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Yonsei University

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!


  • Introduction
    • Thanks for joining the course! Watch the video below to get started.
  • 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.
  • Family
    • 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


4.7 rating, based on 122 Class Central reviews

4.9 rating at Coursera based on 49447 ratings

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  • Pwintphoothwe
    တကယ္ေလ့လာၿပီး ေျဖၾကၫ့္လိုက္ရင္လြယ္လြ္လြယ္ေလးပါဘဲႀကိဳးစားေျဖၾကၫ့္သင့္ပါတယ္အခ ်ိ န္ခဏေလးေပးၿပီး certificate တခု အလြယ္တကူရႏိုင္တဲ့ အခြင့္အေရးမို႔ လက္မလႊတ္သင့္ပါဘူးရွင့္ ☺️☺️☺️☺️
  • 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…
  • Anonymous
  • HsuPoPoNaing
    안녕하세요. 먼저 온라인 자격증 취득 방법을 가르쳐 주셔서 감사합니다. 저는 한국어를 정말 좋아합니다. 참석 해주셔서 감사합니다. 그는 또한 더 능숙 해지기 위해 한국어를 계속 배우겠다고 약속했습니다 한국어를 배우는 목적은 언젠가는 한국에 가기로 결심해서 계속 노력하는 것입니다. 친구의 권유로이 온라인 수업에 참여한 친구에게 감사합니다아직 한국어 연습을하고 있는데 실수를했다면 이해 해주세요. 이 과정을 무료로 개설 해 주신 모든 선생님 들께 다시 한 번 감사드립니다.
  • Anonymous
    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. The…
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    Yu War Khaing
    I have a goal,but I think it is impossible becuuse I goal is to enter the art world,but it is impossible.

    Sometime I think about myself I thought to myself,"Oh,why can't it be because of others? "I also believe that I will be able to implament it.

    I also believe in my sister, "I have to try "

    I were most important goal is to go to korea, whether she wants to or not.

    "I love the korean language

    I love the korean land"

    I hope she will come on day.
  • A Shwe Oo

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity and I want to learn Korean and can read and write well.

    Thank you so much
  • This course is good for repeating, but too fast for first learner. I'll try to see it one more time later.
  • I really liked this course. It helped me with the difficulties I had with some subjects like time and date.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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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?
  • 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!
  • Phu Pwint Khine
  • Akari Myo Thwe
    တကယ်ကိုအကျိုးရှိပီးပညာတဲ့အပြင် certificate လဲရနိုင်တာဆိုတော့ တကယ်ကြိုးစားသင့်ပါတယ်။ ဆရာမကြီးကိုလဲကျေးဇူးတင်ပါတယ်ရှင့်။ YONSEI universityကပေးတဲ့ Certificateမလို့ သုံးတတ်ရင်သုံးတတ်သလို အကျိုးရှိပါတယ်နော်။
  • Naw Naw
    For me, who is just starting to learn korean, this program is a milestone in my life. I believe it will be useful for me. I'm very eager to learn korean. I love korean language.By joining this program, I consider it a milestone in my life. I really happy to see this program, and i want to see if i can get a change. I believe this program will be a milestone in my life, so i believe it is something that will open the beginning of my life.
  • Anonymous
    한국에서 한국어를 제대로 배우고 싶어요.한국에서 한국어를 배우면서 전국으로 여행도 가보고 한국의 대중 문화도 관심 많아요..그리고 연세 대학교는 제가 다니고 싶은 대학교 중에 하나예요..연세 대학에 다니면서 한국의 문화를 배우고 싶어요..한국으로 유학가 는 것이 꿈이에요..
  • Anonymous
    Isn't still possible free certificate for korean beginners? there are still many people who are facing with omecron these days.So please kindly give an opportunity to get free certificate of first step korean yonsei uni.I'm really sorry to request this but please kinda accept my request
  • Khine Yuya Wynee

    I'm from Myanmar and beginer.I am interested in Korean language so this can

    improve me.I am so happy because of this.
  • Anonymous
    My name is moe pa pa khaing .I'm university student .my family have 5members. My father name is u aung Naing mother name is Daw thein thein.l'm very Happy for my family is very kind.

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