Korean Listening Practice

Being able to listen to and comprehend Korean speakers is one of the most important skills to master when studying Korean. That’s where Korean listening practice exercises come in.

Many Korean language learners focus a lot on reading and speaking Korean. However, without regularly listening to real Korean speakers, a Korean learner is unlikely to become fluent in the language.

As you listen to more and more Korean you will naturally begin to notice the rhythm and intonation that Korean speakers use. You’ll also notice the different sentence patterns and sentence structures of the Korean language.

As you practice listening to Korean you will hear Korean vocabulary that you have already learned, which will help to reinforce this knowledge. And by listening to Korean you’ll be able to clearly see what words and phrases you don’t know, which can help guide your study.

To help you improve your Korean listening skills we have put together this list of 15 fun Korean listening exercises. All of these Korean listening exercises are made by Korean native speakers and cover a variety of useful, everyday topics.

15 Korean Listening Practice Exercises

1. Korean Phone Call – Ordering Take Away Food

In this first Korean listening practice exercise, you will be listening to a real Korean phone call. The phone call is about ordering some food to take away. In this video, you will listen to the Korean conversation 3 times. The first time there are no subtitles. Listen to the phone call and try to comprehend what they are talking about.

The second time you will listen again, but this time there will be some questions for you to answer. Then, the third time you will listen again, but this time with some Korean subtitles. And finally, you will listen with Korean and English subtitles, with a detailed explanation from the Korean teacher.

2. Korean Phone Call – Making An Appointment

This next Korean listening practice exercise also includes another real Korean phone call. This time the phone call is about making an appointment in Korean.

Again, you will listen 3 times and then you will see the explanation at the end from the Korean teacher. First, try to listen and understand the dialogue. Then, try to answer the questions and then see if you were right at the end of the video.

3. Korean Restaurant Conversation

In this Korean listening practice video, you will learn some Korean words and expressions that you can use in a Korean restaurant. You will also listen to a Korean conversation that you would typically hear in a Korean restaurant.

4. Everyday Korean Activities – Charging A Phone

In this listening practice video, you will listen to a native Korean speaker talking about an everyday activity. You will listen as she explains in Korean how to charge a cellphone.

Throughout the listening practice exercise, you will be introduced to new Korean words in context. This listening activity is great to learn some new Korean vocabulary.

5. Making Kimchi

This listening practice exercise is about the Korean tradition of 김장. 김장 is the tradition of making and storing kimchi for the winter.

You will listen two times. One without subtitles and one with subtitles. First, listen and try to comprehend what she is saying. Then listen again with subtitles to see if you were correct.

6. Pepero Day

This Korean listening practice exercise is about ‘Pepero Day’. If you are not familiar with Pepero day, it is a day similar to valentines day in which Koreans give or exchange Pepero snacks.

You will listen to a Korean speaker talking about this special day.

7. Korean Names

In this Korean listening practice exercise, you will listen to a native Korean speaker talking about Korean names.

This listen practice is great for intermediate Korean learners and includes lots of Korean words you may not have heard of before.

8. Everyday Korean – Doing The Laundry

Here is another listening exercise about ‘everyday activities’. This time, you will listen to a Korean speaker talk about doing the laundry in Korean.

This listen exercise is great for practicing listening to Korean and to learn useful words and expressions you might need in your everyday life in Korea.

10. Korean Street Food

Listen to a native Korean speaker talk about the Korean street food ‘붕어빵 in this Korean listening practice exercise.

11. Korean Phone Call – Ordering Delivery Food

This Korean listening practice is especially useful for those who live in Korea and want to order delivery food. You will also hear some Busan dialect.

You will listen to the Korean conversation 3 times. First with no subtitles, then with some questions, and then with Korean subtitles and an explanation from a Korean teacher.

12. Everyday Korean – Making Tea

Listen to a Korean speaker explain how she makes tea in this Korean listening practice exercise

This exercise is great for intermediate Korean learners to want to practice listening to real Korean.

13. Everyday Korean – Washing Hands

Here’s another ‘everyday Korean’ listening practice video. This time about washing hands.

You will listen to a native Korean speaker talking in Korean about the way to properly wash your hands.

This listen practice is great for high-beginners / pre-intermediate Korean learners.

14. Korean Test Day

This Korean listening practice exercise is about 수능날, which is a very important day in Korean. 수능날 is the day that high school students take the CSAT test which is required to enter university in Korea.

You’ll listen to the Korean dialogue two times. First with no subtitles, and then with Korean and English subtitles.

This listening exercise is great for intermediate Korean learners and includes many Korean words and grammar points to learn.

15. Making Korean Curry

This last Korean listening practice exercise is great for beginners and is about making Korean curry.

You will listen to a native Korean talk about the way to make Korean curry known as 카레. As she talks about making curry in Korean, you will learn many useful Korean words and expressions.


Thanks for checking out these Korean listening practice exercises. I hope you found them useful. Before you go, check out our other free Korean study resources including Korean vocabulary lessons, and online Korean lessons.