The moment I finally felt I had
reached "conversational" in Korean...

I'll never forget it.  We were standing at the bar (Elvis, where we frequented in those years), and I was with my best Korean friend.  I don't remember what we were talking about exactly, but what I do remember, was that within a few minutes of chatting, (A) I had managed to chat for a few minutes straight, which admittedly was becoming more and more common for me around this time, and (B) I had expressed myself in three different tenses.  I had spoken about something I did, something I do, and something I was going to do.  And it was precisely that it hit me, and I truly felt I had achieved being "conversational" in the language.  Far from perfect, far from "fluent" (depending on the definition you attach to that), but good to enough to converse.  It felt amazing, because the feeling was like hitting a benchmark (albeit, a perhaps undefined one), achieving a certain level.  But honestly, I never looked back, and I continued to utilize those three tenses, and more I learned through out the coming years, to really begin to express myself, to go deeper into the language, and to really share stories, and express myself.

The cool thing about it?  Two things actually...

(1) I had only been at the language about nine months, so I was pretty pleased to be where I was (although I firmly believe it can be done faster... I'm aware of what I neglected to do during my process); and (2) I had only recently learned to use the past tense and future tense, but thankfully because of the way I had been learning, I was able to pick them up super quickly!

The future tense I found really easy, because it was just a simple structure that attached onto the end of basic verb forms, and was really easy to do.  

The past tense, however, I kind of got lucky...

See, to speak in the past tense, you need what I call the "conjugated" form or the "changed" form of a verb.  

Again, I got lucky.  

See the way the learned, I pieced a lot of it together on my own, going through sentence structures and looking for patterns, and one really useful pattern I happened to discover was related to verbs, how they grouped together, and how they conjugated (riveting stuff, I realize, I was a hoot at parties let me tell ya!)

But the way I learned to group these verbs made it super simple to conjugate create that "changed" form of the verb, and therefore made it quite simple to speak in the past tense as well.

Fast forwarding a bit, when I finally learned how other people were being taught about verb conjugation, it was like you needed a mind map to navigate all the possibilities something could be, or what you'd have to do.

I was like, "whoa, that seems complicated", and I honestly felt super lucky, because the way I learned to do them, really made it quite simple, because I really only had to notice ONE simple thing about nearly ANY verb, and then I could apply the changed form.  

Even now, I learn a new verb, I can tell immediately what kind of verb it is, and know instantly how to conjugate it (the Korean "system" of language is nice that way).

Anyway, it was probably a year or more later before I ever actually shared this system with anyone, but I've been teaching it ever since, and have received feedback like this from Nathan...

"Rob, The Clock Analogy is AMAZING! I'm pretty sure that 30 second explanation just saved me years of time. Thanks!"

(You're welcome, Nathan, VERY sure it saved me years of time as well)

So what is the Clock Analogy, or "Clock Theory" as I've always called it?

Hi, my name is Rob Julien, and I am the creator of Korean Digital Academy, and this Korean Verb Mastery course.

Now hold up a second, I know what you're thinking...

"Oh, a verb conjugation course, how exciting... {puke emoji}...

I get it, but hear me out.

This is not just about "verb conjugation".  

This is about ONE skill, that can transform you instantly from where you are now, be it beginner, perhaps "novice", to truly becoming conversational in the Korean language.

Because it's not just the past tense that uses this.

As you'll see, in the system that is the Korean language, there are HUNDREDS of sentence structures that go on the end of verbs to create a deeper, more complex meaning and sentence.

Let's look a just a fraction of them as an example, using the verb "to do", or 하다 in Korean...

Using what I've already stated, can say:

I do

I did

I will do

But adding a few more (again, of HUNDREDS)...

I want to do

It would have been great to do

I have done (talking about an experience)

Or turning them into questions...

Shall we do?

Have you been?

It even applies to and simplifies speaking in different levels of respect of formality (another gigantuous barrier for people to speaking this language)...



NOTE TO SELF: use a different verb, perhaps ha-da, so the changed form is visible

But here's the great part...

EVERY. SINGLE. STRUCTURE... in the entire language (of the ones that connect onto verbs, of which there are a LOT), connects to verbs in only one of two ways...

It connects either to the base (or "unchanged") form of the verb, which are the easy ones, or...

They connect the changed form.

So if you have a simple way of creating that changed form of a verb, then you can literally SKYROCKET your Korean, by simply learning more of these structures.

And here's the best part, each STRUCTURE you learn, applies to alllll the verbs you know, so every time you learn a new structure (nearly as simple as learning one new word or vocab), you literally DOUBLE the amount you can say in the language.  As long as you understand how to apply it, and can do it easily/quickly enough so you're not sitting there contemplating all the potential ways it could work (which is what happens when people learn the way Korean verbs are typically taught in books and classes).

