You're here because you want to learn Korean. We can help with that! We have a Korean Tutor program, called Korean Gym, that has helped thousands improve their Korean while here in Korea. Whether you're a language student, a traveller, English Teacher or company worker, we've dealt with you before.
But first, it's really important to acknowledge the reasons why most foreigners in Korea don't end up learning Korean to their own satisfaction:
1) It's hard to find Korean content that will be immediately useful
2) For self-study, we have trouble staying disciplined
3) Korean Academies and Universities are huge commitments and may not match our learning styles
4) We don’t get enough speaking practice
5) We plateau and just recycle Korean that we already know
6) We find it difficult to make meaningful connections with Koreans in Korean
7) last, but certainly not least, Koreans want to speak with us in English!
How does this improve your Korean?
Now that we've acknowledged the obstacles, have a look at our approach to learn Korean successfully:
In Korean Gym You'll get a 1:1 lesson with a Native Korean speaker. In the very rare case that your Korean level is the same as another student, you can expect a 1:2. We instruct all trainers to encourage the students to speak at least 50% of the time. By the end of the lesson your Korean language muscles will be tired!
We offer Talk to Me in Korean and Grammar in Use textbooks because we think they have useful content explained in an easy way. But MOST students prefer to free-talk or bring in their own notes, youtube videos or books.
The space is more like a cafe and bar than a classroom. Warm lighting, ambient music, and social table arrangements. You also get drinks with your lesson. You can choose from our cafe menu (Coffee, Tea, Juice) Or our bar menu (Beer, cocktails, wine and soju). Learning a language is about communicating. Don’t we communicate better when we’re comfortable?
It’s WAY better to recall a new word than to read it or be told it. Our teachers are going to ask you to recall lots of Korean. Do you remember how to say ’school’ in Korean? Can you tell me the 3 expressions we learned today? And they will do it again, and again, and again. Think of the teacher as your personal health trainer. They will ask you for a few more reps! Recall is where all of the learning is.
The price is 10,000 krw per one hour class. That includes 2 drinks. If you get multiple-entries, that price drops down even further. If you’re going to learn Korean, you need to speak and practice a lot. That’s why we have no burden pricing. If the price is too high, you’d come less, and you wouldn’t learn Korean. That’s opposite to our goal.
Students keep coming back because they like it, not because they have to. We don’t think bludgeoning you with test-scores, late marks, and credits will ever work. We do think making connections through Korean will make you want to keep learning Korean. You’ll meet new teacher’s everyday who really want to meet and learn about you. You’ll meet 100s of like-minded people from around the world who are also learning Korean. Our approach is more carrot and less stick.
Use what you learned immediately in our social meetups and language exchanges. In addition to Korean Gym, we have language exchanges everyday. We have pub parties every weekend and we have special events around Seoul every month. You’ll have the opportunity to join these events following your Korean gym lesson. There are so many things to learn about Korean in a social setting.
It was great to meet so many new people and learn some Korean as well!
The class was very helpful and the tutor helped me with what I personally needed. Also answered my questions that I was curious about. I felt in just 1 hour I had made improvements.
New booking system is better
I always like to meet the tutors and have a class with them, I choose tutors randomly because each person brings something different and helps me learn in different ways.
I like the 1:1 tutoring sessions :)
My teacher 현 was very informative and helped my conversational skills by teaching useful phrases and encouraging me to keep trying even when I found it difficult to express myself in another language.
It was my first time here, and it was great to be able to have a casual conversation and review what I've learned so far to see what we should work on next. My tutor was super patient and encouraging, and I can't wait to keep coming back! :)
Extremely helpful and highly recommend!
My teacher was kind enough to listen to me speaking korean until I finish, and she taught me what I wanted to learn. I really enjoyed it!
I had a great time at the GSM evebt and really enjoyed my one to one time with a native speaker. I will definitely be going again.
jony leong 렝 조니
My tutor was really good! We talked a lot and I learnt what I expected.
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So how exactly do I get started?
It's really simple. Pre-book online, show up, and the trainer will help you learn Korean for an hour.
Have a look at the video to see how you can choose your teacher and book online.
What's Included in Korean Gym?
There are 2 ways to pay for Korean gym
1 hour 1:1 lesson with a Korean Trainer
2 drinks of your choice
Free entry into the language exchange following the lesson which is 3 - 4 hours long and
typically has 20 - 50 guests from Korea and different countries
You must book online*
You get all the same benefits as Single Entry, only at a discounted price.
You can use your points to book language exchanges, pub parties, special events at discounted prices.
Access to both Hongdae and Gangnam locations.
After purchasing, we add points to your account (1,000 points = 1,000 krw).
Example: If you buy 20 entries, you’ll get 200,000 points that you can use to book lessons.
You must book online* The booking process is very quick and easy to do with points.