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Free Korean Classes in Korea

04/30/2021

Everyone likes free things right? So, when I was living in Korea, and found out that the city of Busan offered free Korean classes, I made sure to sign up during the open enrollment period. Prior to moving to South Korea, I had learned how to read and write Korean, as long as basic phrases from YouTube videos, (namely koreanclass101.com, talk to me in Korean, and various K-dramas and variety shows). I’d also picked up quite a bit of Korean just from being the only English speaker in my neighborhood, in order to survive, I had to learn quickly. Taking classes would help me to learn more, and better my grammar, which is what I wanted.

The only thing that I needed to do in order to take the class, was sign up, take a placement test, and buy the textbook. The class met twice a week, and was probably close to being two hours long. I don’t recall how long a semester was, but let’s say it was around 3 months, and was taught all in Korean by a Korean teacher. Since these classes were open to all foreigners living in Korea, English was not used, so we really had to focus and get as much as we could. I was only at level 2, and took the class twice because I wanted to make sure that I was comprehending the grammar.

I enjoyed taking Korean classes because I got to meet other foreigners living in Korea from around the world, who were not English teachers. In my class of about 20 or so people, (outside of my fellow English teachers,) there were people from Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Russia, Nepal, and France to name a few. They were doing different things in Korea. Many were college exchange students, some had a Korean spouse, others worked for various companies, and there was even a Nepalese monk! There was a bit of a commute to Korean class from where I lived, which did make it tiresome sometimes, but overall I enjoyed it. I met friends there whom I still keep in touch with to this day. It also gave me something to do after work. Living alone has its perks, but can get lonely, especially in a foreign country, so it was nice to be around other people outside of work.

There are of course other ways to learn Korean in Korea, I have friends who took lessons online, or at an academy. These of course you’d have to pay for, but like I said at the beginning, I like free things! There may be other free classes, but I’m not aware of any, and I’m not sure if other cities/regions in Korea also offer free classes. That would be something to check out if you’re interested.

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