Online course

Introduction to Korean

Get an introduction to the language and culture of Korea, with this online Korean course from Hanyang University in Seoul.

Start learning Korean and discover its fascinating culture

This course will introduce you to the Korean language, and present and explain Korean culture, enabling you to have real Korean conversations.

During the course, you will learn Korean phrases, greetings, vocabulary, numbers, spelling and grammar. It is composed not only of the explanation and presentation of culture but also the activities related to Korean language.

By the end of the course, you will be able to have a real Korean conversation with your newly acquired knowledge of the Korean language. This course will give you a taste of language skills and Korean cultures.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsHow much do you know about Korea? I’m guessing most of you have probably heard bits about Korea For example – such as the fact that Korea is a small country in East Asia, that Korea is famous for Taekwondo and Kimchi, or that Korea is politically divided into North and South, and so on. However, Korea has much more things to offer that hold great cultural values and those are the Korean alphabet, its spoken language, and its culture. Hello everyone. 안녕하세요? I am Young-sook Lee, and I teach Korean Language at Hanyang University. Hello everyone. My name is Jungho Ahn, I'll be guiding you in this course.

Skip to 1 minute and 2 secondsI am very excited to meet you all who are very interested in learning Korean language and culture. This course consists of a series of lectures that is designed for avid learners of Korean language and culture so that by watching and listening to the video clips, people will learn and speak not only Korean language but also experience the culture. This course will be followed by a beginner’s level, and the intro course consists of multiple lectures on greetings, introductions, ordering food, planning for weekend activities, setting up times to meet, and etc. By studying simple expressions, it will allow students to learn basic communication in Korean language.

Skip to 1 minute and 53 secondsI suggest you to take what you have learned from this course and apply it as you communicate with your Korean friends. And I’m looking forward to meeting you all one day and converse in Korean. Enjoy your studies. Thank you. 감사합니다.

What topics will you cover?

  • On-site language skills
  • Natural approaches to Korean language and culture
  • Learn basic Korean: Phrases, Vocabulary, Spelling, Grammar

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
    This course started 3 September 2018

What will you achieve?

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

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

Who is the course for?

This course is for people with no prior knowledge of Korean, who have an interest in learning Korean, or other languages and finding out about Korean culture. It will be useful for international students wanting to study at Hanyang University or in Korea.

Who will you learn with?

Jungho Ahn

Professor at Hanyang University Institute of International Education
Ph.D in Korean Language and Literature


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?

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

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