Language Family: Altaic isolate
Republic of Korea, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, China, and Japan
Related Languages:
Manchu, Mongolian

Updated and expanded by Bogdan Sagatov and Michelle Shamlin for the Korean LEARN Conference, July 19 - 22, 2011 - University of Hawaii at Manoa


Korean Language Fonts

Vistawide World Languages and Cultures
Links to several free Korean language font downloads.

U+fonts Korean
Korean font samples, font information, and free downloads.

Type Korean with Your Mouse
Virtual Korean keyboard allows you to type text using your mouse; then copy and paste text as needed. Works well for Internet searches.

Yahoo! Search - Free Language Sites
Because sites come and go on the Internet, the best resource for language fonts may be this Yahoo! Search "find it yourself" link.


JLU - Joint Language University
Critical language resources for U.S. Government Community. Single sign-on access to SCOLA, LangNet, CL-150 and other websites and products. Requires registration and .mil or .gov email address. Search - Preset for Korean
The Google search engine has been preset for you to search the Internet using the Korean language. Also ideal for target language lexical and contextual searches and other language-oriented uses. Requires Korean fonts.

Search Engine Colossus - South Korea, North Korea
Links to primary English and Korean language search engines and gateways.

Library of Congress Portals to the World - South Korea, North Korea
Created and maintained by the LoC Area Studies Directorate. is the South Korean government's "official English website Run by the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOIS) of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, it serves as a gateway of information about Korea, offering a convenient and user-friendly environment."

Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library
From Duke University, this mega-resource site offers links to both South and North Korean WWW Virtual Library.

East and Southeast Asia: An Annotated Directory of Internet Resources - North and South Korea
From University of Redlands: "This annotated directory serves as a window on the rich Internet resources for the political units of East Asia and Southeast Asia.

DMOZ Open Directory - South Korea, North Korea
Huge gateway to Asia and individual countries, includes links to Interactive Portals, Music and Art, Country/Regions, etc.

BUBL LINK - South Korea, North Korea
Selected Internet resources covering all academic subject areas from BUBL LINK Catalogue, the largest Internet portal in U. K.

Google Directory - South Korea, North Korea
Google Regional Directory preset separately for South and North Korea

Yahoo Regional Countries Links - South Korea, North Korea
Excellent Yahoo search engine links to everything from Arts and Humanities to Travel and more.

Google - Translated Search
How does this work? 1. Search for topic from English to Korean or another language. 2. Your query is translated into Korean and the Korean web page results. 3. Finally, we translate the Korean web page results back into English for you.

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Professional Organizations and Fora

Korean LEARN Conferences
"Language Education and Resource Network (LEARN) conferences provide language professionals from U.S. Government-affiliated institutions with an interactive venue where they can discuss and explore issues related to the science and technology of foreign language education."

American Association of Teachers of Korean
"The American Association of Teachers of Korean was founded in 1994 for all levels of teachers of the Korean language, culture, and literature in the United States of America. Its mission is to enhance and promote an interest in the teaching and learning of the Korean language, culture and literature; to carry out research in second language acquisition, applied linguistics, language pedagogy, as well as in the teaching of culture and literature, and to provide a forum for presenting research findings."

Association for Asian Studies
"The Association for Asian Studies (AAS)—the largest society of its kind, with approximately 7,000 members worldwide—is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association open to all persons interested in Asia."

Society of Korean-American Scholars
At Duke University: "Society of Korean-American Scholars (SKAS) is a private, nonprofit and nonpartisan organization dedicated to engender intellectual exchanges in the global Korean community with a view to enlightening and empowering individual members of the community. It promotes scholarship and fellowship among its members and seeks to foster leadership among young Korean-Americans."

Korean Associations and Forums
From Korean Web, an extensive international list of professional Korean language and culture associations, forums and societies.

National Council of Organizations of Less Commonly Taught Language
"The CouncilNet website is the hub of CouncilNet, the World Wide Web based network for organizations representing the less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) in the United States."

ILR Links to Professional Language Organizations
From Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) homepage - links to leading professional language organizations.

