Learn Korean With Viki Learn Mode
As I mentioned in my intro post, I’ve used a lot of different resources when it comes to helping me learn Korean. But for this post, I want to focus on one particular tool that has been really helpful while watching dramas and TV shows. And that tool is: Viki Learn Mode. For those of you who don’t know what Viki is, it is a streaming site where you can watch not only Korean dramas, but dramas from Japan, China, Taiwan, and other countries as well for free! But they also have two different plans where you can choose to pay $5 or $10 dollars a month for standard and plus plans that come with different benefits. But only if you want to of course.
I pay for the plus plan for $10 dollars a month and it comes with a cool little feature called Viki Learn Mode. And no, this post isn’t sponsored, but I’ve just found this tool to be really cool when I’m watching my dramas. It allows you to see the Korean subtitles along with the English ones as you watch a drama. And you can click on a word in Korean and it will actually give you the definition! Not only that, but you can listen to a clearer pronunciation of a word.
My mind was absolutely blown when they first introduced this feature. It’s not on all the dramas yet, but it’s on some of them and I’m in love with it.
The way to see if a drama has Learn Mode is to click on the subtitles and it will be there if it’s available for that particular drama. You can enable it and it will change the way your subtitles look.
The Korean subtitles will appear above the English ones like this. And you can click on any word in Korean.
Once you click on a word, it will turn red and this little box will pop up with the word written in Hangul, romanized, and with the definition. You can also click the speaker and hear how the word is pronounced.
I love this. It’s great because you get to see exactly what a native Korean speaker is saying and how that word in particular looks written out. For example, with “사람들은” you can see the word “사람” which means person. But add “들” to that and it becomes plural for people. And “은” is the proper topic particle for a word that ends with a consonant. It really is a learning mode for those who want to use dramas to learn how to properly speak Korean. If you have the money, I would definitely recommend splurging on the plus plan so you can take advantage of this cool feature.
What dramas do you like to watch?