First Step Korean

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This is an elementary-level Korean language course, consisting of 5 lessons with 4 units, and covers 4 skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Grammar Korean Language Speech Writing

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Taught by
Seung Hae Kang
Associate Professor
and 8 more instructors

Offered by
Yonsei University

Reddit Posts and Comments

4 posts • 38 mentions • top 25 shown below

r/Korean • post
76 points • starwarspunk
First Step Korean course on Coursera

Hi all, I found a Korean course on Coursera from Yonsei University. As the name suggests, it's for beginners. The course is free, self study with pre-recorded lectures and quizzes with due dates. You also have the option to pay for a certificate of completion if you want.

r/BeginnerKorean • post
58 points • Smeela
Online beginner Korean course by Yonsei University on Coursera
r/Korean • post
33 points • lawlifant
Beginner Korean course by Yonsei University on Coursera (free)
r/Korean • post
25 points • Wealhmar
Coursera| First Step Korean

I have been using Lingodeer for over a year now and I do like the app but I feel like I am getting nowhere ( I also listen to KBS News for a couple of hours a day). I have been looking for an something to help aid my learning and found a Coursera course I could take for free. Just wanted to know if anyone else has used it or if it would be worth the time? If not what would be recommended?

r/bangtan • comment
9 points • FreudianNippSlip

This isn't exactly related but if anyone in the comments is interested in learning the Korean language, coursera has a great course for beginners. I've been taking it and it's so different to English and super challenging!

r/languagelearning • post
8 points • Vokeychrome
First Step Korean MOOC - Starting 4th April on Coursera
r/KBO • comment
2 points • iLoveLamp83

There's a free course through Coursera that gives you exercises on reading hanguel. I started it for a work project and decided I didn't care enough to continue -- but it's really not strenuous and is worth it for us Americans who want to be able to make out player names on jerseys.

r/AskReddit • comment
1 points • matchasoytea one similar to this with a skype teacher package.

I can maintain 5 minute conversations with friends but I’m not fluent.

r/Korean • comment
1 points • Filurius

There is also another beginner's Korean course there called First Step Korean.

I have taken both. If I remember correctly, the main difference is that First Step is truly a beginner's course that also teaches you Hangul.

r/korea • comment
1 points • bobbe_

Start by learning 한글, the alphabet first. Absolutely do not try to learn phrases while relying on romaja (writing korean using the alphabet) as it will just make it more difficult for you to pick up the language.

Yonsei has a comprehensive free online beginner's guide to learning korean, so I would simply just go with this for starters.

r/bangtan • comment
1 points • Pygmy_Turtle

Oh yeah, the other channel is good too :D I'll have to check out those free grammar lessons and the podcast/youtube channel, learning by reading tends to make me burn out quick and loose motivation, so having other methods is great :D You just encouraged me to sign up for a free online university course ( which will hopefully give me some motivation (woo, deadlines lol) so thanks for that :P

r/bangtan • comment
1 points • PromiseJ

Coursera has a free beginner level Korean course. It's mostly through video and there's quizzes/worksheets for you to practice with.

r/Korean • comment
1 points • Hesthea

I know its not an app but...
Free until the end of May (If i'm not mistaken) with certificate. The total value of the course will be fully deducted on the checkout.

r/Korean • comment
1 points • KoreaWithKids

Yonsei University has a couple of free courses on coursera right now: First Step Korean and Learn to Speak Korean 1. Perhaps one of those would be good.

r/Korean • comment
1 points • LoveofLearningKorean

For absolute beginners Coursera's First Step Korean and Learn to Speak Korean 1 are great places to start. Both can be taken for free with complete access, but there is also an option to pay for a certificate upon completion.

r/Korean • comment
1 points • svt_seubt

Those two (above) are from Coursera and I highly recommend it.

Next is these two resources which I really use*

r/fulbright • comment
1 points • ladyyninjaa
r/Korean • comment
1 points • zozums24

Coursera is offering free Korean classes. I signed up for the First Step Korean course and like it so far. It provides worksheets for you to do, quizzes, and video lectures. It was free, might still be, otherwise it was $50 USD.

r/KDRAMA • comment
2 points • basta_cosi

|| Everyone else in our class is decades younger.

I took a Korean class this spring, and yes, everyone was YOUNG, and most were BTS ARMY.

Now, I am continuing online with a free course from Yonsei (one of the SKY universities):

There's another one that teaches Hangeul:

r/Korean • comment
1 points • Joonie_Boonie

Yonsei University is offering a free Coursera course. If you're not that familiar with 한글 try this one:

and this course if you're already familiar with 한글 :

both courses are for beginners.

r/kpoppers • comment
1 points • xnxsvngl

I strongly recommend you to learn Hangul and watch content at the same time.