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Universities, Programs and Centers of Study

Korean Language Flagship Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa
"The Korean Language Flagship Center (KLFC) at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UHM) is the first and only Korean language center in the United States dedicated to cultivating Korea specialists with professional-level proficiency in Korean. The KLFC’s goal is to prepare American students to be capable of functioning in Korean as professionals in their chosen academic or professional fields."

National East Asian Languages Resource Center (NEALRC), Ohio State University
"The National East Asian Languages Resource Center (NEALRC) was founded in 1993. Since then, the NEALRC has contributed many initiatives designed to increase learners' abilities to master advanced levels of language and cultural competence. As of 1999, the NEALRC adopted its specific East Asian Languages focus in order to serve the needs of learners and teachers of East Asian languages as directly and immediately as possible."

Korean Materials from Foreign Language Resource Centers
List of search results for Korean from the Title VI U.S. Dept. of Ed. funded Foreign Languages Resource Centers.

U.S. Institutions Teaching Korean
From Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota. Select Korean andsearch LCTL list of US schools and institutions of higher education offering instruction in the Arabic language.

LinguaVista - Korean
"The LinguaVista website enables language learners to find high-level language programs in the US and abroad."

Big List of Korean Universities
"Not all universities in Korea have their own websites. Some institutions, while displaying several homepages of their component departments, are still lacking main official entry homepages. In this list only those with the official main gateway homepages are hyperlinked. "

Colleges and Universities - Korean Republic
Links to major institutions of higher learning in Korea.

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Online Media and News

Kidon Media-Link: South Korea,

Links to online newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations from this giant news. - South Korea, North Korea

Solid collection for South Korea; slim pickings for North.

RadioStationWorld - South Korea, North Korea
"An informational directory dealing with radio and television broadcasters worldwide." Site allows you to bookmark favorite radio stations for listening. - Korean Radio Stations
"Listen to 40 Korean Radio Stations."

Voice of America News - Korean Version
"The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is an international multimedia broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors."

Google News - Korean Language Version
Wide selection of latest online news reports and broadcasts.

Yahoo! News - Korean Language Version
Latest news in Korean from a variety of news sources.

Yahoo! News - Korea
Latest news in English from a variety of news sources.

SCOLA - Global Foreign Language Portal
SCOLA ia a leader in foreign language television news broadcasts. Schedule of broadcasts, insta-classes in some languages, and other useful information.

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Korean Language Materials

JLU - Joint Language University
Critical language resources for U.S. Government Community. Single sign-on access to SCOLA, LangNet, CL-150 and other websites and products. Requires registration and .mil or .gov email address.

Korean - Ethnologue
Report from Languages of the World series: basic Korean languageinformation on populations, regions, dialects, etc.

Korean Language - Main Wikipedia Article
Along with this general article, Wikipedia provides separate, main articles on Korean Phonology, Korean Grammarand other selected language topics.

Korean Language North-South Differences - Wikipedia
Main WIkipedia article on the two Korean languages.

Omniglot - Korean Writing System
Basic introduction to Korean alphabet with collections of links to audio files and language related websites.

Sogang Korean Program
A fairly extensive online language program from Novice through Intermediate.

An Introduction to Korean
By J. David Eisenberg. Lessons on Korean Alphabet, Body Parts, Family Members, Numbers, Grammar, and more.

Korean - Language, Culture, History, Study
Deep online language course starting with History of Hangul to grammar reference and cultural materials.

Collection of basic lessons and language related links for Korean learners.

Learn Korean the Easy Way
Online course of 15 lessons.

Korean Language Adventure
"These lessons have been developed in the theme of travel and adventure, allowing learners to take a virtual journey to Seoul and its nearby popular tourist destinations. There are 30 extensive units, with each unit containing three main parts: Reading, Conversation, and Activity sections."

Korean Language Materials from Language Learning Center, University of Washington
Collegel 100 to 400 level courseware with Webstream and Podcast materials.

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Languages Online - Korean
Very extensive aural/listening course materials from Korean 101, 102, 201, and 401/402 courses taught at Indiana University, Center for Language Technology and Instructional Enrichment.

Online Intermediate College Korean
"Online Intermediate College Korean is a web-based online courseware based on Intermediate College Korean (University of California Press, 2002). The objective of this project is to assist in learning/teaching intermediate level college Korean by providing a direct online access to the audio, visual and written materials accompanying the text." 27 Lessons.