Go back to my personal experience...

Once I learned to speak in the future tense, and because I UNDERSTOOD how to use it with ALL verbs, I literally doubled the amount I could say. 

Everything I could already say, I could now say it in the future tense.  

Doubled.  Like, actually.

And then once I learned how to speak in the past tense, everything doubled again.

And now because I understood these structures, every time I learned a new verb, I could plug it into these various tenses and structures.

I call the multiplication effect.  

The more vocab I learned, I could immediately plug into a bunch of different structures.  And the more structures (tenses, etc) I learned, I could apply them using all the vocab I knew.

This is really when my Korean began to take off, and I went deeper into the language, and became more and more conversational in the language... and honestly, I never looked back, and I REALLY started to enjoy my life and experiences in Korea... 'cause they were mine, and they were LIVED in this new-found language.

And see, for me, that's where the "fun" is!  

Sure, "verb conjugation" may sound boring.  But how does this sound instead...

Master ONE skill, that will literally multiply again and again everything you can say in the language, and rocket boost your Korean skills forward to "conversational" and beyond?

Because to me, that's what this is.  The "fun" is on the other side of this skill.  The "fun" is in actually CONVERSING with people. 

The taxi drivers, the little old ladies in the market, the girl at the movies who was putting cheese on my nachos (I actually dropped a bit of local dialect, 사투리, on her, and she just handed me the bottle of squeezable chees to apply myself... one of the top 5 moments of my life actually) 

And the best part is, IT'S NOT DIFFICULT.  

It's not confusing.  It's not going to have you meddling through a maze of if/then scenarios in your brain before you can actually spit out the word.

Conceptually, it's simple to learn.  Practically, it takes a bit of practice to master.  And once you have it, there's no looking back.

As I said earlier, it helped me get conversational in nine months, and knowing what I now know, I truly believe that ANYONE can get there faster, and this one skill will GREATLY ASSIST anyone who acquires it.

So if you'd like to dive into this rabbit hole with me, and come out of a better Korean speaker, then I invite you to join in the Korean Verb Mastery program, and let's kick your Korean up 11 notches!!

I’ve been teaching the Korean language both in a classroom setting and online since early 2006 (yes, 16 years and counting), and our programs have become well-known for taking a seemingly “difficult” and complex language, and breaking it down for people in a way that makes sense and is easy to understand and  learn   improve from.

But before all that, and much more importantly to you…

I started learning this language exactly where you did

(from nothing... an absolute beginner)

Back in 2003 (almost 20 years ago now!!) I graduated university with a major in mathematics. I moved west and spent a winter skiing and working part time in the Canadian Rockies. The following summer, September of 2003 to be exact, I moved to Korea.

When I came here, like you, I had no prior experience in Korean. I was looking to learn, but had a lot of trouble finding any decent resources - books OR classes - that explained things very clearly.

Not only were they limited in their explanations of the "how" and "why" of the language, but they tended to teach everything in super formal Korean, which was fine, but really NOT the most useful Korean you can learn.

At the time, I must admit, I found it pretty frustrating.  But looking back on it, I'm glad it worked out that way 'cause through some admittedly hard trial and error, it allowed me to put things together myself and come up with a system for learning.  

Not only "learning", but for actually improving my ability to SPEAK the language also.

And while things now are very different now than when I first started (not only are there classes everywhere, but seemingly endless options of online programs "teaching" Korean), a lot of the problems that existed then still exist now.

Not only do they still exist, but...

Given the countless number of options and information available to us now, some new problems have emerged (which I'll address below in detail).

These problems are 'causing people to get caught up in "busy" work that sucks up their time and effort, but does very little to improve their ability to actually SPEAK the language.

I have made it my mission to eliminate these problems once and for all, and to help people like you discover the shortest, most direct path from where you are now to becoming conversational (and beyond) in the Korean language.

So if you’ve struggled to make significant progress in your ability to SPEAK Korean despite the all the time and effort you've put in, and you would prefer a much SIMPLER way, then hear me out…

This system is super easy to apply and is guaranteed to help you improve your speaking:

  • Even if you feel you've "tried everything" and are just "never going to get it"

    As we'll see below, it's very likely not your fault you feel that way, and this simple tweak in the way you learn improve is likely all you need, and can be applied in honestly as little as 10 minutes a day if needed
  • If you think you "suck" at learning languages 
  • Same as above, this too can definitely be fixed by focusing on the RIGHT activities!
  • If you feel you're "too busy" 
  • This one is a big issue for a lot of people, but the beauty of this approach is that it is designed to fit into and around your daily obligations so that it does not take a lot of time out of your day to do, yet still allows you to make consistent progress in your improvement
  • If you feel you lack progress because you have no teacher, language-exchange partner, or anyone else to help
  • Yes, we do recommend implementing some of those things as part of an overall perfectly-optimized system, but as you'll see, 90% of the improvement can and actually should be done on your own without the need for anyone else at all
  • If you feel you're "too old" to learn the language 
  • We have someone who is pushing 70 - yes, SEVENTY years old - who has applied this system successfully and now feels she is going to achieve her goal of speaking this language

I realize that maybe sounds "too good to be true", but

I am willing to stake my word and entire reputation on it...

