Okay, it's been awhile since I last posted and I promised that I would post more Korean iTouch apps. And frankly, I downloaded dozens (if not more than 100) apps and played with them. I'm going to share the most effective for language study. Be sure to read the first post for more apps as I am excluding those in this post:
But first, let me exclude some of the apps I mentioned. These apps are good to have but there are better alternatives and some of the apps may not be as useful as I thought it would be initially (**Note: This is also based on my own opinion so some may find the apps useful when I haven't)
1. Korean Study Buddy – Frankly, if you download gFlash, you won't need any other flashcard app. Just create your own and practice yourself. Gflash, IMO, is undoubtedly the best flashcard app out there. All of the other flashcards apps are pre-made flashcards.
2. Naver Webtoon – Now I'm not necessarily excluding this app but just want to make an emphasis that there are TONS of downloadable comics and webtoons out there. Here are some names you can search for:
c. VirtualWare Co.
d. DaolSoft Co.
e. In addtion to this, you can also exclude Naver Webtoon and download Naver's complete app just called “Naver”. This app will include Naver Webtoons as well as dozens of other goodies, such as blog, news, dictionary, and etc. Basically the entire Naver site accessible on your device. You can also download:
Now here are some new apps I recommend
1. Audio books – There are a couple of audio books that I've ran into that are great for practicing listening. Search for 소리잡지1 & 소리잡지2. These audio books come with text as well so you can follow along. Also, 소리잡지2 is normally updated on a daily basis. The only bad thing about 소리잡지2 is that you can’t save your favorite readings for later. The bad thing about 소리잡지1 is that even though you can save your favorite readings there are no updates. Also search “Changbi Publishers” for more audio books.
2. Social Media
b. 카카오 수다
c. 카카오 톡 – This app is pretty popular in Korean and acts as a FREE text messaging service with full Hangul support. If your Korean buddy has a smartphone with Kakao Talk, then all you have to do is download the app, make sure your friend's phone number is saved in your contacts, and Kakao Talk will automatically search the number. Be sure to include the country code as well. There is also a nifty feature where you can export your text messages to your e-mail so you can study your conversations on your own. My only gripe about this app is that the spell corrector will change your word without your knowledge. So be sure to re-read your sentence before you send. Do you know how embarrassing it is to call a Korean girl a different name because your iTouch thinks you wanted to say a different word???
d. 유명인 트윗 – This app is a search app for twitter pages of Korean celebrities. See what they’re tweeting about.
e. 스타홈피 – This is another search app for Cyworld Pages of Korean celebrities. You will need a Cyworld login to use this app.
3. 백점에 수학 - This is actually a math program designed to help Korean children study simple mathematics. What's great about this is the entire app is full of cartoons with Korean subtitles (You know the little bubble when they speak). Another great app for practicing listening and math grammar structures.
4. 느끼제왕 & 애교여왕 & 회화표사전 & 대신욕해드림 - Many may like these apps because these are apps that teaches Korean learners how to flirt. The premium version only costs a few bucks (I forget the actual price at the moment but if I'm correct it should be no more than $1.99) and it comes with tons of phrases to flirt with your Korean boyfriend/girlfriend. The last app mentioned has your slang, abusive, and dirty words so be careful how and who you use those phrases with.
5. 밑져야 본전! - Here's another flirty app that provides you with situational flirts. Basically, rebuttals in case if your shot down the first time. It comes with those funny “cat” pics depending on the answer. Haha
6. 식물이름찾기 – This app is somewhat like a picture flashcards that has hundreds of vocabulary surrounding flowers & trees. Each picture also comes with a complete Korean-language only description of the flower.
7. In addition to CrunchyRoll, here are a few internet TV programs you can download.
c. TVRanking – This just shows what shows are popular in Korean. “Korean language only”
d. On Air Live
8. In addition to the Korean Radio programs, here are a few additions you can search and download.
a. R-2 Player
b. Hot Radio KR
c. 라디오 주파수
d. MBC mini
e. SBS 고릴라
h. KBS World
i. Radio Korea
j. 고속도 정보
k. Cue Radio
9. In addition to KBS News, here are a few more news sites you can search and download.
a. 아시아 경제
b. MBS 뉴스
d. SBS CNBC
10. I'm a finance guy, so I also study the Korean stock market and business news. If this is your field (finance/business), here are some apps you can download.
b. Goodi smart
d. 지식경제 용어 사전
g. Also, try some searches in your field of study. If you a medical person, I'm sure there are some Korean medical apps you can download. I did find some Korean museum apps that gives a description of particular items you'd find in their museum. This is especially helpful for art majors or those that love art. Give it a try and share it with others.
