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Yonsei University

First Step Korean

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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

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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
    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…
  • Anonymous
  • This course is good for repeating, but too fast for first learner. I'll try to see it one more time later.
  • 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.
  • 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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    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.
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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!
  • Anonymous
    Easy to learning and the teacher are so nice. Very helpful to us at working places. Thanks for free learning and free Certificate.
  • 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
  • Akari Myo Thwe
    တကယ်ကိုအကျိုးရှိပီးပညာတဲ့အပြင် certificate လဲရနိုင်တာဆိုတော့ တကယ်ကြိုးစားသင့်ပါတယ်။ ဆရာမကြီးကိုလဲကျေးဇူးတင်ပါတယ်ရှင့်။ YONSEI universityကပေးတဲ့ Certificateမလို့ သုံးတတ်ရင်သုံးတတ်သလို အကျိုးရှိပါတယ်နော်။
  • 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
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    Ekta Sinha
    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!
  • 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.
  • Phu Pwint Khine
  • 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!

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