These classes are accessible from any location, set around your schedule, and help you...

Kick Your Korean into Gear
with a Proven, Effective Program Designed to
Fit Perfectly Into and Around Your Life.

If you’re serious about improving your Korean, then I highly recommend you check out all you can about this program.  We have been helping people for nearly a decade now, and we are confident we can help you as well.

We have put answers to the most commonly-asked questions below, however if you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.  You can email me at or head to our facebook page and ask anything you’d like. If you’re wondering it, there’s a good chance someone else is too.

Otherwise, when you’re ready to save your seat, click here to complete the registration process.

Q1) You say these classes fit around MY schedule. How does that work exactly?

The design of this program was very much influenced by  this TEDtalks presentationand consists of two main aspects (with the addition of a "third" I'll talk about more below):

(1) the video “lectures” that explain how the language works, taught in plain, simple-to-understand English that is easy to make sense of and improve from, and...

(2) the live practice sessions with a native Korean speaker where you get highly-structured (with the exact amount of structure depending on your level, goals and personal preferences) and effective practice of what you learned in the videos, to help you really improve your ability to SPEAK this language.

The Video Lectures:

There's more details below on who in the world I am and how I came to teach Korean, but the most basic version of it is: I started teaching live classes in the city I was living in  (Suncheon, Jeollanamdo) Korea in late 2005.

Other than a brief period in 2007 (when my wife and I got married and we started an English school together), I kept teaching Korean for the next four years and in 2009, I recorded those classes (while teaching them live) and put them online for people:

  • who don’t have access to any decent classes in their area to learn from, or...
  • who appreciate getting the 'hows' and 'why's of the language explained in way that makes sense and is easier to improve from
  • who simply prefer to learn the language easier and improve quicker than they would either on their own or even with most other programs

Because they were recorded live, it’s like you’re sitting in the classroom when you watch them.  The best part is of course- unlike most programs -you don't have to travel anywhere to get to them, and you don't have to adhere to a "set class time" each week like most programs!

The “lecture” portion of these classes  is those videos, and they will be available for you to watch any time you like, and as many times as you’d like (in case you ever wanted to go back and review something).

The only thing we typically ask is that you make sure to have watched and studied them before coming to the practice session so that we’re all on the same page and can spend all of our time actually speaking and practicing Korean, rather than having to explain things that were already explained in the video.

And of course, during or after watching the videos, if you ever have any questions you’d like cleared up, you can always email me, leave a question on the site somewhere, and I will get back to you asap.

The live "practice" portion of the class:

The practice sessions are the final key piece to the program.  Because this is a "go at your own pace" program, there are no "weekly"  practice sessions that you have to keep up with.  Instead, you can book these as you go.

I will give you recommendations as to when (in the learning process) I think you *should* have them, however you are free to have them as much or little as you want, if you even decide you want any at all.

Perhaps you have someone in your life (a practice partner, friend, boy or girlfriend, or spouse) that you can practice with.   The value for you in this program will still be (A) the clear explanations of the language and (B) the learning "structure" and method we provide.

Not only will it help with you and your efforts to speak the language better, but it will help provide structure to your practice sessions (help you know what to work on, and what to ask of your practice partner), to help you make the best use of that time as well.

And as mentioned above, there is actually a "middle" phase as well:

This phase comes between the video lectures and the practice session, and is the key step to enabling you to make immediate and consistent improvement in your ability to speak Korean.

Referred to here as "Deliberate Practice" , it also happens to be the step most people leave out, and most programs neglect to incorporate or address as well.

However when time is an issue, to ensure consistent improvement, it's important you make good use of the time you do have, and ONLY focus on actions that will move you closer to your goal of speaking Korean.

I will show you exactly how to do this in a very effective and efficient manner, that allows you to make noticeable and consistent progress that fits it into the time you have available per day and week.

And this step also fits perfectly around you're life, because it consists mostly of steps that you not only can do on your own, but that you actually SHOULD on your own!

I will show you exactly how what to do, and how to do it so it takes only the amount of time you can afford to spend in a particular day.

Matt Lindsay

"It doesn't matter if you're coming in with no Korean, or lots of vocab but no idea of sentence structure like me ... this school will make you better."

Matt Lindsay, English Teacher, South Korea

Q2) Exactly how much is this program?

I should mention that there is no special "trial" fee for this program, however when you see everything you're getting included for the tuition fee required (including a FREE speaking-practice session - a $30 value - with one of our Korean teachers), I think you'll agree with me like many students before it is a VERY little amount for what you're getting, and very worth it.