Knowing exactly what I did to learn this language, and after having run a couple successful “beta” groups in 2020 to test things out with other people,  am 100% confident this can work for anyone willing to apply these simple steps with a little bit of consistency.

So before you waste another dollar or another hour on yet another workbook, app, class, online program, or language exchange partner, give this system a red-hot go, and see for yourself what I and people who've been through the system all know, which is that:

  • It is easy to apply (in honestly as little as 10 minutes a day if needed)
  • It can be fit into and around your daily life so it takes almost no time away from your other obligations
  • You will start making progress almost IMMEDIATELY, and every day afterwards, and as a result...
  • It makes the learning improvement process FUN again, which as a a result...
  • Reinvigorate your motivation again because you now (finally!) see a clear and achievable path ahead of you to becoming conversational and beyond

Follow this super simple and PROVEN process, it will make the learning process fun again, which will fire you up, and as a result, help you shave shave months (potentially YEARS) off your Korean-learning journey... guaranteed (details on that below)...

These are not some magical steps that only
linguistically “gifted” people can do...

(click the pink "play" button to hear from Lindsay and others below directly)

"I really liked it. I could see a huge difference between myself in the beginning of the week, and the end of the week.

It's sorta been my dream, to be able to explain something at some kind of length in Korean... and I did it! So I feel really good now!

I think this is a great method. I think I've improved in a bunch of different ways, and really gotten things into my head.

I also feel like my pronunciation is improving. I feel like I'm sounding more like a Korean.

Honestly I'm surprised by what happened in my class last night, and how well this seems to have worked, and I'm going to keep doing it.

I'd definitely recommend it. I've already told my classmate about this 'cause I thought it would be really helpful for her.

~ Lindsay; English Teacher and Korean-language Enthusiast!

"The speaking challenge has really taught me how to focus my learning, and it's taught me how to fit learning into my busy schedule. Now I don't have the excuse of work's gotten really busy, I don't want to take the time because I taught myself over the last couple of months, how to fit practicing my Korean into only like 15 minutes a day"

~ Abby; K-culture fan, planning to teach in South Korea

"Really enjoyed it, definitely worthwhile, definitely experienced improvement (so the guarantee worked!)... not only did my fluency and confidence improve, but also my comprehension..."

~ Jeremy C; S.Korea, teacher and culture fan

"Everything was a benefit... the videos, watching people, the speaking, the continual practice every day... every little bit of it was beneficial, and I loved it."

~ Carrie W; USA, K-culture and language fan

"Definitely can see how the method and dedicating myself to the output was important, 'cause there's a big difference between today and day #2 where I was tripping up a lot more than I expected.  This is helping.

~ Nick Derrett; intermediate Korean-language learner

"I could hear myself getting better as I progressed and started to use it more, and it was really easy to adapt it into my life.  You could argue the process could be applied to learning any language.  It's really working, and I really like it."

~ Carlee H; USA, K-culture and language fan

Introducing the 21-day Speaking Challenge...

This is the newest course we’ve created here at KDA, and it was created to fix the issues that run rampant in "language acquisition" once and for all, and to help people finally get on a clear path to becoming conversational and beyond in the Korean language.

I personally guarantee, if you can promise me a consistent effort of only 20 minutes per day on average (and I’ll show you ways to even decrease that if need be) for the next 21 days…

I promise you will be blown away at your ability to make daily, NOTICEABLE improvement in your fluency, speaking confidence (a major hurdle for many people), AND your long-term retention and ability to recall everything you learn.

And this isn't just about "21 days"...

Once you learn the process, you can then apply it to literally any resource you ever learn from in the future and guarantee you not only “learn” the material, but you develop the ability to recall it, and speak it with fluency and confidence.

Think about what a difference that
will make to your life...

Obviously the details of yours will not mirror mine exactly, but as a result of learning to speak this language, I’ve had so many incredible experiences and opportunities open up to me, including but certainly not limited to….

