I think you are talking about interactive software like children's learning programs right? There is a lot of great software for Korean children but it's typically 100% in Korean and assumes a certain level of proficiency exists in understanding the explanations and reading directions. If you don't have even this basic level of understanding even the simple lessons can be frustrating. Unfortunately this kind of software is sorely lacking for foreigners because it is such a small niche.
Back in the days of Windows 95 there was a learning game I remember called "Hi Korean!" but a quick google search just now revealed no such product. I will research edutainment software while I am in Korea next month and get back to you on this site.
Thank you for the advice!
Yes, I am looking for something interactive to assist in my learning (even like a guided course to help with vocabulary and conversations). I see a few online which have been intriguing, but hard to tell whether they are worth the investment or not (I know the Pimseleur CDs were not for me).
I have tried the Rosettastone series and they were not all that helpful either. We gain a little something from all the sources but I understand not wanting to spend an arm and a leg. Of course, one of the best resources is right here at KC101. The lesson Mp3s and PDF files of all the levels and seasons far exceed any of the packaged programs I have seen or tried. Just the Mp3s from the advanced seasons from lesson 1 season 1 until the current season have provided me well over 5 hours of intense and relative Korean input. I listen to them in the car to and from work.
I am not a big fan of http://www.livemocha.com/ but they do have a number of interactive Korean learning exercises for free. Be advised that the lessons there are a little stiff and one of the male pronunciation sample voices is possibly the worst Korean intonation I have ever heard --that "native speaker" must have come from a prison camp in NK.. I will get back to this post with more information when I return from Korea in the beginning of Feb 2011
I have just returned from a month in Korea. I checked for edutainment software at the large book stores and the huge electronics/computer markets and came up empty. I made my best efforts and asked a lot of questions but everyone kept telling me there were no such programs. Frankly I was shocked because in English we have many series of programs and edutainment games from K-6, such as the "Jump Start" series. Good Lord my daughter knew all the next grade just by playing these fun games during the summer... As much as Korean like to push education you'd think there would be a huge selection of similar programs.
Hi, I do Byki along with Rosetta Stone Rosetta Stone helps a very little bit (mostly just helps you with more vocabulary which is always good but for the price no. The only good thing about paying for the Rosetta Stone Totale 4 version is you can schedule sessions with a person to actually speak Korean back and forth.) I found Byki very helpful, it helps you in all aspects, writing, reading, listening, and speaking. I would recommend it.
In order to practice my vocabulary I made a simple program for excel as a complement to the flashcards on this site. If you want to use it you can just download the workbook on the link. You then export a wordlist from koreanclass101 and copy to the workbook, divide the data into columns (english in one column, hangul in another etc.) and press the practice button. You can choose if you want to practice from korean to english or the other way around.