GLOSS/LingNet - Korean
Product of Defense Language Institute: "All of the GLOSS lessons are categorized into one of three primary competencies: lexical (vocabulary), structure (grammar), and discourse (devices that bind texts, conversations, etc.). Additionally, all lessons address the socio-cultural competence through teacher notes and the like." About 400 exercises for Korean.

"LangNet is a language learning support system with interactive materials designed for those who want to practice and maintain their target language reading and listening skills." Currently, only available to government agencies and select academic institutions; users can also link through Joint Language University (JLU) accounts.

Korean Business Internet Sourcebook - CLEAR at Michigan State University
From MSU Center for Language Education and Research: "This Internet Sourcebook has been developed to provide a single location for links to many Internet resources relevant to the study of Korean business and economics. Users will notice that all links are in Korean, which is intended not only to maintain integrity of the Korean language, but also to encourage proper reading and recognition of the Korean language as used in Korean business culture."

Enter a graphic text in one of some 30 languages, including Korean, and text is read by a variety of male or female digital voices. Pretty cool!!

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Online Korean Spelling/Grammar Checker
Enter Korean text in box and it is quickly checked for spelling and grammar.

Wikipedia - Korean Language Edition
Korean Wikipedia continues to grow at a steady pace. It now has over 100.000 articles.

Korean Language Education Clearinghouse
The Korean Language Education Clearinghouse was started in 2003 by Korean@Monash University, funded by the Korea Foundation , to help share and distribute Korean language learning materials and information worldwide.

MERLOT Learning Resources - Korean
MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, searchable collection of peer reviewed and selected higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services. Korean language and culture resources for students and teachers - worth exploring.

Korean Language Resources
Excellent collection of links from the Martindale's Language Center.

Resources for Teaching and Learning Korean
Part of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) resources links from Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at University of Minnesota.

UCLA Language Materials Project: Teaching Materials for Less Commonly Taught Languages - Korean
Outstanding site for both online and published resources - not just for teachers. Select "Korean," "All Materials," and "All Levels" for full display.

I Love - Korean
A large collection of links to language and cultural websites.

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Language Videos and Podcasts

Simple Korean
Lesson 1 of 10+ lessons of one of most popular basic Korean tutorials on YouTube.

Learn Korean Video Podcast
This podcast is for intermediatelearners and beginners.

Korean Class 101. Learn Korean Video Podcast
" is an innovative and fun way of learning the Korean language and culture at your own convenience and pace. Our language training system consists of free podcast audio lessons, a premium learning center, and a vibrant user community."

ZENcast Learn Korean Podcast
Learn Korean with Free Podcasts.

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Korean Online Dictionaries

Korean Multimedia Dictionary
From Indiana University, an excellent basic (460+ words) learner's dictionary with pictures, sounds, and more. - Altaic- Korean
Large dictionary portal offers general and specialized online dictionaries.

Martindale's Language Center - Korean Dictionaries
Links to several online Korean-English-Korean dictionaries.

"Professional website translation into over 140 languages."

Yahoo English-Korean-English Dictionary
Dictionary tests well for basic vocabulary.

Naver Korean- English-Korean Online Dictionary
Recommended by several sources.

Korean Wiktionary
Like the English Wiktionary, which aims to describe all words of all languages using definitions and descriptions in English, this Wiktionary uses Korean. More than 10,000 entries.

Google Dictionary
Select either Korean >Korean or Korean >English.

Google - Translate Text or Webpage
Enter webpage URL or text, then select "from>to" languages.

Google - Translated Search
How does this work? 1. Search for Seoul tours from English to Korean. 2. We translate your query into Korean and find Korean webpage results. 3. Finally, we translate the Korean webpage results back into English for you.

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History and Culture

Wikipedia - History of Korea (up to division), History of South Korea, History of North Korea
Three main articles on histories of Korea from prehistoric times to post division.

Timeline of Korean History - Wikipedia
Detailed timeline with numerous links to separate Wikipedia articles.

Korea's History
A brief history of Korea from the Ko Choson Dynasties to modern times.