  • I got to meet, date, and eventually marry my wife (something she admits totally would NOT have happened if I wasn’t able to speak the language)...
  • And helping out with the whole marriage thing, I got permission from her father to marry her as well!
  • I got to help coach and organize two sports teams.
  • I got to MC two friends’ weddings (yes, the Korean part).
  • I got to co-host my own Korean mini-series leading up to the 2012 World Expo held in Yeosu (just 30 minutes from where I lived).
  • Not to mention the number of encounters I had with people all over the country, from little old ladies at street markets, to cabbies, to shop owners, so many of whom engaged with me simply because I could speak their language.

Again, your experiences and opportunities will most likely be entirely different from mine, but the common thing they share is that they will be awesome, and they'll begin opening up for you the moment you start making serious progress in the language, which is exactly what this program is designed to help you do...

(Registration closes Wednesday, June 15th

This system is SIMPLE to apply.

Anyone can do this, and I mean ANYONE.

Apply these basic principles with even just a little bit of consistency and here's what you can experience as well...

Greg Lewis

English Professor, S.Korea

This approach is perfect for someone who doesn't have the time...

“Overall I really liked it. I told you in the very beginning that I’m very busy. The methodical process that you can wedge it in here and there, it’s perfect for someone who doesn’t have time.

I’m not trying to blow sunshine, but I think this approach is perfect, and for me, one of the best approaches to take."

Euan Kerr

English Teacher, S.Korea

My speaking has improved since day one, so I think it’s been successful...

“It was quite enjoyable for me, and quite a good challenge. My speaking has improved since day one, so I think it’s been successful.

I think the consistency is really a benefit, even if, like you say, you’re only studying for 5 or 10 minutes a day, then having that habit of doing it every day makes a difference."

Murray Johnson

English Teacher, S. Korea

A little bit each day, and it really set in...

"I like the study approach. I find it productive, and to be engaging each day. I just did a little bit every day, and it really set in. It became much easier as the week went on, and just felt more engrained.

I also notice that I'm not spending any more time studying, but I'm spending my time more intelligently. "Smarter not harder", as they say, so that's a win. "

Here’s exactly what you get with this program...

Pre-challenge Videos:

Before we get into day one of the speaking challenge, we want to make sure we’re all on the same page and ready to hit the ground running on day one.

These short but important pre-challenge videos will guide you through our unique approach to language-acquisition (specifically the ability to SPEAK it!), our philosophies, and other perspectives to help make sure you get the most out of the program.

The main program:

The main part of the program is a short daily video, usually only 2 to 4 minutes long, every day for 21 days, which will walk you through EXACTLY what you should do that day.

These videos will of course get you speaking and help you increase your speaking fluency and confidence, but they will also help you remove any mental blocks so that we can start speaking more freely with less focus on perfection, and really open up the pathway for actual progress.

Another strong benefit of this program and these steps is to not only improve our speaking ability and confidence, but to really increase your long-term retention and ability to recall of everything you learn.

One of the most common experiences people on the “content treadmill” have is trying to recall something, KNOWING they know it, but are unable to recall it.

As soon as they hear it they’re like, “Gah, I knew that!! Why couldn’t I remember it??”

You ever experience anything like that?

Right, and you’re not alone.

So this program helps solve that, because a major part of increased fluency is NOT just the ability to say things, but also relies on the ability to RECALL things as well.

We’ll help you fix both.

And yes, you will need some content to apply the steps to, and I’ll address that in just a bit.

Access to our Private Community:

This is easily one of my favourite parts of the program (and others, as you can hear in the videos above), and it may just become yours as well.

For a lot of people, getting over the speaking roadblock is not just about improving the mechanics of getting words to come out of our mouths, but it’s also very much about busting through our mental roadblocks and improving our confidence.

This private group is ONLY for people who sign up to the 21-Day Speaking Challenge, and who are also committed to smashing through those roadblocks, improving their confidence and fluency in the language.

The group provides a safe and comfortable environment for people to practice and improve in, to encourage and support one another, and to champion each others’ efforts as we go.

One group of people with one goal, and to be honest, it’s great.

Like I say, the interaction and encouragement is easily one of my favourite parts. Other than the success stories I get to hear at the end of the 21 days of course.^^

And to help make sure this program is as helpful as it can be, for anyone who signs up this time around, we are also including the following...

BONUS #1: 
Access to one FULL level from our main digital course ($50 value):

As I mentioned, when you’re going through the daily steps, it’s only natural that you need some “content” to apply the steps to.

Also as mentioned, an important part of a successful language-acquisition process is to get the language explained in a way that makes sense and is easy to understand and apply.

So the first “extra” that we’re including for those who sign up this time around is three-months of access to any ONE level of your choice (based on the level we both agree is best suited for you, details just below).

Our digital lectures were recorded in a live classroom setting (so it’s like you’re sitting in the class with us), and have become well known for making simple sense of what many believe to be a difficult language.

The classes start right in the beginning and progress step by step through the language, skipping nothing, and walking through the most direct route from where you are now to becoming conversational and beyond.

