Korean

Grammar

How to Study in Korean
This was my main source of grammar knowledge. For the longest time, it was the only site I used. It has some of the most in-depth explanations for Korean Grammar that I have ever seen. It’s also written by a fellow Korean learner (and proofread by a native speaker), which means it’s made with the unique needs and challenges of a language learner in mind.

Talk to Me in Korean
It provides a lot of content targeted at Korean language learners that are not only helpful, but entertaining as well. Make sure you check out their Youtube channel – I love their IYAGI series. They also make some really good books, so be sure to visit their online store as well. I found their Level 1-9 grammar podcasts a tad oversimplified, though, but I think they’re perfect if you’re looking for something short and light for when you’re on the subway, or waiting for the bus.

Supplementary Materials

Sogang University Course
I used this at the beginning of my studies, in conjunction with Talk to Me in Korean, before I found How to Study Korean and switched to that instead.

Intermediate College Korean
I think it works great as supplementary reading materials for intermediate learners, to be used alongside How to Study Korean and Talk to Me in Korean.


Reading

Naver Webtoons
Who doesn’t love webtoons? There are various sites you can go to for webtoons, but my favourite is Naver. You can download them for offline viewing, and it’s 100% free. Click here to check out my top 3 recommendations!

WEBTOON
You can find English translation for some of the most popular webtoons here. It’s great for bilingual reading (click here to read more about this method).

Naver Web Novels
If you prefer something a bit more text-heavy, you might wanna give these online novels a go.


Writing

Speed Reading Club
An online Korean book club where you get to discuss English books in Korean. I’ve explained in this post here why I think it’s a great way to practice my writing skills, so do check it out if you’re interested. It’s a naver cafe, so you only need to make a naver account to join!

Lang-8
Submit your writing to this site for corrections and comments from native speakers. It’s a great way to learn new vocabulary and natural expressions. The replies can be a bit slow at times, though. Alternatively, you can also use the Notebook feature on italki for this – it does the same thing.


Listening

Spongemind Podcasts
A bilingual podcast for Koreans who are learning English, and for English speakers who are learning Korean. The Korean host, Jonson, words things with such eloquence and style that I find myself writing down sentences he’s said and memorising them in hopes of being able to use them in a conversation someday. Every episode comes with a PDF containing the transcript and the translation. I highly recommend this.

Story Time
A series by Talk to Me in Korean, featuring 54 episodes worth of natural dialogues, with bilingual subtitles. Need I say more?

It’s Okay to Be Sensitive
A short web series by tvN, with Korean subtitles! I found it pretty entertaining, and it makes for great listening practice.


Youtube

Go!Billy
As someone who’s been studying the language since 2005, Billy has a lot of interesting insights to offer when it comes to the process of learning Korean. The channel provides a mix of grammar lessons, cultural anecdotes and just generally really interesting content about both the Korean language and the Korean culture. He even talks about the various 사투리 (dialects) of South Korea, which I find super fascinating.

Motivate Korean
Like Billy, Jeremy has a lot of really intriguing insights to offer when it comes to the Korean language, as well as the process of learning it. I really enjoy his vlogs, all of which are thoughtfully designed and beautifully executed. He also co-hosts the aforementioned Spongemind Podcasts.

The World of Dave
Dave creates comedy sketches that are mostly in Korean (with bits of English thrown in every now and then) with bilingual subtitles. They’re very entertaining, and I think it’s inspiring to see how far he’s come (he’s been living in Korea for over 10 years).


Miscellaneous

Korean Pronunciation Guide
Not sure how to pronounce a word? This converter will tell you exactly how.

Naver Dictionary
Pretty self-explanatory.

HiNative
Got a question about the Korean language or the Korean culture? Post it on HiNative and see what the native speakers have to say!

Color Coded Lyrics
You can find bilingual lyrics for most kpop songs here.


French

Grammar

I’m sure there are a lot more resources out there, but I generally try to stick to one or two when it comes to grammar. I have the Basic French Grammar and Complete French Grammar workbooks and use the following sites as supplementary info:

Lawless French
My (free) grammar bible for now. It offers comprehensive summaries for most of the conjugations I’m learning right now, accompanied by clear, straightforward examples.