Korean History: A Bibliography
Compiled by Kenneth R. Robinson: "This bibliography covers many features of Korean history. The subjects include not only political, diplomatic, and economic history, but also historical linguistics, art history, literature, philosophy and religion, and overseas Koreans."

Culture of Korea - Wikipedia
Main WIkipedia article on Korean culture with links to additional main articles.

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Government and Politics

Governments on the WWW - South Korea, North Korea
Includes links to National Institutions and Government sites including President and most Ministries; Embassies in foreign countries, Political Parties, etc.

Political Resources on the Net - South Korea, North Korea
Listings of political sites available on the Internet sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media and more from all around the world.

Foreign and International Law - South Korea, North Korea
From the Washburn University School of Law Library, links to country sites for Constitutional Law, Government and Politics, Law and Legislation, Legislative Bodies, etc.

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Country Studies

Wikipedia - South Korea, North Korea
Excellent online encyclopedia articles covering geography, history, military, culture, etc. with links to Internet resources.

A Country Study - South Korea, North Korea
Exceptionally detailed presentations from the Library of Congress. Includes sections on: Geography, Society, Economy, Government and Politics, Very Detailed History and Historical Development, Contemporary Trends, etc.

CIA World Factbook - South Korea, North Korea
Good resource site for information on Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications, Transportation, Military, and Transnational Issues.

Country Watch - South Korea, North Korea,
CountryWatch is an information provider for corporations, government agencies, universities, schools, libraries and individuals needing up-to-date news and information on each of the recognized countries of the world.

BBC News Country Profiles - South Korea, North Korea

Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries; also biographic sketches of leaders, essay on media, and historic timelines. They also include audio and video clips from the BBC archives.

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Country Analyses

U.S. Department of State Background Notes - South Korea, North Korea
Background Notes are updated/revised as they are received from regional bureaus and are added to the database of the Department of State web site. Categories include: Geography, People, History, Government, Political Conditions, Economy, Defense, Foreign Relations, U.S. Relations, and Travel/Business.

International Monetary Fund - South Korea
Latest developments in Peace and Security, Economic Development, Humanitarian Aid/Refugees, Environment/Shelter, Human Rights, Women/Children/Population, Health/Poverty/Food Security, Culture/Education.

The World Bank Group - South Korea
WBG Activities in Lebanon , with additional related links.

The World Trade Organization - South Korea (Member since 1995)
"The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world?s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business."

Energy Information Administration Country Analysis Briefs - South Korea, North Korea
"The Energy Information Administration (EIA), created by Congress in 1977, the a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. We provide policy-independent data, forecasts, and analysis to promote sound policy making efficient markets and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and environment."

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World Health Organization - South Korea
About WHO" "The World Health Organization, the United Nations specialized agency for health, was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - South Korea, North Korea
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 178 member National Societies.

Amnesty International - South Korea, North Korea
Amnesty International is a champion defender of human rights worldwide. Familiarity with a given country's human rights issues can provide a unique insight into many other aspects of its culture and politics.

Human Rights Watch - South Korea, North Korea
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.

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Lonely Planet Destinations - South Korea, North Korea
The people at the offbeat Lonely Planet website are not your typical travel guides -- they're very bright and know what they're talking about. Their goal is not to "sell the country" to travelers. Instead, they tell it how it is. Typical headings include: "Warnings" (in case travel is not recommended - the "why's"); Facts for the Traveler, When to Go, Events, Money and Costs, Attractions, Off the Beaten Track, Activities, History, Culture, Environment, Getting There and Away, Getting Around, and Further Reading and Related Weblinks.

Wikitravel - South Korea, North Korea
Wikitravel - by the people, for the people. Wikitravel is a project to create a free, complete, up-to-date, and reliable world-wide travel guide.

Yahoo Travel Guide - South Korea, North Korea
Includes links to history, basics, transportation, dining, shopping and climate.

Google Directory - South Korea, North Korea
Includes links to cities, regions, transportation, dining, shopping and climate.

DangerFinder - North Korea
This is an unusual website: "The authors and publishers assume no liability nor do they encourage you to do, see, visit or try any of the activities or actions discussed in this site." Nonetheless, there is some very good, hard to find information here - whether you're a soldier of fortune or just an interested student of the country.

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