The Cyber University of Korea
The Cyber University of Korea provides four levels of video courses that can be accessed for free on several platforms, including YouTube. Levels 1 and 2 cover basic communication about everyday activities and how to carry simple conversations around the city. Levels 3 and 4 cover casual conversation. At the end of level 4, the university hopes that students can achieve a 3.5 score on the Korean language proficiency exam (TOPIK). The videos have live teachers with slide presentations, dialogues, animations, and flashcards. They will quiz you on new concepts, get you to participate in the dialogues, and encourage you to practice pronunciation. New words are provided in different contexts so you know how to use them. Beginners should start with the Level 1 of “Quick Korean” playlist on YouTube. There are other Level 1 playlists in Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese, but levels 2, 3, and 4 are in Korean with English subtitles. For some reason, the third and fourth levels don’t contain any animations or images, and they seem slightly less engaging. Nevertheless, these video courses are an excellent substitute for the hundreds of dollars you might pay for a university class with the same content.