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August 22, 2011 / owbEe

Korean-related iPhone apps

I previously posted about Typing Korean in iPhone4 and now I’ll share with you the apps that I use in learning Korean and Korean culture. First off, this is how my Korean springboard looks like:

Naver Webtoon (네이버 웹툰) by NHN Corp.

This app makes it easy to view daily manhwa (만화) from naver. You can view manhwas by day (요일별), by genre (장르별), or you can view your recent read via the 마이웹툰 button. You can also search your favorite manhwa by title via the search button.

My favorite manhwa would be Orange Marmalade (오렌지 마말레이드). It’s not like I’ve read every chapter in Korean; if I did I’d probably pull my hair every single time.

*Internet connection via Wi-fi or 3G required to search through manhwas.

Naver (네이버) by NHN Corp.

This app is really handy for Korean learners. I use this app whenever I get stuck with a Korean word while reading or studying Korean. It has an English-Korean dictionary (영어사전), Japanese-Korean dictionary (일어사전) and Hanja dictionary (한자사전).

Actually this app has other features besides being a dictionary. It has a QR code scanner, voice command search and music search. The Music search (음악) acts like the SoundHound app.  Isn’t it cool?

This app has a lot more but basically I use this as a dictionary.

*Internet connection via Wi-fi or 3G required.

Daum (다음) by Daum Communications Corp.

This app is somewhat similar to Naver app. It also has the dictionary function, QR code scanner, voice command search and music search, among many others.

Though Daum app and Naver app have the same functions, I prefer Naver more.

*Internet connection via Wi-fi or 3G required.

Dongsa Korean Verb Conjugator by Max Christian

The title says it all. This app helps in conjugating Korean verbs.

What I like about this app is that it does not only show one tense, it shows all the tenses. It also shows formal and informal forms. Click on the conjugated form and you will be sent to a more detailed explanation. At times, the etymology of the word is also included. It also explains how the conjugation was done using the rules.

You can also check out the online version here. ➡

Let’s Learn Korean with KBS by KBS

This app is composed of 20 lessons in different situations in airport, taxi, hotel, etc. It has a vocab list, sample dialogue and audio recordings in 10 languages.

It also has an online version here. ➡

Korean Cuisine by KBS

I haven’t tried any Korean dish yet, but the photos in this app are real tempting. Just like the Let’s Learn Korean app, it also has a language selection. It features 52 popular Korean dishes. The summary tab shows a brief description of the dish and some other interesting bits. The recipe tab shows the steps with accompanying photo. You can search dish by type, ingredients and season. There is also a ‘How to eat’ tab for tips and tricks on how to eat Korean food.

Korean Study Buddy by Ronald Bell

This app tests your Korean vocabulary skills. It has 2 modes: Test mode and Study mode. What this app lacks is the audio for the vocab. I think this app is nice for memory drills only. It doesn’t test your pronunciation or listening skills.

Korean Essentials by AccelaStudy

This app is way better than Korean Study Buddy. It has the audio for the words. Yay! It has study mode, flashcards, spaced repetition, quiz and audio quiz. The words are categorized: children and babies; colors; condiments; days, months and seasons; numbers and counting; shopping and weather. You can also make study sets so you can study your own vocabulary. Pretty neat.

Learn Korean Vocabulary –  Free Gengo Wordpower by by Innovative Language Learning, LLC

This app is from the same company as KC101. It sends a word every day at 12 midnight. Each word has an audio, sample sentences and phrases. You can also record your voice to see if you sound like a native Korean. You can save words in the wordbank and use the flashcards to study. I haven’t really tried using the wordbank yet. The study mode is sufficient for me right now. 😀

That’s it for now. I’m still trying to expand my list of apps to use and share. How about you, what apps do you use in learning Korean? I also want to know. 😉

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  1. Karina Aussie / Nov 29 2011 3:58 pm

    Hello! I was frantically googling about korean apps and I stumbled upon this article. I find this very helpful! I have downloaded some of your recommendations and going to use them straightaway.

    I’m not really learning the language as yet, so for someone who loves Korean language and would like to study bit by bit, I have several apps that a beginner like me would find useful:

    1. Korean Alphabet
    The app works just like a memopad, but with an additional feature: romanization! For every word/sentence you write, there will be the romanization version beneath it. It’s not free unfortunately, but $2.99 will get you the app.