In this first month, you are getting:

  • approximately FOUR hours of Korean class time.

You're getting FOUR hour-long video lectures (recorded in a live class so it’s like you’re in the class as well).

Once we have established your level and where you should start (details on that below), you will start with access to the first class of that level.

Each week after that you will gain access to a new class for to you go through.   Please note that does NOT mean you have to progress through the classes as quickly as that; that's just the schedule by which you will gain access to new classes.

Included with each video lecture is:

  • mp3-file recordings (done by a native-speaker) of the main target language in each video class that you can use to improve your listening and your pronunciation
  • the same download-and-printable handouts we use in all the video lectures so you can follow along perfectly and take notes (again, just like you’re in the class)
  • review/practice pages that you can download, print off, and fill out for extra practice and better retention of all the concepts, vocab, and structures you learn in the videos (not available for classes #1 and 2 ‘cause those are just about how to read and write)
  • the ability to go back and watch the videos as many times as you’d like to review anything you’d like
  • your own personal teacher at your finger tips: any time you have a question, you can either email me or ask on the wall of our facebook page and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
  • Listening / Gapfill activities

Learning to speak the language without improving your ear for it is like learning to swim without using your legs: sure you could do it, but it wouldn't be anywhere near as effective.

The listening activities are made of natural Korean conversations and include the target language that you will learn throughout the main program, to help improve your ear for the language AND help you consolidate and retain everything you're learning.

  • One diary submission / check

While I don't necessarily think improving your "writing" is as important as improving your ability to speak, I do still think it's important to include an element of it as part of a well-rounded learning experience.

This feature will let you submit one diary per month, have it checked and corrected by one of our teachers, and sent back to you ALONG WITH an mp3-file recording of it, so you can listen to and improve passively from it.

It's worth noting that this is not normally included with this program at this price like this.  It is normally an "add-on" in addition to the normal $20/month, however because your new here, I am extending this offer to you.

  • A level assesment

For the program to be effective, it's important to start with material that will engage and challenge you yet not leave you overwhelmed.  So part of the registration process will be to figure out exactly which level will be the most appropriate for you and your current speaking level.

  • A consult session with me (your "Plan of Progress")

This step is completely optional, however highly recommended - ESPECIALLY if you struggle with HOW to learn, and how to fit learning into your life.

You and I will meet (online) and chat a bit about where you're at, what you struggle with, and work to develop a plan to get you speaking and improving daily (or however regularly you can manage).

  • Further personal access to me

I have zero intentions of leaving you alone in this process.  Even though this is a "go at your own pace" program, at any point, if you have a question about ANYTHING, you will always have access to me, either through the site or email.

  • One FREE Live Speaking-Practice Session

I want you to truly experience our program in its full capacity, and I want you to make some great progress as a result of it.  That way, you will then be able to make a much more informed decision about how and whether our program can work for you.

Register for the "Go at Your Own Pace" program, and you can one one live speaking-practice session with one of our trained and experienced Korean teachers.  These are normally $30/session, and you can have it entirely free.

  • My Personal "Promise of Progress"

Here's the thing: I know I can help you.  I understand if you're not as convinced as I am as, well, we've just met.  But over the years, I have helped 1000s of people learn this language, INCLUDING:

  • People who've said they were hitting their head on the wall, frustrated with the amount progress they were(n't) making
  • People thinking this language was just too hard and they would "never get it"
  • People who've said they thought they were too old to ever learn a language
  • People who felt like their lack of access to classes and teachers was holding them back

On top of all that, I even helped one person who had a mild form of brain damage and felt she wouldn't be able to learn due to that.

The reality was that while sure, her process may take longer, the fact was that *most* of her problem was that she was focusing on the wrong activities and bouncing around from one resource to the next.

All it took was recognizing this issue, and creating a series of steps that would GUARANTEE she focused her time and effort on things that would improve her ability to SPEAK the language...and it did.

I'm extremely confident I can help you because if we could do it for her, we can definitely do it for you.  At the very least we feel it's worth finding out.

These are not just some videos online.
This is a REAL course that...

  • follows a REAL system
  • is taught by an experienced teacher
  • has been running in Korea and helping people become conversational in Korean since 2005
  • is utilizing technology common to today to reach people who wouldn’t ordinarily have access to a class in their area or who just want some extra practice to help you build confidence, fluency, and understanding in Korean, in an atmosphere that is relaxed and supportive.

