get more practice in it.

After all, at the end of the day, you will want to learn how to actually communicate in Korean, at least to some extent. And if you are only studying written words or spoken sentences that aren’t actually used in daily communication, how will you be able to do so?

Typically there is some sort of an introduction to the contents of the classes and tutoring offered. You can follow this introduction to get some insight into what you can expect. And, of course, you can also reach out and ask for more details. Also, with the most flexible Korean tutors, you can build the curriculum around your specific desires.

Choose a tutor that matches the qualities of a good Korean tutor

Besides having your own set of requirements for what you’re looking for in a Korean tutor, you should also check that they meet the requirements of a good teacher in general. What are those qualities they should be matching, then?

The big plus of a private tutor is that the classes will be tailormade specifically for you. That means, rather than in general classes that are made for the masses, your tutor is creating the class precisely for you.

However, not every tutor can necessarily do this so well. That’s why you need to find a tutor that has a specific set of qualities that a good tutor would have. This way you’ll know that the classes have been designed so that they align with your goals, learning styles, and personality.

What is a good Korean tutor like?

1. For starters, it is most important that your tutor is patient and adaptable.

A tutor may have numerous different clients, each with their own strengths, weaknesses, learning styles, and learning speeds. And the tutor needs to be able to handle each of their clients with care and efficiency, taking each different client as an individual, rather than try to use the same exact methods on each one.

2. Hand in hand with that goes the requirement for a tutor to be flexible.

As was already alluded to above, they may need to alter their teaching styles somewhat based on each student’s needs. These needs can be directly related to studying or they may also be more emotional-based. When speaking about teaching styles and flexibility, this includes being open and adjustable to possible timetable changes.

3. Of course, you can expect a good tutor to be emotionally intelligent as well as a good communicator.

If there’s something happening in your life that’s affecting your studies, they may be able to suss it out and adjust your lesson of the day accordingly. And with good communication, it is easier for them to explain the Korean lessons to you in ways that you find understandable. That is definitely a must quality for a tutor you hire to have.

4. Finally, you may want your tutor to also be self-disciplined.

This means you’ll want your tutor to show up on time, and make good on deadlines and other promises. Sometimes life happens to Korean tutors, too.

But if they aren’t punctual and are constantly forgetting whichever extra notes they may have promised you, you’re probably not getting the best out of the class. Your tutor may even come across as mighty unprofessional with behavior like this.

Consider your schedule

In addition to making sure your Korean teacher meets certain qualities, also make sure that you yourself are a right fit for the particular class offered.

Your Time Zone

If teaching can only be offered at a specific time, which in your time zone means bedtime, it may not be the best fit for you. Instead, choose a tutor that is available sometime around your free time.

Your Schedule

Also, examine your own flexibility and possible schedule restrictions. These are important to be clear on ahead of time as they affect largely which tutor you can start learning with. If you have a lot of free time and flexibility, it’s easier to hire any tutor.

But if you have a pretty busy schedule, you need to make sure you are meeting with a tutor that you can always fit into that schedule. Unfortunately, with Korean tutors, it’s not possible to enroll in a class that can be taken by yourself any time of day. It’s a live interaction, and you need to consider that when searching for potential Korean teachers.

Where to find Korean tutors?

Now that you know the how, of course, you also need to know the where! You actually don’t have to do much more than Google “Korean tutors” and some results will pop up for online options available.

By adding your location, you may also be able to discover Korean tutors near you in case you’d like to do face-to-face Korean lessons. Social media can also be of great help in this situation and you may even want to ask your Korean friends for tutoring help or assistance in finding a great tutor.

Additionally, especially online message boards related to learning Korean may be an efficient tool to use when searching for private teachers. You can utilize them offline as well, especially if you are currently in school or a university student.

90 Day Korean’s Membership Program

By signing up for our membership program, you can rest assured you are getting your money’s worth, which may not be the case with many other online Korean teaching sites.

Through this online language learning platform, you not only gain access to our weekly Korean lessons and other teaching content, but you will also have full access to our experienced coaches. This can also be accessed through your desktop or mobile device so it’ll be easy to squeeze some lessons in between your schedule.

