Games to Learn Korean

Who says learning has to be boring? Unless you have an eidetic memory, there is no escaping drills, but flashcard and game sites make drills fun! There are tons of entertaining and educational free online resources to help you in your Korean language studies. I’ve listed a few games to learn Korean below, but I’m finding more all the time.

If you’d like to recommend something I’ve missed, please post in the comments. Also, if a link isn’t working, I’d really appreciate it if you took a minute to click on “Report Broken Link” in the footer and let me know so I can keep this page current. Thanks!

LEARNLANGS.COM
http://www.learnlangs.com/RWP/Korean/Korean – Lesson 1
Learn Hangul letters by using them to spell English words.
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AERIA GLORIS
http://www.aeriagloris.com/LearnKorean
Hangul letter drills.
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Duolinguist Korean
Korean Language Website Collection
It was hard to decide where on my site to link to this comprehensive list of Korean-language resources, as it covers so much ground. Check it out, you are bound to find something there of interest. Posted in February 2016, so should be nice and current. Not to be confused with Duolingo, an online/app language-learning service which does not currently offer Korean ㅠㅠ (however, it does offer a Korean version of the site, for Korean-speakers who are interested in learning one of the languages they do offer, including English).

INDIANA UNIVERSITY
http://www.indiana.edu/~koreanrs/hangul.html
More Hangul letter drills, with pictures and sound.
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Indiana University also offers a “Multimedia Dictionary” with many of the same features. It’s not really a dictionary, but a collection of word lists, organized by subject.

PURPOSEGAMES.COM
This site features user-created games. Here are my favorites:

NOTE: You don’t need to register to use these. Just click on the screenshot of the game to start it. Refresh your browser to reload and repeat.

ITESLJ.ORG (Internet TESL Journal)
http://iteslj.org/v/k/
More than 60 word list games by subject. Match romanization to Hangul or vice versa.

BYKI.COM
http://www.byki.com/category/Korean/a
Byki word lists feature audio, and multiple viewing/matching modes – click on the Flash Cards tab to select one. There are more than 400 Korean-related word lists. Most of them are associated with various learning programs, so if you are using a textbook or class, run a sub-search for it.
A few of my favorites are:

NOTE: You will need Flash enabled in your browser, and will also need the Asian language packs installed on Windows computers (how do I do that?) to see the Hangul characters.

DECLAN’S FLASHCARD SHAREWARE
As of March 2016, the company’s website has disappeared. You can still find the Windows-based program on various shareware and freeware sites, but the most recent version of Windows it lists compatibility with is XP.

Demo comes with one language pack, pay to add more. REVIEW

11 comments to Games to Learn Korean

  • Gasenadi

    I like the new layout and appreciate the language links. I’ll explore more later. I’m too emotionally drained from marathoning Sandglass and bawling my eyes out!

  • Mihansa

    Thanks for the feedback. Get some rest :)

  • KoreanGirl

    Thanks!! This really helped me ALOT :3

  • Zyla

    Is it reasonable to learn hangul without the romanization or will this confuse me? My ears hear better than they should but I can’t be sure of my speaking yet(have not done much or been heard).I believe romanization to be a crutch.
    I live where much spanish is spoken and I cannot for the life of me get interested in the culture. I do like the (past) culture of Korea though,there has to be something that I like now too.I hope it does not take me more than a year to be able to speak at a good B2 level(upper intermediate)if I choose Korean. Woah!just told my life story.

    • Mihansa

      I have a whole rant on this subject. To summarize, I think Romanization is more confusing than Hangeul. How does it make sense to try and bend the Roman alphabet to represent approximations of Korean sounds, when there is a perfectly good Korean alphabet which represents them exactly, and which is not very hard to learn?? Romanization can actually slow the learning process down, IMO. I find myself visualizing Korean words in Romanization rather than in Hangeul. If you want to avoid that, practice reading Hangeul from the start. I learned the alphabet, but didn’t really use it, so it’s no surprise I fell back on Romanization. You’re right, it’s a crutch.

  • Ina

    I found another game at http://www.dandani.eu its pretty cool in design and look and effective to learn, maybe you can add it to the list.

    • Thanks for bringing it to my attention. This game shows Hangeul letters and you have to match them to the correct Romanized sound. I didn’t like it as much as I like the Aeria Gloris and Purpose Games drills to do the same thing. It tended to repeated the same letter several times in a row even when I got the answer right every time. However, if someone prefers a game that looks like flashcards, this would be good for them.

  • I LIKE KOREAN MOVIES THAT’S WHY I NEED TO PLAY KOREAN GAMES

  • shyla

    I just wanna learn it looks fun

  • Jaylin

    There is a different style of game now as well on the site Ina mentioned.

    They added some vocabulary game to remember vocabilaries.

    Animals:
    http://dandani.eu/language/korean_animals

    Vegetables:
    http://dandani.eu/language/korean_vegetables

    Verbs:
    http://dandani.eu/language/korean_verbs

    Wish they would add some more…

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