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Korean language broadcasts a hit in Nepal Updated: 2013-04-09 09:30:04 KST

Korean language broadcasts a hit in Nepal
Hundreds of people have lined up in Nepal to take the coveted "Test of Proficiency in Korean," or TOPIK.
It's just the first step in a highly competitive application process to qualify for a Korean work visa.
Many Nepali hopefuls are also paying top dollar to attend Korean language private schools, or hagwons, in order to reach their goal.


"To attend the Korean language academy, I've had to consistently save 10 percent of my salary."

Aside from the high costs, spaces are limited as there are only five Korean language schools among Nepal's 75 cities.
In order to provide greater access, Nepal's ABC television network broadcasts Korean classes nationwide every morning.
The free program teaches a wide range of Korean grammar and vocabulary, and provides some practical advice on living in Korea.


"If you cancel purchases that you bought with a cheque card, in many cases you'll have to either pay banking or card fees on your next deposit."

The Korean educational broadcasting first launched in the country this past February, and is quickly gaining popularity.
In less than two months, viewership has already increased by 10 percent.


"Korean educational broadcasting has showed very high ratings. There are many people who are learning Korean so they can find a job in Korea. A lot of viewers request that we rebroadcast it two to three times a day."

Many local Korean language learners are hailing the public show as a much needed alternative to expensive books and school fees.


"Everyday I watch the program, so my Korean ability is getting better, little by little."

The Korean educational programming is made by a local media company that wanted to help Nepali applicants prepare for work in Korea.


"This program was created to provide free Korean language educational opportunities to low-income earners. As the Nepali people gain an understanding of Korean society and culture, I hope it will become a benefit for Korean companies."

So far, Korea has received some 16-thousand workers from Nepal, and Seoul's Labor Ministry hopes to increase that number by 6-thousand this year.
And it's expected that over 60-thousand Nepali youths will take the Korean language exam in 2013, supported by an expanding library of educational resources.
Paul Yi, Arirang News.
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