Last Friday, I was playing with my friend’s iPhone when I noticed some of his newly-downloaded TOPIK apps. I don’t have any TOPIK-related app in my iPod touch except for some Korean word game, Korean dictionary and random Korean readings. When I checked each of his TOPIK apps, I found them very helpful! They are like mobile versions of TOPIK exams with all the parts from Grammar, Vocabulary, Listening, Reading and Writing! The apps are free but some of them requires in-app purchases if you want to have the complete version.
Here is the list of some TOPIK reviewers or Korean Language apps that you can download from iTunes. You can download these apps for FREE but if you want to get the most out of them, buy the in-app purchases.
First on the list is this TOPIK Vocabulary App. Unfortunately, you can only access the first 500 words with the FREE version of this application. Every additional 500 words costs $0.99 which I think is not so expensive if you’re always buying apps via iTunes.
When I browsed the first 500 words, they are really for beginner learners. You can read basic Korean particles, verbs in their dictionary forms, nouns, adjectives and adverbs, etc. Every flashcard has this Know-NotSure-Unknow(I think it’s Don’t Know) buttons which will remind you what words you already now and what words you should review or define.
This app is really good for those Korean language learners who wants to expand their Korean vocabulary. You may want to download the free version first and if you’re satisfied with the app, then go for the in-app purchases.
Second is this TOPIK Listening for Beginner app. Basically, this is a mobile version of the TOPIK exams compiled in one app. I am not sure if the developers of this app is affiliated with NIIED Korea for them to release a TOPIK app like this. This works the same as the 6000 TOPIK Vocabulary Wordlist wherein you can have an access to TWO FREE Listening files (23rd and 24th TOPIK) and the other exercises are in-app purchases at $1.99 per file.
The contents of this listening app came from the previous TOPIK exams. The app has the audio files, the question and the choices. To listen to the audio file, click the play button. To input your answer, you can tap 1,2,3 or 4. The “Analysis” tab of this app contains the written version of the audio file and the correct answer. You can check the script of the audio file by tapping the Analysis button.
There’s nothing really special about this app except that its handy. You can download the audio files of TOPIK exams in NIIED’s TOPIK website for free unlike this app that you’ll have to buy the files for the other exams. But if you want to have a mobile version of the listening part of the previous TOPIK beginner exams together with all the questions, cheat sheet and the audio file, then this app will be super helpful.
This app is the Intermediate version of the app in #2. You can try the 23rd and 24th TOPIK exams for free with this Intermediate version of the listening app.
After analyzing the question and listening to the audio file, you can easily input your answer by tapping the number 1,2,3 or 4. By tapping the Analysis button, you can check if your answer is correct and you can also read the script of the audio file.
This app is definitely my favorite among the apps included in this post. It contains Advanced Korean Grammar in different categories. This reminded me of the TOPIK 150 Intermediate Grammar Book but this time, it’s the mobile version. The best thing about this app is its absolutely FREE! You don’t have to deal with in-app purchases just to enjoy reading different advanced Korean grammar patterns.
At first, I thought that this app contains explanation of the advanced grammar patterns but when i opened it, I only saw one sample sentence for each grammar pattern and its English translation. No explanation about the grammar about its meaning and how, when to use it. Instead of taking it as a bad point for this app, I find it quite challenging to figure out what the grammar pattern means and how to use them. I am still on my Intermediate Korean but its also nice to read advanced grammar patterns for additional knowledge.
Every grammar pattern has its “My Notes” page at the bottom. You can write/edit your own notes about the grammar patterns. I guess that the only task of the app is to provide a list of the grammar pattern per category, an example sentence and a space wherein you can input your own thoughts, explanations and examples for each pattern.
5. TOPIK One
TOPIK One is another FREE TOPIK app which contains all the exams during the 23rd TOPIK from the beginner, intermediate to advanced tests. It has all the parts of the TOPIK test from Vocabs, Grammar, Writing, Listening and Reading. You just have to download a separate audio file for the Listening part and each audio file is around 80mb each.
Here’s a sample test from the 23rd TOPIK – Intermediate which is featured in the TOPIK One App. You will immediately see if you answered the question correctly or incorrectly once you tap the button of your choice. You can check your scores when you go back to the Menu page.
For the writing part, there’s no text box for the written answers so if you want to review the 23rd TOPIK using this app, make sure to prepare an extra piece of paper for the writing part.
WordUp Lite – Korean is like a Korean Phrasebook App and this can be very helpful for beginners or travelers going to Korea.
There are categories like “Talking to people”, “Getting Around”, “Shopping”, “Leisure-time activities” and “Eating and Dining”. Each category contains essential sentences and phrases written in Hangeul, Romanized with English Translation and a sample audio file. My problem with the audio files is that they were spoken in a fast pace. A beginner or a foreigner with no idea about spoken Korean might have some difficulty saying the phrases and sentences. Even though there is a romanized version for each word and sentence, I guess it will be better if the audio files were recorded in a slower or moderate pace.
This app also contains Flashcards and a mini-dictionary of the Korean words found in the app. You can review your vocabulary words using the Flashcards and the Study List.
One thing that I liked the most about this app is the “Record” feature in which you can record your own pronunciation for each Korean word or sentence. I did a sample recording for the Korean word for “Yes” which is “Ye” and compared it to the recording of the native Korean speaker. This “Record and Compare” feature of this app is really helpful especially for those learners who want to improve their pronunciation skills.
There’s also a timed quiz included in this app so you can really review your vocabulary words, phrases and sentences.
I hope that these apps can help my fellow Korean language learners and enthusiasts and those who are planning to take the TOPIK on October. I found these 6 apps interesting and helpful so I hope you’ll try them and share your own thoughts and opinions about your experience using them. I am not sure if there are Android counterparts for these apps so if there are, please share them too!
I will share some Korean word/language games soon so wait for my post! ^^