In this first month, you are getting approximately EIGHT hours of Korean class time.
You're getting FOUR hour-long video lectures (recorded in a live class so it’s like you’re in the class as well) and FOUR live practice sessions with a native Korean-speaker to practice what you learn in the video lectures.
On top of that, you're also getting...
- mp3-file recordings (done by a native-speaker) of the main target language in each video class that you can use to improve your listening and your pronunciation
- the same download-and-printable handouts we use in all the video lectures so you can follow along perfectly and take notes (again, just like you’re in the class)
- review/practice pages that you can download, print off, and fill out for extra practice and better retention of all the concepts, vocab, and structures you learn in the videos (not available for classes #1 and 2 ‘cause those are just about how to read and write)
- the ability to go back and watch the videos as many times as you’d like to review anything you’d like
- your own personal teacher at your finger tips: any time you have a question, you can either email me or ask on the wall of our facebook page and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
These are not just some videos online.
This is a REAL course that...
- follows a REAL system
- is taught by an experienced teacher
- has been running in Korea and helping people become conversational in Korean since 2005
- is utilizing technology common to today to reach people who wouldn’t ordinarily have access to a class in their area or who just want some extra practice to help you build confidence, fluency, and understanding in Korean, in an atmosphere that is relaxed and supportive.
And all of this usually costs $100/month (which in my opinion is STILL a great price to have an actual course brought right to your livingroom AND a native speaker to practice with), BUT...
For the first month, it is only going to cost you $20.
And here's why...
I know people find this class useful because I’ve been getting messages just like all the ones you’ll find all over this page from people who are so happy they were able to find this class ‘cause it helped them make sense of a language that many describe as difficult but is actually quite logical in many ways (it just has to be explained right).
But at the same time I understand that…
Someone coming here who was not referred by someone else and so might not know anything about these classes can be very skeptical - Is this really gonna help? Can I trust this guy? Is this a scam? - all the classic questions people have when they come to a site they don’t know that requires them to give money. Fair, yes, ‘cause there are a lot of shit-turds out there who ‘cause that kind of skepticism.
But here’s the thing…I don't want to spend ANY time "convincing" anybody.
All I want is people who are happy to be here because they
find the classes useful and enjoyable, and the best way to do
that is to just let people try them out to see EXACTLY what
they’re like and decide for themselves.
So that’s why it’s $20.
"I studied with the Korean Digital Academy and it was brilliant. It's very well organized, it works around your schedule and I highly recommend it."Karen MacHale, English Teacher, S.Korea
If I really want people to be able to check it out
as easily as possible, why not just make it free?
To be fully honest with you…(here comes a friendly rant)...
Because organizing classes around EACH person’s individual schedule and finding others to study at that exact time as well, basically just making all this work TAKES A LOT OF WORK!!!
So I don’t really want to, and actually just can’t afford the time to, work with people who are not really serious about progressing their Korean forward.
So by charging a small amount...
Although it’s not much, it will weed out the people who aren’t serious and let me focus on people like yourself who DO want to improve their Korean.
‘Cause it doesn’t matter what your reason is for wanting to learn Korean in the first place, be it...
- to gain a deeper understanding of the culture (that was my reason^^)
- to hang out and chat with your Korean friends or family more
- or even if you just want to understand more of your favorite korean drama or kpop group...
Your reasons are 100% valid, but no matter what your
goal might be, you’ve gotta be committed and your
commitment has to show up in two places…
- Your schedule - you’ve gotta be putting the time and effort in. And…
- Your pocketbook - you’ve gotta be willing to spend money on yourself and your improvement…
'Cause at the end of the day, it's gonna
feel awesome when you start improving.
Your friends are gonna notice it, you’re gonna notice it, and that feeling of accomplishment A) will always be with you, and B) is going to in turn create so much more motivation to keep going and learn and grow more. And THAT’S gonna feel even more awesome.