With this "go at your own pace" program,
there are actually two payment options:

1) The first is a "monthly" option; you sign up and your tuition fee is taken out each month on the same date until you decide you no longer wish to continue.

2) The second option is similar but instead you prepay for six months and receive a discount for doing so. This option is also an automatically recurring subscription-type payment, only it happens every six months instead of every month.

The first option costs $20/month, and the second option is $100/six-months (basically you pay for five months and get the sixth month free).

I have priced this program low like this because I want people to be able to progress through the course at their own pace without feeling like they're wasting their money if they go slower than perhaps they'd like.

And then on top of that, if you would like to book a practice session with one of our teachers, those are $30/hour with discounts available for buying in bulk (purchasing packs of 4 sessions - to be used whenever you'd like - is only $100, or the equivalent of $25/session).

Karen MacHale

"I studied with the Korean Digital Academy and it was brilliant.  It's very well organized, it works around your schedule and I highly recommend it."

Karen MacHale, English Teacher, South Korea

"Why don't you offer some kind of free trial or something like that?"

To be fully honest with you…(here comes a friendly rant)...

Because working with people to (A) establish their level, and (B) help them create their "plan of progress" takes a good amount of time!!

So I don’t really want to, and actually just can’t afford the time to, work with people who are not really serious about progressing their Korean forward.

So by charging a small amount...

Although it’s not much, it will weed out the people who aren’t serious and let me focus on people like yourself who DO want to improve their Korean. ‘Cause it doesn’t matter what your reason is for wanting to learn Korean in the first place, be it...

  • to gain a deeper understanding of the culture (that was my reason^^)
  • to hang out and chat with your Korean friends or family more
  • or even if you just want to understand more of your favorite korean drama or kpop group...

Your reasons are 100% valid, but no matter what your
goal might be, you’ve gotta be committed and your
commitment has to show up in two places…

  • Your schedule - you’ve gotta be putting the time and effort in. And…
  • Your pocketbook - you’ve gotta be willing to spend money on yourself and your improvement…

'Cause at the end of the day, it's gonna
feel awesome when you start improving.

Your friends are gonna notice it, you’re gonna notice it, and that feeling of accomplishment A) will always be with you, and B) is going to in turn create so much more motivation to keep going and learn and grow more.  And THAT’S gonna feel even more awesome.

Seriously, when you make that kind of choice to commit to something and you start feeling the improvement, it creates a cycle of success.  The more you improve the more you want to improve, and so you do.

But you've gotta be using it, and
you've gotta be committed.

There are a  lot of people out there who say “Oh, I wanna learn Korean!” or I wanna learn how to do this, or that - whatever it might be - but it’s 100% lip-service because they almost NEVER put in the time, and they certainly NEVER put up the money and invest in themselves. 

I wish that person luck but that is not who this course is for. 

This course is for you - the person who doesn’t want to be giving lip-service to their goals, who actually DOES want to learn Korean and experience that feeling of accomplishment, and who IS ready and willing to commit.

And so THAT’s why I don't offer a free trial.

I told you it was a rant.^^

So if you agree, then awesome.  I can’t wait to help, and your Korean teacher is excited about it as well.

You can click here to complete the registration process.

And if you agree but would still like to find out a bit more first before deciding, that’s completely understandable, too.

Feel free to check out the rest of this page, and as I’ve already mentioned a few times…

If you have any questions about the class that aren’t answered here, either email me at or leave your question on the wall of our facebook page.

Anna Tzanova

"I also want to add my applause for KDA!!! It is helping me learn a lot!  Material is very well presented and explained in the videos. The necessary weekly practice lessons are really fun and very helpful. Can't recommend KDA enough to all who would like to learn Korean!”

Anna Tzanova, Korean Culture Super Fan, California, USA

Q3) Who are you anyways?

A very fair question!  My name is Rob Julien, I am the creator of this program and academy, and I am the teacher in the "video lecture" portion of these classes.

Your name is Rob???  That doesn't sound very Korean! 

Haha, you’re right, it doesn’t. And that’s because I’m not. And if that makes you a bit skeptical about this in any way, then I’d urge you to keep reading below to find out why the fact that I’m NOT Korean, although it is a bit counter-intuitive, is actually a GOOD thing for you and your want to learn Korean.

(and it's not just me who thinks that; all my past students
as well as your Korean teachers all agree)

I came here back in 2003 to teach English and have been living here ever since, and quite literally living “in Korean” in many ways…

  • my wife and all my in-laws are Korean
  • I’ve done different martial arts here
  • I’ve met a TON of great friends
  • I’ve played ice hockey here (who knew!)
  • I’ve even hosted my own TV show here, in Korean!!

