Best Resources for Japanese learners

We have visited Japan a lot of times and it is always interesting to see the similarities and differences between Korea and Japan. But what really helped us on our tours was the ability to speak a little bit of Japanese. Today, we want to introduce you to a handful of resources that will help you to learn Japanese. It is just a short list of websites and services that helped us and we really think that you should try them out for yourself. Especially if you are planning on going to Japan, these learning resources will be very helpful for you.

Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese. We think this one is definitely one of the best resources for new Japanese learners on the internet. You get free lessons for beginners and everything is explained in an easy to understand way. This one really helped us, to get started with Japanese. I especially like the grammar part, because i couldn’t find anything similar to this. Check it out here.

Japanese Pod 101. This Youtube Channel is the right choice for everybody who likes to learn through videos. We really enjoy their lessons and it helps a lot with our speaking abilities. The lessons are short and rather easy to understand, which makes it more fun to learn. Watch their videos here.

Master Japanese. This book is our go-to-guide and maybe the best book for Japanese learners. You will start as a beginner and you will finish the book as a Japanese speaker. If you want to buy a book for your studies, than we highly recommend this one. You can find the book here.

The Hiragana Ninja. If you hate boring textbooks and you want to have fun during your studies, this website is for you. You can find everything a Japanese learner could ever ask for and much more. It is a fun way of learning and we had some good times going through the provided materials. Check the Hiragana Ninja out here.

Memrise. If you like Flashcards and you want to learn on your smartphone, Memrise is for you. They have a lot of flashcards ready for you and you can just go through all of them for free. It is a wonderful way of learning Japanese and it really helped us in building our vocabulary.

Learn Japanese Online. Our last tip is not for everybody, because it is a German website. But if you are German, than please visit this website because it is the best learning website in the German market. You will find wonderful explanations and you will become a Japanese speaker very soon. Visit Learn Japanese Online!

We hope that some of the resources will help you to learn Japanese and we would love it, if you could share your beste ressources for learning Japanese in the comment section below.

What was in your July Korea Box

In the beginning of July we sent out our first Korea Box to the first subscribers and the reactions were incredible. Thank you to all our subscribers, for making this so much fun and enjoyable.

What did you find in your July Korea Box?

We want to share with you what we packed in the July box, just in case you haven’t had the pleasure of opening your own box. Interested in the August box? Subscribe to your Korea Box.

Here is what was in the July box:

Korea Box

Snacks

 

Super Junior Habanero Black Ramen

Is Super Junior Hot? Their noodles definitely are!
1. Open and only leave the noodles in the cup, pour boiling water until the line inside and leave it for 4 mins.
2. Strain noodles and leave 8 spoons of water.
3. Add soup base and vegetable mix. Mix well and serve.

Squid & Peanut Snack Balls

Who would ever come up with making a snack with squid and peanuts together? The Koreans!! When Koreans drink beer, they often eat squid and peanuts together. This is one of the most famous snack in Korea since 1976.

Honey Butter Almond

Honey Butter flavour was a big hit in Korea and there are many different snacks with Honey Butter flavour. Amongst all, this is our favourite! Try and let us know how you liked it 🙂

Chocheim

Waffle snacks filled with chocolate cream and hazelnuts! Wanna try the Korean way? Put the snack in the freezer and try it cold!

Seaweed toasted with Perila Oil

We call this type of seaweed ‘김 (gim)’ in Korea and we know how to make seaweed super tasty and healthy! Fresh made rice, piece of Kimchi and 김! YUM!

Orion Chocolate Pie
Orion makes the original Chocolate Pie since 1974 and this snack is the one of the most expensive South Korean snack sold in North Korea’s black market!

 

Summer Beauty Kit from Korea

[ Step 1. Pore Cleansing ] Skin becomes very oily in Summer and that causes blackhead and whitehead. Deep-cleanse your skin with Skin Food Charcoal Natural Handmade Soap and get rid of those blackheads on your nose with Skin Food Egg White Peel-off Nose Pack.
1.Wash your face with soap to remove oil.
2.Leave your nose area damp (Important for Nose Pack to stick well to the skin)
3.Place the strip on the nose with dry hands and pat down for proper adhesion.
4.Leave on for 15-20mins.
5.When the product is completely dry, remove the product from the edges and wipe away any residue.
6.Tighten your pores with Skin Food Fresh Apple Pore Control Essence.

