KakaoTalk: yet another app you need


If you’ve been studying Korean and trying to connect with native speakers on site like italki, Livemocha, or other language learning networks, you’ve probably encountered the usual, “혹시 카카오톡 있으세요?” Do you have Kakaotalk? And while yes, many people have Skype,  Facebook, or at least an email, in Korea, they also use Kakaotalk.

Kakao is a (mostly) free messaging app that allows you to send chat messages, pictures and videos, have voice calls, and send these awesome little moving emoticons – some you can download for free, some you can buy.  It’s relatively easy to set up an account, and it allows you to easily connect to other users. I use it to speak with Korean speakers. Some of my other friends use it as well, and we use it to chat instead of Facebook or texting.

Kakaotalk has numerous related apps, from drawing to games (like Anipang!) to a mini social-networking app called KakaoStory, where you can post pictures and stories, comment on other peoples’ stuff, and absorb more of your life into technology. I think I have an overwhelming count of three KakaoStory friends.

Yo! 얼마나 있나?

Basically, if you’re learning Korean, Kakaotalk is a great app, because you can message native speakers and they’re much more likely to respond – and that response is usually faster than just messaging on a language learning site. Also, it’s a great place to make mistakes and then learn from them.

Do you already use Kakaotalk? Or do you prefer to use Line by Naver Japan? I have both apps and I’m curious to see which one people like better.



{seoul} dream’s 노래 for today:

Leessang feat. Yoon Do Hyun – Someday

Dongsa – Korean Verb Conjugating App Review



I recently discovered a fantastic app that does one thing, and that one thing very well. It conjugates Korean verbs. Dongsa, the free app that makes the features of dongsa.net more accessible to smartphone users, is exactly what you need to download (also available for Android, not just Apple) or visit right now.

Maybe conjugation isn’t a big deal to you, but conjugating can get confusing very quickly, especially when you’re just starting out as a Korean-language learner. It feels like there are way too many different politeness levels – all with their own variation on conjugation. Dongsa provides for this.

Dongsa screenshot

Type in the verb.

Wondering how to conjugate the verb for “to hit”? Go ahead and open Dongsa.

Notice that the app includes helpful notes for each conjugation – declarative? Inquisitive? Formal level is low? Dongsa will let you know.

Dongsa screenshot


There isn’t much to say about Dongsa other than that it’s super useful, free (you can donate to the developers’ beer fund if you feel really happy about how helpful Dongsa is), and simple to use.

These guys made this for you. Can you sacrifice an iTunes song for their cause?

Interesting concept for paying them back…


Dongsa screenshot

It comes in different tenses, how sublime!


This app is definitely a great tool to have on hand when you can’t remember how on earth you conjugate 공부하다 in the inquisitive past informal low – although that has to be one of the easiest ones to conjugate. You really do need this app, then…