There are four levels in total, each with 12 classes (so a LOT of material - an entire year’s worth currently if you progress one class per week, which we will do in the speaking challenge).

How it works:

As soon as you’re registered, the first step will be to establish, based on your SPEAKING ability, what level will be a good fit for you, meaning which will be challenging, but not overwhelming.

Once that’s established, we will open up access to that level, and you will keep the access for a full three months.

That way you can continue to progress through the material on your own, and use your newly-learned and wonderfully-efficient method to continue to improve well after the speaking challenge is over.

But that’s not all…

BONUS #2: Access to me for personal feedback ($300)

I’ll admit, I have been largely removed from any live teaching for quite a few years now (I mean, why would I when we have the amazing teachers we do!).

But for this time around, I will be doing weekly “check-in” calls. These calls are for you to ask me literally anything you want, and to get personalized help with the process should you need it.

Again, I not only want these 21 days to be as helpful as possible for you, but I want you to come away with a full and clear understanding of the process so that you can take what you learn and continue to improve LONG after the challenge is over.

And so these calls will help us do just that.

BONUS #3: 
Access to ‘The Top 1000 Words in Korean’ ($27)

While each class from the digital course has its own target vocabulary, the reality is that language-learning can be very much an individual’s journey, meaning the words you want to learn and use may differ from the words someone else wants to learn and use.

These wordlists will help you plug n’ play with any vocab you like, should you want to. This is totally optional, but because everyone’s journey is different, you may find you want to do this, and so this resource will help you do just that.

I should mention that these wordlists have been emailed out to people (very likely you included) at some point in the past, but recently we had a student go through and improve the formatting etc to make it more easily searchable, and overall just better. This new and improved version will be included in the course as well for you to use during the 21 days, and well beyond.

(Registration closes Wednesday, June 15th)

Tweak Your Learning Process Now and Save Yourself Months (maybe years) of Wasted Time...

Think about it...

  • How many hours have you spent up until now in a classroom trying to learn? 
  • How much money did you spend to be in those classes? 
  • How much time and money did you spend getting to and from those classes?
  • How many books do you have piled up on your bookshelf, collecting dust and constantly reminding that you “should be” doing more?
  • How many hours of online resources have you watched?
  • How many files of workbooks and other resources do you have stored on your computer?

If you’re like any of the people I’ve talked to, the answer is most-easily described as “A LOT!”  

There actually is no specific number because actually having to count it all up and figure it out would be next to impossible!

So instead, imagine learning a process that would make each and every resource you used actually useful, and would guarantee you not only “learn”, but actually develop the ability to recall and SAY everything you learn

Obviously it’s hard to predict exactly what experiences and opportunities would arise as a result, but again, we can both agree that they’ll be pretty awesome…

ESPECIALLY because you’ll know with 100% certainty that it’s happening because you made the choice to get on your new proven path of progress, and finally become conversational in the language.

Now, I fully understand there can still be a bit of hesitancy...

It's entirely possible you may be thinking, “Sure, maybe it worked for them, but how do I know it’ll work for me??”

I fully get that.  So to help make your decision to at least try, as easy as possible, I am offering you…(and everyone who joins this time around)...

Here's My Personal "Guarantee of Progress" to You...

Listen, I am very confident this method will work for you, because it’s simple, it’s easy to apply, and because it has already worked for a high percentage of the people who’ve used it, HOWEVER…

I am also aware that no solution works for literally every single person ever, and so you may not be as sure as I am.  Fair enough.  But the reality is...

Unless you try, 

neither of us will ever know.

And if it WAS going to work for you, and you were finally going to start making the progress you’ve always wanted, then it’d be a damn shame for us not to find that out.

And so I am making this decision to join and try it out as EASY as possible, and putting all of the risk on ME to prove that the claims I’ve made are in fact as I say they are.

So here’s the deal…

Take the course, go through the steps for the entire 21 days, and at the end (yes, you can literally do the whole thing before you decide)...

If you don’t absolutely love it and agree that you’ve made daily improvement in your speaking fluency and confidence, and can finally see a clear path of progress that you can continue to use no matter what resource you ever learn from in the future…

Simply message us (you can reply to literally any email you ever get from us and we’ll get it) and I will refund back to you every single dollar paid.

NOT ONLY THAT, BUT… You can even keep the bonuses you get for signing up this time around.

And to make sure you have enough
time to try it out and decide…

Even though the program is only 21 days long, you get a full 30 days to decide, starting from Day One of the challenge.

I have been teaching for a total of 17 years, have been running KDA for a total of eight, and I truly feel that if I have not helped someone do what I said we could help them with, then I don’t deserve - and therefore don’t want - their money.