The pricing of the entire program is similar to what some other sites may charge for tutoring only, so your money is being used efficiently by joining our inner circle for weekly online lessons and tutoring.

Our language coaches are not only highly qualified to tutor you, but they can also provide you with professionally structured guidance. This should help you greatly in achieving whatever your language learning goals are. These coaches can help you go over homework, practice pronunciation, and more.

By learning through our membership program, the money you will put in for your studies will be similar to the price more qualified Korean tutors charge. However, for that same amount of money, you will not only get structured and efficient tutoring but actual lessons as well.

Or you can also look at it the other way: you pay around the same amount you would for Korean classes with other sites, but in addition to the weekly lessons, you get supportive tutoring as well. Really sounds like you’d be getting your money’s worth with the membership program!

How much does Korean tutoring usually cost?

Many other sites, especially those of verified quality, charge $30-$40 per hour for Korean tutoring. With such a high price, you are guaranteed to be tutored by a teacher who actually knows how to teach Korean.

Therefore, you will likely have a good and efficient experience with the tutoring itself. However, that may be a steep price to pay, especially if you wish to do tutoring for more than a few sessions.

Alternatively, it may also be possible to find Korean tutors charging only $5-$10 per hour. And often enough they may even be native Korean speakers, which is of course a perk.

However, just because they are native Korean speakers of the language doesn’t automatically guarantee that they are skilled teachers or adaptable to your learning style and needs. In other words, tutoring is an excellent case where your money may be better spent paying a little more than what’s being offered the cheapest.

What to look for in an online Korean class?

Finally, before we let you go to find Korean tutors perfect for you, let’s also briefly go over what to look for in an online Korean class in general. There are three things you will want the class to possess:

1) It fits your personal learning style

As we mentioned above, each of us has a personal learning style and not all of us learn the same way.

It explains, for example, why some people may do great in school classes and exams, while some others may struggle, despite the fact they’re both equally intelligent. Similarly, not any and every Korean class will teach you Korean in a way that is most efficient and useful to you.

If you are not yet sure, now is the best time to figure out what is the style in which you learn most efficiently. Are you more of a visual learner? Do you learn better through hearing? Have you found the most efficient way for you to learn is by directly doing things? Or perhaps you digest new information best by reading and writing?

Whichever of these descriptions fits you the best, that is the style of a class you want to be chasing after.

2) It teaches the specific concepts that align with your goals

In the first section, we already went through the part where we stopped to think about what your Korean language learning goal was. Besides just knowing it when searching for a tutor, it also has a lot of weight with what type of Korean class you will end up choosing.

For example, if you simply want to learn some basics of Korean for fun, you probably wouldn’t enroll in a class in a Korean language school where they teach Korean 4 hours a day. However, if you are intending to enroll in a university in Korea, that is absolutely the type of a class you will want to take.

Thus, prior to signing up with any class, do read the structure summaries and reviews to get a feel of how the class will be taught, what will be taught in it, and how intense you can expect it to be.

You’ll want to be challenged, but you also won’t want to waste time studying things that will be of no use to you. Even if you are simply in it for fun, you may not want to take on a TOPIK preparation class, for example.

3) It matches your experience and knowledge

Finally, you absolutely want to choose a Korean class that is at the right level for you in terms of prior teaching experience and knowledge. You wouldn’t want to simply rehash things you already know, but you also won’t get much out of the class if it is above your current Korean level.

You can discover a better understanding of what the appropriate level of Korean class would be for you by doing a Korean language level test. With the information gained from it, you can search for a class matching that.

A level test can also be applicable when signing up for our program so that you will not have to start from scratch. By taking the level test, you will also give an ample amount of information to your tutor regarding your current knowledge of Korean. With this, you can better structure your schedule and curriculum with Korean tutors.


With that information, you should be quite ready to find Korean tutors online or offline that are perfect for your needs and goals! By equipping Korean tutors in your learning program, you can make the most out of your Korean studies.

Whether you want to learn faster or more intensively, with the help of a private Korean teacher it becomes so much easier. While it may cost you more than getting a language book from the store, you’ll learn numerous things a book could never teach you.

