Want to learn Korean but don’t know where to start? Try TikTok! Learning Korean has never been easier with the bite-sized lessons on TikTok. Here are ten accounts that can help you study Korean:
For new Korean learners,
TikTok account @itsallcleo is a treasure trove for Korean content. Using a mix of Korean and English, Korean teacher Cleo explains everything from language to culture. Cleo not only teaches you Korean in her TikTok videos, but she also shares resources to help you learn Korean.
If you’re just starting your Korean learning journey, check out @unniewa.korean on TikTok. This account is full of beginner-level vocabulary and grammar concepts, such as how to count in Korean and how to say “I will…”. With @unniewa.korean, you can quickly level up your Korean.
Content creator Jeff Kim teaches Korean with a philosophy that incorporates fun and culture into language learning. His content includes videos showcasing basic phrases for daily life as well as cultural videos such as comparing Korean dialects. He also frequently collaborates with Ina Kim, another Korean learning content creator who is featured in Seoulspace’s article “10 Instagram Accounts to Help You Learn Korean.”
Run by Hana and Duna, this account is perfect for those looking to practice their listening skills. The account uploads sketches every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The sketches range from informational to humorous. What’s great about @unlimited180s content is that Korean learners can listen to natural Korean conversations while also learning about Korean culture. Each video has both Korean and English captions, so new Korean learners can easily follow along.
For conversational Korean,
If you’ve nailed the basics of Korean, @hanipkorean can help you continue building your skills. Run by Heesu, the @hanipkorean page is filled with various useful phrases such as “I lost track of time” and “Is it a good deal?” Not only does Heesu share useful phrases, but she also uses them in example scenarios too. With Heesu’s help, you’ll speak Korean fluently in no time.
Another great page to check out for useful phrases is @fluentinkorean, which is run by Yuni. On this TikTok page, you can learn Korean phrases like “I’m on my period” and “I’m allergic to ___.” Yuni also teaches you vocabulary words that you can use with the phrases too. The phrases from @fluentinkorean will no doubt come in handy.
Although Mehtap was raised in Switzerland, her Korean skills are no joke. Currently living in South Korea, she shares snippets of her life through her TikTok account @mehtapisme. Her skits, done entirely in Korean, reenact common interactions she’s had while living in South Korea. These skits are perfect for those who want to learn conversational Korean or who are preparing to move to Korea themselves.
For Korean that they don’t teach you in class,
Textbook Korean and real-life Korean are not always the same. Mia, a certified Korean teacher, knows this well. Many of @mia_korean’s videos focus on showing the differences between what Koreans actually say in real-life, often having a comedic take on language learning. This account is perfect for anyone looking to sound more natural when speaking.
If you want to sound like a true native speaker, look no further because @yourkoreanteacher_gio has exactly what you need. Gio’s TikTok videos share useful vocabulary and phrases that aren’t commonly taught in the classroom such as how to say you’re having a mental breakdown. Her Q&A series also helps explain common Korean mistakes or confusing topics like how to say “you” in Korean. Studying Korean with Gio is sure to get you good results.
The best way to make friends is to show them your humorous side, but this can be hard to do when speaking a language you’re not fluent in. Jay, who runs @jfromkorea on TikTok and works as a tour guide in South Korea, has plenty of Korean jokes and puns to share on his TikTok page. Make sure to keep a few of his puns in your back pocket when you visit and make friends in South Korea.
Give these TikTok accounts a follow and keep up with their content so that you can improve your Korean language skills. If you like learning Korean via social media, check out our article about 10 Instagram accounts that will help you learn Korean.