[ Step 2. Skin Care ] Skin Food Black Sugar Perfect First Serum
Apply right after washing your face. Replenish minerals to your skin with black sugar!

Skin Food Yuzu(Yuja) Ampoule in Serum & Skin Food Yuzu(Yuja) Water Cream
Did you know that Yuzu(Yuja) has approx. 3 times more vitamin C than lemons? Prevent and whiten melanoma with Yuzu!

[ Step 3. Special Treatment ] The strong sunlight can be very damaging for your skin. Moist and Sooth your skin with the Aloe Sheet Mask and Cherry Blossom Mask from Missha.
1.Wash your face and put toner on the face.
2.Spread the sheet mask on the face and leave it for 15-20mins.
3.Remove the mask and gently pat until fully absorbed.

[ Step 4. Have Fun with Colors ] Lip-tints are a must item for Korean lip make-up! Try Skin Food Water Color Tint and have fun with The Face Shop Trendy Nails (We love colours so much. How about you?)!

Kakao Friends Bandaids

Do you have Kakao talk? Kakao talk is like What’s app of Korea with so many cute characters! Keep your Kakao Friends for emergencies 🙂

Korean Traditional Pouch

Beautiful Korean Traditional Pouch that is perfect for small items.

Did you get a Korea Box in July? How did you like it? The August box is coming soon! Get it now.

40 Amazing Resources That Will Help You To Learn Korean

If you want to learn Korean, you first have to decide where to get all the informations from. You might be a total beginner, who has to start by learning Hangul, or you might be a little bit advanced. You still have to find the right place to learn Korean! And this can be quite difficult at first, because the internet is such a huge place with so many possibilities.

To make it easier for you, we decided to give you a list with the 50 best websites to learn Korean. We did not list them in a particular order, but rather just wrote them down as we found them. We looked through all of them and we believe that they all can be helpful for learning Korean.

Lets get to it!

Websites and Blogs

Korean Class 101 offers courses for every kind of Korean learner. They have great stuff for beginners, intermediates and everybody else. The classes are build upon each other and the website offers a lot of cool learning tools that you cannot find on other sites. Definitely worth checking out.

Talk To Me In Korean offers a lot of free materials for Korean language learner. You can find numerous videos on their blog, a fun podcast and a lot of helpful stuff. They make learning Korean really fun and the community behind the website is huge and helps the help each other out.

How To Study Korean has a huge collection of free Korean lessons. They take you from learning Hangul to becoming a native Korean speakers. The amount of lectures on the website can be at first overwhelming, but once you are in it you will love it. They also have many of their lessons in Spanish, Russian and Chinese.

Learning Hangul is the basic of learning the Korean language. If you skip this step, you are not going anywhere. So make sure to check out this website dedicated to the Korean alphabet. Each letter is beautifully explained and you also get some historical background about Hangul.

LearnKorean.net is another website that provides basic Korean lectures in an easy to understand way. Learn the basics of Korean grammar and make sure to check out their forum, where you can ask questions and get help from other Korean learners.

LearnKorean.com offers free lectures for Korean language learners that are fun and easy to understand. Make sure to visit their forum for more explanations and deeper conversations about learning Korean.

90 Day Korean has a bold promise for you. You can learn Korean in 90 days! That’s right. Is that really possible? Visit them and try it out. I have to say that it helped me a lot and they really make it fun to learn Korean. And the best things is that it is for free. They also put out some Korean expression on their blog regularly, which will help you even more. They use the 80/20 principle which does work for a lot of things, not only learning Korean.

The Sogang University has some really good lectures for you. They are known for their incredible good Korean language education. You should check them out to see, if a more traditional educational approach is better for you. It might not be as fun as many other Websites on this list, but it is worth having a look.

Rosetta Stone has been on the forefront of language learning for many years now. And the simple reason is that they are really good. It is that simple. They have a Korean language course that will lift your Korean to the next level. It is not free, but maybe the only Korean course that you should consider paying for, if you really want your Korean to be super good. Just visit their website, have a look and decide for yourself, if the course is right for you.

The Korean Champ is a blog I recently stumbled upon and I have to say that I enjoyed reading its content and explanation. They have a study group and a podcast if you like to get your Korean lectures in an audio format. I also like their video lectures which will help, especially, beginners to understand the Korean language much better.