And by offering a personal promise like this, it allows YOU to make a FULLY-INFORMED decision about it, rather than trying to guess whether it will work for you or not.

So if that sounds fair, and if you have been struggling with some of the things I’ve described here today, then I strongly urge you to give this serious consideration, and let’s find out for sure whether it will work for you too.

‘Cause if it does help you, and I’m confident it can, then it will be a complete game-changer for you and your ability to speak Korean, and we’ll both be super excited for you and what’s to come.

When Exactly Can You Expect Results?

To be perfectly honest with you, once we are into the process, specifically the “output” phase which starts on Day Four, it is very common and highly likely that you will notice improvement in your fluency and overall ease of getting the words out of your mouth within a single day, and every day from then onward.

Here’s a breakdown of the process...

Days #1-3:

Each week is broken up into an “input” phase, and an “output” phase. The reason for that is because if we don’t do any “input”, then we won’t have anything to “output”.

Day One of the challenge will be the first day of our input phase, which lasts from day one to three. 

This is where we develop our "cognitive connection" with the material.

In the first week, because it’s our first week, we don’t have anything to review from the week prior. Therefore there won’t be a lot of SPEAKING per se, as we’ll be focused solely on “input”.

In weeks #2 and #3 however, during the “input” phase, we’ll also have a review portion, and so in every other week except for the very first one, there will be speaking every single day.

And you will become more comfortable speaking every single day, that is my promise to you.

Day #4:

Day four is the first day of our “output” phase, and this is where things start to get fun.

Because this process is new for people and NOT something they typically do or have done to improve, in the beginning the words can come out slow and “choppy”, with poor fluency, and even seem a bit awkward.

But hear me out… 

"Slow, choppy, and awkward" is not just okay... it’s a GREAT sign!

It’s great because that is proof that there is room for improvement. And you will absolutely notice the improvement as you go through the next few days, I guarantee it.  

Many times you'll notice the improvement within a SINGLE day!

Days #4-7:

From this point on until the end of the week, we will be practicing our speaking literally every day.

This part of the process won’t take long at all (in terms of total time required in a day), AND we’ll even make it seem like less, because we’ll help you utilize your downtime effectively so that you can work it into and around your daily life and commitments.

In this phase...

You will notice improvement in your speaking literally every single day.

Your fluency, your confidence, pronunciation, and your ability to recall the words and phrases you’ve learned will ALL improve.

At the end of Day 7, the material you’ve been focusing on, the exact same material that felt “choppy and awkward” at the beginning of the week - will seem “easy”, almost to the point it becomes boring to you.

And that’s another great sign!

How in the world can “boring” be a good thing??, you might be asking, but here me out.

If something only recently felt choppy and awkward to say, and now in a relatively short time period of time later it feels easy to the point it’s boring for you, that’s a REALLY great sign of improvement!

And the best part is, like I’ve been saying all along, it’s not just improvement in our “passive” understanding and recognition of the language (like you get from workbooks and most other programs), but in your ability to actually speak.

To actually get the words to come out of your mouth.

It’s entirely possible that you will make more tangible progress in week one that you maybe have in months of trying other methods.

You will notice improvement in your speaking literally every single day.

Your fluency, your confidence, pronunciation, and your ability to recall the words and phrases you’ve learned will ALL improve.

At the end of Day 7, the material you’ve been focusing on, the exact same material that felt “choppy and awkward” at the beginning of the week - will seem “easy”, almost to the point it becomes boring to you...

And that’s another great sign!

How in the world can “boring” be a good thing??, you might be asking, but here me out.

If something only recently felt choppy and awkward to say, and now in a relatively short time period of time later it feels easy to the point it’s boring for you...

...and that’s a REALLY great sign of improvement!

And the best part is, like I’ve been saying all along, it’s not just improvement in our “passive” understanding and recognition of the language (like you get from workbooks and most other programs), but in your ability to actually speak.

To actually get the words to come out of your mouth.

It’s entirely possible that you will make more tangible progress in week one that you maybe have in months of trying other methods.

Weeks #2-3:

Once we’ve completed week #1, you will have experienced the process for one full week.

The entire week will have seemed new to you, but once we enter back into the beginning of the phase in week #2, things will quickly become familiar to you.

For some people, that familiarity can lead to potentially shortening the input phase and increasing the output phase, but I leave it up to people to decide.

As mentioned, there will also be a review portion added, where we continue to review what we improved on the week before.

Remember, the added benefit of doing this is our long-term retention…

So we don’t want to just hold on to things we learn for the week, but we want to be familiar with it all at the end of three weeks.

We want it ALL to be able to come out of your mouth with EASE!

Week #3 will be similar to weeks one and two, but with its own added tweak. 

(Registration closes Wednesday, June 15th)

Here’s Exactly How to Join...

