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: 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.
The video lessons have high production value and can be fun to watch.
Not enough material or opportunities to practice to only rely on TTMIK.
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.
Mostly good, but some of the older lessons weren’t great.
A ton of material for beginner and intermediate levels but limited at the advanced level.
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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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. 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. I highly recommend it!
There are some small things that could be better but overall I was very impressed.
Very thorough without making you feel overwhelmed.
A great course that’s priced affordably.
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.
The option to have 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
There’s nothing major that I dislike about 90 Day Korean, just a few small things here and there that could be slightly improved.
Price: 90 Day Korean offers two subscription plans. The Inner Circle Course (without coaching) costs $30 per month or $150 per year. The same course but with coaching costs $47 per month or $247 per year.
Summary: Lingodeer may not be as well known as other language learning apps, but it’s actually better and cheaper than most of them. 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, it’s one of the better options for getting started learning a language.
It has a great design and everything works well with only a few minor issues.
Not as thorough as some other courses but it’s good for what it is.
Quite a bit of content is free and the premium plan is very affordable.
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.
Price: $8.99/mo, $19.99 for 3 months, $41.99 for a year. There’s also a lifetime option for $69.99.
Languages: Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Vietnamese are all taught in English. There are also some courses not taught in other languages.
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