    2. Hangeulider
    Works the opposite way – you can write the romanization and it will provide you the hangul sentence. Simple and practical. Also not free – $1.99.

    3. Hangultap
    Simple and convenient. I find this as an effective way to study the characters. It will give you a hangul char or the romanization version, and you have to answer from multiple choices. This one’s free.

    These apps are really basic, but they’ve helped me a lot to learn about hangul more naturally instead of constantly cramming it all into my head! Hope someone will find this useful. Cheers. 🙂

  2. sumin / Mar 22 2012 5:23 am

    Kakao talk!

    • owbEe / Jun 12 2012 1:47 am

      Hi sumin.

      One of my friends also suggested this app. Is it that good? I think I need to have Korean friends first to enjoy this app, right?

  3. 3jay / Jun 10 2012 1:48 am

    Any good android apps for learning korean

    • owbEe / Jun 12 2012 1:54 am

      Hi 3jay.

      I believe Google play (previously Android market) has Naver webtoon, Naver, Daum and Dongsa. I’m not really sure as to a list of good android apps. Will try and share if I can sometime (not so sure if it’s anytime soon, though). 🙂

  4. amyhangukolic / Jun 12 2012 11:43 pm

    Hi, I am trying to develop a language learning mobile apps for my final year project. Perhaps can you give me some opinion on what do you expect for a eng-korean mobile game apps? I hope I can get more opinions and produce a better apps that help myself (korean newbie) and also others. ^^

    • owbEe / Jun 13 2012 1:38 am

      Hi amyhangukolic.

      If I were to have a Korean-English app in general, I would prefer an app that lists down Korean grammar points. Some kind of a Korean grammar dictionary. I know that’s too much to ask for an app but who knows, someone might consider doing it.

      But since you are asking me about a Korean-English game app, I suggest a simple exercise for writing Korean would be perfect for beginners. Probably to try to write each character by hand (via the touch screen of course). Something like what we do when we started learning to write way back when we were kids but in a whole techy kind of way.

      Or probably an app to help us memorize commonly used words in Korean?

      It actually depends on how we want to learn and what level we are learning so this may not be useful for advanced level learners.

      Anyway, hope this helps. 🙂

    • amyhangukolic / Jun 13 2012 1:54 am

      Thanks! I will consider your suggestions. It helps a lot. =)

    • owbEe / Jun 13 2012 2:00 am

      No problem. 😉

  5. yls0 / Aug 17 2012 5:37 am

    Hi, if you seriously want to learn a language, Anki is nearly the only way to go. I’ve been using it everyday for about a year to learn Japanese, and I’ve got insane results out of it (and it’s the same for many people, check out the forum of this website : kanji.koohii.com, people posting there are ALL using Anki and the method I’m describing below). In 19 months of Japanese I can read any mangas, light novels, understand about half of dramas and animes (well, it highly depends on which ones actually), and I can have pretty normal conversations with Japanese people… I expect to be fluent in less than 3 years. I’m using the PC version of Anki (free) and the online web-based version called AnkiWeb (also free) with my iPhone, while commuting in the subway, etc. I haven’t even paid the iPhone app, but honestly, Anki changed by language learning experience so much that I should give hundreds of euros to Damien Elmes.

    I plan to start Chinese in September, and Korean maybe in one or two years, and I’ll use the exact same method than for Japanese, which is essentially based on Anki. You need to follow the “sentence mining” method (look it up). Basically for EVERY new word you encounter while reading/listening to (fun) medias, you look up a simple sentence using this word on the Internet (Naver is quite awesome for this), and you make an Anki flashcard with it. Then just do your daily reviews, and if you’re a bit serious about it, you’ll end up with a freaking huge vocabulary in your head. From there, learning grammar and other stuff should be (almost) smooth sailing… It’s painless, nearly effortless, just requires you to do your reviews and to add sentences regularly. To me, it’s simple a big real life-cheat code to learn languages.

    Good luck in your studies 🙂

  6. Chelsey Wilson / Mar 21 2013 1:25 pm

    Memo and korean flash cards are my to favorite there is audio I and flash cards and you can also make a word map.i actually have a lot of really good apps for korean I think these are just my two favorite

  7. Sheila Lebedenko / Jul 30 2014 11:50 am

    Hi, can you include my app in your list. it’s to help Koreans learn English. American English Pronunciation for Koreans Free
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/american-english-pronunciation/id885702331?ls=1&mt=8
    Thanks!

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