Seriously, when you make that kind of choice to commit to something and you start feeling the improvement, it creates a cycle of success. The more you improve the more you want to improve, and so you do.
But you've gotta be using it, and
you've gotta be committed.
There are a lot of people people out there who say “Oh, I wanna learn Korean!” or I wanna learn how to do this, or that - whatever it might be - but it’s 100% lip-service because they almost NEVER put in the time, and they certainly NEVER put up the money and invest in themselves.
I wish that person luck but that is not who this course is for.
This course is for you - the person who doesn’t want to be giving lip-service to their goals, who actually DOES want to learn Korean and experience that feeling of accomplishment, and who IS ready and willing to commit.
And so THAT’s why this first month costs
just $20 instead of being free.
I told you it was a rant.^^
So if you agree, then awesome. I can’t wait to help, and your Korean teacher is excited about it as well.
And if you agree but would still like to find out a bit more first before deciding, that’s completely understandable, too.
Feel free to check out the rest of this page, and as I’ve already mentioned a few times…
If you have any questions about the class that aren’t answered here, either email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave your question on the wall of our facebook page.
"I also want to add my applause for KDA!!! It is helping me learn a lot! Material is very well presented and explained in the videos. The necessary weekly practice lessons are really fun and very helpful. Can't recommend KDA enough to all who would like to learn Korean!”Anna Tzanova, Korean Culture Super Fan, California, USA
A fair question! Above I mentioned that the classes are “the equivalent of $100/month”, but that has lead to some confusion ‘cause actually these classes are NOT a “monthly” payment system at all (and NO payments are ever taken out “automatically”), so…
Here are details on how much these classes
are AFTER the trial is over:
So each level (levels 1, 2, 3 and 4) take a total of three months to complete.
Three months at $100/month = $300. This is a one-time tuition fee paid upfront as part of the registration process.
But of course, it being your first time to KDA, you are doing a one-month trial of the classes (at a level you and I deem appropriate for you; another part of the registration process) for only $20.
So after deciding that you’re happy with the classes (after doing your one-month trial), you register for the remaining 2 months of the course - again, each level is a total of three months long - and that will be a one-time payment of $200.
To help make that a bit more clear, here are
a few diagrams showing the cost.
PLEASE NOTE: you do NOT have to start in the beginning if you’re not a beginner. As part of the registration process, we will work together to find a level that YOU’RE happy to start at, based on your current speaking ability.
"Class is going well. 선생님 has been great and your lessons really break things down into nice bite-sized pieces that are clear to understand. Your online lessons are clearly laying a foundation for future building on the language, and the tuition fee is reasonable and well worth the investment in my opinion."Jared Collette, English Teacher, S.Korea
A very fair question! My name is Rob Julien, I am the creator of this program and academy, and I am the teacher in the "video lecture" portion of these classes.
Your name is Rob??? That doesn't sound very Korean!
Haha, you’re right, it doesn’t. And that’s because I’m not. And if that makes you a bit skeptical about this in any way, then I’d urge you to keep reading below to find out why the fact that I’m NOT Korean, although it is a bit counter-intuitive, is actually a GOOD thing for you and your want to learn Korean.
(and it's not just me who thinks that; all my past students
as well as your Korean teachers all agree)
I came here back in 2003 to teach English and have been living here ever since, and quite literally living “in Korean” in many ways…
- my wife and all my in-laws are Korean
- I’ve done different martial arts here
- I’ve met a TON of great friends
- I’ve played ice hockey here (who knew!)
- I’ve even hosted my own TV show here, in Korean!!
That’s not an entire list obviously, but there are lots of things I do and have done here that have helped me progress my Korean, and some opportunities - like the TV hosting gig - that came as a RESULT of being able to speak Korean.
But let me tell you, it hasn't always been this way!!
When I first came here, I knew absolutely nothing about Korean.
But I did know I was going to be here for a few years at least and that I really wanted to get to know the culture and so to do that, I would need the language. So I set out to study.
But the problem was...
At that time, there were no good resources to learn from.