Français Avec Pierre
A Youtube channel that offers a wide variety of content targeted at French learners, including grammar lessons, vocabulary, expressions and insights on French culture. Overall, a great channel to start with!


Reading

Content for reading and listening – this is where I try to diversify and have as much fun as possible!

The Fable Cottage
Fully voiced fables and fairytales in French, completed with English translations that you can toggle on and off, and lovely, colourful illustrations. The narrator speaks slowly enough that even I, a lower immediate learner, have little trouble following.

The French Experiment
Crafted by the same creators, they have some stories that aren’t currently listed on the Fable Cottage. The stories follow a similar format – fully voiced, with optional translations.


Listening

Inner French
A literal god-send, Hugo offers podcasts and videos on various topics, from insights on French culture to thoughtful discourse on the process of language learning. He speaks clearly but not too slowly, which makes his content perfect for intermediate learners. The podcasts come with transcriptions, and the videos are captioned in both French and English.

Norman Fait Des Vidéos
He’s hilarious, and some of his videos come with CCs in both French and English. What’s not to love?

Le Grand JD
He makes videos on a wide range of topics – anything mysterious or interesting goes. Two of his latest videos are on freakishly looking, lesser known animals and supernatural stories. I find his videos really interesting to watch, and while they don’t come with subtitles, he pronounces things really clearly and he doesn’t speak too fast.

Anastesia
I love, love her voice. She speaks really softly, and there’s just something very soothing about listening to someone with a voice like that talk about books. I believe she majored in literature and she has a great series on french books and literature in general.

Natacha Birds
I found this channel through Anastesia’s recommendations, and I really love her videos. She makes all sorts (pretty much anything she wants, it seems), but my favourites are her storytelling ones, where she stitches together beautifully shot clips and narrates the whole thing with a voiceover. She can speak a little too fast sometimes, but her clear enunciation makes up for it – even Youtube’s auto-cc feature has little trouble catching up.


Other Content

King’s Quest
A graphic adventure game that comes in 5 episodes – the first one is free on steam. While it’s originally made in English, it’s also fully voiced in French, complete with French subtitles. The game is fun and easy to grasp (very little action, so it’s great for non-gamers – it works more like a storybook that you can click around on), with picturesque visuals and vivid language like that of fables and fairytales. The voice actors speak clearly and slowly, making it perfect for intermediate learners.

Street French
A Youtube channel that offer bite-sized videos on French culture, vocabulary and expressions. It’s run by a bilingual couple – Maya, a native Parisian with a lovely voice, and Charlie, an American who’s been learning French and living in France for many years. They offer really interesting insights on language learning and inter-cultural relationships from time to time as well!

French Hotteok
A lovely channel with a pretty niche audience – people who speak/are learning both French and Korean. It’s run by two friends, Somin, who’s French, and AJ, who’s Korean, and the videos are a mix of fun, informative videos on French and Korean, cute little French animations, and them trying to teach one another their own native tongue. All videos are subbed in French and Korean, which makes it perfect for people who are learning both – I often feel like I’m studying two languages at the same time just by watching them. Their chemistry is amazing, as well, which really makes the unlikely combination of French and Korean work.


Miscellaneous

Collins French-English Dictionary
I’m using the Collins dictionary for now and so far it’s served me pretty well.

Linguee
It has huge pool of natural sentences that are great for learning vocabulary in context. It’s my go-to whenever I find myself struggling to word something, or wondering about the natural way to express a certain idea.

Reverso Context
I use it interchangeably with Linguee. You need to pay to full access its library of sentences and I’m still trying to decide whether or not it’ll be worth it as I’m generally not a fan of subscriptions.

Forvo
Pretty much the only form of pronunciation guide I have right now, since I’m not taking any formal lessons.

Language Learning with Netflix
An awesome google extension that lets you watch netflix with bilingual subtitles. Click here to see my review on it!