Learning Korean: Which Program is Right for You?

Considering that fact that Korean is often regarded as one of the most difficult languages for native English speakers to learn, those that move to Korea might be intimidated to begin the arduous and often frustrating journey of learning the local language.  But, there can be many benefits to learning Korean.  Getting a grasp on the basics makes expat life far more comfortable and allows one to better understand the culture and feel more integrated with society.  Then there are the added bonuses of more job opportunities and bragging rights.  Because, let's face it... how many non-Koreans can actually say that they speak Korean?

Committing oneself to studying is the first and often most difficult step to learning Korean.  So what about after that?

For those of us who grew up in a country where there is little to no priority on learning a second language, it's difficult to know which study methods and programs work best to memorize vocabulary words, comprehend unfamiliar sentence structures, and perfect one's pronunciation.  And because everyone learns differently, it might take a bit of trial and error to figure out which approach is best for you.

Although I am still very much a beginner, I have attempted a number of techniques and attended a variety of classes to find what works for me.  Below are my personal experiences, including the pros and cons of each.

Weekend Makgeolli Course in English!

MMPK is pleased to announce a very special event coming up next weekend.  Instead of our regular meeting, we will be teaming up with our expat brewing instructors Becca Baldwin & Dan Lenaghan, Muldwinda, Susubori, Chez Mak, and the Makgeolli Bar Association to offer a weekend course to learn all things makgeolli!  This is the first event of its kind, and we are thrilled to be able to put together such an awesome program.  Here is an overview of what is on offer:

Anyone interested to learn Korean together in a group? near Centum

I'm currently working full time and would like to learn Korean in the evening/weekend. If anyone is interested, we can form a study group or get a Korean tutor together.

My level is probably intermediate and I think I can improve better if there is somebody studying with me (more motivation and fun!).

I live in Haeundae-gu area, kindly contact me if you are interested to study Korean together :)

Korea’s EFL Education is Failing, But What Can Be Done About It?

Is Korea’s EFL teaching failing? This question was asked by Groove Magazine in its March issue. The article was a comprehensive account of the history of Korea’s attempt to make its population more competitive by making English language skills key to a child’s education. I thought that the answer was pretty straight forward. Yes. Korea’s EFL instruction programme is failing. But maybe it was an easy question.

Of course it’s important to set out from the beginning to establish the fact that you’re talking about the governments drive to instil native speaker capabilities among the populace. And it’s important to know that whenever you read an argument like this you have to remember that opinions have already been forged on the barstools of waegdom, so convincing any new comers to the discussion will allow for short work.

A Lesson in Perseverance

In 2008 I was on the brink of getting married, and I was busy contemplating what to do afterwards. There were plenty of options, easy and less easy, but none painted in any way a clear picture of the future.

At the time I was working in a relatively big language school on the south side of Seoul and I was nearing the end of my third year. I didn’t have any teaching qualifications, but much like today I talked a good fight and fancied my chances regardless of what happened.

Of course marriage was going to change everything. There was the obvious and easier option and then there was the riskier and more exciting option that you don’t hear of many newly-weds taking, at least not in Korea anyway.

BBC report: PH drawing thousands of foreign students


MANILA, Philippines — The world’s “budget English teacher.”


Ironically, while catching up on some less than happy news this morning online, I stumbled upon a clip from last years TED conference given by Ron Gutman on the hidden powers of smiling. I needed something more positive so I watched and was very interested in what smile studies have revealed about this hidden superpower we all possess. If you need a reason to tap into your powers today I think its worth a watch……

power smile ;)


How I memorize words in Korean

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This is just a quick video wherein I explain a few of the quirky devices I have used to help me memorize new Korean vocabulary. I explain how I memorized the numbers "7" "8" a long time ago, as well as the words "gift", "monday", and "important". I hope this helps some of you learning Korean! I know it's hard... trust me, I know. Please leave me a comment with your own mnemonic devices and tools! Thanks for watching and liking :)


Are you looking for a place  for your private lessons and study on your own or with your friends?  

The MOIM has  a commitment to provide the best possible environment.

It is a quiet, cozy and comfortable place to study and teach, with free coffee, tea, internet and English speaking staff.

It is located on the 4th floor between Dunkin and Mcdonald near Pagoda in Seo-myeon. (Please refer to the map on our web or make a phone call.)


Visit our website :

Tel : 051-818-8252



Looking for Library near Choryang-dong to Study Korean & Spanish?

 Does anyone know of a library near Choryong-dong that has English books for learning Korean and Spanish? Any help would be much appreciated, thanks.

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