By Mom2One

Cultural Resources

Look What We’ve Brought You Brought from Korea by Phyllis Shalant
This is an awesome children’s book with lots of how-tos about celebrating Korean holidays, playing Korean games, and some information on the language. I consider it a must-have for parents with Korean children. I found it at our local library, and I’ve found copies for sell on various online book stores.

Dol (Korean first birthday ideas)—A group of Australian adoptive families with Korean children put together a booklet about hosting a Dol for a Korean child’s first birthday. It is loaded with information and is a great resource. You can download the PDF here.

Language Programs

Online Korean Multimedia Dictionary
This site, hosted by Indiana University, is great for learning some Korean words and phrases.  Each one is pronounced by both a male and female native speaker. The words are written in hangul so you can begin to associate sounds with characters.

Online Korean Alphabet
This site, also host by Indiana University, goes over the Korean alphabet, teaching the correct pronunciation of the characters.

Teach Me series
Teach Me has a couple of different CDs to choose from. The original Teach Me Korean is apparently no longer being produced. But they are now offering an Everyday Korean program, as well as the Teach Me More Korean CD. Both the Teach Me Korean, which you can still find from some sellers, and the Teach Me More Korean CDs have teacher’s guides to help you help your child learn.

Yes, You Can Learn Korean by Daniel Y. Jang & Jacob S. Jang
This program is a two volume series based on the one of the author’s experience in teaching his American-born Korean children to speak Korean. Book 1 comes with flash cards; book 2 comes with an audio CD. I’ve found it on several sites including Seoul Selection (the best price when I did my search), Little Seouls (link is above; languages are under books), Barnes and Noble online store, and Amazon.com.

Learn Korean and Speak Korean
This site has beginner, intermediate and advanced courses available free online. It also has pages with basic Korean phrases, greetings, numbers and money, and more.

Online Stores

Arts and Crafts Korea
This store has educational items, decorative, jewelry and more. Adoptive families also get a 10 percent discount on every order.

Little Seouls
This one has lots of things for babies and toddlers. Korean PJs, baby carriers, language programs and more.

HanBooks
Korean bookstore that has also had DVDs, CDs, and magazines. This site now has a language program for children called Learn Korean with Hangul and Yaho. This is a three volume series that teachs kids to speak and read Korean.

Asia for Kids
This is site is loaded with books, music and videos about Korean, China and more.

Educational Resources
We’re thinking of homeschooling our son. So I’m starting to look for resources that would help us incorporating learning about Korea and Korean-Americans into our lessons. Here’s a list of what I’ve found.

http://www.arirangeducation.com/main/

Korea Society
As discussed in a post all it’s own, this site has a wonderful collection of classroom curriculum about Korean for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The lessons are available in PDF format and can be downloaded for free.

Web sites

A Korean Yahoo site with stories, games, and songs. Some are in Korean and some are in English, but links are written in hangul.

Korean Heritage School for Adoptees
For those in the New York City area, there is a heritage school just for adoptees and their families.

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6 Responses to “Korean Resources”


  1. 1 Jenna Marie
    February 15, 2010 at 2:03 am

    OMG! Thank you for putting together this website! My 8 year old daughter is in a Korean Dual Language Program at her school. The kids learn Korean throughout the day, in addition of course to their regular curriculum. We are American, but when this program was offered, we jumped on it. She has been in this program now for almost 2 years. She can read Korean fluently. Can you imagine what opportunities these children will have in the future?!!!! Anyway, I am soooo PRO-Dual Language Programs, especially starting in Kindergarten…I am now the KDLP representative at our school. I was searching for activity sheets for the kids to do during our Lunar New Year celebration, and came across your site. The rescources are great! That dictionary link is fantastic! I will pass this along to all our KDLP parents. The vast majority are Korean, but the kids are 2nd generation, so most are not fluent in their home language. “Kamsamnida” again for all the information and links you provide! That’s about the extent of my Korean…Actually, in helping her with her homework, I can read it now..I just don’t always know what I’m reading…lol Thanks again, and keep up the great work on this site of yours!!!

  2. 2 amira
    January 19, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    hii … i was wondering if you could give me some advice in learning hangul …. do i need to know the alphabets first ? or do i have to directly memorize some daily used sentences ? i really need to be fluent in it throughout this year … and i have no experience at all in learning a foreign languages … i really hope you can help me with it .. 🙂

    • 3 Mom2One
      January 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      My suggestion would be to start with the alphabet. The Korean alphabet has 14 consonants and 10 vowels so it’s fairly easy to learn. Then as you’re memorizing some daily phrases it will re-enforce the sounds and characters. There are several resources, including a great site for practicing hangul, on my other blog: thekoreanway.wordpress.com. I hope that helps.

  3. 4 amira
    February 4, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    thanks a lot ❤

  4. 5 AndyChing
    June 28, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Do you know where I can get Korean stories written in Hangul. I’m learning Korean now and I’d like to start reading Korean stories so it would help me more in familiarizing with the language. Thank you!

    • 6 Mom2One
      July 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      It depends on where you live. If you live in New York or Los Angeles, there are Korean bookstores where you can buy books in hangul. Also some other larger cities with a Korean American population, like Denver, might have a bookstore or two. If you don’t live close to one of these areas, you an find them online. A couple of sites you could check are LittleSeouls.com and HanBooks.com. Hope that helps!


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