That’s not an entire list obviously, but there are lots of things I do and have done here that have helped me progress my Korean, and some opportunities - like the TV hosting gig - that came as a RESULT of being able to speak Korean.

But let me tell you, it hasn't always been this way!! 

When I first came here, I knew absolutely nothing about Korean.

But I did know I was going to be here for a few years at least and that I really wanted to get to know the culture and so to do that, I would need the language.  So I set out to study.

But the problem was...

At that time, there were no good resources to learn from.

The books were terrible, and the classes - on top of very bad explanations by the teachers tended to teach super formal Korean which, for someone first starting out, is definitely NOT the level they should learn in...

So long story short, I basically started putting
the language together myself.

(that’s not to pat myself on the back, I just had no other choice really)

I happened to find a book (that was actually meant for teaching English!!) that had a bunch of sentence patterns in it with the Korean translations on the backside.

So I would sit down and write out all literally all those Korean sentences and as I did, keep an eye out for patterns in them.  Once I’d found something, I’d double-check it with my boss or co-teachers at the time to see if I was right. 

And once I had pulled out everything I needed from those sentences (the structures, etc), I would pull out all the vocabulary I could as well.

Then I would then set to memorizing the vocabulary and the rules (NOT the sentences) from that page and practice until I could say literally every sentence on that page from UNDERSTANDING, not just straight memorization of each sentence.  Then I would go onto the next page.

And by learning that way (as opposed to just memorizing sentences), as I learned more vocabulary and sentence structures and...

The amount I could say in Korean started to multiply...

‘Cause as I learned new sentence structures, I could apply the vocab I already knew into them; and vice versa, as I learned new vocabulary, through understanding I was able to apply it into all the sentence structures I had already learned.

Anyways, I continued this process for about 10 months until I was conversational, and let me was long and it was tedious, and at the time it really sucked! 

But looking back on it now, I’m glad it worked out that way, ‘cause it gave me a really deep understanding of Korean...

And I discovered a couple things…

  • The first is the Korean is NOT difficult; not like people make it out to be anyways.

Sure there are some things that are quite different than in English, but “different” does not have to mean “difficult”, as long as you get it explained in a simple, easy-to-understand way.

But more importantly...

  • There is a system. A very sound, logical, and learnable system.

I mentioned that it took me 10 months to get conversational, and that’s because not only did I have to learn it, I actually had to figure it out first!

But knowing what I now know, I really believe someone can become conversational in as little as three months if they really apply themselves.

And so that’s who I am and what this course is all about...

  • Get the basics explained in a way that is simple and easy to understand and apply, by a teacher who started right where you are now and knows how to get you to where you need to be
  • To make the learning process fun and motivating rather than difficult and frustrating like so many make it seem. And...
  • To help you shave months off the time it took me to get conversational

Well that’s the first part of what this class is
all about anyways. The second is...

Since the beginning of this online course, only the video portion has been available to assist a person in their learning. Actual speaking practice was left up to the person to do on their own.

But the fact is, the online portion by itself is incomplete, because...

Unfortunately for most people…

Despite their want to learn, they simply don’t have access to a decent class or people they can actually practice and use their Korean with.

And for those who do have classes available to them, often they are...

  • way too expensive
  • way out of the way

...and/or (usually AND)...

  • taught by someone who, despite their best efforts and intentions, simply grew up knowing their language and therefor don’t quite get the steps we as English speakers need to go through to go from beginner to conversational, again, through understanding - NOT forced memorization.

So the second part of this class is
designed to help you...

  • Smash through that initial confidence hurdle many people go through when speaking a new language.
  • Retain everything you’re learning
  • Build fluency
  • simply improve as quickly as you possibly can practicing everything you learn live
with a native Korean-speaker.

Patrick Rivers

"Rob, I have to say that I am really loving the course. I'm already noticing these structures when I listen to the other teachers speaking Korean at my school. Also, I'm really loving the active learning."

Patrick Rivers, English Teacher, South Korea

"That all sounds great, Rob, but to be honest, the idea of learning from someone who is not Korean still feels a bit weird to me."

I get that.  I really do.  ‘Cause pretty much everyone who comes to my class without knowing me (basically without being referred here by someone else) feels the same way in the beginning.  But...

Let me ask you a question

...(and this is not to sound condescending in any way, it’s just meant
to prove a point, ‘cause I do get your skepticism)…

Who would you say is a better judge of my ability
to speak Korean and teach Korean:

(A) You?


