This Korean language program was created by an experienced language teacher who, in 2003, started right where you did in Korean (from nothing) and since its creation in 2012 has been repeatedly called "the best Korean language program" going by many who've been through it. If you're serious about improving, it's worth learning about and giving some serious consideration to.
Hi, and welcome to Korean Digital Academy!
If you're attempting to learn Korean - either you're a beginner just starting out, you've been trying to learn but have been struggling due to any number of reasons , or maybe you're actually doing pretty well and want to keep getting better, then I invite you to give this program some serious consideration.
Now, I fully realize that as the creator of this program I am entirely biased (and that it's "easy for me to say") but hear me out...
I have been teaching the Korean language for more than 15 years now (and taught English successfully for 11 years as well before selling our English school) and everything I say on this site is speaking from experience.
Either my own experience, or about the experiences and results of past students who have told or written to me over the years, and continue to do so (a small fraction of which you can read about on this page).
We all have our reasons for wanting to learn, and those provide the drive for us to keep going, yet, we all have our struggles as well; the things we feel hold us back from improving, either at all, or at a pace we maybe wish we were capable of, that perhaps other people seem capable of.
Some of these obstacles are internal: feeling like we're just not good at languages, we're not capable of remembering vocab and structures, we feel we're too old, or just in general that "you'll never get it";
And some of them are external: some people feel they don't have access to decent classes, their schedule or family life holds them back from attending classes or putting the necessary time in, or for some it's location and proximity to people who can help.
And for many people they experience this overwhelming sense of difficulty because they struggle with a combination of a few of those things.
But the reality is, while these problems can affect the pace at which you can progress..
For example a father who works to support his family and literally only has 30 minutes a day to dedicate to this is totally going to progress slower than if he could (and did) put in 2 hours per day.
But that doesn't mean you can't still make good, efficient progress. It just means you absolutely have to cut out the ineffective activities that don't progress your speaking ability forward, and focus on the steps that do.
Often times these struggles are only obstacles, only problems because we are not yet aware of a better solution.
Often times we take the natural plan of signing up to a course or finding a "language partner" to help, but unfortunately the vast majority of these classes and exchanges are run by people who, despite their best intentions:
(A) just grew up knowing their language and therefor have very little insight into how the language actually works and can not give you the answers to the "how" and "why" that you need to make sense of this language.
(B) they take very little time, if any at all, to give real thought to what is going to actually help you progress, and furthermore, what is going to help you make progress DESPITE the obstacles in your way.
And while I could go on and on about all the things we have included in this course (the videos, the worksheets and all that stuff), personally I feel the real powerful elements - the hinges that are swinging the biggest doors for people and helping them make tangible, noticeable, (and usually immediate) progress, is this:
We help people make tangible, noticeable improvement (often immediately) because we put a heavy focus on a couple key areas:
1) We give simple explanations in plain English of how and why the language works the way it does, and we deliver them in a way that is easy to understand making them simple to grasp and improve from.
These explanations are delivered by an experienced language teacher who also happened to start learning Korean exactly where you did (from nothing) and can help explain the "ins and outs" all from a perspective of a native English speaker who's been through it.
However, while "learning and understanding" the language in a way that is easy to apply is helpful and will help shortcut the process...
Input alone is not enough. What helps make this program as successful as it has been for people is that...
2) We put very strong emphasis on the key step to developing speaking ability and confidence, to developing ANY skill for that matter, which is structured and "deliberate practice".
The word "fluency" can hold different definitions to different people, however ALL definitions will include a person's ability to get words, sentences and thoughts to come out of their mouth without much effort or conscious thought.
Through purposefully-structured practice, this is the result we focus on and help people get.
3) And lastly, we structure the program to fit in and around your life and learning preferences so that no matter what you struggle with, no matter what you feel is holding you back, we form a plan that works for you and helps ensure you make progress.
I won't go on too much more here but if you've ever struggled with any of what I mentioned above, then I invite you to check us out some more.
As you'll see when you click on one of the big blue buttons on this page to create your free account, the first step is to just ask you a few questions about yourself, your experience and your current situation.
From that, we make a recommendation on which system you should consider giving a try.
In the 15+ years I've been teaching Korean, I've helped thousands of people improve their Korean, DESPITE any struggles they may have already experienced, and I'm confident I can help you as well.
And if you're one of those who really feel like you really do lie in the fringes of all this and just can't be helped, you can find my email at the bottom of this page.
Get in touch and let me know why, and let's see if we can work together to help fix it.
Honestly, what have you got to lose? Nothing except a bit of time, but chances are you're losing that anyways trying solutions that just aren't working for you.
So again, if you're serious about learning this language, then I invite you to create your membership and check out for yourself why people again and again call KDA "the best program" they've ever tried.
"I feel really optimistic right now. It's always been my dream to speak Korean, and for the first time I feel it's actually possible. I'm so grateful for my class, it's such a comfortable place to practice. I'm just really happy all around."
English Teacher and Language Lover
"The truth is I have taken many Korean courses, all of which, except for one, I felt had terrible methodologies. I was excited to take this course because it was going to be led by an English native speaker who I figured would have a different approach. This has been the best course I have ever taken."
Seoul University Language Professor
"Actually I was at dinner with my coworkers the other night and found that I could follow more of the conversations than I could before. It was absolutely awesome! My co-teacher would ask me what everyone was talking about and the next thing I know, everyone is talking to me in Korean to see if I could understand. So far I've tried several different methods of learning Korean and KDA is the best by far."