The books were terrible, and the classes - on top of very bad explanations by the teachers tended to teach super formal Korean which, for someone first starting out, is definitely NOT the level they should learn in...
So long story short, I basically started putting
the language together myself.
(that’s not to pat myself on the back, I just had no other choice really)
I happened to find a book (that was actually meant for teaching English!!) that had a bunch of sentence patterns in it with the Korean translations on the backside.
So I would sit down and write out all literally all those Korean sentences and as I did, keep an eye out for patterns in them. Once I’d found something, I’d double-check it with my boss or co-teachers at the time to see if I was right.
And once I had pulled out everything I needed from those sentences (the structures, etc), I would pull out all the vocabulary I could as well.
Then I would then set to memorizing the vocabulary and the rules (NOT the sentences) from that page and practice until I could say literally every sentence on that page from UNDERSTANDING, not just straight memorization of each sentence. Then I would go onto the next page.
And by learning that way (as opposed to just memorizing sentences), as I learned more vocabulary and sentence structures and...
The amount I could say in Korean started to multiply...
‘Cause as I learned new sentence structures, I could apply the vocab I already knew into them; and vice versa, as I learned new vocabulary, through understanding I was able to apply it into all the sentence structures I had already learned.
Anyways, I continued this process for about 10 months until I was conversational, and let me you...it was long and it was tedious, and at the time it really sucked!
But looking back on it now, I’m glad it worked out that way, ‘cause it gave me a really deep understanding of Korean...
And I discovered a couple things…
- The first is the Korean is NOT difficult; not like people make it out to be anyways.
Sure there are some things that are quite different than in English, but “different” does not have to mean “difficult”, as long as you get it explained in a simple, easy-to-understand way.
But more importantly...
- There is a system. A very sound, logical, and learnable system.
I mentioned that it took me 10 months to get conversational, and that’s because not only did I have to learn it, I actually had to figure it out first!
But knowing what I now know, I really believe someone can become conversational in as little as three months if they really apply themselves.
And so that’s who I am and what this course is all about...
- Get the basics explained in a way that is simple and easy to understand and apply, by a teacher who started right where you are now and knows how to get you to where you need to be
- To make the learning process fun and motivating rather than difficult and frustrating like so many make it seem. And...
- To help you shave months off the time it took me to get conversational
Well that’s the first part of what this class is
all about anyways. The second is...
Since the beginning of this online course, only the video portion has been available to assist a person in their learning. Actual speaking practice was left up to the person to do on their own.
But the fact is, the online portion by itself is incomplete, because...
Unfortunately for most people…
Despite their want to learn, they simply don’t have access to a decent class or people they can actually practice and use their Korean with.
And for those who do have classes available to them, often they are...
- way too expensive
- way out of the way
...and/or (usually AND)...
- taught by someone who, despite their best efforts and intentions, simply grew up knowing their language and therefor don’t quite get the steps we as English speakers need to go through to go from beginner to conversational, again, through understanding - NOT forced memorization.
So the second part of this class is
designed to help you...
- Smash through that initial confidence hurdle many people go through when speaking a new language.
- Retain everything you’re learning
- Build fluency
- simply improve as quickly as you possibly can
...by practicing everything you learn live
with a native Korean-speaker.
"Rob, I have to say that I am really loving the course. I'm already noticing these structures when I listen to the other teachers speaking Korean at my school. Also, I'm really loving the active learning."Patrick Rivers, English Teacher, S.Korea
"That all sounds great, Rob, but to be honest, the idea of learning from
someone who is not Korean still feels a bit weird to me."
I get that. I really do. ‘Cause pretty much everyone who comes to my class without knowing me (basically without being referred here by someone else) feels the same way in the beginning. But...
Let me ask you a question…
...(and this is not to sound condescending in any way, it’s just meant
to prove a point, ‘cause I do get your skepticism)…
Who would you say is a better judge of my ability
to speak Korean and teach Korean:
(B) a Korean person who has seen my videos and heard me speak, knows exactly what this class is all about, and so actually helps me teach it?