11. Korean history – Speaking of Korean history, here are some Korean-language only apps that teaches the history of Korea.
c. 한국사 연표
12. Korean books – here are some Korean book apps
a. NoraeBook – Ever been to a noraebang and you are having to search and search for your favorite song through that thick book? This app allows you to search and save your favorite songs & Karaoke #, so you can access it easily. Yes, it's true...I REALLY like this app.
b. A bunch of other books that act as a library of ebooks – 이북클럽, Yes24eBook, 교보문고검색 & 교보 도서관, Bookcube,
c. Here are a bunch of cook books (surprise your Korean buddy with a native dish that you made yourself) – 스로리쿡, 소박한 한그릇, Korean Cuisine,
d. Search “BigBook” for other Korean language books.
13. 가톨릭성경 – This is for those that follow religion. If so, here is a must-have for those that read the bible, like myself.
14. SpeedUp – This is a great program for practicing listening. It is an audio player so you will need your own audio files. It has a “Study Mode” to where you can set certain parts of an audio file to repeat continuously.
15. Italk – This is an recording program and is great for practicing your own dialog and speech. Just record it and practice listening. One of the best ways to practice listening is to listen to your own voice.
16. Lingq – This website has a useful app if you are a regular user of the site. Simply create your lingqs on the site and it will automatically download to your iTouch. It is also usable if you are not near a wireless connection.
17. Hanja – If your interested in learning hanja, do a search in the iTunes store. There are several FREE apps that are designed to teach your from the absolute beginner level. Most apps are free but if you find a demo version, most likely it will at least teach your the first 1,000 characters.
18. 팟게이트S – This app provides links to free & cheap Korean and American apps that you probably wouldn't find in the iTunes store. A great addition to have.
19. AppFree – This is similar to Pat Gate S and gives you all types of free apps where you can download. Just browse through those apps that have hangul and you'll have some free apps readily available that updated daily. But don't get to excited, there's not many Korean language apps but you'll find a treasure every once in awhile. These is where I found a lot of the comics, finance apps, and etc. Just try your luck and see what you find.
20. 한글 타이핑 – Now this doesn't necessarily teach you Korean, but if you would like to increase your hangul typing speed this is the app for you.
21. Korean Word of the Day – Just as the title says, you get a new Korean vocabulary every day.
22. Vocab Champ
Here are some Korean language only games that may be helpful for your studies “Considering if you don't focus too much on the game rather than the language... hehehe”
1. Pucca's Restaurant – Do you know the facebook game “Cafe World”? This is exactly the same except it's just the Korean version. Makes you wonder which came first, doesn't it?
2. 진짜 맞고 - I mentioned GoStop earlier, which is still a great game, except this GoStop game teaches you how to use Tajja tricks to win. I know I'll never be a Tazza, but it's cool seeing how some Tazza use tricks to win loads of money. Tip of the day: Never ever ever play Go-Stop against a Tazza!!
3. 허슬당구 - This is a pool game and personally I couldn't get into it. But just because I couldn't doesn't mean that you won't so I'm including it anyway.
4. 게임공략겜톡 – This app is actually a forum board of Korean natives leaving reviews of American & Korean gaming apps. It good to practice reading (though most is shortened slang so get ready for a challenge) and you may find a good Korean game or two without my help!
Now here are some apps I PAID for. Basically, I wanted to turn my iTouch into a cheap version of a traditional electronic language dictionary. So I searched some of the dictionaries that are included on an electronic language dictionary. Please note that these apps are NOT free and some that I purchased ranged up to nearly $20 (But all in all, still came out cheaper than buying an electronic language dictionary). I don't remember the prices so it is up to you to check the prices before downloading.
1. Collins Phrasebook & Dictionary
2. YBM English-Korean Dictionary
3. Picture dictionary
4. AE Conversation – This app is designed for Koreans studying English but the premium version comes with hundreds of phrases that is very useful for the Korean language learner as well. Just note that all of the audio is in English.
Okay that’s it for now. If I find more, I’ll post them here. But this should be plenty to hold everyone over for a good while.