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Learn Korean 한국어 or 조선말 Hangugeo or Chosonmal at Language Loop in Chicago!


A temple entrance in Korea.


Language Loop offers a variety of packages for Korean lessons. Our experienced and dedicated Korean teachers provide students with quality courses, which places Language Loop at the top of your list!

Korean is the official language of South Korea, North Korea and China’s Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture. In South Korea, it’s called Hangugeo or Gugeo, which literally means “national language.” However, in North Korea and Yanbian, the language is called Chosonmal.

How about a Korean tongue twister for starters?

Just remember, in Korean soy sauce is kanjang, soybean paste is toenjang and factory is kongjang!


Translation: The factory manager of the soy sauce factory is factory manager Chang and the factory manager of the soybean paste factory is factory-manager Kang. (Source: BBC)

Language Loop offers Korean lessons from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4 p.m. Instructors are available on Sundays upon request.

We can create specialized vocabulary curriculum (Hospitality, Health, Business, Law, Construction, Food & Beverage, etc.) to meet specific language needs.

Take Korean lessons at your location or in our office.  And, when the famous Chicago weather allows, we conduct classes on our beautiful rooftop. Language Loop gives you a unique opportunity to learn your new language in a private, professional, and relaxed environment.


A Korean temple during the end of summer celebration.


Live Instruction (Face-to-Face) Korean lessons are offered for all proficiency levels. If you have background in Korean, please contact us to schedule a time for a free level evaluation.

Private Korean Instruction: These lessons are one-on-one. Students enjoy flexible schedules. Each class meets for a minimum two hours.  Enroll in a customized program or take advantage of one of our packages designed with your language needs in mind.

Small Korean Classes(2-5 students):  Meet once a week, two hours per lesson, for 8 weeks or accelerate your progress: meet twice a week for 4 weeks to complete 16 hours of instruction. (Schedule updates)

Semi-Private Korean Lessons: Classes are made up of 2-3 students that share a common goal, proficiency level, and schedule.

Corporate Korean Private and Group Programs onsite or in our language center:  This program offers a flexible schedule. However, there is a minimum of two hours per class. Lessons are completely customized.

Tutoring:  Tutoring includes private lessons and a flexible schedule. Class content is focused on particular aspects of the Korean language and the student’s needs.

Dive & Survive in Korean-an Immersion Program:  This is Language Loop’s most effective and intensive program. It offers a real language immersion experience with private instruction. Students meet their teachers for 5 consecutive days and for 7 hours each day. This program is ideal for the frequent traveler. Complimentary lunch is included for every day of the program.

Skype Lessons: If you prefer distance learning, we offer lessons via Skype.  Contact us for details.

Korean Literature Courses:  Classes are private or in a small class setting.

Translation Services: Our team of experienced translators will be happy to assist you with the translation of documents in Korean.

Cross Cultural Training: Cultural understanding is a key component in today’s global business efforts. Our trainers bring all their experience and knowledge in cultural awareness to ensure success in your company’s assignments abroad. Seminars and training are offered on-site or in our training center.

Facts About The Korean Language:

  • 1. Most historical linguists classify Korean as a language isolate, which mean it is a natural language with no demonstrable genealogical (or “genetic”) relationship with other languages. Others consider it to be in the controversial Altaic language family. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • 2. In Korean sentences, the verb always comes last. Unlike Japanese or Chinese, the Korean writing system is alphabetic and can be learned relatively quickly. Also, it does not have any of the gender, number agreements or article that plague learners of European languages such as French. (Source: BBC)
  • 3.Korean sometimes prefers the word “our” to the word “my.” To Koreans, saying my country, my house, my mother and my husband/wife can sound too self-centered. Instead, it sounds better to say our country, our house, our mother and, more bizarrely, our husband/wife. (Source: BBC)
  • 4. The core of the Korean vocabulary is made up of native Korean words. A significant proportion of the vocabulary, especially words that denote abstract ideas, are Sino-Korean words either directly borrowed from written Chinese, or coined in Korea or Japan using Chinese characters.(Source: Wikipedia)
  • 5. There are two things that make the Korean script, Hangul, quite unique. First, rather than evolving from pictures or abstract shapes, the Korean script was a deliberate invention. It was invented around year 1443 by the Korean monarch King Sejong, and it is possible he was assisted by a group of young scholars. Second, Korean letters are not written linearly, like most writing systems, instead they are grouped into syllable blocks. (Source: BBC)

Delicious street food like this can be seen all around Korea!


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