Summary: Talk To Me In Korean (TTMIK) offers audio, video and text materials for Korean learners of all abilities. They have a variety of free and paid courses available. The main course is well laid out and the supplementary lessons are all great quality offering some really fun and interesting ways to learn. However, there aren’t many ways to practice what you’ve learned, as such, it’d be best used alongside other resources and not as a standalone course.
Quality The video lessons have high production value and can be fun to watch.
Thoroughness Not enough material or opportunities to practice to only rely on TTMIK.
Value A ton of free content!
I Like Some of the courses are really creative and offer an interesting way to engage with the language.
The majority of the content, including the entire grammar course, is free.
Wide range of materials for all levels.
I Don’t Like Learning can be too passive as you’re rarely asked to use the Korean you’ve learned.
Some of the courses have pretty low educational value.
Price: Most of the content is free to access. They also have a variety of paid books, audio and video courses with a range of prices.
Books: From $12 – $38 (packages also available) eBooks: $10 each Audio lessons: From $7 – $13 Video lessons: From $5 – $25 (some need books)
Summary: Koreanclass101 has developed thousands of, mostly audio, lessons for Korean language learners. It’s excellent for those who want to improve their listening. The grammar and vocabulary content is also really good, being both clear and detailed. It can, however, be difficult trying to find the right lesson at the right time and the lack of a clear learning path could cause problems. It’s a handy tool to use alongside other resources or lessons but probably shouldn’t be used as a standalone course.
Quality Mostly good, but some of the older lessons weren’t great.
Thoroughness A ton of material for beginner and intermediate levels but limited at the advanced level.
Value The vast library of listening material makes a subscription worthwhile.
I Like Tons of listening material from the beginner up to the intermediate level which can be tricky to find in Korean.
The lesson notes were great for getting the grammar across and offered a lot of detail.
Really good to use on your phone, whether it was vocab or a quick lesson I wanted to fit in when I had some time, it was good to have an integrated app.
I Don’t Like The presenters spoke in English a lot, which at the higher levels should probably have been reduced.
If you’re at an advanced level or looking for reading, writing, or speaking practice this probably isn’t going to be of much use for you.
The learning flow was very chaotic, trying to find lessons or knowing if they were of good quality was sometimes a crapshoot.
Price: There are three subscription plans with lengths available from 1 month to 2 years, with many options in between.
Basic – $8/mo, $4/mo if you sign up for 2 years. Premium – $25/mo, $10/mo if you sign up for 2 years. Premium Plus – $47/mo, $23/mo if you sign up for 2 years.
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