The number of Filipinos interested in learning Korean is steadily increasing. This is due to the increasing number of Filipinos who have bec...
The number of Filipinos interested in learning Korean is steadily increasing. This is due to the increasing number of Filipinos who have become lovers of Korean drama television series and k-pop music. Because of their attractiveness and acting abilities, many Filipinos have become fans of Korean actors and actresses.
Thanks to the ever-increasing interest in Hallyu, A lot of Filipinos are becoming more aware and educated about Korean culture. If you want to level up your fangirling or you are interested to learn more about the Korean Language, then this article is for you! After all, South Korea is not just about technology, fashion and entertainment but also home to a lot of opportunities.
If you are serious about learning, here are some ways you can explore depending on your budget:
Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in the Philippines
Location: 2F Mancor Corporate Center, 32nd St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Contact Number: (02) 555-1711
Rates: P2,000 to P3,000 (inclusive of books and certificates)
Number of sessions/classes and duration: 72 total class hours, one to three sessions per week (two to three hours per session)
Class size: Up to 25 students
Overview: KCC offers basic, intermediate, and advanced language classes. You could also learn the language and get a certificate here if you’re taking the TOPIK* or applying for a spouse visa. Slots get filled very quickly, so you have to be online right away during their sign-up dates.
Korean Language Culture (KLC) Training Center
Location: U904 Parc House II Condo. 21 EDSA Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City
Contact Number: (02) 882-1602 / 0917-750-3777
Rates: P7,800 per enrollee (including a free official textbook and POEA-prescribed manuals)
Number of sessions/classes and duration: 80 hours for the basic class and 60 hours for the advanced levels, weekday or weekend classes can be arranged
Class size: 30 to 35 students
Overview: The TESDA-accredited and POEA-recognized institution mainly caters to those who will work or relocate to Korea. The fee is quite expensive, but you get intensive training and legit learning materials. The school is also known for their updated learning materials and high TOPIK passing rates. They boast of 93% passing rate in KLT/TOPIK. KLT is different from TOPIK. TOPIK is more difficult. KLT is the one you need if you want to work in Korea and is much easier than TOPIK.
UP Department of Linguistics
Location: Room 1325, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City
Contact Number: (02) 981-8500 loc. 2128
Rates: P3,500 (inclusive of learning materials and certificate of completion)
Number of sessions/classes and duration: 15 sessions, twice a week (three hours per session for 10 sessions or two hours per session for 15 sessions; total of 30 hours)
Class size: Up to 20 students
Overview: The UP Department of Linguistics offers Asian Languages Extramural Classes. The fee is fairly affordable, and the location is accessible to many, but the small class size makes it hard to get in. Recently, they also offered free classes to “enthusiastic learners.”
enLi (Every Nation Language Institute)
Contact Number: (02) 801-3016 / 0916-283-0830 / 0928-751-0075
Rates: On-going promo rates start at P3,000 (30-hour crash course for travelers) and P5,000 (60-hour basic course)
Number of sessions/classes and duration: Mondays to Saturdays, depending on the student’s availability
Overview: Here’s another reputable language school with several locations nationwide. They also give free introduction classes and orientations where they give discounted rates to their full courses.They also have other locations in Laguna, Imus etc. The school looks nice, this is for people who want flexibility and convenience.
Learn Korean PH (Pasig)
Location: 2nd floor Bramante Plaza Renaissance Tower, Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Rates: P500 (inclusive of books)
Number of sessions/classes and duration: 10 to 12 two-hour sessions, held every Saturday
Class size: More than 20 students
Overview: Hanmaun Vision Church, an organization run by missionaries, offers this very affordable short course on Korean. It won’t really get you TOPIK-ready, but it’s a great start if you’re one of the lucky few who get those precious slots.
Note: There are also many other language schools in Metro Manila and in provincial locations like Cebu, Bulacan, Dagupan, Batangas, Baguio, etc. Look for TESDA-accredited or POEA-recognized schools to get your money’s worth.