Click the the big pink button just above or anywhere on this page that says “Yes! I want to improve my ability to speak Korean now and forever for only $47”, and you’ll be taken to a page where you can select your payment options.

You can either pay via Paypal (using a credit card or your paypal account), or if you live in Korea, there are instructions on how to do a bank transfer. 

As a Recap, Here’s Exactly What you Get With This Program...

  • Pre-challenge Videos: to help make sure you get the most out of the program.
  • The main program: a short daily video, usually only 2 to 4 minutes long, every day for 21 days, which will walk you through EXACTLY what you should do that day.
  • Access to our Private Community: provides a safe and comfortable environment for people to practice and improve in, to encourage and support one another, and to champion each others’ efforts as we go
  • Access to one FULL level from our main digital course ($50 value): these are the digital lectures people use in our main language program here at KDA.  They were recorded in a live classroom setting (so it’s like you’re sitting in the class with us), and have become well known for making simple sense of what many believe to be a difficult language
  • Access to me for personal feedback ($300 value): these weekly calls are for you to ask me literally anything you want, and to get personalized help with the process should you need it.
  • Access to ‘The Top 1000 Words in Korean’ ($27 value): because everyone’s learning-journey is different, these wordlists will help you plug n’ play with any vocab you like, should you want to. 

With all that included, for this time around (and very likely this time around ONLY), the program is $47 USD.

And if you're living in Korea and would prefer to do a bank transfer, the program is 50,000 won.

What happens after you register...

Once you’ve registered, you should get a “Welcome” email from us, which will contain your log-in info as well as a link to the Speaking Challenge home page.

Within a few minutes of getting the welcome email, you will ALSO get an email asking about your current speaking level. This will begin the process of establishing exactly which level you should start in the course.

Once that has been established, we will open up access to that level. The next step will be to dive into the program and begin watching the “Pre-challenge Videos”, as those will get you prepared and ready to get the most out of the Speaking Challenge once it begins.

In the members area, you will have access to daily videos walking you through the daily steps that we will take each day of the speaking challenge.

From there you should be off to the races, improving your ability to speak each day for the next 21 days, and learning a process you can apply well past the 21 days until you become conversational (and beyond) in the Korean language.

And as always, you will have direct access to us (via email, through the private group, and during the weekly zoom “check-in” meetings) to ask any questions you’d like and get help with any aspect of the course you’d like.

If that all sounds okay, then
at this point, you have a choice...

  • You can continue spinning your wheels with activity, trying things on your own, and making minimal progress compared to what you could.  Or...
  • Worse, you can join the thousands of people who’ve decided “they’ll never get it”, and quit (which I don't think is you're plan).  OR...
  • You can take a chance (not really even a "chance" considering the “guarantee” I’ve put in place for you), invest a little bit in yourself, and learn a simple process that is easy to apply, and that can GUARANTEE you improve your ability to speak Korean, and drastically shortcut the path to becoming conversational

Personally, if you actually DO want to get conversational in Korean, I think the choice is a no-brainer.  But I also realize that I am biased.  

And I also realize that perhaps you still have questions, and so just below you'll find an FAQ section with answers to some of the most common questions we get, as well as an email address that you can email and ask any questions you might still have.

But if you're ready to dive in and get started (as soon you register you can begin going through the pre-challenge videos, and we can work on establishing which level you should start at), then you can click this big pink button here...

(Registration closes Wednesday, June 15th)

Judith Rizzio

USA, Korean Language and Culture Fan

"I was speaking with my Korean friend the other day and even he noticed that my speaking was so much better, it seemed to flow out a lot smoother. I think for me the key was the input/output structure, I found that really, really helpful.

It helped me in a very positive way. It’s helping my speaking, I feel my confidence starting to increase, and it’s really helped my retention and ability to recall vocabulary.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of time commitment is required?

One of the key benefits of this program is how we help people work the daily steps into and around their daily life in a manner that helps reduce the time commitment, taking very little time of your day, yet still making consistent progress in your speaking ability every single day. 

The reality is, if time is an issue for you, then it is even more CRUCIAL that you cut out any activity that doesn't move the needle forward for you, and focus ONLY on those activities that will.  

Different days require different amounts, which I'll provide more specifics on just below, but even if someone can't finish an entire day's step in one day, that is okay.

But to get on the most efficient path possible, one that allows you to make progress and that fits into and around your current life, the process should still be applied. 

To provide more specifics...

The longest a single day might take is about one hour if you were to sit down and do it all in one go, but TWO important things about that:

  1. No step requires you sit down and do it all in one go. A large part of this program is helping you understand how to do the steps in your "down time", utilizing times of the day you might not normally, so that it doesn't actually take much time out of your day at all. And...

