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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!


  • 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

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    တကယ္ေလ့လာၿပီး ေျဖၾကၫ့္လိုက္ရင္လြယ္လြ္လြယ္ေလးပါဘဲႀကိဳးစားေျဖၾကၫ့္သင့္ပါတယ္အခ ်ိ န္ခဏေလးေပးၿပီး certificate တခု အလြယ္တကူရႏိုင္တဲ့ အခြင့္အေရးမို႔ လက္မလႊတ္သင့္ပါဘူးရွင့္ ☺️☺️☺️☺️
  • 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.
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  • 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...
  • 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
  • Su Myat Phyoe
    Why I don't get till now certificate from Younsei University although I've learned and completed all courses.
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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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
    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..
  • This course is good for repeating, but too fast for first learner. I'll try to see it one more time later.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Akari Myo Thwe
    တကယ်ကိုအကျိုးရှိပီးပညာတဲ့အပြင် certificate လဲရနိုင်တာဆိုတော့ တကယ်ကြိုးစားသင့်ပါတယ်။ ဆရာမကြီးကိုလဲကျေးဇူးတင်ပါတယ်ရှင့်။ YONSEI universityကပေးတဲ့ Certificateမလို့ သုံးတတ်ရင်သုံးတတ်သလို အကျိုးရှိပါတယ်နော်။
  • Nyeinsu
    Hello i am from myanmar .i confess that i want to speak koreanlanguage cause i am also a blink fan of blackpink .so i think of it is need to learn for me .Actually i learned afew of the vowels.In thisway i exam this .if i will give the fees i cannot it.but now i am free for this certificate.Therefore i really thank YONYEI university and teacher who teaches me.I promise i keep on learning the korean language when i have many time.


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