Start off with this online course called First Step Korean by Yonsei University on Coursera. Yonsei is one of the top universities in SK so you can trust their courses. This helped me a lot and I will be revisiting this course to brush up on my Hangul. Maintain a Hangul workbook and regularly practice your alphabets and pronunciation. It is important to do so. Practice your reading skills on Twicetagram posts. Take it easy with the course. Don't finish all the modules in one sitting and then pat yourself on the back. Do it as it is intended, week by week. Revise daily, even if it means spending a mere 15 minutes on it for the first week.

Since you mentioned that you want to pick up vocabulary through my technique of watching a lot of K-content but specifically something that has TWICE in it, I would suggest to watch their entire upload history on the V LIVE App. Start off with the TWICE TV in chronological season order. For the first watch, watch the episode with subtitles on. Then watch it again with subtitles off. When you are watching it again with subtitles off, try to keep track of their conversation and try to understand what they are saying. You will be able to pick up a few words they repeat because you have watched the episode one once with subtitles on and once with subtitles off. Keep doing this for anything TWICE related that has subtitles. Watch it twice, once with subtitles on and once with subtitles off. But concentrate on what is being spoken, don't get lost in their visuals or whatever it is that you like about them.

If you want to watch K-content other than TWICE, check out They have many Korean subbed movies and dramas.

After completing the First Step Korean online course, I suggest you enroll yourself in the Learn To Speak Korean 1 online course offered by Yonsei University on Coursera. Don't jump the gun and enroll until you have finished First Step Korean.

Contact your local Korean Consulate if you currently live in the capital city (or a major city) of your residing country. Ask them if they have any courses on learning Korean. Or try contacting them via mail. Consulates will be more than happy to help a foreigner who is showing interest in their language and culture. Simply ask them if there are any textbooks or beginner material that they can recommend to someone who wants to learn how to read, write and speak Hangul.

Subscribe to /r/languagelearning and explore the sub. Search for posts related to Hangul.

If you're really interested in learning Hangul and exploring Korean culture, I would recommend taking a gap year after your higher secondary studies are over and enrolling in the Yonsei KLI day course (not the evening one). If I had gotten into KPop as early as you have and had I found out about the Yonsei KLI course before my ill-fated undergraduate studies began, I would have definitely taken a gap year and left for SK to attend the course.

Good luck and Godspeed.

r/AskReddit • comment
1 points • heywoahh

I kinda slowed down on learning Korean lately but you can try these

websites: how to study Korean , Free Coursera course by Yonsei University , Talk to Me in Korean *not completely free but has free options

Youtube: Talk to Me in Korean, Miss Vicky

Apps: Memrise, Quizlet, Hinative, NaverDictionary

When I would watch Korean shows I would write down a word I was interested in and look it up later on naver and steadily grow my vocab. I also picked a subject I was really interested in and focused on learning words in that category. For ex. I like art so I learned words like canvas, painting, etc. I think you should pick something you’re interested in communicating about so as to not feel overwhelmed or bored.

It’s a small list but I’m sure you can find more resources online with a little digging. Good luck OP :)

r/Korean • comment
1 points • annsilin

Thanks! You too! :D

I'm not sure I have a right to recommend you something, since I basically didn't even start learning yet (just a little bit of Hangul), but here are the resources I'm planning to use once I'll have time:

  1. Hangul by TenguGo
  2. I'll check some YouTube channels: Korean Unnie (this one seems to be the most interesting to me rn, but again, I din't really start yet), Billy Go, Seemile
  3. Billy Go - Korean made simple (books)
  4. Learn Korean for Beginners The Ultimate 100-Lesson Course (this is actualy consits of some KoreanClass101 courses listed below)
  5. LingoDeer app
  6. How to study Korean (not sure about this one yet)
  7. First Step Korean by Yonsei University
  8. Learn to Speak Korean 1 by Yonsei University
  9. Korean Class 101:

  10. Level 1 Korean

  11. Mastering the Korean Alphabet
  12. How to Sound Like a Native: Korean Pronunciation
  13. Extensive Reading in Korean for Absolute Beginners
  14. Culture Class (they have different courses for those and it is not for complete beginners)
  15. Listening Comprehension for Absolute Beginners
  16. Free Hangul eBook (handwriting practice)

I think it's a good thing to learn Hangul by using several sources 'cause they all describe it differently. I found that native English speakers always add a vowel to describe consonant sound, while Koreans pronounce consonants without using additional vowels to explain the sound. I found English speakers variant a bit weird since in my native language we can learn sounds by themselves, not adding other sounds to understand it (jeez I hope you understand what I mean, I find it kinda hard to explain 😅)

You can also check this thread, it's a bit outdated, as far as I know they are planning to make an updated version