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Hello everyone, I am Jaehwi. In this video, we will be talking about Ten Reasons to Learn Korean. All right, let’s begin.
1. 가장 좋아하는 노래, 영화와 티비 프로그램을 이해하고 싶어요. (Gajang johahaneun norae, yeonghwawa tibi peurogeuraemeul ihaehago sipeoyo.) "I want to understand my favorite songs, movies and TV shows."
I think this is the most popular reason why people these days learn Korean. I think some of the phrases that you hear a lot from Korean songs and TV shows will be something like,
보고 싶어. (Bogo sipeo.) “I miss you.”
사랑해. (Saranghae.) “I love you.”
Or something like 뭐 해?(Mwo hae?) “What's up? What are you doing?”
2. 그것은 제 대학 공부의 일부입니다. (Geugeoseun je daehak gongbuui ilbuimnida.) "It's part of my university studies."
There are some people who study Asian languages at a college and they usually start it with Chinese Japanese and [0:01:02] to Korean. The interesting thing was that like if they know Chinese and Japanese actually they catch up Korean very quickly.
3. 아름다운 언어예요. (Areumdaun eoneoyeyo.) "It's a beautiful language."
Here we have the word 아름다운 (areumdaun) meaning “beautiful”. I think it’s because how they learn Korean actually like many of them started learning Korean from Korean songs, Korean drama which have a lot of phrases about confessing love or something about love.
눈에 넣고 싶을만큼 사랑해 (Nune neoko sipeulmankeum saranghae.) something like “I love you as much as I want to put you into my eyeballs.”
4. 저는 그 언어를 사용하는 국가에 살고 있습니다. (Jeoneun geu eoneoreul sayonghaneun gukgae salgo itsseumnida.) "I live in a country that speaks the language."
If you are in Korea, then you can say that 저는 한국어를 사용하는 나라에 살고 있습니다.(Jeoneun hangugeoreul sayonghaneun narae salgo itsseumnida.) “I live in a country that speaks Korean.”
If you have any plan to live in Korea, I think learning Korean will be the easiest way to get to love with their culture and also make a lot of friends here.
5. 저는 그 언어를 사용하는 사람들과 문화를 좋아해요. (Jeoneun geu eoneoreul sayonghaneun saramdeulgwa munhwareul joahaeyo.) "I love the culture and the people who speak the language."
I think this is the reason that Korean people want to hear when they ask you why you love Korean. Without loving the culture and the people of the language, I think it’s not easy to keep motivating yourself for long periods of time.
6. 저는 그냥 언어 배우기를 좋아해요. (Jeoneun geunyang eoneo baeugireul joahaeyo.) "I just love learning languages."
So if you are the one who might say 저는 그냥 언어 배우기를 좋아해요. (Jeoneun geunyang eoneo baeugireul joahaeyo.) Then I think you can start learning Korean and thinking that you later master Chinese using what you know about Korean.
7. 저는 누구에게 잘 보이기 위해 그 언어를 배우고 있습니다. (Jeoneun nuguege jal boigi wihae geu eoneoreul baeugo itsseumnida.) "I'm learning the language to impress someone."
I think if you have a boyfriend or girlfriend who is Korean, I think this might be the reason later to love Korean because you get a chance to meet his or her parents and if you speak a little bit of Korean, they will be very impressed. In that case, you can say that
저는 누군가에게 잘 보이기 위해 그 언어를 배우고 있습니다. (Jeoneun nugungaege jal boigi wihae geu eoneoreul baeugo itsseumnida.)
Or 저는 제 여자친구의/저는 제 남자친구의 부모님에게 잘 보이기 위해서 한국어를 배우고 있습니다.
(Jeoneun je yeojachinguui/jeoneun je namjachinguui bumonimege jal boigi wihaeseo hangugeoreul baeugo itsseumnida.)
”I am learning Korean to impress my boyfriend or girlfriend’s parents.“
8. 저는 열린 마음을 갖고 있는 더 국제적인 사람이 되고 싶습니다. (Jeoneun yeollin maeumeul gatgo inneun deo gukjejeogin sarami doego sipsseumnida.) "I want to open my mind and become more international."
I think that’s actually the truth, like if you know more languages, then you can be more open minded because you have to accept the different cultural things when you learn new languages. So if you want to be more international, I think learning the language will be good reason to start.
9. 저는 여행을 좋아해요. (Jeoneun yeohaengeul joahaeyo.) "I love traveling."
So if you love traveling, I love traveling too. In that case, you can just say that 저는 여행을 좋아해요. (Jeoneun yeohaengeul joahaeyo.) as one of the reason to study Korean and just learn 20, 30 basic phrases.
10. 노래방에서 한국어로 노래를 부르고 싶어요. (Noraebangeseo hangugeoro noraereul bureugo sipeoyo. ) "I want to sing Korean songs at karaoke."
Karaoke or 노래방(noraebang) is very popular place to make new friends, hang out with them and if you sing a Korean song while it doesn’t have to be very well. While in Korean, people will be very impressed. You can just make your goal and say 저는 한국어로 노래방에서 노래를 부르고 싶어요.(Jeoneun hangugeoro noraebangeseo noraereul bureugo sipeoyo.) “I want to sing Korean songs at karaoke” and start memorizing Korean phrases from Korean songs.
Okay that’s all top reasons to learn Korean. What is your reason to learn Korean? Please leave us a comment in Korean. And I will see you next time.
다음 시간에 뵙겠습니다 (Daeum sigane boepgetsseumnida) 안녕히 계세요 (annyeonghi gyeseyo).


