Korean 한국어 or 조선말

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


A temple entrance in Korea.


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)

The Korean language spoken by more than 75 million people, of whom 48 million live in South Korea, 24 million in North Korea, and 1 million in the United States. 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. The two Koreas differ in minor matters of spelling, alphabetization, and vocabulary choice, but both essentially endorse the unified standards proposed by the Korean Language Society.

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.


Dive & Survive in Korean-an Immersion Program:  Language Loop’s most intensive private course, Dive & Survive is the ideal program for frequent travelers. This course requires from students 7 hours per day, for 5 consecutive days. Complimentary lunch is included for every day of the program.

Group Intensive Korean Programs (2-5 students): These classes meet every day from Monday to Friday, 3 hours per lesson for the duration of: 

2 weeks (30 hours of instruction)

3 weeks (45 hours of instruction)

4 weeks (60 hours of instruction)

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Private Korean Lessons: One-on-one lessons. Each class comprises of at least two hours of either customized content or packaged coursework.

Corporate Korean:  This program features a flexible schedule, and meets for a minimum of two hours per session. The lessons are customized for the needs of students.

Skype Lessons: If you are unable to meet with one of the teachers provided at Language Loop, we offer lessons via Skype.  Contact us for details.



Busy Loop Group (2-5 students):  These are two hour lessons, meeting either once a week for 8 weeks, or twice a week for 4 weeks making for 16 hours of total instruction. (Schedule updates).



Semi-Private Korean Lessons: This course comprises of 2-3 students who wish to learn together, and who share the same proficiency level. This course features a flexible schedule.



Korean Literature Courses:  In this private or small group course, pieces of Korean literature are explored and examined.

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

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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