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Are you exhausted from copying and pasting the article you want to read to a translation tool? Do you want to learn Korean while reading stories about Kpop idols or watching your favorite Kdramas? Inkah pop-up dictionary and learning tool has the solution for you. What you need to do is just install Inkah on your browser, and you’re ready to learn.
What is Inkah, a Pop-Up Dictionary?
Inkah is one of the best Chinese-English and Korean-English pop-up dictionaries, which enables you to hover to look up words and phrases while reading and also allows you to view dual-language subtitles while watching your favorite dramas. It was founded in early 2021 and has gotten more than 1,000 users within just several months after launching.
Here is a short interview with the head of linguistics development of Inkah
What is the aim of creating Inkah?
“We realized that there’s a lot of content for people to learn Korean and Chinese without getting bored and we wanted to make fun and interesting content more accessible to learners of different levels. There are of course lots of great textbooks, courses and websites for learning Korean and Chinese, but we noticed that many learners, especially intermediate and advanced learners, want to learn from content that is interesting and relevant to them. Learning materials can be boring and frustrating but trying to learn from real content made for native speakers can sometimes be overwhelming as well. There are many dramas, TV shows, movies, songs, podcasts and articles and we wanted to make it less tedious for people to learn languages from things that they are interested in.”
Do you have a curriculum in Inkah?
“No, there is no fixed curriculum. With Inkah, the learner can basically create their own curriculum. We want to help people to learn the languages by doing what they like to do. Whether you’re interested in dramas, kpop, celebrities, business, politics, art or any other topic, you will be able to use Inkah to learn. It’s also a very practical tool that can help you read and understand the news or emails in Chinese and Korean. Inkah can also certainly be used as a supplement to any other curriculum. Many students who are enrolled in various Chinese and Korean courses find it useful for studying and doing research.”
What makes Inkah different from other translation tools?
“When you use translation tools, it often tends to be entirely inaccurate. You also need to copy and paste the whole text to get the translation. This can be really tedious. With Inkah, you only need to enable the extension in your browser, put the cursor on the term you want to translate, and give you the in-context translation. I’m not saying that translation tools are not good for learning, as I do believe that there is a lot of value in translation tools as well. I just believe that using Inkah would make the process of reading and learning a lot simpler.”
Can I use Inkah to watch Kdramas?
“By using Inkah pop-up dictionary, you can learn Korean and Chinese by watching kdramas as well. We’ve integrated Inkah with Netflix, so you can download the extension and simply enable Inkah and select closed captions in the original language while watching your favorite dramas on Netflix to see both original and English texts. You can also hover over the subtitles in the original language and use the pop-up dictionary while watching netflix as well. This way, you can memorize the vocabulary in context.”
Writer note: You even can watch your idols’ VLive and learn Korean at the same time. How amazing that is!
Inkah sounds very creative; what more features does Inkah have?
“Inkah also has some features that help you learn the language, like saving new words and adding them to your bookmarks. So, whenever you see the terms again, you will remember you have learned them once before.
You also can export the words into an excel file and make online flashcards to help you learn.”
Will you add more languages?
“Well, we are improving the extension every day. We try to improve the vocabulary day by day by adding new words such as slang, loanwords or other terms. We are planning on supporting some other languages in the future. For now, we are focusing on Chinese-English and Korean-English but we are discussing other possible languages such as Japanese and Indonesian.”
Will it be available as a mobile app?
“Honestly, we have been talking about mobile apps recently. We plan on making that happen soon to support your learning.”
Install Inkah to your browser now!
If you want to know more about Inkah, you can go to the official website and follow their official Instagram.
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