Korean Made Simple: A beginner's guide to learning the Korean language (Coréen) Broché – 7 avril 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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That being said, there are a few things that I would have liked to see, especially in a beginner's book. Some of these are entirely preferential, so if you're okay with these things missing, then that's okay.
Use of a "handwriting" font is extremely confusing. It took about 8 chapters before I felt comfortable reading the Hangul font, and I was often copying down the WRONG spelling due to my complete inability to read that font. I would have liked to see the first chapter or two have both the typical font and the handwriting font for all the words in order to better familiarize the differences between the two fonts. Only occasionally in later chapters are new concepts introduced with the cleaner font, but most new words are in the handwriting font.
Though there are audio files available on the site (which are very useful), they are only of the conversations. This is good for listening practice, but there are a lot of new words introduced in each chapter and (especially as a beginner), you kind of have to guess at what they sound like. There's an in-depth Appendix on pronunciation rules, but very few people will read and retain all the rules, and you often find yourself learning a mispronunciation and can't identify the word if you hear it elsewhere. It'd be nice if on vocab words that have special pronunciation, if there was a bit of a reminder "hey, this looks like this, but is pronounced like this!"
Not enough repetition. Again, totally preferential, but I find myself diligently taking notes through out a chapter, do the 6-10 lines of practice at the end, and then moving on to the next chapter without realizing I'm not ready due to a lack of real structure in the chapter's end. There are lists and lists and lists of vocab words, most of which were not used in the chapter. It'd just be nice to see a bit more repetition, a bit more "work" in order to drive home concepts that were taught during a chapter.
Even with these minor flaws, I still find this to be a helpful book, and I recommend it to anyone learning Korean. It's a valuable source of information and the narration style is comfortable, easy to read (not like a dry textbook).
Edit after finishing the book:
Of all the resources that I've been using for learning the language, this one is definitely my favorite. It explains things pretty well and gives you a bit of cultural insight. Right now I'm just going through again to review each chapter. There are a few things that I'd already forgotten, but the rest of it is really sticking with me. I already purchased the second book, and I'll definitely get the third later on. I'm updating my review from 4 stars to 5 stars. Thanks!
This book is without a doubt the right choice for someone trying to learn Korean on their own, especially without the help of a classroom environment. I have already taken one semester of Korean and, due to other commitments, cannot continue with classes. This is the only book I've found that allows me to continue self-learning.
As with most Korean books, this one begins by teaching 한글 (written Korean). It is very straightforward to learn and the book does an excellent job going through it. The real distinguishing aspect of this book is its treatment of introducing the Korean language. It begins with formal Korean (니다체) instead of the standard polite form (요체). For someone who doesn't want to come off as impolite when trying to converse with Korean strangers, this is the way to go. As the author is an American that visited Korea, you can be certain that learning formal Korean was essential to everyday interactions. You'll be thankful this is passed on to you in the form of a sensibly structured book.
Learning any language via text is difficult, so I've found a few phone apps which have helped in tandem with this textbook: "PopPopping Korean--Pronunciation," specifically the "Secrets of Hangul" section, was useful for providing information about how Hangul was developed and even shows how to form the sounds with your mouth. (Those visuals help keep me from slipping back into an American English pronunciation of Hangul.) "Korean Alphabet Pronunciation Pro" is useful for listening to the ways the pronunciation of a single consonant can change when paired with different vowels and diphthongs.