  2. There's actually only one or two days of the whole week's worth of steps that would even require that really; most only require 30-40 minutes tops, spread out throughout the day.

    For example, days 4 to 7 really only require small 5-10 minute intervals, 2-4 times throughout the day. Basically, as the week goes on (and your ability to speak your target material goes up), the time required to do it each time goes down, so it gets shorter and shorter as the week goes on and your ability improves.

To summarize, and I can't reiterate this enough... if you need to take longer, take a couple days to finish a single step... THAT'S IS 100% OKAY!

There is a lot of flexibility with the process, and it is designed to fit into and around your life.

When does the program start?

Registration closes on April 7th, and "day one" begins on April 12th.

That said, there are also some "pre-challenge" steps to complete and videos to watch prior to the start, and some steps to do before the program starts (including establishing your "starting point" in terms of the content you're going to use to apply the daily steps to), so registering earlier than later will be beneficial.

Can I do this in addition to the KDA class I'm in?

Of course it's totally up to you, but the short answer is yes, absolutely! 

This program is a very different program from our other programs, and is actually designed to be a perfect complement to all of them ( the weekly group sessions, 1-on-1 classes, and the "Go at Your Own Pace" program... or any other material or resource you'll ever use in the future for that matter!).

It is a set of daily steps to do to help you "acquire" the language (the "input" phase), and then take specific and deliberate steps to develop (and retain!) the ability to say everything you learn... what I call the "output" phase.

And all of these steps can (and actually SHOULD) be done on your own, and can be done at your own pace, so it's a program meant to help you improve no matter what your lifestyle, schedule, or "time restraints" might be like as well.

I'm a beginner, can this help me?

This is a really great (and important) question.  Because some people believe they need to already "be a certain level" to make it effective.

The reality is, you do not need to have ANY fluency whatsoever.

In fact, the less you have, the more opportunity you have to see improvement almost immediately, so that is not a concern at all.  

Learning this process early on will ALSO help you avoid wasted months by following an ineffective improvement plan.

In the past couple of sessions we've run, we've had people span all four levels, and still find value.  In fact, one aspect people have expressed they really like is getting to see people in other levels of experience go through the steps. 

What I will say about this though, is that I think a person (to get the most out of this) does need to be able to read Korean before starting this.

As always, I strongly encourage learning to read and write to be the first thing anyone should do, and this case is no different.

But after that, someone could be just starting out in the language and this program will benefit them greatly.

I'm more advanced, can this help me?

This is also a great question.  My initial answer is "Yes, there is a very good chance this program will be great for you", based on the experiences of our past members (details below).

But I also understand that it can still be hard to know for sure and so I'll address that below as well.

In the past couple of sessions we've run, we've had people span all four levels of KDA, and still find it helpful.

In fact, the majority of people who've provided feedback (that you can see on this page) were in either Level Two, Level Three, or Level Four. 

And one aspect quite a few people have expressed they really like about the program is getting to see people in other levels of experience go through the steps.

But given that perhaps that's not enough, and you are still unsure (which is totally understandable), two things:

1) Do you feel like there is potential to improve your improvement process, specifically your ability to consistently take what you learn and develop speaking fluency, confidence, and long-term retention?  

And are you able to fit your process into and around your daily life so that you can guarantee you make progress even if time is an issue?

If you feel there is room for improvement in your process, then I would give it some strong consideration.

2) What I will also add is that, part of the reason we have our 30-day (yes, longer than the program even is) "guarantee of progress" is so that people who are not quite sure can try it out and then decide, so they don't have to "guess" whether they should or not.

Sign up and give it a go.  If you improve your process, awesome!  If not, it cost you nothing and at least you know for sure. 

But again, given that we've had people from all levels take the program and find it helpful, I'd say there's a good chance you will too!

Do you still have questions?  Ask away!

As always, I encourage people to find out all they can about the program so they can make an informed decision.  I've put some answers just below to some of the more frequently asked questions.  If you have a question that is not answered above, please do ask it.  If your'e wondering it, there's a good chance someone else is too, so ask, and I can add it to the FAQ just above!  You can email us at  Please just reference the speaking challenge when you do.  Thanks!

My final two cents...

The experiences and opportunities that are going to arise for you as you continue to develop your ability to speak Korean are very likely going to look entirely different than mine.  But just like mine, they will be awesome, and you'd trade them for nothing.  So I encourage you...

Don't trade them away.  Learn this method now, and guarantee yourself you make consistent progress day-in day-out for the rest of your Korean-learning journey, and shortcut your path to becoming conversational, and to the experiences and opportunities that await you as a result.

My team and I are here and very excited to help you achieve this (very achievable) dream!

And in case it helps, here's a bit more feedback we've received

(as you can see, these are screenshots from inside our private facebook group)