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Where to learn Korean in Singapore?

Korean / English Keyboard

Korean keyboard. Photo by knittymary

If you want to learn Korean in Singapore, you’ll find no lack of language schools that offer Korean classes.

In our directory, you can find an overview of most Korean classes that are available in Singapore.

There are so many that you may be a bit bewildered on how to choose.

Many discussions in forums and blogs are just about comparing one school to another and finding the “best” one.

But what’s “best” for your friend, may not be best for you. It depends on what you want to achieve. Here are a few common scenarios and suggestions on what to choose.

Scenario 1: You’re a beginner Korean learner and want to study part-time (evenings or weekends)

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Last tickets to SKIS’s Cultural Event!

Last week I received mail from the Singapore Korean International School.Post from Singapore Korean School

This is what was inside:

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Learn Korean: Singapore has a new option!

10% Off Intensive Korean course - On Yago onlyJust last year, GEOS celebrated their 15-year anniversary in Singapore.

And now they’ve just opened their first Korean class.

So far, they have specialized in English. Even up to today, many of their students come from Japan and Korea to learn English in Singapore.

Quite probably, some of the Japanese students will also take up Korean. And you may run into “live” Korean students while at the school to take your Korean lessons.

Why did GEOS decide to start offering Korean language?

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K-Pop in Thailand: Is the Korean Language Taking Over?

I Love K-PopForget Adele! Forget Lady Gaga! The hippest thing in South East Asia these days is a dose of K-pop!

Many of you reading this may not be old enough to remember the days before early 1990s – before the Internet and ‘globalisation’.

Back then popular culture formed locally and slowly spread to other countries via the media of TV, movies, magazines, travel etc. Nowadays it seems to spread quicker than the Bird Flu virus did and it sweeps over entire regions and continents in no time!

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Learning Korean online – Some “serious” resources

Blackboard with Korean vocabularyIn my previous post, I shared some really informal ways for learning Korean online though YouTube channels and podcasts. This second post links to some online Korean lessons that will be helpful for you if you’re looking for a more serious online learning method.

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Learn Korean Online through K-Pop

Goong Korean Drama cast6 Years ago, my friend introduced me to Goong, a Korean Drama about the story of an ordinary girl who lived in the Palace and lived like a Princess.  It was the first Kdrama (short for Korean Drama) that I ever watched and loved it!   I was so affected by the story that I even bought my own DVD so that I can watch it anytime I want to! And I also downloaded the soundtrack for the drama because I always feel moved (and sometimes teary-eyed!) whenever I listen to the song.

But that wasn’t enough for me.  I wanted to learn Korean for it.  That was what got me into self-studying Korean.  I know lots of you out there are like me.  I know we share the same dream – we want to learn Korean so that we won’t depend on subtitles anymore.  So let me share some of the things I tried and things that I think will help in learning the Korean language:
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Kpop in Singapore: Performances, Festivals and Korean Culture

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Wonder Girls performing “Nobody” at the 2008 Bucheon World Intangible Cultural Heritage Expo opening ceremony. Photo by 복사골철이

The Kpop craze has invaded Singapore! Indeed, Singapore was not spared, as it has fallen in love with the tunes, the moves, and even the fashion that these Asian stars have been infecting the world with. Various well-known Korean artists have already visited the country and there’s still several more coming before the year ends.

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Groupon Korean class? 3 Reasons not to go for it.

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If you really want to learn a new language, rather than just getting a taste, Groupon is a waste of time and money. Before you pull out your credit card to buy the next Groupon Korean class deal (or any other Groupon class for that matter), consider the following 3 reasons not to buy:

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How to take the TOPIK test in Singapore?

Here’s a post for those ambitious Korean learners among you, who want to get TOPIK certified.

What is TOPIK exactly?

TOPIK’s full name is hangugeo neungnyeok siheom (“Korean Language Proficiency Test”) and is administered by the Korean Institute of Curriculum and Evaluation. You can take the test in Singapore.

No matter what your level is, you will take the same test, and depending on your score, you will achieve a grade of 1-6, where 6 is the highest.

Why take the TOPIK test?

You can take the TOPIK test for 2 reasons: (1) to give yourself a goal for improving your Korean or (2) for University admission and get residence in Korea.

Korea’s immigration is based on a point system. A higher TOPIK score means better chances to secure a long term visa for living and working in Korea.

People sometimes ask me whether schools provide certificates after attending a course. Many schools do, but the truth is that only the TOPIK certificate (and to lesser extent KLPT) is recognised internationally.

How to sign up?

Logo of Singapore Korean International School Language CentreIn Singapore, the TOPIK test is organised by the Singapore Korean International School (SKIS). Test fee is S$ 80.00.

You can refer to this web page from SKIS for registration details and dates.

The test takes place at SKIS’ Campus at Bukit Timah (there are shuttle buses from Newton and Clementi). The next TOPIK test is scheduled for 20 October 2013 (Sunday) but beware that the registration deadline is probably going to be in August already!

Need preparation?

The best path to certification is to first take a general Korean course, and when you have progressed enough, sign up for the TOPIK exam.

In the months ahead of your exam, you can take a Korean course to freshen up your knowledge of the language.

 

For language certification, don’t count on your school

“Will this school award a language certificate when I complete the course?” is a question many people ask before they join a course.

Most schools do. But don’t count on it being much use to you. Schools write up the certificates and standards themselves, and they have little use outside of the particular language school.

Here are the more useful language certification options – which will help you to get you visas, University admissions and jobs.

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