Talk To Me In Korean:

  • Grammar lessons: I finished levels 1-9.
  • Iyagi lessons: I study them in random order by topic, and make notes of useful words and expressions
  • TTMIK’s News in Korean: This is a great resource for acquiring new vocabulary.
  • Story Time lessons: Awesome resource for practicing naturally spoken Korean. (Read my review here)

Books I’ve bought and read (published by TTMIK)

  • Hangeul Master
  • The Korean verbs guide vol. 1+2
  • My weekly Korean vocabulary book vol. 1+2
  • Survival Korean
  • 100 Korean idiomatic expressions
  • Korean slang expressions
  • News in Korean (Read my review here)
  • My Daily Routine in Korean
  • Real-life conversations (ebook) (Read my review here)

KLEAR Korean textbooks by Hawaii University Press: I have finished volumes Beginning 1 & 2, Intermediate 1 & 2, Advanced Intermediate 1 & 2, and Advanced 1 & 2. Currently reading High advanced 1.

Korean Grammar in Use – Intermediate by Darakwon: Excellent overview and complete with TOPIK style questions. Covers many topics also covered by TTMIK, but goes into much more detail.

Korean Grammar in Use – Advanced by Darakwon: Useful for learning about more formal and advanced grammar forms.

Sogang Korean series Since I’ve started working at Sogang University from the summer of 2016, I’ve become a huge fan of this textbook series. In my opinion this series surpasses any other textbooks I’ve ever read. I’ve read volumes 5A, 5B, and 6 speaking and writing.

Useful Chinese characters for learners of Korean by Darakwon: I cannot stress this enough: If you completely ignore Hanjas you will have a hard time learning Korean. I’m not saying you should spend hours memorizing the stroke order of the characters, rather you should familiarize yourself with their meaning in Korean. When you master the most frequently used Hanjas, you’ll often be able to infer the meaning of an unknown Korean word, which is extremely helpful in building and retaining vocabulary.

For listening I also use YouTube a lot. There is a Korean series similar to TED talks called 세바시, which is a great resource, as many of the talks are subtitled in Korean as well.

I also highly recommend the podcast called 책 읽는 시간

I love language exchanges. I’ve made great Korean friends in this way.

Before moving to Korea I used Italki for connecting with Korean tutors. I usually had a one-hour session 1-2 times a week. On the less formal level I use KakaoTalk for talking and chatting with friends in Korean.


  1. Hi Sofie, thanks so much for sharing this with us. I am curious when you wrote this particular resource list up and how it has changed since? Thanks, take care


  2. Thank you Sofie for all the resources !
    I’m studying Korean with the website I am still a beginner, but now able to exchange with local people : already very useful when I am “in the middle of nowhere” – i.e. where nobody speaks one word English. And my Korean friends appreciate a lot the effort, because learning English is even difficult for them.
    I also use the appli “Memrise” for learning new words.
    Maybe this can be useful for other people ?

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