English Teacher, South Korea
“I LOVE the classes! Its an open atmosphere where we get to practice aloud with other people how to speak the language. I don't feel any shyness when it comes to asking questions or getting something wrong and that's because of the atmosphere you create."
K-pop and K-drama super fan
"I can't fully explain how excited I am to be noticing more about the language the more I'm learning it, and I'm really looking forward to getting into the nuts and bolts of Korean soon. 너무 감사합니다!"
K-pop and K-culture super fan
“I really liked your Korean classes; it was the only time I studied Korean and felt there was a logic to it and a system to the teaching. I felt you could understand English-speakers' problems learning Korean.”
Suncheon University Language Professor
Here are a few things about this program that people have expressed they've found helpful and beneficial over other programs they've tried:
Korean is quite different from English, but “different” does NOT have to mean “difficult”, as long as you get it explained in a way that makes sense. Get helpful explanations and unique insights from a teacher who started where you did, who learned the ins-and-outs of the language, and can explain things in a way that is easy to understand, apply and improve from.
Speaking practice is a key step in the learning process. Small class sizes (max of 4!) dedicated only to structured speaking practice gives you the opportunity to practice everything you learn and boost your fluency, pronunciation and overall speaking confidence.
Learning a language is supposed to be fun and the last thing you want is to feel overwhelmed from information overload. These classes follow a proven step-by-step plan to get people from beginner or where they're currently at to conversational at an appropriate pace that doesn't overwhelm, yet challenges and progresses your ability forward.
There is no point in learning language that nobody uses. That may seem like the year's most obvious statement but you'd be surprised the number of courses and people that teach exactly that, including super formal language you simply don't need for everyday Korean. We will focus on language that you can immediately apply to your everyday life.
The goal of all this is improvement in our ability to SPEAK this language. By cutting out the waste and focusing on the steps that bring us the most improvement for our time and energy, we streamline the path to improvement. In fact, we hear back almost everyday about the improvement people are experiencing. Improvement in their understanding, in their ability to actually use it in conversation around town and with friends and colleagues, AND improvement in the experiences they are now having as they begin to enjoy using it more. We would absolutely love the opportunity to help you experience the same.
Very small groups made up of people at a similar level as you, you can feel free to practice, make mistakes and improve in a comfortable, supportive environment surrounded by people of similar level and goals.
Various programs designed to fit perfectly into and around your schedule and put a strong focus on improving your ability to SPEAK and understand this language. No matter whether you have a job with odd or varying hours, little time each day to devote, or even if you have time and you want to ramp things up and improve as quickly as you can - we have a program for you.
No cab fares, bus fares, or any wasted time or money getting to these classes. We are 100% online so you can attend them from literally anywhere you want, as long as you have a decent Internet connection. Isn't the future great?
"I am very pleased with the results from Level 1 of your program, and am looking forward to jumping into Level 2. I feel that now I am actually learning "the language" and not just some words and phrases. I also feel a better quality of life for me here in Korea as I make connections between the material and real world. As much as I wish I could be more fluent now, I know it takes time, and I'm confident that your course will help me get there."
47-year-old who thought he
"would never get it
It is easier learning here than at the intensive school I attended in Seoul. At some points I just gave up since I couldn't understand any of it. With you it is explained well and since you can relate to the same frustrations of learning korean I can see how you have made it easier for others to learn it too."
English Teacher, South Korea
I discovered that a lot of free classes or language exchanges are often useless because the 'teachers' don't actually know how to teach Korean and they can't answer my questions or they try to teach me too much in one go. I really like that your program breaks things down into manageable pieces and I'd love to do more. As always, thank you for your wonderful service and help.
English Teacher, South Korea
I am enjoying the classes immensely. I am learning a lot, and I always look forward to my lessons each week. Finding great instruction can sometimes be a difficult path and you provide it. You are needed in this community, and in my eyes you are a HERO!!
K-culture and language super fan
You have three programs to choose from, all designed to fit perfectly into your schedule so you can boost your Korean forward at a pace that works for you...
This program follows the exact same structure as the weekly group sessions (with the video lecture followed by a practice session at the same set time each week).
Instead of being in a group, however, you are on your own for maximum speaking and practice time with your teacher.
And do not worry if you are a lower-level student... you do not have to worry about "free talking" throughout the class.
All of our practice sessions are structured to focus on the material you learn in the video lectures, so you will know exactly what is expected of you, and what to prepare for, and can improve at a pace and in an environment that is comfortable to you.
"Go at Your Own Pace"
Designed for the person who for whatever reason - be it they're busy with their job, family, or just personal preference - prefer to be able to go through the program at their own pace without having to keep up with the weekly sessions.
This program offers both elements from the weekly group sessions - the video lectures and the practice sessions - only there is no set schedule.
You progress through the video lectures at your own pace, and when you're ready (and only if you want to, although I highly recommend it), you can book a practice session with one of our Korean teachers to get the ever-crucial speaking practice of the material you're learning.
Meet Some of the Awesome
Teachers Who Help Make This Happen...
**DISCLAIMER: teacher descriptions may or may not have been lifted from Chuck Norris quotes
"I love the class. The course is fun, the material is relevant, the explanations are clear, the classes are well organized, the individual help is outstanding, the price is great . . .What can I say, do you think maybe you could serve refreshments? : )
Arnelle; High School English Teacher, South Korea
I studied with the Korean Digital Academy and it was brilliant. It’s very well organized, it made a huge difference to my Korean speaking ability, it works around your timetable and I can highly recommend it. Get in touch with Rob, he is super helpful.
Karen MacHale; English Teacher, South Korea
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