I've been studying Korean for about 10 months and have used both free and paid online resources.
While there are a lot of online learning opportunities, Essential Korean is the only resource I've found that provides the repetitive drilling and thoughtful testing that I need to make sure I've learned something.
For approximately one year, I've been studying Korean diligently on Essential Korean and have found her site to be the best one for advancing in the language without feeling overwhelmed. The combination of listening to the EK podcasts and then reviewing and getting into the nitty-gritty using the courses as a tool, ensure that concepts are understood allowing you to move forward to the next level with confidence.
It takes time and commitment but EK will get you speaking and understanding the language.
I love Essential Korean's blend of social fun, structured learning and direct instruction– Teacher Kay's talent for weaving students' experiences into the lessons plus her supportive individual feedback fuel my progress and my enthusiasm to keep learning!
Essential Korean is a wonderful way to learn Korean and has been an integral part of my Korean learning journey.
Teacher Kay presents a systematic approach to learning the language while incorporating interesting aspects of the Korean culture into the lessons, which makes the learning fun and applicable to real-life situations. I highly recommend Essential Korean to all students interested in a comprehensive learning program. Teacher Kay is very knowledgeable, approachable, and passionate about ensuring students in the program succeed!