Summary: 90 Day Korean is an excellent Korean course. The way that the material is structured and the simple manner that it’s explained make the language feel much less intimidating than I expected. In addition, having access to a personal coach that you can send questions and get feedback on assignments is a huge bonus. Split up into four 90-day modules, 90 Day Korean can take you from not knowing any Korean and get you to a relatively high level.
There are some small things that could be better but overall I was very impressed.
Very thorough without making you feel overwhelmed.
It’s a bit expensive but worth the cost.
The content is explained in such a simple and straightforward manner that it’s hard not to understand it.
From the first lesson, you’ll learn how the language works instead of just memorizing phrases.
Unlimited access to your own personal Korean coach.
The challenges really push you to apply everything you’ve learned and take it a step further.
I Don’t Like
You’re only given access to one week’s worth of lessons at a time.
There’s nowhere on their site that you can purchase individual modules.
The ThematicLingo lesson type isn’t very well-done.
Price: 90 Day Korean costs $47 per month. However, once you pay, you get access to that material for life. New lessons are released weekly, though you can also pay to access new materials faster.
Summary: After trying Rocket Korean, I came away pretty disappointed. They don’t do a great job of teaching hangeul, leaving learners unable to read even very basic Korean. This, coupled with the repetitive exercises, makes Rocket Korean uninspiring. There are better courses that will help you build a sturdier foundation while also being more enjoyable to use.
Very repetitive review exercises that aren’t particularly well-done.
Does a poor job accounting for a different writing system.
Too expensive without being good enough to justify the cost.
I Like The cultural lessons are written with a lot of depth and are interesting to read.
A good balance between the spoken language and grammar.
Lots of opportunities to practice speaking throughout.
I Don’t Like You’re taught hangeul but never learn to read, which makes remembering words that much harder.
The Rocket Reinforcement exercises basically amount to rote-memorization.
The writing lessons are slow and pretty poor quality.
Price: There’s only one level of Rocket Korean which costs $99.95. You can also pay in six-month installments which costs $19/month.
Summary: Lingodeer may not be as well known as other language learning apps, but it’s actually better than most of them, and free. You’ll practice the language by completing lots of different types of exercises. They also include plenty of grammar explanations and opportunities to review what you’ve studied. All in all, for a free resource, it’s excellent.
It has a great design and everything works well with only a few minor issues.
As thorough as you could hope for from a free resource
Free and still better than many paid resources.
Lots of different exercise types in the lessons.
Detailed grammar explanations.
Clear audio recordings.
I Don’t Like…
The content isn’t always ordered well with some unusual words thrown in too early.
Not sufficient for developing oral communication skills.
Not yet available in lots of languages.
Languages: Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Vietnamese are all taught in English. There are also some courses not taught in other languages.
Summary: Mondly is a below average online language learning resource. It does some things right and other things poorly. It’s pretty cheap, and a decent enough crash course that could help you before a trip abroad. Still, it wouldn’t be my first choice.
Both the interface and the course itself could be designed better.
It’s decent for learning vocabulary but a lot of material isn’t explained very well.
It’s fairly inexpensive.
Daily lessons, weekly quizzes, and monthly challenges – these functionalities encourage you to practice every day.
The vocabulary included is useful and drilled in an effective way.
It’s fairly inexpensive.
I Don’t Like…
The content and exercises are the same for all levels and languages.
The exercises are mostly passive and won’t help you use the language.
The order of lessons and topics isn’t very well thought out.
The interface is not user friendly and the platform is visually unappealing.
Price: There are three plans…
$9.99 per month for one language
$47.99 per year ($4/mo) for one language
$47.99 per year ($4/mo) for all languages
Strangely, I was able to access multiple languages even though I only signed up for one month at $9.99.
Summary: One of the most famous language learning resources out there, the Rosetta Stone method relies on immersive teaching so students will only find the material in the language they’re learning. Starting off with the basics, the units get progressively harder and cover a large range of topics. Suitable for beginner and intermediate students, it is more expensive than competitors and the exercises get very repetitive after a while. While it isn’t a bad resource, you can definitely find something better.
Very easy to use and navigate, the content is well presented but the similar format becomes deadly boring after a while.
While a lot of material is covered, you have to infer everything from the pictures that you are given. As such, there are no explanations at all.
It’s not as good and more expensive than other resources.
It’s easy to use and navigate – the content is very clearly laid out.
The extra features in the ‘Extended Learning’ pack make the material a bit more interesting to engage with.
While it is not particularly fun to use overall, I do believe that learners would improve their language skills using Rosetta Stone.
I Don’t Like…
The main units are very repetitive and I think I would find it demoralising after a while if I kept using it.
It doesn’t explore the cultural context of the language at all.
There are no explanations about any of the content and so you have to infer the meaning of everything through pictures.
It’s too expensive.
Price: The price varies by subscription length:
$79 for 3 months
$119 for 6 months
$179 for 12 months
$249 for 24 months