Rocket Languages provide a Korean course that you can try out for free and it doesn’t require anything. The good thing about this course is that you learn so much more than just Korean. They really tried to make the learning process an incredible experience, by including a lot of Korean cultural aspects. They also haven a mobile app, if you want to learn Korean on your mobile phone or tablet.

The Learn Korean Online Website is run by a native English speaker, who started exactly where you are today. Form zero! Just watch his video and you will get an idea on how much this dude can help you with your Korean language abilities. You just have to sign up with your email address and he will send you a couple of helpful and free videos.

The Coursera Korean Course is brought to you by the Yonsei University. I love the way they put so much stuff out there on Coursera and the course will help you greatly. The course is free and you will get taught by a real Korean university educator, who knows her stuff. And by the way. If you don’t like the course you should definitely check out all the other subjects on Coursera. I love that website.

Korean Lesson is for you, if you prefer 1:1 sessions with a Korean teacher. They offer the service for Korean learner in Korea and overseas. Just get the Trial lesson and decide if this is for you. It might get you to the next level. This one is maybe more helpful for intermediate learners of Korean.

Easy To Learn Korean is one hack of an entertaining language learning website. I love their illustrations and they really put effort on their materials. They teach you expressions and words for specific areas of life and this helps a lot to memorise certain things. Also check out their book, because it is totally worth the money.

Visit Korea is the official website of the Korean tourist organisation and they offer a lot of free lectures, to get you ready for Korea.  I have to admit that I find their way of teaching Korean a little bit boring. Nevertheless, it will help you a lot, if you are planning on visiting Korea. It also provides a lot of other helpful informations about Korea that might be even more interesting than the learning part.

Seoulistic is more of a Korean travel blog than a language learning website. But they do have some interesting articles about learning Korean and they are worth reading. My favourite is the “How to sound Korean” video. Additionally, the website will teach you a lot about traveling Korea, which should come in quite handy when you go their.

Korean From Zero offers a variety of free lectures and some fun videos, which should help you to learn Korean. They also have a book worth checking out. But just start with their free stuff to see, if it is the right learning approach for you. They also have a free PDF of their lectures which might help you, when you want to learn offline.

The Korean Vitamin Blog is another little gem I found recently. Their articles will help you with your Korean and they also introduce and compare Korean language learning books in a very sweet way. And other things like Korean Drama and Kpop are also a part of their life. Check it out and make sure you get enough of this healthy vitamin.

Emily Learns Korean and she will help you to do the same. This Tumblr is a good example of all the good resources you can find online. She really puts her heart into this and it is really fun to read. Emily explains different words and the Korean grammar in an easy to understand way.

The Korean Cafe will help you to learn Korean by teaching you, what your favourite Kpop bias is actually singing about. Sounds fun? It is! They break down some lyrics and translate words and phrases into English for you. Make sure to check it out and learn the lyrics to your favourite Kpop songs.

Some More Links

http://animara.com/hanghoul/

https://www.reddit.com/r/korean

www.mezzoguild.com/beginner-korean-learners/

fourhourworkweek.com/2014/03/21/how-to-learn-a-foreign-language-2/

www.fluentin3months.com/korean/

Youtube Channels

Sweet and Tasty is a Youtube Channel with a lot of funny and entertaining videos that will help you to learn basic Korean phrases, words and expressions in no time. If you are looking for the most fun way to learn Korean, this might be for you.

Go Billy Korean is the second Youtube Channel on this list that will help you to learn Korean in no time. The lectures are well structured and Billy explains things very well. Especially Korean learner who have difficulties with Grammar should check out his videos. Did I mention that the videos are fun? Well, they are and that makes learning so much easier.

My Korean Husband is our third and final Youtube Channel for Korean learners. They are actually more focused on the Korean culture than on language, but they have some funny videos for beginners. I also love their drawings, which will help you to understand certain Korean expressions a little bit better. Definitely worth a look.

Books

Korean Made Simple

Korean from Zero!

Korean for Beginners

Essential Korean Grammar

Yonsei Korean

Apps and More

HelloTalk

ITALKI

Naver Dictionary

Also check our article on the best resources for Japanese learners. Good luck and we hope that your language skills evolve.