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Learning Japanese and Korean

Hi!

I was wondering what is the best way to start learning either Korean or Japanese. I'd be grateful for any tips or any useful websites or youtube channels.
Reply 1
Lindie Botes is one of those polyglot YouTube channels, so the whole channel may not be relevant, but Japanese and Korean are both languages that she's particularly focused on in the past so she might have some good older videos on how to get started. She also has a website with a resources section, the Japanese and Korean sections both seem to have a lot of suggestions split by level: https://lindiebotes.com/language-resources/

Dogen is another YouTuber focusing on Japanese, his channel is mostly short skits but he has some good videos on pronunciation once you get a bit further into the language (he teaches lessons on Patreon, but has some up on his channel for free).

I really like WaniKani for learning kanji, it can be a bit slow at first but it builds up :smile:
Original post by Interea
Lindie Botes is one of those polyglot YouTube channels, so the whole channel may not be relevant, but Japanese and Korean are both languages that she's particularly focused on in the past so she might have some good older videos on how to get started. She also has a website with a resources section, the Japanese and Korean sections both seem to have a lot of suggestions split by level: https://lindiebotes.com/language-resources/

Dogen is another YouTuber focusing on Japanese, his channel is mostly short skits but he has some good videos on pronunciation once you get a bit further into the language (he teaches lessons on Patreon, but has some up on his channel for free).

I really like WaniKani for learning kanji, it can be a bit slow at first but it builds up :smile:

I'll check these out for sure. Thank you! :smile:
Reply 3
You can enrol on the Japan Foundation's Marugoto online self-study courses free of charge: https://minato-jf.jp (if you get "The specified page does not exist" when you click on the link, just click on the logo (in the top left of the page)).

I recommend learning to read and write the kana (hiragana and katakana) first. I learnt them from the website of the Yoshida Institute (a Japanese language school in Tokyo): https://yosida.com/en/hiragana.html
(edited 2 years ago)
Original post by 1XxNoNamexX1
Hi!

I was wondering what is the best way to start learning either Korean or Japanese. I'd be grateful for any tips or any useful websites or youtube channels.

TalkToMeInKorean is the most comprehensive and well-structured curriculum I've seen online for Korean, particularly since it's all free on their website. That's your best starting place, but https://www.howtostudykorean.com is also good as a supplementary source - it's just a bit dry as a core source. There are almost endless sources on YouTube, but if you want something super beginner-friendly and fun, JOLLY on YouTube is great as you follow someone else learning through TalkToMeInKorean (it's also just a really good laugh!). If you go onto their channel, find the playlist called 'Olly's Korean Learning Challenge'. For apps, avoid anything like DuoLingo - LingoDeer is the only one I've ever recommended as it's specifically designed for East Asian languages
(edited 1 year ago)
Reply 5
I have been using mallo academy and koreanclass101 to learn Korean and it's been working so far.
The calls on mallo are especially helpful because i dont have any korean speakers in my area but this gets me speaking the language :smile:

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