How to Choose Korean Learning Software

You want to learn to speak Korean, right? Great! I’ve done it myself, and I can tell you that it’s not as difficult as it seems. The trick is to choose the Korean learning software that’s best for you. To get the best software, you need to ask yourself 3 questions

      • What’s my budget?
      • What are my learning goals?
      • What’s my learning style?

Let’s look at the top 3 Korean language programs and see which one is best for you.

Rocket Korean

According to our reader’s choice poll, Rocket Korean is the best way to learn to speak Korean. Is it best for you? Let’s find out right now!

Question: What is your budget?

At just $67 for a lifetime membership, Rocket Korean is, without a doubt, the best value for your money. In fact, when I first checked it out, I wasn’t expecting much because of the low price. I was wrong. Don’t take my word for it, though. Try it yourself! Rocket has a no-questions-asked, 100%, 60-day refund policy–and they stand by it (I tested it out).

Answer: Premium program at a budget price.

Question: What are your learning goals?

Rocket Korean provides instruction for all 4 core language learning categories, reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The main focus, however, is on learning to speak Korean. Also, this program is geared towards beginning Korean learners. If you’re already at an intermediate or advanced level, Rocket may be a bit easy for you.

Answer: Designed for beginners who want to learn to speak Korean

Question: What’s your learning style?

With Rocket Korean, core learning takes place in the interactive dialogues, making this a great program for audio learners. It also provides picture-based vocabulary learning games, which is good for visual learners. Finally, there are great Korean writing videos, so if you’re more of a linguistic learner, there is plenty here for you too.

Answer: Very well-rounded, good for all types of learners.

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Pimsleur Korean

Pimsleur is a highly respected program that is grounded in years of language learning acquisition research.

What’s your budget?

Pimsleur is a world-famous language learning company that has millions of clients. They make outstanding products, for sure, but at more than triple the price of Rocket Korean, it does get a bit pricey. Watch a short video about the Pimsleur method.

Answer: Outstanding, world-famous product–but a bit expensive.

What are your learning goals?

This is easy. Learn to speak Korean with Pimsleur. Period. Pimsluer Korean offers no learning games, no grammar lessons, no vocabulary games, and no writing lessons. It has one laser-focused goal–to help you learn to speak Korean.

Answer: 100% audio course that only teaches speaking

What is your learning style?

Pimsleur Korean is a 100% audio-based program. Some people absolutely love this approach. Others prefer to have more “busy work,” like vocabulary games, picture-word association games, writing exercises, etc.

Answer: Great for audio learners

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Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone is one of those products that some people love and other people love to hate. The bottom line, though, is that millions of people have bought, and continue to buy, Rosetta Stone products.

What’s your budget?

At $399 Rosetta Stone lands squarely in the “expensive” range. For that price you do get very high quality learning materials, such as voice recognition software, learning stories, high-quality graphics, and so forth. Is it worth it? …Here’s what customers have to say.

Answer: Expensive.

What are your learning goals?

Rosetta Stone  is similar to Rocket Korean in that it teaches reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. With Rosetta’s unique “immersion  style” of teaching, you learn all 4 skills, seemingly without focusing on any one in particular.

Answer: Teaches all 4 leaning categories

What is your learning style?

This is where people either love or hate Rosetta Stone . The program uses Rosetta Stone’s own “immersion” style of learning. Basically, you learn tons of stuff it what seems to many like an unorganized manner. It’s definitely not linear learning. That is, you don’t go from step one to step two, clearly building on what you’ve previously learned. Instead, you jump around doing lots and lots of different games and activities.

Answer: non-linear learning that some people like and others dislike
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My Recommendations

How to learn Korean? Well, if you’ve read this far, you’ve probably got some idea based on your budget, learning goals, and personal learning style. My personal recommendation is that you go with Rocket Korean. It’s a fun, easy to use program that is fairly priced. Plus, they offer a no-questions-asked, 100% 60-day  refund.

However you decide to learn Korean, I wish you the best of luck!


Ryan Wiley
Speak Out! Languages

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