Where to learn Korean in Singapore?

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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)

You’re in luck! There are plenty of courses around at a wide variety of schools. For beginner level, there’s not so much need to be overly picky. All the schools I am in contact with employ native Korean teachers, and they fill their classes regularly, so you probably won’t have to wait long until you can start.

So in this case, I’d advise you to go with a school that’s convenient for you in terms of location, schedule or price. Besides in the central area, you can find Korean schools as far out of town as Jurong East, Kembangan and Bishan.

You can find pretty much all Korean courses from reputable schools in the Yago Korean directory. Many of them are reviewed, too.

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Scenario 2: You’re an advanced learner. Maybe you even took a Korean course in Korea and now want to continue.

That’s a much less desirable position to be in. Since a lot of students don’t learn more than 1-2 levels, the number of students / classes for higher level courses is much smaller.

So you need to stick to larger schools and / or schools that specialise in Korean.

These are the specialized schools you can consider: Daehan Korean, SKIS, Sejong, Ganada.

Among the larger schools, I know that Lingo has a lot of students and a strong Korean department.

If all else fails (and I know it does for many), you can choose to self study Korean like Shanna from hangukdrama.com. Her blog, by the way,  has great study ideas, posts about motivation and book reviews.

You can also check out this blog post with ideas for learning Korean online.

Scenario 3: You want to learn Korean full-time in Singapore

The advantage of full-time lessons is concentration: you can achieve a lot more if you study Korean every day. As far as I’m aware, only Daehan is regularly offering something close to full-time lessons, with 1.5 hours per day from Monday to Friday.

Scenario 4: You have specific wishes 

A Korean group class is by definition one-size-fits all. You will have to make it at the time and place at which the class is scheduled, and you’ll learn what the group learns.

If you have specific interests, or are already advanced and want to prepare for your TOPIK test, you may be better off getting a private Korean teacher.

Most language schools offer this option. However, due to their management of the teacher, the hourly rate will be fairly high.

A more affordable option would be TUTOROO (starting at S$ 40/hour) which matches native Korean speakers with learners directly on WhatsApp. Send them a message, and they will suggest a reliable tutor who can meet you at your preferred place and time. You can have a WhatsApp conversation before deciding on a trial lesson.

 

So in short

  1. For part-time beginners: Lots of courses to choose from
  2. For advanced learners: Stick to specialized or large schools. Or try self study (Lots of resources over at Hangukdrama).
  3. Learning Korean full-time: Some classes available at Daehan.
  4. Get your dedicated Korean teacher: TUTOROO

About Guus Goorts

Guus has traveled widely and has lived in The Netherlands, Ghana, Belgium and Singapore. In descending order of fluency, he speaks Dutch, English, Mandarin, German and some rudiments of Spanish, French and Italian. Guus lives in Singapore with his wife and two young children. He settled in Singapore in early 2006 from his native country The Netherlands. After working in a job for corporate training, he founded Yago Languages, Singapore's guide to language learning.

  • DingYi Sun

    There is Korean full time course in Daehan

    • http://yago.sg Guus Goorts

      Thanks for taking the time to comment DingYi! It turns out that Ganada and Daehan are even already featuring the full-time courses on Yago. I was aware of it but had forgotten to update this blog post.

      It’s done now!

  • Andy Lim

    I’m currently taking classes with Daehan Korean Language Centre. What I liked about their courses was they were relatively flexible. You can consult with them on the areas you’d like to focus on your Korean (e.g. more conversational / more academic) as well as they budget and they will be able to recommend you a course that suits your needs best.

    Also, as their classes are not too big (ranging from 8 – 15 students per class), the teachers are able to give you their full attention and it is more conducive for learning. In addition, apart from the books, some of the teachers also give additional notes/vocab/idioms to aid in your study..

    They also offer TOPIK courses for those preparing to register for the exams!
    They also have this annual Korean Night Festival which you can participate as a volunteer. I think they’re holding it for their 6th year already The centre is located in Kembangan Plaza (opp Kembangan MRT) so it’s relatively convenient…

    Most teachers have been with the centre for a long time as well and come from top universities in Korea, so you know you’ll be in good hands. Also they use a mixture of Kyunghee and Yonsei textbooks, so there’s a well-rounded balance in grammar, vocab, speaking and writing.

    • http://yago.sg/blog Guus Goorts

      Hi Andy,

      Thanks for sharing. Feel free to also leave a comment on their profile on Yago, it will certainly help the centre to get noticed more prominently.

      You can find it on http://yago.sg/schools/profile/19.

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  • romain

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