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Tuesday at 6:30 pm
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Which word do you like the most?

Thursday at 11:38 pm
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Hi Robin,

Thank you for commenting. That sounds like a great reason to learn Korean, thanks for sharing.



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Tuesday at 2:00 pm
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The daughter of my very dear friends is adopted from Korea. She is eight and they are learning Korean to keep connected to her culture, so I'm learning too because I'm her favorite Auntie :-)

Thursday at 10:24 am
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Hi HKD Dude,

Glad to hear that the lesson was helpful to you! It looks like you have a great support group around you--just practice talking as much as you can with your Korean friends, be shameless and unafraid of making mistakes, you will see improvement the more you practice!



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Tuesday at 3:32 am
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This is a great session. The top 10 hit on a few reasons why I am learning Korean.

One of the big reasons I am learning now is because of my involvement with Korean martial arts. I am an instructor in both Hapkido and Taekwondo. My goal is to be able to speak fluently and run my classes completely in Korean. Additionally, most of my fellow instructors, masters, and grand master are all Korean.

Thank you team! 😄

Wednesday at 1:55 am
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Hi Lukas,

Thank you for posting!

As you enjoy the Korean culture, how about also checking out these series:

Innovative Korean Culture


Culture Class: Holidays in South Korea:


Culture Class: Korean Superstitions and Beliefs:


Looking forward to seeing you often here.



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Sunday at 8:13 pm
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I definetly learn korean because of the culture and people >.

Monday at 6:01 pm
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Hi Ian,

Actually, Japanese and Korean have nearly identical grammatical structures, so once you master one language, it is easier to learn the other. :smile:



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Thursday at 10:39 pm
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Just started learning Japanese from your sister website actually. The grammar is very similar. ?

Monday at 3:24 pm
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Hello Brandy,

Thank you for sharing your story. I am glad to hear that you want to learn Korean so that you can watch Korean movies and shows without any problems.

I hope our lessons can help you learn Korean faster so that you can achieve your goal soon.

Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you,


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Sunday at 8:16 am
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so that I can watch Korean movies without reading the subtitles. I also would like to watch the variety shows for the same reason. The language is spoken so fast, and the subtitles reading shorter. So you really have to be a fast reader in order to get the full meaning of the dialogue when watching the programs.