(B) a Korean person who has seen my videos and heard me speak, knows exactly what this class is all about, and so actually helps me teach it?

‘Cause the fact is, I have five Korean people that work with me and run these practice sessions.

They’ve seen the videos, they’ve heard me teach and speak Korean, and they agree that this is a good course, which is the reason they decided to join me when I decided to launch these live practice sessions.

So while you might be a bit skeptical right now, put your faith in them!

And at the end of the day, you’re getting 8 classes for $20 bucks, four of which are LIVE practice sessions with a REAL live Korean teacher, which is ridiculous!!

So really, you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain ‘cause one month from now, you WILL have improved and you WILL be speaking Korean, and I promise you it’s going to feel great.

Q4) Are these classes only for beginners,
or for higher levels too?

Currently there are four levels in total here at KDA providing a suitable class for almost all levels.

Level one starts right in the beginning for people who have zero experience with Korean, and Level 4 is high enough that since 2012, I have only turned about about 4-5 people for being "too high".

For this program, after registering, you will have access to all of the video lectures and supplemental material on the site.  You can either choose to start wherever you think might be appropriate for you, or if you think you'd like help with determining that, you can get in touch with me and I can work with you to find an appropriate spot to start.

Dustin Clark

“Hey man, just wanted to let you know that the classes were great and that I could write a lot about how well you teach them, I think you’re chill, easy going, make people feel comfortable and one of the best teachers I’ve had, period.  Keep doing what you’re doing.”

Dustin Clark, English Teacher, Suncheon, S. Korea

Q5) Since this is online, is there any special
software I'm going to need?

To watch the videos? No, there is not.  We host our videos on Vimeo, which is a very well-known and easily streamable video-hosting service.

To join the live practice sessions (which are available with this program - you just don't have to commit to doing them weekly)?  Yes, but it’s easy.  We use a program called Zoom. It’s like Skype but a bit more specialized for this kind of thing.  And setting it up is super easy.

However 3 things you WILL need (should you book a practice session) are:

  • a computer with a decent Internet connection
  • a headset (which is not ALWAYS crucial using one almost always creates a better experience for everyone involved, yourself included)
  • a willingness to learn and maybe even have a bit of fun in the process^^
Melanie Steyn

“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.”

Melanie Steyn, Suncheon National University, Suncheon, S. Korea

Q6) Can I see a sample of the videos?

Absolutely. I have actually opened up the first two classes from each of the four levels for you to check out.

On top of letting you see exactly what the classes are like, it will also give you a glimpse into what level may be right for you.

Click here to head into the class area.

Julia Reidy

"I could not have been happier with the class. It met my expectations. It got me speaking."

Julia Reidy, Korean Culture Super Fan

So those are most of the common questions people have and want to know straight away, but as I’ve already mentioned a few times throughout this page, if there’s anything else you’d like to know, please don’t hesitate to email me at, or leave a question on our Facebook wall.

Even if you just wanna check and see that I’m a real person on the other end of this, email me.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

And other than that, a few last things I'll finish off with...

Because this program is a "go at your own pace" thing, there really is no registration deadline or anything like that.

However, it has been my experience that the people who get the best results and improve their Korean the fastest are the people simply get started and get after it.

I can understand if you aren't quite ready to start because you still have questions, and that's totally fair - I encourage you to find out everything you can before starting, and getting in touch if you still have questions - however once you're ready, I would then encourage you to start right away.

I mentioned somewhere already that learning Korean is a lot like skiing (to me) in the fact that it perpetually becomes more enjoyable the better you get at it, and so it's very worth just starting now 'cause the quicker you can make that improvement, the quicker you'll be speaking and having fun with it all.

If you're ready to put in the effort it takes to learn this language, we'll help you make sure you get the most out of that effort and get you speaking Korean.

If that sounds okay to you, then I would encourage you to get registered now now and we’ll speak again soon.


Rob Signature


P.S. I like to keep in contact with students of these classes and so I have a completely-optional survey that people can fill out and use to help me improve the class.

Well one question I ask on that survey is...

“What do you like about the classes?”

Here are a whole bunch of answers that I’ve got. These are all screenshots of the actual survey results...

P.P.S. If you’ve seen enough and are excited to get started, well I’m excited as well. Click here to get registered and I’ll see you in class!

P.P.P.S. In case you just scrolled straight to the bottom, here are all the FAQs again to save you having to scroll all the way back up...