‘Cause the fact is, I have five Korean people that work with me and run these practice sessions.
They’ve seen the videos, they’ve heard me teach and speak Korean, and they agree that this is a good course, which is the reason they decided to join me when I decided to launch these live practice sessions.
So while you might be a bit skeptical right now, put your faith in them!
And at the end of the day, you’re getting 8 classes for $20 bucks, four of which are LIVE practice sessions with a REAL live Korean teacher, which is ridiculous!!
So really, you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain ‘cause one month from now, you WILL have improved and you WILL be speaking Korean, and I promise you it’s going to feel great.
Currently there are four levels in total here at KDA providing a suitable class for almost all levels.
The way we determine which level you belong in is...
After registering, we will ask for your "availability" (the times you are available to have class in), and then upon receiving that, we will begin the conversation regarding your level and work together to find a class that you suits your current speaking level and that you are happy with.
Once that is settled, you will do your trial month in that level, with a maximum of 3 other students of similar ability.
“Hey man, just wanted to let you know that the classes were great and that I could write a lot about how well you teach them, I think you’re chill, easy going, make people feel comfortable and one of the best teachers I’ve had, period. Keep doing what you’re doing.”Dustin Clark, English Teacher, Suncheon, S. Korea
To watch the videos? No, there is not.
To join the live practice sessions? Kind of, but it’s easy.
We use a program called Zoom. It’s like Skype but a bit more specialized for this kind of thing. And setting it up is super easy.
However 3 things you WILL need are:
- a computer with a decent Internet connection
- a headset (which is not ALWAYS crucial using one almost always creates a better experience for everyone involved, yourself included)
- a willingness to learn and maybe even have a bit of fun in the process^^
“I really liked your Korean classes; it was the only time I studied Korean and felt there was a logic to it and a system to the teaching. I felt you could understand English-speakers’ problems learning Korean.”Melanie Steyn, Suncheon National University, Jeonnam, S. Korea
Absolutely. I have actually opened up the first two classes from each of the four levels for you to check out.
On top of letting you see exactly what the classes are like, it will also give you a glimpse into what level may be right for you, although don't worry too much about figuring that out on your own - part of the registration process will be to work together to establish exactly which level will be most appropriate based on your current ability.
"I could not have been happier with the class. It met my expectations. It got me speaking."Julia Reidy, Korean Culture Super Fan
Fear not. Obviously these kinds of things can happen, and if it does, I will simply send your $20 back to you. No worries.
Okay, those are most of the common questions people have and want to know straight away, but as I’ve already mentioned a few times throughout this page, if there’s anything else you’d like to know, please don’t hesitate to email me at rob@KoreanDigitalAcademy.com, or leave a question on our Facebook wall.
Even if you just wanna check and see that I’m a real person on the other end of this, email me. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
And other than that, just a couple things I’ll finish off with...
Yes, registration closes on September 11th, but you may
not want to wait until then to register ‘cause...
Not only are these classes small, but they’re online which means students can (and will) join from all over the world and so they are being advertised in every major city across The U.S, Canada, Australia, England, and Korea...
So to guarantee yourself a spot in a class that actually fits into your schedule...
You may want to register now, ‘cause it’s first come first serve and, and once spots are full, they’re full, and there’s nothing I’ll be able to do about it.
So go grab your seat now and we’ll speak again soon.
P.S. I like to keep in contact with students of these classes and so I have a completely-optional survey that people can fill out and use to help me improve the class.
Well one question I ask on that survey is...
“What do you like about the classes?”
Here are a whole bunch of answers that I’ve got. These are all screenshots of the actual survey results...
P.P.S. If you’ve seen enough and are excited to get started, well I’m excited as well. Click here to get registered and I’ll see you in class!
P.P.P.S. In case you just scrolled straight to the bottom, here are all the FAQs again to save you having to scroll all the way back up...