The most important thing for improving your ear for Korean is exposure! Think about the number of hours you have listened to your native language in your life... Uncountable! So when it comes to Korean, you're going to have to do some catching up! To help you with this, we have designed a training game to help you train your Korean ear. It will help you to distinguish the difference between some very similar sounds in Korean. Give it a try by clicking here!
Listening to podcasts in Korean is a great way to have access to completely native speaker level Korean at all times. If you want to know more about how to use podcasts as a listening tool, check out our blog post here!
Here are a few listening resources that may be of help
The first question you might be asking is, which podcast should I listen to? When should I start listening to them? Well, that all depends on you!
As far as when to start, listening to native speaker level Korean can be valuable at any level. Of course, you won't understand much at all at first but that's not the point. The point is to get used to the sounds, inflection, and pronunciation of the Korean language. Listening to podcasts everyday can be a very valuable part of your learning routine, just because not to get too attached to the idea of understanding everything you hear.
As far as which podcast to listen to, that depends on you as well! Download a podcast app and search for something you like. If there's a certain topic or hobby you have, try finding what that word is in Korean and punching it into the podcast app. Subscribe to one that tickles your fancy and get to listening!
Finally, be sure to listen to each podcast multiple times. Through the process of repeating the same podcast, you will pick up more and more as you go along. It can only benefit you. But if you get tired of one, just move on to the next episode or different podcast.
Motivate Korean 'Real Korean' Podcasts - This podcast has a variety of short, downloadable podcast that focus on the use of "real Korean." Many resources emphasize formal speech more than it is used in real life. Some of them also use slower speech to appeal to beginner learners. But in reality, when Korean is used in real life, as with most languages, it is much faster and complex. If you want to use a resources like this to study, check it out!
TalkToMeInKorean.com - has some audio lessons where they explain various grammar points and expressions mostly in English with bits of Korean mixed in. This might be your style so give it a shot and see.
5 Minute Korean/English Podcasts - These podcasts are short and really useful! They are about half English and half Korean. This can be really helpful for beginners or intermediate level speakers of Korean because there is enough English to keep up with understanding the context and there is a lot of very natural Korean to give you material to learn from. And the best part is, the script is included too! So you can preview or review the script as much as you want and fine tune your ear to the Korean you hear.