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.