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Korean Made Simple: A beginner's guide to learning the Korean language: 1 Paperback – 7 April 2014
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Korean Made Simple is a book for anyone who wishes to begin learning the Korean language. No matter your age, you can learn how to read, write, speak and understand Korean.
Learn the Korean writing system, Korean culture, and even history. Learn over 1,000 vocabulary words and phrases through 20 in-depth and fun lessons, filled with plenty of examples. Additionally, practice sections with answer keys are built into every chapter.
This book also contains additional advanced level notes for more skilled Korean speakers looking for a review of basic grammar and concepts, including a full appendix covering sound change rules.
Audio files for the book are also available for free download from gobillykorean.com.
Start your exciting journey into the Korean language today. Let's learn Korean!
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Bilingual edition (7 April 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 346 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1497445825
- ISBN-13 : 978-1497445826
- Dimensions : 17.78 x 1.98 x 25.4 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 34,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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However if you are a complete beginner starting from 0, I don't think this book past maybe the first few chapters will help very much. Particularly as it doesn't include any romanizations or help with pronouncing hangul characters. The author Billy simply compares the pronunciation to english sounding letters which at times is not as useful especially if you want to get a grasp of how the Korean language is naturally spoken.
There are audio files that do help, but unlike other textbooks i've looked at, you have to heavily rely on the audio files to go through this book - other textbooks don't require such heavy reliance. I had to find additional material to help with pronunciations.
Overall, I like this book and the author explains things clearly however I wouldn't recommend it for a complete beginner.
If you're slightly familiar with the Korean language then this book will be helpful.
I decided to buy this book since it does accompany the video series and I have always preferred to learn from a text book - which is extremely difficult when it comes to languages. Having the short videos online and the book made it so much easier - and Billy's own website contains free audio files for each of his books that can be downloaded so that readers of the book will always be able to hear the correct pronunciation.
At first, Hangul (the Korean writing system) looks really complicated, almost like trying to transcribe some script from the side of an alien space ship! But following the early part of this book slowly, practicing every character many times, ensuring each character is written with the correct stroke order, it all actually makes a lot of sense. I have to admit that I was amazed. Okay, learning any language takes time, patience and a huge amount of effort, and having to first learn a totally new writing system adds to that, but Billy really does take his readers by the hand and guides them one small step at a time.
Although I had expected to try and learn Korean, having to learn Hangul first did come as a big surprise but I am thoroughly enjoying it and, thanks to Billy's guidance, I know that without learning Hangul any later progress on actually learning the language and vocabulary would be greatly hindered. Although I have only been working for a few weeks (both book and online video content), and although Hangul can seem confusing, I am persevering because each day I realise I have remembered more from earlier study sessions - all a bit like building a house, it has to be done one brick at a time.
This is a large format book, beautifully printed, plenty of white space on each page so there is no mass of text to plough through. Okay, the Hangul is often printed quite small on a line when it has to be matched up with English but, on the whole, there is no problem.
Korean Made Simple is a funny title because nothing new is ever simple to learn, but this book is so interesting, so well-written, that it is a pleasure to pick up and work through, even if often I can only manage 2 pages (a lot of time at the moment I spend writing out the characters and syllables, but that is essential no matter what language you try to learn).
This is the first in a series of three, designed for the complete beginner - hence the large portion on learning Hangul right from the start. Don't let that put you off, it is explained perfectly and only takes practice and repetition to get the different writing style into your head. I shall certainly (hopefully) continue with this book and the online videos. The author has made the whole experience highly enjoyable, not like learning at all provided you are happy to keep practicing and writing out the characters and syllables (which is actually quite easy once you get going).
There is a Workbook associated with this volume which I will likely get as a good revision aid once I proceed further. There are also 2 other books (along with their workbooks) in the series which should, if a learner has given good study time, should be sufficient to bring someone up to intermediate level Korean.
Perhaps not the cheapest of language books to buy but it is definitely worth every penny and I can fully recommend this series to anyone with an interest in Korea, the language, Korean culture and history.
I did a bit of research and came across this book which I like for various reasons. 1. It explains why you are doing something. 2. It explains formality levels and when to use them. 3. Has information about Korea itself and its culture. 4. It has an answer key! You wouldn’t believe how many reviews for other books complained about it with other textbooks. What is the point in learning if you have no idea if you’re doing it correctly! 5. Lastly, it gets me away from using romanisation as a crutch. Native Koreans don’t use it so we probably shouldn't either and it can be a bit confusing as the words don’t sound out phonetically in english.
All in all, I’m very happy with this book so far. I feel it’s good for all difficulty levels, even if you have an intermediate knowledge of korean, it’s good to brush up and there’s some good tips in there too.