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Story added 25th Jan 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea


This February, all eyes will be focused on Pyeongchang in South Korea as the 2018 Winter Olympics get underway. 

For two weeks, the entire nation will become sofa experts in the likes of cross-country skiing, curling, bobsleigh, and luge as athletes from over 92 countries aim for the ultimate in sporting achievement.

Aside from the thrill of live sporting competition, one of the most exciting aspects of any Olympics is learning more about different cultures, and one of the best ways to gain an insight into any culture is through learning the language. At City Lit, we offer language courses from countries around the world – including many of the countries expected to dominate the medal table at the 23rd Winter Olympic Games.

Here, we take a look at the Games in closer detail.

2018 Winter Olympics – factfile

- The 2018 Winter Olympics marks the first time the winter games have been hosted on Korean soil, although Seoul played host to the summer version of the games in 1988.


- It’s the third time the games have gone to Asia, and the games will see 102 events take place across 15 disciplines.


- This year, four new disciplines will be making their debut - big air snowboarding, mixed doubles curling, mass start speed skating, and mixed team alpine skiing.


- Team GB will be hoping to emulate their best ever medal haul from 2014, where they won 4 medals including Lizzie Yarnold’s memorable gold in the skeleton bob.

The contenders

Traditionally Nordic countries have tended to make a big impression at the winter version of the Games – Norway, Sweden and Finland all appear in the top 10 of the all-time medal table.

Other strong nations include the traditional powerhouses of the USA, Germany and Canada. However, Russia will not officially be competing at the 2018 games after the IOC suspended the team following a doping scandal, although individual athletes will be allowed to compete under the right conditions. The teams from the Netherlands and France will also be pushing for a top 10 finish.

City Lit offer courses in Norwegian, Swedish, German, Russian, Dutch and French amongst others, so why not use the motivation from all the exciting action on the slopes and take on the challenge of learning a new language in 2018.

Korean courses - why it's the right time to start learning Korean...

K pop, kimchi, global technology giants including Samsung and LG, a fraught political climate dominating the front pages, and this year’s Winter Olympics – it’s little wonder there has never been a more fascinating or meaningful time to study Korean and learn more about Korean culture.


Here are just some reasons why Korean courses (along with Japanese courses) are proving an increasingly popular option to Londoners looking to take on the challenge of learning this vibrant, richly rewarding language.

Start your journey learning Korean with City Lit:

Korean beginners: module 2

Korean beginners: module 3

Korean: an introduction

Go for gold: language courses with City Lit