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Korean Made Simple: A beginner's guide to learning the Korean language: 1 [Paperback]

Billy Go
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7 April 2014 1497445825 978-1497445826 1

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.

Start your exciting journey into the Korean language today. Let's learn Korean!

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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (7 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1497445825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1497445826
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Billy Go has been working as a Korean translator since 2008 with his B.A. in Korean, and currently teaches Korean online. He has spent several years living in South Korea, and still visits often.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible book for beginners. 9 Jun 2014
I have been using this book for about a month now and it is a fantastic start to the world of learning Korean.

Its layout is designed to teach you in a particular order, and it does that perfectly. At no time did I ever feel a chapter required knowledge that I hadn't been taught so far.

It is in no means for advanced speakers but for someone starting off it is the perfect purchase.
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I've spent a lot of time reading and collecting online resources but finally decided to purchase a book. I have made no mistake in choosing this one to buy.

The sections are laid out perfectly with not a single section unexplained.

I eagerly await the second installment.
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I've tried a few other books on learning Korean, but this is definitely the best! Lots of language books claim that they start simple and progress in slow, easy steps, but this on actually does. The part at the beginning for practicing writing Hangeul was really useful.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beginner's bible 15 April 2014
By G. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
This book really works for a variety of skill levels. If you know absolutely nothing about Korean and want to learn, this is a great foundation for you to begin with. The grammar is way more comprehensive than other books I’ve used which focus a lot more on vocabulary, and I find that knowing grammar really well helps you learn more at a quicker pace. Even if you possess an elementary level of Korean, going through this book will help you grasp a stronger understanding of grammar than the average Korean, who most likely picked up on the rules intuitively.

Also, this book reads really well! I like to go through it when I have a break at work and it feels like a friend teaching you rather than a dry textbook. The chapters start out slowly and are quite comprehensive which help me feel more confident when I test out the phrases with my Korean peers. I also like that there is a ton of information in this book. I’d rather buy one comprehensive book than three textbooks with decent coverage of its topics. It’s pretty much a bible for beginners at over 300 pages.

Finally, I find that the cultural and historical notes of the language really help me latch unto concepts more thoroughly. This is my favorite part of working with language tutors and professors- hearing about the background of the language and cultural usages- so I love that you get that in book form! I would buy any language textbook on that merit alone. It impresses native speakers when you know these facts and it helps you to understand them as well. Win-win.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect book for beginners! 10 May 2014
By Henry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read numerous beginning to intermediate level Korean textbooks, this one is my favorite by far and the one I would most recommend to first-time learners.

Korean Made Simple assumes nothing. It starts you out with a great tutorial of Hangul, the writing system of Korean. I consider this the best guide to Hangul I've seen. It explains everything from the sounds to the stroke order to the sound changes when certain characters are next to each other. It even has advanced notes for alternate stroke orders and the appendix includes even more sound changes.

After learning Hangul, the next 239 pages are spent learning grammar and vocabulary. 239 pages! Most other Korean textbooks are 200 pages total including appendices and the introduction to Hangul. All of these extra pages account for a level of detail that I haven't seen in any other Korean textbook. Many of the explanations go farther in-depth than other books to give you a better foundation for moving on to intermediate level material. Plus there are many advanced notes and cultural notes to give a bit more explanations on why something may be the way it is. All of this is accomplished while managing not to overwhelm the reader.

If I had to choose only one beginner book to use for self study, this would be the one. Most other books are written for the classroom, but this one really does well for any type of beginner. Five stars and I can't wait for the next thing from Billy Go!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars *The* Korean Book for self-learning 16 April 2014
By Patrick Donnelly - Published on Amazon.com
[I got this book through the kickstarter campaign.]

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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review on the Kickstarter Funded Korean Textbook 28 May 2014
By fgilmore - Published on Amazon.com
I think this book is great. It's nicely organized and concise. The explanations are easy to understand (THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and study at my own pace. It would be awesome if there were audio. But that's really kinda optional since Billy Go has a YouTube channel and explains some of this there too (as do other YouTubers). But the one thing that's missing that I think makes it a little difficult to navigate through the book is an index. I followed the Kickstarter campaign and understand that was something the author was trying to fund but didn't quite make it to that extra level. BUT in the next book PLEASE add an index...the info in this book is so awesome, I find myself thumbing through to find pointers. Overall, a really good purchase for beginners like me learning Korean.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book for people who want to study Korean on their own! 15 April 2014
By PattyBees - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I write this review as someone with over three years of university-level Korean study behind me. This book is an excellent resource for anyone who is determined to challenge him or herself with learning Korean on his/her own for multiple reasons:

1. Unlike most resources, this one starts the learner off using a more formal style which is easier to learn quickly. I also started learning Korean with the same formal style, and when you're just learning how to read and write while memorizing basic grammar AND vocab, being able to use a style that doesn't require a lot of conjugation and then easing yourself into the more common but more complicated style is a blessing.

2. This books goes very in-depth! The explanation of the Hangul writing system and how to read and write it pretty much blew me away and will, again, be a blessing to someone trying to learn on his or her own with little to no support. All of the grammar is explained clearly and well.

3. The inclusion of advanced notes- Sprinkled throughout the book are little advanced notes for those who want to understand the concepts presented a bit more thoroughly. Some of these notes are quite small details that many resources lack in favor of only presenting the grammar, but they really are vital to achieving more natural, native-like command of the language.

4. The practice sections and vocabulary lists- At the end of each chapter is a practice section with translation exercises, plus a list of the grammar covered and some vocabulary words. The lists are excellent, great for beginners and relevant to each chapter's concepts.

Overall, this is an excellent book, especially for someone looking to study Korean on his or her own. The in-depth explanations make the grammar easy to learn and understand, and the little cultural tidbits spread throughout make it fun!
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