And if you haven’t yet, now is the time to check out our membership program for your Korean lesson needs!

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K&F Concept Square Filter System Pro Review

It’s been awhile since I have written anything about gear and that is simply because I don’t buy a lot of camera gear. I use what I have and typically only buy what I need. I don’t really lust after the latest and greatest gear at all.

That being said, I did need to upgrade my filter set recently. If you follow me on any of my social channels, then you know that I love seascapes and long exposures. So I needed to upgrade the cheap filter that I got off of amazon for something a little bit better.

Now, if you have followed me recently then you also know that the pandemic hit me hard and after a number of years, I am still struggling. SO that means that I am not really looking at buying the best of the best when it comes to camera equipment and other goodies.

The Filters

However, I did splurge a bit and purchase these filters for the sake of having some sort of Christmas/Birthday gift for myself. I must admit that I was really impressed and will most likely buy more filters for this system in the future.

The set that I went with was the set with the CPL and the 10-stop ND square filter. The reason that I made this choice was that I felt that having the CPL along with the 10-stop ND filter was a better choice especially since the holder is specifically built for the CPL.

The set costs around $150 but if you look around, you can find some pretty sweet coupon codes to save yourself some cash. I think that I managed to find a few offers around Christmas time that saved me a decent chunk of change. This is another thing that I really liked about K&F products and that is that they don’t shy away from offering a lot of discounts. Granted you get what you pay for and I have seen some comments about the build quality on their tripods.

However, the build quality of this particular filter system seems amazing. The metal has a brushed finish and everything smoothly slides into place as it should. I also like the quick release lock that they have made of the holder. It is simple but extremely effective.

Ease of Use

Two key features to this system are the tabbed house around the square filter and the locking mechanism that locks the filter stack to the lens bracket. These two features make a world of difference when getting everything set up.

The tabbed bracket ( can be purchased separately as well for around $17 that will fit your existing square filters) is a great little feature. Basically, it just keeps your fingers off the filter itself. If you have ever tried to handle a square filter in the dark or at any time of the day then you will appreciate this feature even more.

The locking mechanism or some may call it a “quick release” is another handy feature allowing you to easily remove everything all at once. I have used this feature a lot when I want to quickly re compose and get my focus again. I find it much easier to do that to slide out the ND filter and then carefully slide it back in when you are done.

Image Quality

design, ease of use and build quality are meaningless if the images are tinted and blurry. This is where a lot of the price comes into play when you are looking at expensive filters. The cheap plastic ones simply don’t cut it. Others may leave a purple tint or some weird blobs across the frame.

Thankfully, I have yet to come across any issues here. I was really worried about the colour tint and I have yet to notice anything. The images come out extremely sharp and detailed. This is something that really makes me glad that I picked these up.

Combined with right exposure calculations, you can get some really amazing shots from this set up. This is also what I noticed with these filters is that compared to my old screw on cheap ND filter, these actually allow me to use a proper ND time to get a good exposure. This means that the filter is actually 10-stops and not “somewhere in the ballpark” or just a dark piece of glass.

The Bottomline

The big question here is should you buy them? My answer is yes. All things considered, this is a good product for a decent price. I have yet to find any faults in the design or any flaws with the build quality. I do wish that they would have included a larger pouch or something to keep all the pieces together but that is just a minor thing.

I did pick up a small pouch from Daiso to keep everything together, so that is not really an issue anymore. I will also say that the case for the filter is amazing with the pull-tab to once again make sure you keep your fingers off that nice piece of glass.

To sum things up, if you are looking to get into long exposure photography and don’t want to drop big money on a filter set then this is what you need to look into. These are well made and great quality filters for a moderate price.

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10 ways to use Naver dictionary to support your Korean study

I've been using Naver Dictionary as my main Korean dictionary since as long as I can remember, and it's only gotten better over the past few years. However, since many learners are still unaware of how to use this dictionary to its full potential, I made this video to explain all of my tips for how to get the most out of it.

I'll show you how to look up words and their pronunciation, check how common words are, find synonyms and etymology, Hanja origins, example sentences, and more. (This video is not sponsored in any way.)

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