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First Step Korean

Yonsei University via Coursera


This is an elementary-level Korean language course, consisting of 5 lessons with 4 units, and covers 4 skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The main topics include basic expressions used in everyday life, such as greetings, introducing yourself, talking about your family and a daily life and so on. Each lesson covers dialogues, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, quizzes and role-plays.

After completing this course, you will be able to
1. read and write Korean alphabet.
2. communicate in Korean with basic expressions.
3. learn basic knowledge on Korean culture.

It’s fun and easy to follow! Enjoy it!


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The Korean Alphabet
-In this module, you will learn the Korean alphabet or Korean writing system called 'Hangeul'. After completing the lessons, you will be able to understand the principles how each letter was invented. Also, you will be able to read and write Hangeul.

Greetings and Introducing
-In this module, you will learn how to greet, ask someone's nationalities / jobs and answer those questions in Korean. After completing the lessons, you will be able to introduce yourself, greet a person and talk about someone's nationalities and occupations.

-In this module, you will learn the expressions about family. After completing the lessons, you will be able to talk about the family members and learn how to count numbers.

Time and Date
-In this module, you will learn about time and date in Korean. And you will also say the days of the week as well. After completing the lessons, you will be able to ask and repond time & date using Korean numbers.

Daily Life
-In this module, you will learn various Korean vocabulary regarding your daily lives. After completing the lessons, you will be able to utilize informal sentence endings, ask and answer about your everyday life.

Taught by

Seung Hae Kang

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4.6 rating, based on 34 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I absolutely LOVED this course. Just the ability to find a FREE Korean resource that still had a classroom structure was amazing in and of itself but then to top it off the course gave a lot of useful points on grammar and everyday conversation. There...
  • Nikki Bishop completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    I found that the course started off at a decent pace, and things were explained nicely, with plenty of use of the International Phonetic Alphabet. However, as it went on, the IPA was not being used, and you were only told that 'even the Koreans find these ones confusing' came long after the confusion had arisen. The pace was too fast and it was difficult to learn the whole alphabet in one chunk - I would have preferred to learn it more slowly, but remember more.
  • Auntie V completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    I took this course last May, really enjoyed the whole learning process. The course is well developed, substantial, really easy to follow. Moreover, the professior is beautifully articulate and expressive that helped to make my first step in Korean easily and smoothly. I highly recommend this course to everyone who is interested in Korean!
  • Adelyne Chan completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    A very nice introductory course for people who (like me) are interested to learn the Korean language but have no previous experience. I have been watching some programmes produced in Korea for the past few years so am familiar with a few phrases but had...
  • I've completed this course within 2 weeks of time. I found the level of difficulty of this course was easy.

    Throughout taking this course I didn't faced any difficulty because everything was easy to understand and all the explanation were understandable. For those who don't have any basic Korean, do not too worry because in this course it taught from the very basic one for the beginner. For example, learning to recognize the Korean alphabet, exposed with few vocabulary, how to compute a sentence, speak Korean from basic words and etc. So overall, throughout this course I really enjoyed learning and doing all the assignments as well as the quizzes.
  • Ekta Sinha completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    This is a great course for beginners looking to learn Korean. While it is not perfect, taking notes during the lectures, revising them and putting what you learned into conversationcan really make learning through this course easier.

    You can download Google's Korean keyboard onto your smartphone and use apps like HelloTalk to practice conversing in Korean.

    I thought the pace of the course was alright. There is no one sure shot way to learn a language and every person has a different method of learning. This course provides the right learning materials and guidance to help you learn but ultimately, it is up to you to do it. Remember, don't give up. Good luck!
  • Patrick Zhang completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    This was the first MOOC I have taken and I enjoyed it. I was glad to see that there was a Korean course offered in a classroom setting. The Korean alphabet was taught along with other topics like introductions and date and time. I wanted to learn Korean because I watch Korean movies, listen to Korean music, and I have plans to visit Korea too.

    I already took both First Step Korean and Learn to Speak Korean 1. This course will definitely prepare you for the next course, Learn to Speak Korean 1.
  • Lahar Niraj Khandelwal completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This course helped me really understand and explained what I did not initially understand. For those who learn or want to learn Korean, I suggest this to be extremely helpful. It was very descriptive, fun and learned quite quickly. This course had excellent examples and lessons. I've completed the whole course in a creative way and recommend that anyone who wants to learn a new language take this course!
  • Krystal Alec Genson

    Krystal Alec Genson completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Very easy for first time Korean learners. Deep-dives through everything without becoming too overwhelming, with a pace that's not too boring and yet not too fast. Even includes bonus content that are very useful for the learner such as pronunciation and sound guides for the Hangul characters and information about language history and its different contexts.
  • Yanisa Lertsirimunkong completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    This course is well organized and presented. Professor Kang is really nice and she slowly guided me through the lessons. She is good at explanation and given useful exercises. If you don't know anything about Korean language and want to learn, I recommended this course for you!
  • Thanaphat

    Thanaphat completed this course.

    This is very good for me and I think any other think that’s same me. For me this course is uesful. This course can learn by myself. Thanks for knowledge very much.
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    Ashley Denise De Guzman
    I started this course last month, I really wanted to do courses and learn korean language as well. This has been really helpful since quizzes and assessments were presented, some questions were also in hangul so you can really practice what you've learned. I spend 4 consecutive days to finish this course. About 2 to four hours per day. The videos were great and can be really understood. Just a question, did you get a certificate at the end and how?
  • Anonymous
    It is a good Korean language online course. The teacher's teaching style is very clear and understandable. There are also pdf file to self reading. but the thing is I can't get into cousera. Maybe I am the only one or does others acc can access or not. please fix it as soon as possible. I have already in week 3 and I can't access my account. To conclude, I recommend this online course genuinely.
  • Anonymous
    I think that is so useful

    As we are in quaratine, we can't go out to attend the class.So this course helps to improve your korean skills. I hope you guys will enjoy it.You can also find the vocabulary you don't aslo help to improve your E-skill.You have to learn the korean alphabets,consonant ,syntax and predicate.

    This course enhance the listening skill of your English.
  • Maria Kabir
    Very easily explained and knowing the origin of letters words and pronunciations makes the language easier to perceive. I'd recommend the course to anyone who'd love to learn Hangeul or a new language in general. Being a bengali its also easier for me to learn specific pronunciations. But for people from other countries Im sure practice is the key. You can make it!!
  • I like how the teacher explaining every topic in a simple way, well- although it's the basic. But it makes easier to understand even for a beginner who just start to learn. Because language can be hard if the person who explains it is using high word, and without notice create an invisible barrier. I learned so much from this course, thank you very much :D
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed using this course - it really broadened my knowledge of the Korean language, better than any other course I have used online. The teacher is incredible, and the vocabulary/grammar taught in the course is extremely useful. I truly recommend this course for anyone who wants, as the title of the course suggests, a "first step" into Korean.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I m so glad to take this lesson online that to free it did help me to read (still in practice) write (still in practice ) understand very well
    I would like to recommend this to whoever wants to learn the basic Korean language
    And keep practicing
    Thank u so much
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    Natsiree Chuayuan

    Natsiree Chuayuan completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    I have basic in understanding korean but not grammatically correct. This course clarify the korean grammar however The explanation on the video was not that clear. Some of the material are somehow jump up.
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    Good teacher I so proud of you and me good at korean becuase you thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

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