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5 Best Android Apps to Learn Korean Language

Written by Jihan Fauziah

Are you interested in learning Korean? There are plenty of ways to get started. Besides attending language classes, you can use websites or apps on your smartphone. Finding the right Korean learning app for you is quite easy.

In this article, I'll discuss some of the best Korean learning apps on Android that you can use to study Korean anytime and anywhere. So, which app is right for you? Let's find out!

1. Cake

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If you want to learn Korean in a fun way, I recommend trying Cake. This app provides learning materials specifically for beginners because it features video and audio lessons to help you master Korean pronunciation.

The pronunciation materials are presented in a unique format. Fans of K-POP and K-Drama will enjoy this app, as Cake uses clips from K-dramas as examples in its lessons. There are also videos featuring K-POP boy bands and girl bands.

Cake isn't just for beginners; it also caters to those who are already proficient in Korean. The materials are organized based on your skill level. However, note that Cake provides Korean learning materials in English.

Similar to DuoLingo, Cake has a 'life' system, indicated by a heart icon. Watching one video typically costs one life. Interested in giving Cake a try?

What I like about Cake:

  • Learning Korean is interactive and enjoyable with videos from K-POP idols.
  • There are materials for beginners who want to start learning Korean from scratch.
  • Various quizzes are available to review your progress with numerous exercises.

Things to note about Cake:

  • Limited number of hearts, so you have to watch ads to get free hearts.
  • Some materials are only accessible to users who subscribe to Cake PLUS.
  • Materials are limited to English to Korean.

2. DuoLingo

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DuoLingo is one of my favorite apps for learning Korean. It uses a flashcards system, which keeps the learning process engaging. I can also choose my study time freely, even if it's just five minutes a day.

What I love most is the ability to select the difficulty level that matches my skill. The lessons begin with the basics, such as introducing Korean vowels. With captivating audio and visuals, along with a streaks and rewards system, I find learning more motivating. Completing lessons on consecutive days earns you streaks and rewards.

Learning with DuoLingo feels like playing a game. Besides rewards and streaks, you earn experience points and items like timer boosts for extra time. Rewards can also be obtained through free chests that appear daily.

DuoLingo isn’t limited to Korean. I've also used it to improve my Spanish and English. In the free version, you have five 'lives,' which means five opportunities to study different materials. Interested in trying DuoLingo? Download it from the Google Play Store.

What I like about DuoLingo:

  • The ability to choose study time and difficulty level.
  • Fun, engaging methods with interesting audiovisuals.
  • A game-like learning system.
  • A variety of languages to learn.

Things to note about DuoLingo:

  • Limited study opportunities in the free version.
  • Contains ads and in-app purchases.

3. HiNative!

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HiNative! connects me with native Korean speakers. It functions more like a social media platform than a traditional language learning app. I can create posts to ask how to say a word or pronounce a sentence.


I receive replies from native speakers or other users learning Korean. Each post costs nine coins.

Posts can be boosted using tickets, making them more visible. Initially, I had one ticket. Additional coins and tickets can be obtained by watching live streams or purchasing them with real money.

The app also features an AI robot that answers questions automatically. I asked how to say "I like apples" in Korean using nine coins, and the AI robot responded in seconds.

What I like about HiNative!:

  • It's like social media, allowing you to meet many native speakers of Korean and other languages.
  • You can create posts and ask specific language questions.
  • AI robots are available to quickly answer questions.
  • Tickets can make your posts more visible on the timeline.
  • It helps foreigners learn our native language through live streaming.

Things to note about HiNative!:

  • Unlike DuoLingo and Cake, there are no structured learning materials; users must ask questions by posting.
  • Coin and ticket prices can be expensive.

4. Patchim Training

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Patchim Training is a comprehensive Korean language learning app. It’s perfect for beginners. The app makes learning enjoyable by presenting material like a game.

In Patchim Training, you can learn hangul, practice writing and listening, memorize verbs, and study simple sentences.

I particularly enjoy the illustrated learning materials, as they make understanding quicker and easier. In the flashcard quiz, if you get an answer wrong, you have one more chance to correct it.

The app also provides clear instructions for use. All materials are accessible for free. If you switch to a new phone, you can migrate your data without losing progress, so there's no need to start over.

What I like about Patchim Training:

  • Learning through play, with visuals and audio to help memorize Korean characters.
  • A variety of materials tailored to your level.
  • Typing practice with hangul letters.
  • Free access, with an option to remove ads.
  • Data migration option when changing phones.

Things to note about Patchim Training:

  • The app has a lot of ads, which can be annoying.

5. Eggbun

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Eggbun makes learning Korean fun with a chatbot named Lanny, who teaches lessons in a chatroom.

For example, Lanny introduces hangul and pronunciation, basic conversations, and self-introductions. You don’t need to type your answers, as templates are provided, unless you’re required to answer specific questions.

The learning material is divided into stages: 'learning' and 'examination.' In the learning stage, you study the material, while in the examination stage, you answer practice questions.

Eggbun also features a community where users can interact through posts. There are many Indonesian users on Eggbun, making it easy to connect with fellow learners.

Things I like about Eggbun:

  • Complete learning materials, perfect for beginners.
  • Unique interface, making learning via chat feel like a conversation.
  • Community page for meeting and making friends with other users.
  • Learning partner search feature.
  • Equipped with a hangul keyboard.

Things to note about Eggbun:

  • Certain materials and tutor sessions require payment.
  • The AI feature is still in beta.

For the best recommendations on English learning apps on Android, read the article 15 Best English Learning Apps on Android.

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