Thanks to Squid Game and BTS, more Indians are now learning Korean

Dec 8, 2021

By: Kritti Bhalla

More Indians turn to Korean

Influenced by pop culture, more Indians between the age group of 17 to 25 are learning Korean.

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Korean is fifth most popular language to learn

The 2021 edition of the Duolingo Language Report highlighted that Korean has comfortably established itself as the fifth most popular language to learn in the country.

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Squid Game boosts numbers further

The report has attributed this ride to the release of popular series Squid Game, which is the most watched web series on Netflix.

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Pop culture is a trendsetter too

According to a survey conducted by Duolingo, over 56 percent of respondents said that they were influenced to learn a new language by pop culture trendsetters including movies, OTT shows and web series.

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What are the other languages Indians are learning?

English, Hindi, French and Spanish are the other top languages that Indians are currently learning on the Duolingo app.

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English, Spanish most popular globally

English, Spanish, French, German and Japanese are the most popular languages on Duolingo, globally.

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What is Duolingo?

Duolingo is an American language-learning website and mobile app, which also offers a digital language proficiency assessment exam.

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700 million hours spent on learning new language

Over 700 million hours were spent learning on the Duolingo app in 2021 with nearly 10 billion lessons completed and 15 billion words learned, the company has revealed.

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People get comfortable learning new languages online

Respondents said that they were most comfortable learning a new language from mobile applications and video tutorials, Duolingo added.

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25 million people are in this together

It also revealed that 25 million people worldwide were learning more than one language.

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