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Intermediate Korean: Exploring the Language and Culture of Korea

Improve your Korean language proficiency and dive deeper into the country’s fascinating sociocultural practices.

Intermediate Korean: Exploring the Language and Culture of Korea

Take your knowledge of the Korean language and customs to the next level

This six-week course from Hanyang University builds on the University’s Introduction to Korean and Introduction to Korean 2. As you learn Korean expressions, customs, and social issues, you’ll gain the skills you need to hold conversations on a wide array of topics. It’s the perfect way to expand your knowledge of the country’s language and rich culture.

Move beyond beginner Korean language studies

On this course, you’ll get to add to the foundational knowledge you have of conversational Korean. You’ll learn more phrases, greetings, vocabulary, and grammar, and will be able to describe personal experiences and moods as well as more general rationale and news items.

Deepen your understanding of Korean culture

Besides expanding your general Korean vocabulary, this course will explain more of the country’s heritage, habits, and traditions to you. You’ll gain insights into how the language and culture affect each other by discussing current trends and social issues.

Examination of particular expressions, and the use of specific grammatical structures in specific situations, will show you how meaning is conveyed in different layers by Korean speakers.

Learn Korean from the best teachers

Seoul’s Hanyang University was established in 1939 as South Korea’s first-ever engineering institute. Since then, it has remained at the cutting edge of education and overall development in the country.

With this clear understanding of the Korean language and typical societal customs, along with world-class professors, this online course from Hanyang University is the perfect place for you to learn more about Korean culture and conversation.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 24 seconds Prof.

Skip to 0 minutes and 24 seconds Lee: Hello all. I am Professor Youngsook Lee, and I teach Korean language and culture in the International Education Center at Hanyang University. Prof.

Skip to 0 minutes and 34 seconds Bae: Hello everyone. I am Professor Soyoung Bae, and I will be guiding you through this course. Prof.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 seconds Lee: In the Introduction to Korean 1 and 2, we learned basic and simple Korean expressions using different topics, such as greeting, family, friends, traveling, shopping, and hobbies. Prof.

Skip to 1 minute and 0 seconds Bae: Intermediate Korean is a continuation of Introduction to Korean course, and we organized the course so that you can learn to make recommendations about food and weather, share news to others, express feelings and empathize, discuss current trends, and introduce special days. In this course, we’ve selected some of the most widely used grammatical expressions for each of the different topics and objectives covered in each lesson. We will practice constructing simple sentences by using those expressions in conjunction with newly learned vocabularies. We’ve also structured the course in a way that you’ll be engaging in a useful dialogue using the vocabularies and grammar learned from role-plays. Prof.

Skip to 1 minute and 57 seconds Lee: Lastly, similar to what we had done previously, we prepared a section where we introduce different aspects of Korean culture accompanying each week’s theme. We hope that you will engage in conversations where you can share your thoughts on these topics and compare to your own home country or hometown. We hope that you take the opportunity to talk about Korean culture and communicate with people around the world as you learn Korean language. We hope you enjoy the course. Prof. Lee & Prof.

Skip to 2 minutes and 33 seconds Bae: Thank you.

What topics will you cover?

  • You will learn how to talk about different names and flavors of Korean dishes.
  • You will be able to describe your feelings and feelings of others.
  • You will be able to convey the news you have heard to others.
  • You will be able to describe the weather and recommend appropriate activities.
  • You will be able to describe the fashion that is currently trending.
  • You will be able to learn special days such as Korean national anniversary days or festivals and introduce the anniversary and festivals of many countries around the world.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Apply your understanding of Korean culture
  • Explore Intermediate words and extended sentences
  • Discuss your experiences of Korean culture
  • Improve your communication skills in real-life Korean

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for individuals who have completed the beginner-level Introduction to Korean and Introduction to Korean 2, and want to level up their language skills and cultural knowledge to intermediate status.

Who will you learn with?

Professor at Hanyang University IIE
Ph.D in Korean Language & Literature.
Internatonal Cooperation Director of the Korea Association of Foreign Language Education.

Who developed the course?

Hanyang University

Since its establishment in 1939 as South Korea’s first engineering institute, Hanyang University has been a major driving force behind Korea’s development.

  • Established

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea
  • World ranking

    Top 150Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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